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Locking hands with our four kids my husband and I had a hard time fitting across the sidewalk. The kids, all under the age of six, took a while to decide who would be walking in the middle of us, and who would hold our hand on each side of us. My husband and I looked proudly at each other and the family we created. Without exchanging words we both got teary eyed and continued to walk with our children.....

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San Diego was nice and sunny yesterday; amazingly enough people were still wearing shorts. My husband just flew in the night before from an arduous business trip in Europe where the weather was windy, snowy, and cold. After lunch he suggested that we take our new little puppy on a walk. Since my computer crashed the night before, I was in silent panic mode not knowing if my techies would be able to recover the data, but not brave enough to utter the words to anyone. So I thought that a walk at that very moment would be a splendid idea.

Stoli, our puppy is showered with love.  Who would of thought that both of us who were never animal people would bring home a puppy and lose our minds in the process?
Earlier that day we bought him a new collar and leash.  This was the perfect time to see if Stoli would finally stroll along with us.  As soon as we left the house, he happily wiggled his tale and positioned himself between us. We walked in silence, and looking at my husband I could hear his thoughts in his mind, as I'm sure he heard mine. As I caught a glimpse of his misty eyes, I noticed more streaks of grey hair.  I felt more lines on both of our faces, and somehow felt the heavy weight of the years that flew by.

As we continued to walk in silence each reminiscing about the past years, we were both startled by screams and honking from a passing car. Only when the car passed us did we realize that it was our three daughters coming back from the mall. We began talking about our youngest child who just got her permit and can now start driving, and how our oldest is two weeks away from graduating a university. But before we could dwell further, a car stopped, the windows rolled down and three cameras were taking pictures, our daughters made a u-turn and came back. Looking at three adorable faces and hearing about how cute we looked walking our puppy, I looked at my husband, kissed him, and through the tears streaming down my face all I could say...

"Welcome to the next stage of our life..."

p.s. Do you have a before and after story to share?


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