"...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles: they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint..."
Isaiah 40:31

Saturday, April 25, 2009


I admit... I have always loved (and have been a bit obsessed) with nature since I was little. Just ask my sister - she'll tell you about my road trip "lists". My childhood BFF, Leigh Toney, could tell you about all of our attempts to dig up our dead hampsters to see the bones, and even the time that we duct-taped a dead mole (that her cat drug up) to her fort on her swingset... sick. All of these kind of events led me to believe that I was going to be a vet when I grew up... until about my senior year... and I realized that you had to put animals to sleep.

Anyway... today... two things happened.

First, I had Rylan to myself (which is always a treat) b/c Lex stayed with her cousin Emma for the night. Rylan and I decided to take a bike ride / nature walk this morning. It started with seeing a dead squirrel in front of our neighbor's house. It was fresh b/c Rylan had to go inspect and check it out. (I know, I know... I have imposed my obsessions on my children) We moved on to a nice morning time adventure that included picking/eating some honey-suckle by a creek, major hills to ride down, and rain on our heads at the end.

We got back to where the squirrel was and it was G-O-N-E! I told Ry "it must have been a hawk"... b/c we have hawks all around. He went on to inform me that hawks don't eat dead animals. After looking for a minute this is the sight that we saw in the neighbor's yard - I guess this hawk wanted breakfast...

The closer I got the more nervous he got... so off he went. Gross, I know, but nature at its finest. :)

Second... Speaking of nature... remember our little egg? Well... 1 + 5 = 6. That is the total of eggs that momma bird laid in her nest.

I have been taking down my hanging fern everyday to look so the momma would be used to me moving her nest. Today I took it down and sort of "freaked out" b/c these little furry things were in there and I realized that two of the eggs had hatched!! We have babies!!

On top of babies, we also have two dogs that are on the ground underneath them. Enough said. Let's just hope that the babies stay in the nest for now.


Tootle Family said...

Sooooooo cool!!! And, soooo excited you have your camera. Amazing photos. i've always loved that little nature-girl in you!

Pam said...

Wow, that is all I can say, WOW