Monday, December 24, 2012

The Hope of Christmas

It's Christmas Eve, and I am writing this post to reflect on what this time of year means, specifically in light of the terrible tragedy in Newtown, CT, where 20 precious little children and 6 adults were killed on December 14th. I was getting ready for a big party full of teenagers when I heard the news. I had to go on about my work, tucking the information away with a silent prayer. But it lingered in my mind all night. And it hasn't really left my heart. I'm sure it's been the same for many of you. Political and theological debates have ensued as the whole country talks about why and how this happened, and how we can keep it from happening again. 

There is nothing new under the sun. Sin abounds in every vicious and depraved way, as it has in every generation. This should not be a surprise to us. But it should also not make us lose hope. Even as our hearts ache over the senselessness of the tragedy, and we pray for healing of the physical and emotional destruction, we can find joy this season. Christmas... this thing we are celebrating, the birth of Jesus the Christ... is the hope for this country, and for the world. Because that little baby was the Son of God, and he grew up to make a sacrifice for all of us, so that we might have eternal life with God. Previously I wrote about walking in heaven with Hitler, with the message that God's grace, made possible by Christ's death, is big enough to cover even the sins of someone as heinous as Hitler. And Adam Lanza. Some choose to reject Christ's gift, and instead die in their depravity. But that's their choice, because Christ offers it freely to even the worst of us. 

And that is where our hope lies. Hope that God will redeem us as he has promised. Hope that even when the most awful things happen, God can and will grant peace to those who call on his name. 

As you go about your Christmas day, opening presents, eating food, and spending time with loved ones, remember the hope that we are celebrating. This is not just another day on the calendar for spending money and having parties. We are having a birthday party for God Made Man. We are giving each other gifts to honor the gift of salvation that was given to us. Celebrate it! Don't let the evil of this world steal the joy that God has given you! 

Tonight I am praying for everyone who doesn't know Christ, and so doesn't know his hope and joy. And I'm praying for the Adam Lanzas of the world. For the next lost soul that is contemplating the unthinkable, I pray he or she will grasp hold of Hope. And I pray for all those who are grieving the loss of someone special, especially those who don't have the comfort of God to ease their suffering. Please join me in these prayers. 

Have a very Merry Christmas in Christ!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but has eternal life." John 3:16.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Encouragement After The Election

Last night's election results were a huge disappointment to almost half the country. The pro-life community in particular lamented the fact that the most pro-death president in history will be leading our country for another 4 years. The implications of his leadership  in areas from the economy to gun control to the appointment of Supreme Court justices are overwhelming. He has also openly said he would use executive orders to get things done that Congress wouldn't do, in direct disregard for the checks and balances established by the Constitution.

To be sure, conservatives know what's at stake here. And the sentiment is a resounding, may God have mercy on this country.  That was my prayer as I went to bed last night at 1:30am, and was my prayer this morning as I couldn't go back to sleep after my husband left at 4:30am. God spoke some things to my heart during this time, and while I still every moment have to throw my anger, despair, and worry at His feet, these thoughts help. And I want to share them with those of you who are feeling the same emotions that I am.

First, some perspective. For the moment, we are still the freest country in the world.

While the number of abortions done each year here is staggering, shameful, and depressing, we do not yet have actual population control measures in place. Unlike China, we do not pull women off the street and force them to undergo abortions.

If we wanted to leave the country because of the leadership, we could. Unlike places like North Korea and Cuba, we still have the ability to come and go freely with very few exceptions.

We are the most armed citizenry in the world. Despite the anti-gun sentiment among liberals, and what I'm convinced will be an agenda item for the president this term, we are far from being disarmed. It's in our Constitution, and has been upheld by the Supreme Court that the 2nd Amendment applies to individual citizens. It is unlikely that will change in the next 4 years.

No matter the unemployment rates, high gas and food prices, and overall failed economic policies, God has blessed a huge number of conservatives with great wealth that they continue to give large amounts of to charity. And he has blessed the rest of us with great hearts that allow us to give even when we have very little to spare. We can and will continue to take care of each other.

We still have the freedom to take our grievances through the court system. Unlike dictatorships where the citizens have no rights to question the authority of their government, we still do. And in four more years, we will once again go to the polls to decide on new leadership. And a positive here is that the current president can't be elected again.

