Our Foundation

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When we started this blog our main goal was to keep our family and friends updated on our life. We also wanted to express and share our passion for happy and healthy marriages. God has really led us to this ministry and we decided we really wanted to be apart of building others up in their marriages.

One of the reasons we feel so strongly about this is because of the influence others have had on us and our relationship. There are many couples who have inspired us, encouraged us, and given us countless building blocks to establish a firm foundation for our marriage. We felt it so important to communicate in this blog that…

The Burtons didn’t figure out marriage on their own!

What! I know, your shocked. But seriously, every day we incorporate lessons we have learned from others. They have been amazing examples of all the qualities that make marriage great. I think the best example of something we use and think about EVERY day comes from one of our favorite couples. Bob and Sonya came into our lives when we were dating and without knowing it they taught us our number one piece of advice we give to all couples we meet.

Always, always, ALWAYS speak positively about your spouse. ALL. THE. TIME.

The more you build up your spouse to others, the more it reinforces to yourself how incredible they are. It is so much easier to love your spouse when you focus on all their positive qualities. You always want people to see your spouse the way you do and talking about them in a negative way can not only influence one’s opinion of them but it can eventually ruin yours. Just imagine if you stumbled upon your spouse having a conversation with someone about yourself. What would you want to hear?

We have known Bob and Sonya for almost 4 years and we have only heard them speak wonderful things about each other. It has been such an encouragement to the way we love each other.

That being said as a NEW ADDITION to the blog we are going to be featuring a married couple once a month who is a great example of something to learn from. WE ARE SO EXCITED to start this new column.  As excited as we have been to share our hearts with you and teach lessons through this blog, we have learned so much from others and can’t wait to continue to build up our own relationship through you. Marriage requires a commitment to constantly improve and hopefully our blog can make that FUN. Ultimately  you should strive for a deeper relationship with your spouse.

So, How does this work?

First, we want other people to have the opportunity to share on this blog. We want to hear if their is something that is very important to you and your marriage. We also want to hear about other couples who have influenced your relationship in a positive way. This gives us the opportunity to learn from each other and to find new ways to build on our foundations.

To submit to the column please email the following information to  hisbootshershoes@gmail.com

Featured Couple:

(if featured couple is not you how do you know them):

Priority or Lesson you feel important in your marriage:

Photo: (not required)

Additional comments or examples:

Happy submitting!

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Meet Penelope

There is a new puppy addition to the Burton family. Of course some of you are thinking “Wow Kathleen and Dean cannot control themselves with dogs” which would be accurate thinking. We LOVE dogs, probably every dog we meet.

Call us crazy, call us obsessed, but the Burtons adopted a baby cow. Ok TECHNICALLY she’s a puppy but lets be honest, she looks like a little cow.

Meet Penelope!

When we moved to southern florida what we soon discovered was that there were animal shelters and rescues all over the place. I couldn’t believe the number of dogs without homes and how full these places were. This was such a different experience for us because when we got Luna we didn’t have hardly any places to choose from because the only place near us that had adoptable pets was a cat rescue. (Just an FYI Dean and I are not cat people lol). So we went online and eventually found a local woman who’s Labs had a litter of puppies and there we met Luna!

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Around Christmas time Kathleen brought up a serious problem with puppies. Sometimes people buy puppies as presents and either don’t realize how much work they are, or just decide that they are no longer interested in their dog like they thought they would be. A few months into “training” some families just give up and send these dogs to a shelter or rescue. That literally breaks our hearts. So we decided to go out to the local places around this time when puppies are usually turned in after the holidays to see some possibilities.

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One day when Dean was on duty and I was coming home from running some errands I drove past a local rescue and decided that I would stop inside and so the doggie fever began. Throughout the next week we stopped at every humane society, rescue, or shelter we drove past to look and see if there were any pups who would fit into our family. There were dozens of possibilities and we met with some who we thought could become part of our family but none seemed to fit. It was also very important to us that we chose a dog that could definitely get along with Luna and that she felt comfortable having in her home.

You see as much as we wanted another dog, if we were going to go the route of rescuing instead of finding a breeder I wanted to know it would work before we committed to this new dog. For me once that paper was signed that dog would be ours for life and with a rescue you don’t always know their history so we wanted to be sure.

 

When we went to the humane society there was a liter of 8 puppies that were “Lab Mixes” that all looked like baby cows and we fell in love with them. We narrowed it down to two boys that we had played with and when we couldn’t make a decision we realized that our decision maker needed to be Luna. We brought her in to meet each dog individually and were surprised to realize that Luna hated them both. Her disdain was so obvious that we KNEW we couldn’t take one home. Dean suggested that maybe she wasn’t a fan of having a boy puppy in her space so we went back to the litter and in the back of the cage was a sleepy little girl with a face that looked just like Luna’s. We decided to give it a whirl and we are SO glad we did because from the moment we put them together their tails have not stopped.