Happy April! I do hope y’all are doing well! Based on some of the Facebook posts I’ve seen, it seems like a big part of North America is still stuck in winter’s grip – and the rest of us are starting to deal with the most fun part of spring – thunderstorms and tornados. Is fun the right word there? ;)
Thursday night, in my part of Tornado Alley, we had thunderstorms and a few warnings but no tornados that I know of. I did see my first bald eagle ever when I took my eight-year-old for her first horse lesson! Very exciting! But my camera app didn’t work fast enough – and it was so windy he glided away pretty quick. Friday, I drove over to Kansas (you know – Dorothy, Toto, and the gang were from there) to see our very own Kathleen Y’Barbo and several other friends who were at a conference. Thankfully, the weather cooperated, but we didn’t get a picture of that either :(.
So… do April showers really bring May flowers? I’ve got no clue. The only thing I can grow is hair ;). Me and my black thumb gave up years ago!
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You do know we’re giving away an Amazon card every month, right? Every comment in the month of March counted (there were well over 150 eligible comments!) and ANDREA COX won a $30 Amazon card! To be entered for next month’s drawing, just be sure to comment regularly!
In a bit of leftover business, the winner of Raspberries and Vinegar from Valerie Comer last week is Linda!
April Fools! On Tuesday, Ginger Solomon shared about the history and traditions of the day.
Pepper Basham showed us her beloved Blue Ridge Mountains (and her relation to Andy Griffith) on Wednesday.
Thursday, Lisa Jordan talked about making all things new (and showed off NEW copies of her NEW Love Inspired release, Lakeside Sweethearts)!
Birds! Friday, Merrillee Whren shared pictures of birds and how God cares for them.
And Saturday, Elizabeth Maddrey talked about loving the broken – aren’t we all so glad God loves us despite our brokenness?!
Coming up next week:
Tuesday: Gail Sattler
Wednesday: Beth Vogt
Thursday: Lorraine Beatty
Friday: Heather Gray
Saturday: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Speaking of birds and eagles specifically – do y’all watch the eagle cams? The favorite viewing at my house includes watching the fuzzball bald eaglets at Decorah! Bald eagles mate for life. This Mama Eagle (she has gray rimmed eyes) was “widowed” when her first mate died. She and Papa Eagle (he has black rimmed eyes) have been together for seven years now. They were featured on a PBS Special where her first mate disappeared in a snow storm and then she met and “married” her new Mr. Eagle Man. Since he’s older, I wonder if he might have been widowed as well… You can find out more about them on their wiki page or by Googling. The Raptor Resource Project follows a number of different species – but the Decorah eagles are the most watched live stream of all time :D. You can find videos of what you might have missed at places like The Decorah Eagles website – it’s always fun to see a raccoon or squirrel get chased off in the middle of the night ;).
We’re a romance blog and it may not seem like bald eagles fit in, but watching these two care for their young? I think they’ve got something figured out that the rest of us could learn from… Hm… there may be a whole blog post in there somewhere ;). My kids, especially my six and eight year olds, LOVE watching the eaglets grow for a few months every year! Two have hatched so far this year (D18 and D19 – D for Decorah and the 18th and 19th eaglets since they started this version of naming). One more still to come! Fair warning – as the eaglets get bigger, it may not be mealtime viewing – they are carnivores after all – but watching them interact with each other and Mom and Dad Eagle is fascinating! Because look at that face!