And, more importantly than any of that is that we still have freedom of religion. Most of us would say that there is an attack on Christianity happening in our country. Liberals interpret "freedom of religion" to mean freedom from religion, and are ousting the God of Christianity from every public square. But we don't have to hide our beliefs. We aren't threatened with imprisonment or death for our faith. That's huge!

These are just some of the blessings we still have in our country. Please feel free to continue the list in the comments.

Now for some admonition. And I'm speaking this as much to myself as to all of you. I said this in my last blog post. Those who follow Christ are still God's people. When God told Abraham that he was going to destroy Sodom, Abraham pleaded that the city would be spared on account of the righteous. And God told Abraham that if Abraham could find even ten righteous people in the land, he would spare Sodom. We know that Abraham could not, and so God did destroy Sodom. But the United States of America is not Sodom. Righteous citizens can be found in every town in every state. So I'm going to say that, like Abraham, we should plead the case for our country. Daily. And we should live our lives in a way that attempts to be worthy of the righteousness given to us through the blood of Christ.

Remember that ultimately, God is in control. He was not surprised by the outcome of this election. And perhaps he is allowing it so that his people will step out of their complacency and seek him earnestly about this land.

I'd like to also encourage you to pray for all the people who claim the name of Christ, but decided to vote for a man who believes it's okay to dismember babies in the womb, and allow born babies to die alone in hospital supply closets. Several friends of mine broke my heart with their decisions to do just that, because at the time it seemed to them that all the other issues outweighed that one. The Lord takes murder very seriously. He is the Author of Life. While health care for everyone and other social issues may be noble causes, they can never outweigh the gravity of standing by while millions of innocent babies are slaughtered. I'm grieved that so many were deceived. They need our prayers.

Be blessed today, and be a blessing to someone else. Unload your anger and other emotions at the feet of the Lord, so you can still represent Christ in what seems like dark times. The deeper the darkness, the brighter the light.

"And God causes all things to work together for the good of those love him, and have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Christians: Do More Than Just Vote...

It's less than two weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and the fervor is growing on both sides. What I've been noticing the last few weeks is an unrest in the Christian community as more questions about morality and the election arise daily. What are the most important moral issues? Can a Christian vote for a candidate who supports abortion? Can a Christian vote for a candidate that seems not to care about the poor? Can an Evangelical or Catholic vote for a Mormon? Is it moral to vote for the "lesser of two evils?" Are either of the candidates actually evil?  Do we have a moral obligation to vote?

Those who know me well know that I get really passionate about things, and would love to tell you what I think about it all. I could spend a long time giving you what I believe are the right answers to these and many other election-related questions. But I'm not going to.

Instead, I want to talk about the attitude Christians should have over the next ten days. While we are doing our research, delving into the moral questions, and having (hopefully kind and uplifting) discussions with fellow Christians about the issues, the prevailing attitude should be one of peace and trust, because we are more powerful than our votes. Scripture is clear that God is the one who puts rulers in place, for His purpose. For the sake of time, I won't outline those verses here, but this is a good place for you to start looking into it. I realize that this may give rise to more questions about the morality of civil disobedience, but those are issues for another day. My point is that, ultimately, God is in control. And we can do more about the direction of our country than just participate in the political process. Right now, our country has turned away from God. And I know that Christians would love to see a move back to a more righteous way of life. But before you point all the fingers at the liberals, consider this...

In 2 Chronicals 7:13-15, God tells Solomon, "
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land"  (NIV)

See what he says there - When I'm sending judgement on the land, Solomon, the people need to pray and repent, and I will forgive them and heal their land.  This was originally a promise to Israel, God's first people. But Christ made it so that all those who follow Him are called by His name. We are His people, and this is our land. So as Christians, we need stop looking at the sinners "of the world" and placing blame, and start  looking at ourselves. We all need to repent and beseech the Lord for His mercy on the United States.

Commit to being a prayer warrior for this election. First, seriously evaluate your conscience and repent of your own sins, then lift your prayers up with those of other faithful Christians who care about the outcome of this election. The truth is that our prayers are more powerful than our votes. I'm not saying don't vote. (Okay, I'll just slip in my opinion on one of the above questions: I think Christians have a moral imperative to vote.) But your prayers will influence in a way that your vote can't. When God was going to destroy Sodom, He told Abraham that He would spare Sodom if Abraham could find just a handful of righteous people living there. Let's be those righteous people in our land. And let's fill our hearts, and lace our discussions, with trust, hope, and peace. If God's people truly repent and pray, He will hear us and heal our land. Regardless of who wins this election.

