Empty Nester!


It’s a big day around here!  Went to check on my “babies” after we got home from dropping off the big kids at school.  I glanced into the nest, only to discover there were only two in there! I sorta freaked, a little.  I thought we lost another one!  Upon further investigation, the two remaining birds seemed to be flapping their wings and stirring about.  Normally the things just lay there and stare at me like I’m an idiot.  So, whats a bird stalker to do??  Get her kick-butt BIRD CAM and try to get some footage of what is beginning to look a lot like…wait for it… LAUNCH DAY!!!

So, get this…

As I’m clamping the amazing GoPro to the branch, suddenly, the two birdies fly the heck outta dodge!  I gasped, the kids screamed, and well, I recovered enough from my mild panic attack to dash into my house to get my camera… OBVIOUSLY.

The story ends like this:  We chased them around for a while, took lots of pictures, and even held one of them briefly.  I figured, what’s the diff??  They seem to be on their own now anyway, and, let’s face it, it’s not like I haven’t put my time in.  Don’t yell at me.  The sky was getting dark and a storm was rolling in, so my two little Bird Stalkers In-Training and I said our last good-byes, and sent up a little prayer for God to keep them safe.

The kids and I are cuddling on the couch watching Narnia, and listening to the thunder and pouring rain come down.  I can’t help but wonder if the three of them are o.k. out there.  But then I start to think about what they’ve already survived to make it this far.  They’ve survived 30 degree temperatures and tornado warnings.  They’ve survived cats and other predators.  They’ve survived countless close calls of getting nailed by basketballs, baseballs, and soccer balls.  (I swear, it’s almost like there was an invisible forcefield surrounding the nest that balls would repel off of.)  They’ve somehow survived a big, crazy dog that was more than just a little curious about what was going on in that nest.  Six kids and all of their friends.  Enough said.  They’ve even survived a weird blonde lady constantly in their faces snapping pictures like a lunatic every day for two weeks.  SO, I’d say their odds of survival have actually improved significantly in the past couple hours, right??

I love early mornings.   It’s my favorite to get up at 5:30a.m., before everyone else, make my first cup of coffee, and look out into my backyard as the sunlight streams in and the day begins.  At that time of the day, all of the birds are out chirping, the squirrels are leaping from tree to tree, and the bunnies are hopping about.  Birds will often perch on my deck and sometimes they will freeze when they see me looking at them- like a stare-down.  From now on, anytime a robin comes perching on my deck early in the morning, I will always wonder if it is one of “mine”.  And I’ll think to myself, “I remember you when you were just a baby.” 😉 😉

Life is beautiful.  Keep it Simple.  Find joy in the small stuff.

Ok… picture time!!!!


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Wife. Mom of many. Loves photography, new adventures, traveling, reading, living in the moment, and donuts. Strives to capture simple, everyday moments, that reveal God’s grace, joy, and beauty. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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