July 7

Finding Science Everywhere

My mom spent two weeks in a nursing home rehab in St. Louis because of a fall and some other health issues. I spent five days there with her. The weather was perfect and we spent as much time as possible in the courtyard. It was amazing what we discovered as we sat there chatting and enjoying the sunshine.


The baby mourning doves in the photo below were just about to leave the nest.


The courtyard is filled with tortoises. Someone brought in a pair a few years ago and they have reproduced. They burrow underground during the winters.


Mom loved this statue!


These birds were in a habitat in the activity room.


We attended “wheelchair church” one Sunday afternoon.There is nothing like the old hymns!

June 21

Garden

It’s probably not surprising that I love to garden. My parents and grandparents were gardeners too and I am blessed to have a husband that shares my passion. Here are a few corners of my backyard:


I couldn’t resist!



I think hydrangeas are my favorite flower. Both of these were gifts from students.


This belonged to my grandparents. So true!

June 13

St Louis

First thing I did when school was out for the summer was to travel to see my mom and sister in St. Louis. My daughter joined us for a few days too. Just love having girl time with them!

We took advantage of an unusually cool day to visit the Botanical Gardens. The largest exhibit of fused-glass is currently on display throughout the gardens. The Chihuly exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is blown glass. If you are ever in Kirkwood, Missouri, be sure to stop by the Magic House too.



January 1

Snow!

We have taken an annual Christmas trip with my daughter since she was in high school. This year we went to Park City, Utah. Although it was unusually warm and rainy in Atlanta, the weather in Park City was cold and snowy!  So grateful for this time together and for all the memories we created.






He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
Job:  37:6

October 13

Catalyst

On Thursday, I attended Catalyst, a conference for Christian leaders at the Arena at Gwinnett.  Thanks to a generous benefactor, all of the KR staff attended one day of this amazing conference.  The theme of the conference was “Awaken the Wonder.”

The opening song was Wonder by Bethel.

As I listened to the lyrics below, I realized that working in the Science Lab has reawakened my sense of wonder.  Watching your children discover and explore the beauty and mysteries of creation has been a blessing.  There is no greater gift than to see creation through a child’s eyes.

“May we never lose our wonder,
Wide-eyed and mystified,
May we be just like a child,
Staring at the beauty of our king.”

Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.  Psalm 40:5

September 18

Calloway Gardens

Have you taken your family to Calloway Gardens?  Less than two hours away from Atlanta, it is the perfect destination to enjoy the outdoors.  My husband and I visited over Labor Day weekend, but we made many trips there with our daughter.

I saw the best spider web ever!  Look at the design around the orb web.


These pictures were taken inside the Butterfly House.


There were leaves as tall as me!

In addition, The Little White House (FDR’s retreat) is only about 30 minutes away.  If you love history, you’ll find this spot very interesting!

July 4

Storms

I drive by this cross every day and I hardly ever notice it.  Today with the gray cloud behind it, the cross became more visible and pulled my eyes toward it.  I wonder if we are more focused on God during the storms in our lives?  And yet, He is always there….