Casting Crowns brings that passage in 2 Chronicles to life in their song "What if His People Prayed."  Watch the video... and keep praying.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Yes, You Can Make Yogurt In Your Crockpot!

I haven't been writing for a few months, and I've been trying to figure out what I could post to get myself going again. So, here it is: my new-found skill of making homemade  yougurt!  I say it's a skill, but really it's so simple, anyone with a crockpot who can follow directions can do it this way. I haven't taken any pictures to show the process, but I promise to update this with pictures next time I do it.

Here's what you'll need:
A crock pot (preferably one with a "warm" setting)

2 qts milk  - I use raw milk from organic, grass fed cows. If you can't or don't want to use raw milk, please still use organic milk. DO NOT use ultra-pasteurized milk.

Single serving container of plain yogurt - choose something that is *just* milk and yogurt culture (no weird chemicals or gelatin). I used Chobani.

Mesh strainer and coffee filters or cheesecloth if you want to strain your yogurt to make it thicker.

Here's what you do:

Put the milk in the crock pot and turn it on to low for 2 1/2 hours. Sometimes a skin will form on the top of the milk while heating. You can either skim this off or whisk it in. After that, turn the crock pot off and let the milk cool for 3 hours. After 3 hours, scoop out a couple cups of milk and mix in the plain yogurt. Then mix that into the main batch of milk.  At this point, if you have a crock pot with a warm setting, turn it on to warm for 30 min.  This will give the culture a little more warmth to get going. If you don't have a crock pot with a warm setting, skip to the next step. Wrap the crock pot in heavy towels and leave sit overnight. In the morning, you should have yogurt!

A couple of things:
If your kitchen is chilly, you may need to set the crock pot on a warming mat or put it in a warmer room in the house.

If the yogurt is not as thick as you would like, place your strainer over a bowl, line with coffee filter or cheesecloth and pour your yogurt in. The whey will drain out as it sits. When it is the thickness you like, just dump the yogurt into a container for storage. And don't throw out the whey - it is useful for so many things... but that's another blog post for another day! A word of caution - if you strain your yogurt too long, you will actually make real cream cheese! ... But maybe you want to make cream cheese one of these days - I just told you how to do it.

Let me know how your yogurt making goes. And I am currently too busy to edit this post, so please let me know if anything is unclear or misspelled. Happy yogurt making!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Reflections on the A-Z Blogging Challenge

It's been almost 2 weeks. And I'm writing this today only because it's the deadline for having the reflections posts done to go on the list. Because I haven't wanted to even look at my blog in the past two weeks. I haven't wanted to look at any blogs. The Challenge was hard for me. My health issues frequently prevent me from forming full sentences, and my life as a part-time single parent is a challenge all its own. Having to do a blog post a day during April was exhausting, mentally and physically. In the beginning, I thought I would do the challenge on both my blogs. A few days in I realized there was no way I could keep up both. This was my first big disappointment. A couple weeks in I realized I couldn't keep up with visiting 10 blogs a day and reading the blogs of the people I wanted to follow. Disappointment number two. The last week of April, I was so overwhelmed just answering the comments that people were leaving on my blog. I can't say that I ended on an up note.

But lest you think it was all tedious and torturous, I'll also say that I am glad I participated. It took a lot of discipline to post daily no matter what else was going on. And discipline gained through challenge is always worthy. I loved meeting all the new people that came to visit my blog, and whose blogs I visited. I met people that I would have probably never met otherwise. The blogosphere is a big place, and there are so many great blogs that I wouldn't have ever found except through this challenge. It was also a great experience doing this with my daughter, who at 12 years old disciplined herself to post daily, even with a full school schedule, critique group and other writing goals. We had a great time supporting and encouraging each other. And, of course, all that I learned about the wonders of this world as I researched for my posts has enriched my faith and my appreciation for the universe.

So, the big question: Will I participate again? .... well, I think this is a bit like the emotions of childbirth... ask me again once I've forgotten what it was like this time!  Seriously though, I think I will. But next time, I'll prepare a little more in advance, and I'll choose a topic that I don't have to research. April is a busy month for garden chores; perhaps I'll write about the April garden.

