I could not have written this any better, and with that thankfulness, I celebrated my birthday on Saturday.
Our friend Annabelle's eight-year-old great-granddaughter Serenity has been responsible for taking care of a litter of barn cats. A couple of weeks ago we started to think that one of these kittens would be a great "nurse" on my recovery journey. We've wanted another kitty for quite a while now but somehow Serenity's kittens started the ball rolling. She wrote me a special card to go with her gift.
Originally we had talked about going to the animal shelter and picking out a kitten together. When Alexia realized that the kitty was already selected, she rolled up her sleeves and went to work supplying us with a list of 118 suggested names, typed in four columns. We ultimately chose Madeline, though that's quickly becoming Maddie.
The big reveal - time to meet the family!
The hardest part of everything has been this stage of the introduction, and two days later, we're still in transition. Madeline is nonplussed but the dogs are worried.
Serenity wanted to actually hand her to me and with my stiffness, it was a little awkward. Serenity is a very special little girl. About six years ago Annabelle and her husband learned that two of their great grandchildren were wards of the foster care system in Washington. They are retired and live on a fixed income but they spent everything they had, and with community support, were able to bring Serenity and her brother Timmy here and adopt them. DD Chris was so touched by the story that she collected clothes, toys and play equipment through Alexia's preschool and borrowed a van for the delivery. Annabelle told us this weekend that thanks to that delivery they didn't have to buy clothes for three years.
The girls did a great job in managing the dogs and presenting me with the kitten. And now Madeline is ours.
Knitting Pure and Simple pattern. I wasn't sure I'd be able to actually wear a short-sleeved wool sweater but then I got to thinking that it really would be a good garment for subbing in school libraries. I originally thought I'd make a Hannah Fettig vest but realized that I never seem to find a way to wear vests knit from variegated yarns. So this is Maddie's first knitting project. I think she's got the right attitude for a fiber cat.