With spring comes the nudging in the hearts of some of our hens to sit and hatch out their eggs. Our little banty, sweet Bella began to sit on eggs late in February! At first, I felt it was too soon, but then decided to go ahead and see what would happen, so I let her sit on a variety of eggs.
|The chicks were hatched in our chicken coop, but after they were hatched,|
I moved them into my greenhouse to keep them safe from the other hens, who are quite cruel to little ones.
|This little chick was injured during her birthing process and had crippled feet. She would just sit on her haunches and cry and cry. It was heartbreaking to witness this and so I researched how to help her.|
|Here is a closer look at how her feet looked before I splinted them.|
|And here is how the BandAid splints looked. She wasn't too happy with me for doing this at the time, nor was Bella!|
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
When the Psalms says "He shall cover thee with his feathers and under his wings shalt thou trust"... I saw my sweet little Bella spreading her feathers and covering her little ones with her wings, and I saw such a beautiful picture of the Lord in that. And then as I watched the little one with the crippled legs, I saw how Bella saved little scraps of food for her and took them to her when she could hardly walk. And then she would run and hide under Bella's wings for heat, warmth, comfort, and safety. And in this beautiful picture of the Lord, I saw myself, running to Him for comfort, safety, and protection in all situations. As I walk each day, I look up to Him, up into the skies, and I feel the comfort of His wings around me. How wonderful it is to know that just as my sweet little chick would run to its mother, we can run to Christ, and hide under the shadow of His wings when the world around us gets worrisome. And once we are secure and safe under His arms, we can peek out and look around, and not be afraid. He has us covered with His wings!
My little thought for the day... it has been a beautiful picture to see each day as this little chick has grown underneath the constant care of her mother and to see the picture of Christ in that as I tend to my chickens. I just wanted to share that with you, it has been so amazing to see!
|You can see the foamy soap that it creates... and think how much money you can save by making your own!|
|Oh the sunsets - they have been few and far between as clouds hang low, heavy with rain.|
But when we do get to see a sunset, it is glorious!
|I've got tomatoes, peppers and peas started in my little mini greenhouse. They have poked their heads out of the soil,|
and are enjoying their warm comfy environment!
|On a nice sunny morning, this sweet girl looked out at me across from her fence, and I knew she wanted|
to be petted, so I walked over and spent some time petting her. I love my horse friends that
I get to meet as I walk!
|Spring run-off has created this seasonal creek, and the horses were taking advantage of the cold clear waters!|
|One sunny afternoon, I took my tea on the back porch to enjoy the sunshine and the sound of melting snow.|
Immediately a little beggar showed up!
|She was patient long enough until I gave her a piece of my shortbread. Little rascal!|
|While the snow has for the most part melted around us... still the mountains sport their white tops. I love the contrasts of snow on the mountains, and spring in the valleys below.|
|Another sunset that I captured on a late evening walk with my husband.|
But there is hope in my garden, as I walk out there each day and check my bulbs as they shoot through the earth... soon ... very soon I will have masses of color in my little area that we planted last fall, and the promise of spring will arrive. You can be sure we are all awaiting that time quite anxiously! It seems that spring has been later this year for most places around our country, but when it gets here, it ought to be glorious with all the extra moisture we have received this year. It won't be long now :)