In another few weeks, I think I'll be ready to continue visiting blogs on the list, and catching up on all the ones I'm following. And I'm looking forward to reading a lot of the reflections posts. I'd like to thank all the people who read and commented on my posts throughout the month, and the hosts for making the challenge possible.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for Omega

Most of the A-Z Challenge I wrote about things in the natural world that testify to the glory of God, as Romans 1:20 says:
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."
My challenge to you is this: take some time to study God's world. Keep learning new things about nature. Not that you have to go back to school or read some boring textbook or become an expert. Just look around you, look things up. Share some amazing facts you've learned!

In Revelation 22:13, God says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."

I started April with Alpha. God is the first, the beginning. Creation started with him. Everything started with him. He is also Omega, the end. Omega doesn't start with Z. But Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. And Z is the last letter of ours.

So I started April with him, and I am ending with him. For all of us, I offer this prayer:

Thank you, Creator God, for the universe and all it contains. Thank you for the beauty and diversity that cover this great Earth. You desire to show yourself in the things that you created - please help us to see you in them. And help us to care for the Earth that you made us stewards over. You are truly an awesome God, deserving of all praise. And we praise you. Amen. 

Congratulations to all my fellow A-Zers who made it through the challenge. I look forward to reading lots of the follow-up posts.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


My day started in Moorefield, WV. We had been visiting my husband for a few days, but had to come home this morning. At 6:30am, after a sleep-deprived night spent hyper-aware of the pacing around of my restless dog, I drug myself out of bed and started the cleaning up and packing up process.  We were on the road by 7:15am, but instead of going straight home, we had to go to State Line, PA so I could pick up my farm order. We arrived there at 9:30am - right on time. A three minute stop to pay the farmer and put my milk and stuff in the car, and we were finally headed home.

Forty  minutes later, we pulled into our driveway in Frederick, MD, and started a flurry of activity to get ready for the next part of the day. We brought in the farm stuff, put it away, unloaded some things from the car, checked to see if our Robins had left the nest (they had), my son got a quick shower, we changed clothes, opened a delivery box that was sitting on the porch, grabbed a quick snack, and were back in the car 45 minutes later. Next stop was to pick up a necklace I had ordered the night before, from the husband of my beautiful, talented friend who makes jewelry - click the picture of my necklace to go to her website. I gave him a call, and went a few blocks over to where he was doing some community outreach gardening to get the necklace. Then on to the bank to get out some cash.

After the bank, I went to my mom's house. It was supposed to be a quick stop to drop my son with my sister for my nephew's birthday outing. They were headed to Baltimore, but we all sat and chatted for awhile first. Yes, despite the fact that I was exhausted at this point (and it was only 11:30am), I had a cup of coffee and we talked books, Gnosticism, and the Secretary Sebelius smack down .

It was almost 1pm when my daughter and I got out of there and headed to the fairgrounds for a homeschool curriculum fair. I bought math curriculum, science curriculum, and reading curriculum, joined the HSLDA, spent way too much time at the Miller Pads & Paper booth (I am a paper-aholic), and chatted with several different friends I ran into. By the time we were done, my daughter and I were both tummies-growling-loudly-and-painfully hungry.  We left the fairgrounds and went a few blocks to eat at Five Guys. Well, Five Guys is right by the library, so I decided that since we were right there, I should go in real quickly and pay my fine. But it didn't end up being quick, because we decided since we were there anyway, we should also get some books. And I just had to want the one book that was supposed to be on the shelf but wasn't. And then made the mistake of asking the staff about it.  Thirty minutes later, we were finally out of the library and run-walking to Five Guys in the chilly spitting overcast grayness. We got the food, then headed home. By this time, I was almost delirious with exhaustion, scarfing fries in the car, so hungry I was nauseated. We got home and ate, but then I needed to straighten the disaster that my living room still was from when we were going through laundry before we left on Wednesday (which we had then made even worse by dropping our stuff everywhere when we got home this morning).

Baby yawns are the cutest!
Then I texted a friend who was supposed to come over and pick up farm milk that I got for her, and plopped onto the couch and closed my eyes for what seemed like a split second before she showed up at my door (it was more like 20 minutes). We spoke for a few minutes about her new baby, she got her milk and left, then I went back to the couch... Zzzzz... I don't know how long before my husband called, but it wasn't long enough. My daughter talked to him, and I said I would talk to him later because I was only half awake...Zzzzz...My sister called to plan when I would be picking up my son. We decided on a time which gave me 30 more minutes before I had to leave the house to drive the 40 minutes to pick him up..."Victoria, wake me up in 30 minutes"...Zzzzz... 40 minutes later, I wake up on my own. "Ahhhh... Victoria, why didn't you wake me up?" She didn't remember me saying 30 minutes. I forgave her because she was almost as tired as I was.

