Friday, May 27, 2011

He Ponders

A Bible time with the kids in Proverbs 5 verse 21:

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.

Our ways are before his eyes -- so he sees it all.
The kids knew this, they said, "Yeah, we know. He knows everything".
Then I asked them, but did you know that he thinks about the way we go? As in, ponders our goings? As in, thinks about us?
No, they had never considered that before. We looked up the word ponder.

Ponder: to consider deeply, to weigh carefully in the mind, to meditate upon.
That's much deeper than just a rushed thought.

We went to Psalm 139. Such a beautiful illustration on how intimately involved He actually is in each of our lives, whether we stop to consider it or not. As we stopped to consider this great truth, reading and being reminded is always overwhelming (Such knowledge is too wonderful for me). To read, how no matter where we go His Spirit is there. To read, how he protects us. To read, how he formed us with such care and how everything we say, do or think is already known by him, knowing us better than we can know ourselves. On top of all of this care and intimate knowledge of our very beings, to think and understand that God thinks precious thoughts toward us, more than can be numbered, just amazes me.

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them they are more in number than the sand. Psalm 139:17-18

By this we can see that he wants so much more than to merely know us, He desires a relationship with us.

It was not just a good way to start the day and a great reminder me, I think that God also revealed a little bit more of his character to my children that morning.

To know Him is to love Him.... We love Him because He first loved us....... He
has taken such steps to show us His love.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Daily Surprises

Living in the woods, we spend a lot of time outside and the kids are always finding something interesting. There are new discoveries to find in nature almost daily.

               A week ago two birds were flying together, and flew into our big picture window. One was fine the other landed on the ground. I picked it up to make sure she didn't have any broken wings. She just seemed stunned. Praise held it for a while and just looked at it. It was a special little opportunity to see how delicately birds are made.


 Shortly after this picture she just flew away, and it was back to our school work for us. A nice little break.



Last August we found a very green, fat, caterpillar. He reminded us of that caterpillar on A Bugs Life. Holding him felt very strange because you didn't want to touch him too roughly for fear he might just pop.
We placed him in the biggest jar we could find. I was going to have a photo shoot with him the next day because he was so neat to look at. I was too late, within hours of catching him he formed into a pupa. 
We were excited because now there was the chance to watch him turn into whatever it was that he would turn into. After a good month and the weather turning quite cold, I was puzzled, even more puzzling was that when you moved the jar you could here the thing moving inside its cocoon. We did some research online and thought we had caught a luna moth caterpillar. The kids found out that they build they're cocoon on the grass usually under a leaf and winter over until its time to hatch out in the spring. 
This new information made this very exciting.
So we found Mister Caterpillar a place on top of the refrigerator for the winter.

It wasn't until a week ago in the middle of the night, I heard a strange scratching sound in the kitchen. After being a little freaked out by it, I discovered the noise came from the top of the fridge and... I remembered. It was actually the sound of flapping wings.
I placed the jar on the table to surprise the kids in the morning.They were surprised and to realize it was not a Luna Moth. So we had to do a little more research.
  
 
Gracey liked to pet it, and she said it didn't want to be pet.
 The kids discovered that Mister Pop Caterpillar was a not a he. She was a Female Polyphemus Moth, very much like the Luna, does not have any mouth parts. And live only about a week to mate.






Unfortunately due to the warmer temperature in the house it hatched out earlier than it would've in nature, and was probably in the jar several days before I found it, as you can see the wing damage.


                                                        
                                                             Even Sean was so gentle.

Since the Polyphemus moth caterpillar eats the leaves from several trees found in our backyard we placed her on  a tree in hopes of her finding a mate even though I think she was about 4 weeks early.


Its nice to make these little discoveries from our own backyard. Also to find out what we could do differently in the future. If we find one this year we will most definitely store the container in a protected area outside so that it is on time with nature and has a better chance of  finding a mate when we set it free.


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