Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother Bird

The kids have been eagerly following the events happening in the bush by our mailbox. A nest, four bright blue eggs, and a fussy mother bird are just as entertaining as all the toys in their room. The poor mother bird, bless her heart, has had to endure all the neighborhood children checking on her babies at least three times each day. Once, my over-zealous boy even knocked the nest out of the bush (imagine the mother bird's horror as she watched and chided from a nearby tree!); an older neighbor child returned the nest and eggs, both unharmed to their spot in the bush. Today's news was that the last egg has hatched and some of the babies have "yellow hairs!" (my oldest's words).
I have a lot in common with that mother bird. 
I have meticulously built a home for our family--no, I'm not a carpenter, but you know what I mean--I've put some of the twigs together.
I plan meals which I dole out to each little hungry mouth. 
I fuss to no end when others seem to be mistreating my little ones. 
I learn, as they hatch, as they grow, as they are watched by all our neighbors, how little power I really have as a momma. 
I snuggle with them, I train them, I encourage them. 
And someday soon, when I've taught them all I can, I will tell them to fly away. 
Yes, I might even push them out of the nest if that is what they need to become who God has made them to be. 
Photo Story Friday and Mom Start. Also linked with Works for Me Wednesday.  

17 comments:

  1. I would love to be added to your ongoing list of blogs to check out there.

    This photo is wonderful, as is your blog. I believe I am already stalking you everywhere here, but I wanted to come and say THANK YOu for linking up on the Super STALKER Sunday! Don't be a stranger now! :D

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  2. How fun for your kids to be able to watch the process! And how fun for you to be able to watch your mama personality - right at the end of your driveway! :)

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  3. We also have a mother bird who put her nest in the corner of our fence and the kiddos are all in awe of her too. The poor bird has to put up with the kids and our dogs curiosity! I think all the birds have hatched now and soon we will have what I call "the great bird explosion" in our backyard. Hehe... The unexpected moment when all the babies will exit the nest at the same time causing complete confusion in our backyard.

    Enjoy your nest happenings!

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  4. We had bird eggs right outside of our window. I think their loudness freaked her out though because they are all gone now:(. Was so excited to watch them hatch too!

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  5. Hi there! Great post, and what a great experience for the kids to be able to share. New follower from WW, drop on by and see me if you get the chance thanks!

    Kimberley
    http://davisdailydose.blogspot.com/

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  6. We have (had) two eggs in a nest in our tree but unfortunately one looks like it hatched too soon and the baby bird is nowhere to be found! Hopeful all goes well with the second egg!

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  7. An absolutely beautiful post!

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  8. I love this because we just watched a robin's nest hatch there eggs. We are still following the babies as they learn to fly. I love the analogy you used as to raising your own kids that was a beautiful way to put it.

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  9. Awe, little Robin eggs and I sure miss seeing the little nests of them. I grew up in Illinois and my brother & I use to climb the trees to sneek a peek at them every Spring time

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  10. That's beautiful! I love the picture of the eggs too! I'm not a mother yet, but sometimes feel like a protective mother of my siblings. :)

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  11. We have a bird making a nest up by the library it such a neat experience.

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  12. I am glad the birds didn't get hurt! The eggs are so pretty when they are blue.
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  13. Awesome Post !! nice your thought for bird and nice story share in the post. interesting this post

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  14. New follower here from the stalker hop! I wanted to post on this post of yours about the eggs because I had a similar post a while ago as well! I look fed to getting to know you and your blog!,,

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  15. We had birds in our tree once, unfortunately, after meeting all the kids in the neighborhood, they've never nested there again! :)

    I'm a new follower from Wednesday Window, hope you can come by my blog sometime!

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