We got in the car to go pick up my son, got a few blocks away and realized I left my phone at home. Turned around, went back to the house, got my phone, and then we're like 20 minutes later than we should have been. Fortunately, my sister was running late too, so I actually arrived at our meeting place before she did. Got my son back, but then fought with him on the way home (we were both tired and cranky). When we got home, it was 8pm...and I wanted desperately to just go to sleep right then. But I had to talk to my husband,  proof read my daughter's blog post, and then do mine. Which brings me to here... Yawn! I'm ready to go to bed. And since you decided to read this whole boring story about my crazy day, I will reward you with an interesting fact about yawning:

You're yawning now, aren't you?
Scientists have no idea why we yawn, but according to one theory, yawning might keep our lungs from collapsing! I think that God just has a sense of humor. "I know, I'll make it so that when humans are tired or bored, they open their mouths wide and suck in air. Oh, and when one does it, everyone else around him will need to do it too... that will be hilarious."  Then he discussed with himself about how cute it would be if animals yawned too... Ok, well, you see I am still delirious. Soo...yawn...good night.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Today I present... some of the most Xtreme animals on the planet.

Xtremely Cute - English Angora Rabbit

Xtremely Ugly (but very cool!) - Blob Fish

Xtremely Demon-like - The Aye-Aye

Xteme Nose - Star-nosed Mole

Xtremely Mean - The Honey Badger 

And, watch this video to see a crazy Xtreme Bird (of Paradise) mating dance!

Thursday, April 26, 2012


What is it about moving water that is so soothing? I love the way it sounds - from the gentle gurgle of a relaxation fountain, to the rhythmic woosh of the tide rolling onto the beach. Even the roar of a waterfall can calm me. And waterfalls can be some of the most awesome of sights. Here are three of the most beautiful in the world.

Niagra Falls, US and Canada -
Approximately 13 million people visit Niagra Falls each year to watch 150,000 gallons of water per second flow over the falls.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina
This system consists of 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River. And the Devil's Throat area is taller than Niagra and twice as wide.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
It is the largest singular waterfall in the world at 354 feet high, with a flow of over 264,000 gallons per second! Described by the phrase "smoke that thunders," Victoria Falls is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Can you imagine the strength, power, and intensity these falls put out? Now can you imagine that God is more mighty than even these falls? I am so small compared to these forces of nature. And they are so small compared to him. But yet he knows me by name. And he loves me. How awesome is that!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Children are a blessing from the Lord. Amen? My daughter Victoria was born in December of 1999, on the verge of death. 

Before we had kids, my husband and I didn't know that we had an incompatibility with our platelets. It causes my body to see the baby's platelets as foreign and attack them. As a result, my daughter was born with a platelet level of around 6,000. Normal is in the hundreds of thousands, so her platelet level was in the category of "nonexistent." As soon as they got the results, they immediately transferred her to the NICU at the state medical university. Platelet levels that low put a person at very high risk for internal hemorrhaging from even the slightest injury. We were told she would probably be there for weeks as they gave her platelet transfusions, and worked to get my antibodies out of her system so she could start replacing her platelets on her own.   

But God had other plans. Despite going through the rigors of labor, she had no internal bleeding, which was a miracle. She responded excellently to treatment and started making her own platelets with gusto. And she was able to come home three days later. 

... which was my birthday.  

I love telling the story about God giving me my daughter as a birthday gift.  And I see the Lord in her every single day. She is an amazing blessing. 

It's been fun doing the A-Z Challenge with Victoria. Pop over and visit her blog, where she shares her thoughts about her crazy life as an almost-teenager. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Update on the Robins

I did confirm that, sadly, one of the baby Robins did not survive. I'm assuming the mama pushed it out of the nest, because it's no longer there. I looked for it under the bush, but I'm sure my dog would have made a quick snack of it as soon as it hit the ground.

But, the remaining three are doing splendidly! They have a good mama who brings them food constantly. And during the last couple of days, which were cold and raining, one parent was gathering food while the other was sitting on the babies, wings spread out to keep the rain off of them.

