Sunday, May 31, 2020

May days

Here I am playing catch up again! I keep saying that once Junia sleeps through the night, I will get a better schedule going - but she still isn't there yet! :) This morning, she woke up at 6:30a (which is unusual for her), and she didn't fall back asleep because the room was so bright. Now in the late morning, she's taking an extra long nap, giving me a chance to finish this post that I started (probably a month ago).

Junia walks easily with a push-walker, but she doesn't show a ton of interest in walking by herself. She's been crawling for 7 months, so I think she just feels like that's good enough :)

Reading to his sister - I'm thankful that it seems to have clicked with him recently!!

Me, "Who do you want to color from Frozen?"
August, "Anna's dad."

Not the answer I would have thought, but we can make that happen! Haha.

All the flowering trees were so gorgeous this spring!

Wearing NPU colors for Blue and Gold Day! 

They set up three shops - ice cream shop, coffee shop, and pancake shop! I love when they play with the toy food!

Never enough sleeping baby photos.

She's always pulling everything out in the kitchen while I cook!

Checking out the details of the redbud tree.

We're missing spring sports - soccer and baseball - but they can still dress the part!

The girl cousins found a baby turtle near a pond, and they brought it to show us! It was so cute!

I tried Joanna Gaines' recipe for chocolate chip cookies (from her first cookbook), and the cookies are amazingly chewy and sweet!

For Earth Day, my mom dropped off an activity for the boys with recycled magazine pages. We put these cutout flowers on our front window! She also gave me a reusable Swedish dishcloth and some magazine clips she thought I would like. :)

He calls himself, "Indiana August" in this hat. 

I loved these Mother's Day cards and gifts! Both Nolan and Ephraim colored cardinals and flowers for me :)

Reading outside on a warm afternoon!

There are so many maple "helicopters" in our neighborhood right now, and the boys really like them. Our gutter was growing many maple trees before Steve tore them out!

Sweet girl.

"How completely satisfying
to turn from 
our limitations
to a God
who has none."
A.W. Tozer


Tuesday, May 26, 2020


I can't tell you how happy I was when I saw a mama cardinal (affectionately named Lucy) making a nest in our bush. We watched her drag twigs into the bush - about eight feet off of the ground. She began sitting on her nest at the end of April, only ever leaving to visit the birdfeeder with Charlie (the red male). He would feed her beak-to-beak with sunflower seeds, and then she would happily chirp her way back into the bush.

This was the best shot I could get of her in the nest - can you spy her bright orange beak? :)

I climbed up on a ladder to take a peek at the speckled eggs! There were four! But if you look closely, one looks rather tiny - and that one never hatched.

The sweetest little babies - only a couple of days old!

At five days-old, there were two precious, slightly-feathered babies in the nest. No sign of what happened to the third! :(

Seven days-old, and my heart broke quite a bit to find only one baby left. We spotted the other baby to the right of the nest. There had been a late spring frost, and I wonder if that caused him to pass away. The boys named the last surviving baby, Woodstock "Woody". At this point, Woody began to chirp loudly enough when he was fed that we could hear him from the house with our window open. It was so cute!

At ten days-old, Woodstock had plenty of feathers, and fledged the nest shortly after this photo was taken! I couldn't snap a photo quickly enough, but he was opening his beak for me to feed him, and I melted.

I had the boys watercolor Lucy and Charlie, and their paintings turned out adorable! We took the nest down to get a close look at it. And we also opened up the last tiny egg - which only contained liquid and yolk, and now we're keeping it as a tiny souvenir in the nest.

We did not ever spot Woodstock again, but hopefully he/or she went on to a be a healthy juvenile bird. We do think that Charlie and Lucy began a second nest in another bush in our yard. Unfortunately, that bush is so tall that I can't get a look at it, so I don't know how that's going. We'll know if we hear babies next week! :)


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