First Hummingbird

HummingbirdAfter watching this hummingbird preen itself and attack a brown leaf, it finally decided it wanted to eat.

The hummingbirds have not been here long, we noticed the first one on Monday morning.  A little while later another one came by and they fought over the feeder.  We have not seen any females yet.  So now we can start one of our favorite lazy summer activities.  Sitting around and seeing who can get good pictures of hummingbirds!


BirdThis morning, I watched as a bird crashed into our window and fell straight down.  I went to check on it and it did not look very healthy.  I knew that bird sometimes knock themselves silly and I hoped that is what this adolescent robin had done.

I checked it a few minutes later and it’s head was up looking around.  After fluttering to a higher spot nearby, the robin stayed put for a few minutes and was not scared of me even when I got really close.

Bird Posing



BluebirdToday was sunny and beautiful out, so we played hooky from bookwork and went to the park. We wanted to walk but also to play with the 300mm lens Daddy let me borrow.

Our walk was nice.  We heard a lot of birds hiding.  The kids looked in bluebird houses and discovered some eggs.  We also had fun watching the swallows flying around.  I did not see many bluebirds, but one did pose a few seconds for me.


Eastern Box Turtle Visitor

Friday Andrea was playing in the back yard and ran inside yelling that she saw a turtle.  She had noticed that we had an Eastern Box Turtle for a visitor.  We had not seen one in our yard since Mark and Andrea were very little!

We wanted Allan to see him, so we placed him in a safe spot for an hour. Then we returned him to the back yard where he could find food and be safe.  Every so often, someone would run between the rain drops and look for him. He stayed in the back all afternoon and evening.

On Saturday, Audrey ran out looking for him and he was gone. She was disappointed, but we keep watching for our visitor to return.

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UsGod has blessed me so much! I have a wonderful husband who shows me everyday that he loves me.  Allan comes  home for lunch on most days, so he can spend some time with us. He knows I love written encouragement and takes time to write notes.  He encourages me to try new things. He pushes me to go a little bit further and do more that I thought I was capable of.

Allan loves on the children daily. He enjoys reading with them or helping them through tough school classes. He teaches them skills that they will need to succeed.  Allan challenges them to take risks, get out of their comfort zone and try new things.  They still talk about hiking with bears and canoing.

I love you Allan!  You are a wonderful example of what a man who wants to follow Christ can be. It is a joy being your girlfriend and wife!