Today it's sunny and warmer, and the babies are up and down, stretching their wings, and making more vigorous peeping noises. By my count, they are only a few days away from getting out of the nest. I guess flight training will be happening soon? I did read today that most Robins do not make it past their first year of life, which is very depressing.

Protecting them from the rain.
There's only three now.

I want to thank the few people who participated in the Quiz of Qs. Hopefully next time, more people will at least venture a guess! These three did make the attempt, and did very well. Now, go visit their blogs!
Kern @ The Odd Particle [Re]View
C.M. Brown
Sush @ First Do No Harm

Monday, April 23, 2012

Trembling Giant tree

One thing I am enjoying about my theme for the A-Z Challenge is that I am looking at the world more closely, learning about amazing stuff God made that I never knew existed, or knew but didn't know just how cool it was! I know there's some beautiful, majestic trees on this earth, but when I ran across information about the Quaking Aspen, a.k.a. The Trembling Giant, I knew it would be the highlight of my "T" post.

The Quaking Aspen grove - located in Utah - is actually not a bunch of single trees like it appears. It is a living organism spread over 107 acres, with each of it's approximately 47,000 stems having the same genetic code, and connected by an enormous underground root system. And here I thought Avatar's Pandora was pure fantasy. But Jodie Holt, who designed all of the flora for the fictional planet, is a professor of botany. So, she'd know about The Trembling Giant.

Pandora may be fake, but the Earth is real. The Trembling Giant is real. God is real. Amen?

Click on any of the pictures to link to lists of some of the most amazing trees in the world. They have a lot of overlaps, of course, but the pictures and information are wonderful on each list. I'll leave you with one more picture. This is The Basket Tree. It's shape is not natural; it was created by a man who harnessed the natural growth properties of the trees. What creativity!

Answers to my Quiz of Qs:
1-E, 2-C, 3-B, 4-D, 5-F, 6-A. Thanks to everyone who played. Blogs of the winners will be linked in my "U" post.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


It's funny that both my daughter and I wrote about sleep for our "S" posts. She wrote from the perspective of a teenager who is always tired. I'm writing about sleep because today I'm trying to catch up from being at a birth for 20 hours Friday. Thus my 11pm post about the wonderful gift of sleep!


If you haven't done my Q quiz, go do it now - I'm giving it an extra day. Check it out - you know you want to!
And, be sure to visit my daughter's blog, Growing Up Victoria

Friday, April 20, 2012


The American Robin is unassuming. It isn't brilliantly colored. It doesn't have a very sweet song. But a nest outside my bedroom window has given me a great opportunity to marvel at God's handiwork. I love birth and babies, even of animals!

The American Robin

A couple days after hatching
About 5 days old

A week old - halfway there!

I think one of the babies died. In the day 5 picture, one looks underdeveloped - the head is smaller and more pink. I can only see three in the day 7 picture. Would the mama push the dead one out of the nest? These pictures were taken by reaching my camera into the bush. I wish I could get a closer look with my eyes!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quiz of Qs

Here's a bunch of obscure animals that start with the letter Q. Your job is to match the correct name with the correct picture.  Put your responses in the comments. The answers will be at the bottom of my "S" post, and the person or people who get the most correct, I'll link to their blog on my "T" post.
Don't cheat and look them up!!

1. quelea  2. quindio  3. quinquespinosus  4. quino checkerspot  5. quilback  6. quoll


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Partner & Friend

Today my husband was home, which is a big deal! He works and lives out of town, and right now he's working 7 days a week. Since I have a client due (I'm a doula), I have had to stay close to home, so we haven't been able to go visit him in awhile.  But today his job got rained out, so he drove the 2.5 hours home to be with the family for just a few hours before driving the 2.5 hours back. That is a man who is dedicated to his family. My post today isn't in keeping with my theme for the month, but I wanted to publicly thank the Lord for giving me such an awesome husband, partner and friend. Love you, babe!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Octopus Camouflage

When I first saw this video, I just. Could. Not. Believe it. So fantastic, so awesome, so amazing! You HAVE to watch it. And yes, I did just yell at you. But, seriously, take the 4.5 minutes and watch it! And, I don't care how any scientist tries to explain it away (and notice he says they have no idea how it works)... it doesn't matter how many millions of years it had, this could not have evolved. Call me stupid and naive, whatever. The complexity here is off the charts! This is so cool, I feel like doing a little dance. God has the greatest ideas!