Every full moon represents a time of transition from the last 30 days to the next. A time to reflect, consider, and reevaluate the whirlwind of life that is seemingly flying by. On this crisp fall evening in September, the full moon illuminating the sky represented more than just the passage of time. This night was one of celebration of a life well lived; one that brought so much joy, happiness, and adventure into my family.

I clearly remember the spring morning when our family jumped into the car to go pick up our new Golden Retriever puppy. After months of anticipation, our family was beyond excited to take our puppy home and live a new life with him by our side. I remember my little sister Brooke named our puppy, and she ended up going with the name “Kiwi”. Over the years, Kiwi accompanied our family on backpacking adventures, rafting trips, paddle boarding outings, athletic events, and so much more. It’s impossible to describe how much of an impact he had on my life growing up.

My favorite Kiwi moments include:

  1. His smiling face and wiggling hips that greeted me every time I came home from school from 3rd-12th grade.
  2. His ability to devour a vanilla Dairy Queen soft serve cone in 5 seconds.
  3. Day hikes in the foothills where Kiwi would lay down in every muddy puddle no matter how hard Brooke and I would try to get him to stop.
  4. His ability to make any situation more fun and less awkward. Accompanying me to every high school dance picture event and growling at the boys who were our dates.
  5. Paddle boarding and kayaking in a tandem together through the creeks and rivers in McCall during summer days, then running through the fields in the evenings as he explored.
  6. Forcing Kiwi to come along on basically every adventure from paddle boarding on the lake, backpacking trips to Hidden Lake, hikes up Hulls Gulch, and Saturday Farmer’s Market outings.

Here are a few of my favorite posts from Kiwi’s Instagram account run by my little sister (yes I am serious hahaha)

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The impact that our pets can have on our lives is absolutley amazing. They make the world a brighter, happier place simply by being there. Kiwi never refused the opportunity for an outdoor adventure, the opportunity to bring joy to others, or an ice cream cone. I think that if everyone lived their life the way Kiwi did, the world would be a much better place!

Although a part of our family is now missing as Kiwi passed, his life will continue to bring light into our lives for years to come. The other day I was listening to a speech by Charlie Day, and he stated “you cannot love without the fear of loss”. I thought that this was a great quote that was applicable not only to this situation, but to relationships with people who are close to us as well. Although the thought of loosing something important to us is overwhelming, we can use that energy towards something beneficial to our daily lives. We can live presently in the moments we do have left, appreciate friends and family, and recognize the beauty that surrounds us in every day.

Life always keeps moving, and soon this cloudy time will pass like any other. Every 30 days we have a full moon, a constant reminder to be the very best we can be. Question is: Where will you be during the next one?