Birdsong greeted morning
and sun-kissed flowers bloomed
as creatures gathered straw and sticks
to build their nesting rooms
Raindrops christened noonday
and a robin bid retreat
within the branches of the trees
his partner soon to meet
Sunset blessed the evening
and the jays all disappeared
within the woods to their own nests
well hidden and yet near.
Wendy ❀ 2015
Nesting season is in full swing in our garden and in the woods.
One of the delights of home schooling that I’ve appreciated over the years
was the excuse to read about nature
aloud to my children.
One spring we set up a bird feeder near our dining room window
and identified and recorded the various visitors.
My mother had sent me
The Birder’s Field Notebook,
and we had fun adding the name of each feathered friend we met.
My most recent entry is the red-winged blackbird pictured below.
One of our favorite books was an older hardcover about the Crow family.
I consider it a living book.
A living book is written by someone who is passionate about a subject
as opposed to a dry textbook full of regurgitated facts
that were gathered by academics for the sole purpose
of facilitating learning outcomes.
In the living book we learned that the crow family is
secretive during nesting season.
In over 50 yrs of living on this planet
I’ve only witnessed a member of this family gathering
nesting material once,
and it was this month, while giving my son a driving lesson
(you may remember that I tend to get distracted
and stare off into my surroundings
instead of being an attentive teacher/ re: Driving Mrs. Crazy),
I spotted two ravens sitting on a gate that blocked an empty lot,
and one of them was holding a beak full of straw.
I suppose it could have said the same thing back to me
for my inattentiveness to my son’s driving.
My most favorite Living Book of all
is the one inspired by the God
who is passionate about each one of us.
All Scripture is God-breathed
and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting
and training in righteousness,
so that the man of God may be
thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16
Living Word Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
Do you have a favorite nature and/or inspirational author
that has passed on their passion to you?
PS: In homeschooling we used a simple little booklet to do drawing lessons from.
It was written by a passionate artist who believed anyone could learn to draw.
Here’s a recent drawing my middle child, Galen, did for me
on a special occasion.
I always suggest to my kids to draw me something rather than buy a card for me.
(Have you read my post about middle children?)