I woke up for good this morning at 9am. This is a nice and lovely later hour for me. I feel rested. I made coffee and took it to bed with me, after voicing an open invitation for anyone who wished to join me in my room (the Queen’s chamber). I turned on lights and opened the curtains, revealing a rainy world outside. Seth was the first to come in, to eat his breakfast on my bed. He had made himself a piece of toast cut in half corner to corner, an over-easy fried egg that ended up dripping on my comforter (ignored because it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things), and one slice of bacon. Funnily, it was the “last egg” and the “last piece of bacon” in the house…….”It must be his birthday,” I said to Sarah, who had in the meantime got under the covers with me to complain that there was “no cereal”. She and Seth left and Ethan came in with his coffee to drink, sitting in the recliner positioned by my side of the bed. Soon Seth came back in with the laptop open and Ethan helped him order a new playstation controller “because ours all stick”. He left again and Ethan went in my bathroom to take a bath, he’s getting a cold and is all stuffed up this morning. Grace came in with her Bible, I was already reading a book, and she snuggled close. This is where Rich found us and he took a photo at my request………you may see it on the ‘gram.

We are dressed for the day now, and out of the bedroom. Grace is at the other end of the table doing school work.


The other day I went walking in the woods and made a first-for-me-nature-discovery.

It turned out, after I did some sleuthing on google, to be MOOSE POOP. I had no idea they made a multitude of pellet-style poo when they had to “go”. I had no idea that some people even make crafts with them.

We hear of Moose sightings in our area, and I would absolutely LOVE to see one and photograph a Moose, like I did in Alaska once. In the meantime, I delight in the *sign of life* I found. Now I know where a Moose has been, in the woods, by the stream, less than a mile from home.

Then, the woods offered up a proposal to me. A ring in my size! Yes, it is a perfect round circle with no breaks……we sealed a lifelong promise with one another, the woods and I. A promise to always maintain a good and wholesome relationship. I will visit it and enjoy everything I see, and the woods will soothe my soul and calm my troubles. It will add to my joy and subtract from my sorrow. It will give me fresh air to breath, and calming scents to inhale. How can I thank it enough?

“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.” God our Father, to His people, in Psalm 50:10-12

I brought home pinecones and some moss. I emptied Tylenol into a baggie and used the empty jar for my specimens. When I texted my Mother, she said, “Someone will eat that, you better label it.” I was feeling obedient and mischievous, so I did.

She wasn’t going to condescend to answer, so I pressed. “Oh brother” was her reply. I offered some of the “chocolate” to the children but NONE of them were even slightly convinced it was a treat. They all knew right away to be suspicious. They were more alarmed as to why their mother had POOP in a jar in the first place.

10 thoughts on “moose

  1. LOL. πŸ™‚ I love your sense of humor. I never saw a single moose while on the A.T. I SO wanted to, but didn’t expect to see one until NH or Maine. I didn’t even know they were in your state. How cool. I hope you eventually see the moose that left the poop.

    I love the ring! I was expecting to see a gold ring that someone had lost, but that one is much more beautiful. What I really enjoyed was seeing the pink socks in sandals that so perfectly match the shirt. You must be spreading a bit of zing to everyone who has the pleasure of seeing you today. πŸ™‚

    Hope you are having a good one! XOXO

  2. a memory from my childhood: we had a giant ‘moose-quito’ as a souvenir from a trip to Canada. It was made out of moose droppings with a porcupine quill for the mouth. I had forgotten that – thanks for bringing it to mind again!

  3. Shanda I’m reading this post out loud to Nicky and we are in stitches πŸ˜‚ That’s totally something my sisters would do! Other than that, I hope that moose comes around again for a picture! πŸ™‚

  4. Thinking of you. Hope you’re still doing ok with this covid thing, family at home, etc. I find it stretching and wearing in some ways, healing in others. We are going back to church again since the middle of May. We call it “meeting,” since the church is the gathering of the people/saints. Gathering with more of God’s people has healed for me many of the hurts this virus has brought to me. But I find it difficult to squeeze in quiet time for me. (mom of 3 month old, almost 4 year old, plus older ones…you know the story! So blessed, and so stretched.) Also, being uninvited from weddings is much harder than I thought it would be!! I completely understand the need in my reasonable mind. But then why am I crying about it silently in my room when no one is around? Maybe it’s partly because at age 40 we don’t get many wedding invites anymore?! Or am I still so selfish and immature that I can’t handle a “no” to something I really want to do?! So thankful for God’s grace and His understanding heart, and the patience of my loving husband. And my sweet littles. I am never alone! πŸ™‚ Hope you are doing well and feeling cared for, and finding healing for any hurts you may be experiencing. Love, Sarah

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