I shut my laptop after the last blog post,
took a shower, got dressed,
went back on the porch……..


…..and discovered a new monarch butterfly.  Our first to emerge, out of the four caterpillars we had collected.

I sat and watched it for a long time, thinking about how much life is growth, so much growing and changing.  Butterflies only get to do it once, we get to do it over and over.  There are dark times when we are in our little stuffy cocoons, lonely, maybe perfectly willing to be all alone, needing *something* but not really knowing what it is.  It is a waiting time.  Then comes the “break through”.  Suddenly we have had enough of cocoon time and find that it’s time to get out from the covers, get out of bed, get out of our own minds, oh how it hurts to start breaking down walls but it feels so good at the same time….new air, new sights, drying wings…….freedom.


After the struggle to emerge comes the strengthening time…….those who are waiting for us almost lose their patience, we ourselves often lose heart, forget that God does indeed have a purpose for everything, but our Father knows, He understands, His children are ready (not in our time, not in their time) but in HIS TIME……..

He has made everything beautiful
in its time.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

Every thing is as God made it; not as it appears to us. We have the world so much in our hearts, are so taken up with thoughts and cares of worldly things, that we have neither time nor spirit to see God’s hand in them. The world has not only gained possession of the heart, but has formed thoughts against the beauty of God’s works. We mistake if we think we were born for ourselves; no, it is our business to do good in this life, which is short and uncertain; we have but little time to be doing good, therefore we should redeem time. Satisfaction with Divine Providence, is having faith that all things work together for good to them that love him. God doeth all, that men should fear before him. The world, as it has been, is, and will be. There has no change befallen us, nor has any temptation by it taken us, but such as is common to men.
Matthew Henry

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When we are finally strong again.

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We can enjoy life.  We can fly.


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Yes, the family and I have been spending a lot of time by the aquarium, watching & waiting for the butterflies to hatch and fly away.  Three of them have gone now, but the fourth seems to be stuck in the cocoon.  We think maybe it died inside.  We can see the wings through the (now clear) casing, but it should have come out a few days ago.


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It’s been so fun to see my flower garden become a butterfly sanctuary AND a bird feeding station.

The most darling little goldfinches come to get a sunflower seed, but they are shy and at any hint of my eyes watching them they fly away making a chirping distress sound.

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As we have morning glory vines twirling up the sunflowers, it makes for a very lovely photo opportunity.  I had to take these photos from inside the house through the glass and screen doors……..

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my darling (while mama sits on one end, oftentimes they will be on the other end playing with their little toys).

I find myself watching butterflies, birds, and children every where I turn.

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Hosta flowers


currently reading:  Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow, by Dr. Jan Pol (good book, I love animal stories)

plans for today:  Grace and I are going out with David.  We are picking up her ring from Tiffany (left for cleaning) and then have to go to Target to get things for camp next week.

I just want you guys to know that I love you all and that you are so special.  I’m thankful for the friends I meet and greet along the way.  Friendship and connections of all kinds make life sweet.   

look around and be distressed
look within and be depressed
look at Jesus and be at rest

6 thoughts on “fly

  1. This post is just what I needed today…so beautifully written and pictures are just gorgeous. I especially loved the morning glory vines wrapped around the sunflower…thank you Shanda

    • You are welcome, Renee, and I hope all is well with you! If you ever want someone to email with, friend to friend, my address is in the “about me” section. Hope you have a restful and happy weekend! Love, Shanda

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