Category Archives: Creation

Swallow Saved

As I recently wrote about, we have been babysitting a family of swallows.  If you’ve followed this blog lately, you already know that one was killed by ants, and two were swallowed by a snake.  Thankfully one naturally matured to fly from our make-shift nest.  The last of the five babies, however, just needed some extra care.

As the days went on, it became obvious of an injury to one of its’ wings…perhaps after it fell the long way from the nest to our front porch?  Day after day we watched the parent birds fly in with meals, and then stall in a nearby area flapping their wings and calling to the baby.  O ver and over they would repeat this process encouraging the little one to join the flightful paradise.

The baby would call back, jump up to the highest point of the crate and then jump, only to land on the ground unable to achieve the goal.  It would stretch its’ wings; first the right one….all the way out, then the left one….only from the elbow to the shoulder.  Yes, we knew it was much more this bird needed than we could provide.

Even its’ sibling bird would come back to the crate, snuggling up to the injured bird as if to provide the personal love and attention it might need to fly.

Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center welcomed the baby bird.  The owner said it had a broken wrist but would most likely heal.  She swiftly wrapped its’ wing with such precision and exactness, we knew it was in good hands. 

 

When we first arrived there, we noticed how busy the facility was.  It is spring, and as you can imagine, they were just filled with birds needing help.  One look on the worker’s faces said it all.

Secondly, we were asked to make a donation to the center.  With so many birds to take care of, and no regular funding other than from the public, I would imagine there is a constant need for financial help.  Feeding and caring for what must be hundreds, if not a thousand or so birds has got to take alot of people, food, water, and supplies.  We hope to return with a donation, and continue looking for ways to help.  If you would like to help, please consider making a donation through their website here

We were also invited to walk around the facility.  There we found some amazing winged creatures that seemed very grateful for the care they were getting.

We think of our feathered friend often, wondering if he’s feeling ok and how his wing is healing.  It’s been a great experience for the boys.  This is what makes homeschooling fun!

 

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Swallows Swallowed

I love how God uses real life lessons to support our homeschooling endeavors!  Countless times, He brings people or situations into our lives just during or after we have studied them.  What an opportunity to take our head knowledge and put it to practical use!

One such opportunity recently fell (literally) onto our own front porch …

Walking out the door one day, I looked down and noticed a baby bird had fallen out of the nest on our front porch.  We have been watching these birds since before their eggs were hatched. 

Day after day, the parents carefully built the nest, laid the eggs, and then patiently sat waiting for their big arrivals.

The nest was well located, approximately 12(‘sh) feet above our front door securely attached to the brick wall.  Even with our highest ladder, we could not reach the nest, and felt therefore that no other predator could either.

On this day, however, we found the newly born bird laying on the porch and covered in ants.  It was a sad day.  We have spent the last several months studying birds, their behavior and reproduction and now with the opportunity to see it all up close, this poor little baby lay as a feast to the relentless jaws of Texas ants.

Cleaning and spraying for ants (again), we remained hopeful that the rest of the birds would stay put in their snug abode.

The next day, however, we noticed yet another baby bird fledged too early and was sitting on the porch. 

Then, yet again, a third bird found its way there too.

Quickly, we rescued them from the ants, placing inside a small dog carrier, and determined to do what we could to save their lives.

For the next couple of days we noticed their frailty.  We contacted both the local Audobon Center and a Wildlife Rescue facility for information.  We fed them with a dropper and kept them indoors at night, but outdoors in full view by their parents during the day.

The third day, we noticed a marked improvement in their health and rejoiced over how much attention their parents were giving inside the opened crate.

Remaining in the nest were two more babies, so the parents flew back and forth between the crate, now on a chair on the porch, and the nest high above the door.

As the boys and I continued to monitor the babies in both places, I opened the door, noted the babies in the crate, then peered up only to be shocked and surprised and definately very, very frightened!  This was the sight I saw…

Let me just point out here that I. DON’T. DO. SNAKES!  If a snake wants this house, it is more than welcome to HAVE IT!  I will gladly take my purse, laptop, kids, and keys and leave the perimeter for as long as a snake wants to inhabit the premises!  So, as you can imagine, I was pretty much FREAKED out at this point!  

My boys, on the other hand, thought it was the coolest thing in the world.

We called the city who transferred the call to the county, who promptly responded by sending a police man to save the day.  Praise the Lord for policemen and women who protect our country from drugs, murderers, evil-doers, and SNAKES!

He knocked down the nest, snake and all, and promptly cut it into several pieces.

