My husband set up backyard bird feeders this winter, and we’ve had a steady stream of gray birds: juncos, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches. While I’m happy to see them visit the feeders, I’ve been missing the splash of red of cardinals.
Finally, on a miserable winter’s day, I glanced outside and saw that yearned-for color.
A male cardinal waiting near the feeder
She braces in the wind and snow.
Our feeder isn’t ideal for cardinals. I hadn’t realized the perch arms were too short for them. But every so often now, the cardinals pay us a visit. Because the juncos and nuthatches spit out other seeds looking for their favorites, the cardinals don’t leave hungry.
I’ll have to add another feeder, though, as I want these favorite winter guests to feel welcome.
What winter guests do you long to welcome to your home?
We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today in the United States.
I was wrapped up under a blanket on the couch this morning ignoring my dog’s pleas to go outside (it was 14º with wind and snow flurries), when I came across Bishop Michael B. Curry’s MLK Day keynote address airing live on Facebook. Bishop Curry began by quoting Jeremiah 17:8:
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”
Thank you for your patience as I took a break from the blog. The last 18 months have taken me too much away from writing and photography, and while I won’t blog weekly as I used to, I do want to begin again, anew for the new year, the new decade.
I’ve changed the tagline up there at the top of the blog: Exploring the Nature of God. Every now and then, when there are pictures or words I think you’d enjoy, I’ll share them here. Mostly, I hope to bring a little more light into your life through this blog, beginning with this morning’s sunrise. These are from my cell phone, shot quickly so as not to miss the light.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. — Ecclesiastes 3:1
When I created this blog in February 2011, I had no idea where it would take me and how many wonderful readers I would get to meet along the way. The last seven years have been full of adventures both in real life and in this virtual space. I published a book, and the seeds of another book (someday?) took root right here in this space.
The first part of this year has been challenging for me, nothing more than “first world” problems, but daunting nonetheless. Continue reading →
Three years ago, I wrote down some marriage advice for my nephew and his bride. It turned out to be one of my most visited posts.
My nephew and niece-in-law are still happy three years later, and though I don’t think it has anything to do with my advice, I wanted to share the post with you again today. After all, we’re in the midst of wedding season, and perhaps your nephew/niece/daughter/son is set to marry soon, and you’d like some ideas of what to share with the happy couple. So here it is again. If you think I left anything out, please add your own nuggets of marital wisdom in the comments at the end of the post.