Summer Starts Now (On My Blog, At Least)

I’m taking a three-week blog vacation, starting today, though I’ll still be hanging around on Facebook and Twitter. And hopefully writing some good stuff to post in July.

The main reason for this break is that we have a new baby in the house, of the canine variety. Many of you have followed our dog woes, as we went through two failed adoptions of adult rescue dogs. After our second failed adoption, the local rescue group we’ve been working with, Our Companions, said they had an unusual opportunity to adopt out a litter of puppies. The puppies’ mom is a terrier mix with a lovely, affectionate, mellow personality. Her owner was told that she was infertile, but after a trip to the dog park and an encounter with a random male dog there, it became obvious she was most definitely not infertile. While we tend to like larger dogs, we decided that, after our two bad adoption experiences, personality is our top concern. We trust the rescue group’s judgment, as they are as eager as we are to have a successful adoption. (Neither of our failed adoptions was through this group.)

So, meet Sunday, named in honor of her mom (whose name is Easter), the day she was born, and a super-wonderful dog we know named Sunday. We’re hoping that good vibes come with the name. Sunday is only eight weeks old, so I expect to be spending lots of time cleaning up wee wee pads, carting Sunday out to the front yard, and getting up with her at night.

In addition to Sunday’s arrival, the next few weeks will be full of end-of-school-year stuff for the kids and preparing to go hang out with my aunts, uncles, and cousins at the beach in Virginia, followed by a camping trip with some friends over the fourth of July holiday. After that, we’ll settle into a summer routine of swim lessons, day camps, and just hanging around. I expect to blog twice a week through July and August, and resume a three to five post a week schedule in September.

Happy Summer (a little early)!

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Ellen Painter Dollar is a writer focusing on faith, parenting, family, disability, and ethics. She is the author of No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Faith, and Parenthood in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox, 2012). Visit her web site at for more on her writing and speaking, and to sign up for a (very) occasional email newsletter.

  • Tim

    here’s hoping teh pup will live up to that old rhyme:

    But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
    Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.”

    Congrats on the new family addition, and have fun with the family in all your adventures this summer.


  • Taffy Wilcox


    I enjoyed last week’s posts and now, have my priest daughter reading your blog, too.

    Welcome to Sunday, who is adorable! The puppy training goes pretty quickly and this is a good time to do it.

    Have a nice break. See you in church off and on.