We could see the bulge of each of the two remaining baby birds inside the snake’s stomach.  Poor babies 😦

(…and of course, my boys had to squeeze the birds out of the snake…yuck!)

By the way……I noticed how disgusting the smell of the snake was within just a few minutes of dying.  Gurrose!

Once things calmed down and the snake was gone, we began to turn our attention once again to the two birds in the crate.  Those poor parents who had so faithfully cared for their children were sitting on the roof tops mourning the deaths of now three of five birds. 

Even more so, the boys and I remained determined to save these birds.

It’s been several days since the snake incident.  We were rewarded with seeing one of the baby birds fly from its nest crate.  The second bird has a problem with one of its wings so we continue to closely watch over it.  Three or four times it has made it to the top of the crate and jumped off, however that wing just won’t work correctly.  We are thinking it might have possibly been hurt in the fall from the nest.

Until it is ready for flight, we continue this up close and practical application of our new-found Ornithology wisdom.   I never knew bird watching was so rewarding and fun!

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Boys Birds and Bees

Son 1:  “Mom?  So if I want to find the right girl, I take a rib from my side, put it into some dirt, say a magic spell and then I get my perfect girl, right?  Is that how it works?”

Me:  “Well………..almost” 😉

(Several moments later….)

Son 1:  “So are yall going to have another baby?” 

Me:  “That’s up to God.  He’s the Creator.” 

Son 1:   “Mommmmm, we know how the system works.”

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Consider the ants

Most of us have heard that phrase.  It comes from Proverbs 6 where God’s word says:

“Go to the ant, you sluggard!  Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”

Ants are phenomenal creatures.  We have been studying them, along with other social insects this week.  The boys have learned their body parts, jobs, and alot about their design.  God did an amazing thing when he created ants!

One thing we have learned is that aphids and ants are dependent on each other.  Aphids are small insects that feed on the sap of newly sprouted stems, leaves, and flowers.  Eating the sap inside these fresh plants causes a special substance called honeydew to form inside the aphid’s body.  Ants will “milk” an aphid by rubbing the aphid’s back with its antennae.  The honeydew squeezes out of the aphid’s abdomen, and the ant enjoys a nice taste.  Ants protect the aphids in exchange for the opportunity to drink the honeydew liquid.

Not only are ants productive, they are also social.  They need each other to sustain the colony.  Each one knows their job and does it day-to-day without hesitation.  One ant could not live alone.  They need other ants and sometime other bugs such as aphids to survive.

What can we learn from this?  As individuals and as especially in homeschooling situations, it is important to remember that we need others to be successful, happy, and productive.  When things gets hard it is easy to retreat to our lonely shell, but over time that shell is just unhealthy to be under.

God created us for fellowship with one another.  We need to love and be loved.  We need conversation.  We need eye contact.  We need an occasional hug or even a pat on the back.

Consider the ants.  Leave the shell.  Reach out and get to know people.  Invite someone to dinner or a play date at the park.  Befriend the aphids in your life, and together you can both sit down and enjoy the sweet nectar God intended you to have!

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**Please Pray for Ella Ruth**

Sorry, everyone, I haven’t opened Whatever Wednesday tonight.  We’re heavily in prayer for baby Ella Ruth West who was born this morning.  She has fluid in her lungs and possible pneumonia.  Please join us in praying that her lungs will clear quickly, her breathing rate go to normal, and that she would be in her Mom and Dad’s loving arms soon. 

Parents, Stacy and Ron, are very blessed to have this new addition to their family!  She is so precious and beautiful! — What a wonderful creation of God!

We love and are praying for you little Ella, Ron, and Stacy!  You too, big brother and sister, Brendan and Kelsey!   Congratulations 🙂

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He is Glorious!

When you need a reminder that God still cares…

When you need to remember all that He has done for you…

When you find yourself wondering just who’s in control of this crazy world…

Watch this: 

“For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.”  Hebrews 3:4

“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.  They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed.  But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”  Hebrews 1:10-12

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Schooling – Week #3

Bible/Character – Rule #2  is “We love, honor, and pray for one another”.  Rule #3 is “We tell the truth”.  Proverbs says that before honor comes humility.  Hmmmm….there’s probably a lesson in there for some of us adults!?

Language Arts – Completed letter “Nn”.  Writing our name in capital and lower case letters really well.  Doing very well with letter sounds, too. Since the start of school, we’ve read 18 books/stories for literature.  During coop today, the kindergartner participated in a writing class where he made an “All About Me” book. 

Math – Starting to move on to harder things.  We’ve mastered shape recognition (circle, triangle, rectangle, square), patterns, and now working on more and less than.  Continue reading

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