Meet Taya

After my youngest daughter, McKenzie, caught wind that last week’s post was devoted to my dog (Eli) she asked if her dog could be next in the spotlight of the blog!?

So without delay this post introduces and features…drumroll…the adorable and bubbly — Taya!!

We are absolutely smitten over this girl! She was born in December of 2019 and belonged to my husband’s aunt and uncle as they raise chihuahuas, so she was one of the pups born to their sweet dog Maggie. We could’ve taken her home much earlier than we did but I drug my feet. I was pretty apprehensive about getting her, knowing she’d hair all over! And let me tell you, she does!!! My OCD wants to take over and freak out over the dog hair but if you remember I just finished reading a book about self-control…so now I’m an expert and never struggle with control issues!!…..??……right

Anyway I’m glad I caved because we are having a ball with this girl! She’s a blast!

I wish I could successfully attach some videos but every time something goes awry….I’ll try anyway…right below is what’s hopefully a playable video:

Taya came home to us back in March when the virus was really beginning to change things.

We’re used to having lots of guests over to our place at various times but at that point all visitors came to a halt so she spent months with just our family of five. Finally the weekend of July we had friends over and it was her first taste of life outside the Witt’s. She didn’t care for it. She struggled, super bashful…and still is to this today!!

Every morning “loyal” Taya stands at Mc’s bedroom door gate and prances and whines in anticipation of her favorite human waking up.

She warms my heart!

…It wouldn’t be the purpose of this blog if I didn’t point it back around to Jesus so here’s my devotional thought:

Let’s check out James 1:17

‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Love this verse because the truth is, God is ultimately the reason I can begin to even enjoy life’s blessings (or gifts) such as my special little Eli-dog, Mc’s maniac cutie Taya….and even Paige’s gremlin Maxx….(seriously though he’s rude!)

Those blessings in my life (all of them) I’m thankful for…knowing they’re from Him, but even as much laughter and pleasure as these animals bring me it’s honestly nothing compared to the absolute unfailing gift of joy I have from the Lord.

Keeping inline with the second part of James 1:17 we take into consideration that things change, but God never changes.

The harsh reality is any of my blessings — people, pets, even necessities — none of those are guaranteed to stay. Look around, any of it could be taken away at any time. Just think of the life of Job in the Old Testament. Job lost most everything in a testing of faith but in the midst he held onto trust in the Lord even if it was by a sliver of hope and in the end he was restored with bountiful blessings.

In this very year, as we are undoubtedly seeing a mess of change and trouble, we must remain steadfast to the truth of God’s stability, understanding that Jesus has warned us: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33

Placing a firm grip on blessings or what we feel should be unalterable (apart from faith) sets ourselves up for disappointment. But when our faith is established in Him, who is not temporary, we know that though we may endure hardships or losses it will one day be restored to us, if not now then in eternity. Establishing a mindset of devotion to God, trusting and believing in His solidity, we then live out John 16:33 with the spotlight pointed to Him, not solely focused on blessings that will surely change or fade away over time.

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

37 thoughts on “Meet Taya”

  1. Aw, so cute! I know what you mean about the dog hair! I have the same problem here too. I love how you tied this back to Scripture. We are so very blessed. But you are right, nothing is for certain. So clinging to Jesus should be our main focus. He is all we need. God bless you! ✝️❤️

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    1. Yes love your comment, well said in very few words!!!
      I feel like my words are always way too many, I was shooting for about 430 and got closer to 700😅
      Thanks so much for reading Bridget!❤️

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      1. Reading shorter posts makes it easier for me to focus and usually get the main idea from it!
        My post used to always be well over 1000 words and then one day I was like this is got to stop LOL so somehow I managed to get them to about half of that..Are used to have a horrible habit of repeating myself over and over in my post, basically giving different examples or explanations I guess.

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      2. Sometimes different examples are good. I was recently working on a post and I used one example. But I didn’t want people to focus on that one particular situation, so I tried to briefly mention other scenarios as well… writing is definitely a process. But it’s a rewarding one and we grow along the journey! 💜

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      3. That makes sense! And I feel like we can really grow and develop off of one another in writing…personally I’ve had nothing but encouragement on WordPress which surprises me because there’s so much hate in the world. It’s a beautiful place to escape and the people I’ve met and get to interact with through commenting seriously warms my heart, nothing quite like it!!❤️

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  2. I love this, Alicia! Taya is the cutest doggie and she looks like so much fun! I really appreciate how you pointed to the fact that God gives good gifts such as our fur babies. And I especially love how you pointed out that our focus shouldn’t be on the blessings themselves but on God Who gives the blessings. In fact, I’m working on a blog about that very subject. Thank you for blessing my morning!


    1. Thanks she is cute and so much fun!! Love how you said ‘sweet times’ that grabs my heart’s attention because of the nostalgia it will hold one day when I look back at this time period and reflect on these dogs of ours..we just don’t get our pets quite long enough I guess.❤️

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    1. Ya that’s so true…and this particular daughter really only has 1 good friend… so Taya has been an extra blessing to her heart.
      In fact though MCs good friend ended up getting two of Tayas siblings..kinda neat!!

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    1. Ya Taya’s spoiled rotten yet maintains the sweetest, most charming personality nevertheless!!❤️
      I always wanted a chihuahua as well and my husband would never go for it so then when our daughter chose this dog I was like “score!!!!” 😂


      1. Oh I wish my hubby would agree to it too!! It’s a dream of mine and since I’m half Hispanic, I think it fits. Plus Chihuahuas struggle with their nerves……like me!!! We could be nervy together.😂😂👍❤❤

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      2. Haha!! love that (nervy)!!

        We actually speak the little bit of Spanish we know to sweet Taya just for fun!! Wish I could speak more, love their language and culture!! And had no idea you were half Hispanic! I get asked if I am from time to time!❤️


      3. 😂👍

        Awwww how fun. I don’t know much but the few bits my dad said and others in the Porterican neighborhood I grew up in. I love the culture too and enjoyed a HUGE family reunion when I was 15 called Rodriguez Family Reunion but my maiden surname is Quintero. Are you Hispanic too??


  3. Reading God’s Word helps our faith to remain front and center, despite these challenging times. Taya arrived at your home at a time when her presence really brought some extra happiness filled with love. Your daughter as well as the rest of the family have been blessed.

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    1. You are so right, she has filled so much happiness! I don’t know who in the family is her biggest fan, surely my daughter is, but I know I don’t trail too far behind!!
      And amen, we must stay in the Word to stay focused!!


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