Rocko’s Gotcha Day

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  1. Precious, and blessed me on this cold, rainy Monday!! I love how you write, sister!!

    On Mon, Feb 7, 2022, 8:48 AM Julie Dibble, Speaker and Author wrote:

    > juliedibblewrites posted: ” We are one year in with this pup, who has > about tripled in size. This “three times” is reminiscent of the Grinch’s > heart growing after his battle with bitterness and unforgiveness. Eternal > love multiplies each second of our lives. God does not ever st” >

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  2. We have a precious rescue pup someone abandoned in the woods. She ended up at the shelter, and dealing with her has sometimes been like dealing with a formerly abused toddler. After a few years, she’s settling down and still coming to a more complete trusting of us. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with me dear Nancy. Yes, familiar. I can definitely see how Rocko trusts us more now than he did in the first few months, but we have a long way to go until he feels secure even when we leave.


  3. Julie, this post brought me to tears. You so beautifully weaved how the love and growth of Rocko, and your own parenting, is that of the love, tripled and tripled, by our own loving Father. I’m so glad you’ve given yourself grace over those first few times with Rocko. Being a parent isn’t easy; humans and pets. I had several dogs and pets in my adult life. I’ve had large dogs and tiny dogs. Finley’s “Gotcha” Day was on Dec. 27th. She will be 5 in June. Her tiny life was miserable. I’ll never forget driving the 40 miles in the middle of nowhere to some sketchy places to get her. She hid under the table for about a week. I put her on my stomach to sleep as she was only 4 lbs. Slowly she became used to me. After 4 years together we have our routine. In the morning when I wake up I take her out first, get my coffee, and she lays at my calves and feet (EVERYDAY) in my reclining sofa as I slip into my quiet time with my Heavenly Father. When I go to my office, she goes and lays in her bed. She’s playful!! So I have 4 times I play with her: After my studies before getting ready I get on the floor and throw her toys for about 5 minutes. (Keep in mind she’s under 6 lbs still). At lunch we have playtime, we have playtime in the afternoon, and the last time I play with her is 6:30-7:00pm. Mommy needs quiet from about 7:00-throughout to check any last emails and try to rest my brain and body. Rocko Dibble is adorable. His eyes have the love of the Lord sparkling in them. I see the look of love on the boys’ faces. And that pic of him with Jason is priceless. In many ways, these rescues RESCUE US! They teach us humility, unconditional love, and they grow our wisdom and the ways that our communication can impact souls. There are times I get mad at myself for being too harsh on Finley. But for the most part, she has settled down so much. She doesn’t like car rides, like Rocko. But she has a carseat and she did travel over 8,000 miles on she and I’s solo journeys in 2018. I had medicine to help her sleep. She visited classrooms when she was tiny and at the campground she was around other dogs, too. This tribute to Rocko touched my soul, sister. I love Rocko! I love how the love around him has grown. The verses you chose were perfect. BUT FOR GOD!! Where would we be without him? Rocko and all the Dibble Family–you are SO LOVED!!!!!!! I loved “heavenly sloppy kisses”…I’ll not forget that. I love you, sister! Thank you for blessing us all with this beautiful piece.

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    1. Oh sister. I truly couldn’t wait for you to read this. Thank you x 3 for all you share, how you pray for us and how your sensitive soul sees the world. I won’t forget Rockos eyes with the “love of the Lord sparkling in them”. I also won’t forget how you have a good and predictable routine with Finn. Ricko unfortunately has a dad who flip flops between night and day shift. Also brothers who go to school but stay home sometimes. It’s all good because of who God is. You and Finn and Jeff and your blessed mom and dad are so loved. Have a blessed night 🌙✨️love Julie

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      1. This made my heart smile this morning. I got up praying for you all! I can imagine how hard a routine is when a Dad has a flip flop schedule. My son in Alaska has the same issue~and add a dog, a baby, and a toddler! His wife is a Godsend! We love you all so much back. May God use us today to keep walking in his will. 💕💕🙏🏻❤️💛🥰🤗

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  4. Sounds a lot like someone I know and love Ms Julie Ann. 🙂 I often think about and G-O-D and D-O-G are semordnilap. I don’t think that’s by accident.

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    1. Hi Mary! Thank you so much for coming along to hear how God is working in ours and Rocko’s lives. I am receiving your encouragement to keep enjoying our beautiful dog. Have a peace-full night, Mary.


  5. From this post, I know You seeking Our Father’s guidance–every step of the way-each day–
    Thank You for Your honestly in failures and scriptures to sustain us. I am so honored to be able to share Your posts..and I LOVE the pictures that you share–Rocko is such a beautiful little rascel…


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