A sunny afternoon, perfect Christmas Eve in the South. We found Danny at his campsite tidying up, arranging the decorations adorning his sleeping quarters. "Close your eyes and hold out your arms." He played along patiently until a warm cuddly puppy was laid in his arms. Then he opened his eyes and began to dance and laugh and cry with joy. His joy was contagious. He told us that he had spent the morning searching for a stray dog to adopt because he had been so lonely since his dogs/best friends had been stolen. He said he was sitting outside, praying and telling God that if he could have anything he wanted for Christmas it would be a puppy. Just as we drove up. Erin and Buffy, visitors from Mobile and me and a 10 week old part lab puppy with all the necessary supplies. Danny named her Eve, Christmas Eve. We stayed to share a Taco Bell lunch, Eve already perfecting her "grab and run" technique.
On Christmas night, Buffy and I returned to deliver Christmas dinner. Hannah and Tyler joined us with Eve's sister Dixie. Buffy brought books from Erin and spoke for all of us when she said this was the most incredible Christmas she had ever celebrated. God blessed us everyone.