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I finally got hold of the camera, took some pictures, and then let Deladis take some on her own. I’m going to share our last few weeks with you mostly in pictures.
Easter, Redbuds, and Dogwoods – The Tale not Found in the Bible
Today is Good Friday for Christian believers and others who are inspired by the life of Jesus the Christ.
“Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
Jesus answered. “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore, the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” – John 19:10-11
Jesus accepted what was for what it was. He lived the Now and He realized the essence of His being protected by Father God. My maternal grandmother taught me that the redbud and dogwood trees represent some significant things in this story. They grow wild in these hills. Many plant them in their yard.
The redbud was once a large tree with large white blossoms. Judas Iscariot, after betraying Jesus, hung himself on one of these large trees. It shriveled up and the blossoms turned pink with their shame.
The dogwood represents the events of The Holy Week. You can read more about how by clicking these statements.Spring has gotten into my being more this year than ever in my life. I have never been fond of rainy up and down weather, but this year the beauty of creation has been recognized as a gift in the core of who I am. The most beautiful part of the redbud and dogwood story is that they bloom around the same time, the redbud a bit ahead of the dogwood.
Deladis Won a Blue Ribbon at the Homeschool Science Fair for her Tree Project!
She worked so so hard! I can’t believe this is a kindergartener’s work!
It’s Electric – Boogie-Woogie-Woogie
The Chickens – Photos by Deladis Rose – Titles by Mommy
And Finally – The Mole Killer – Not for the Squeamish – Photo by Deladis Rose
The weather has given us a break, and the girls and I took a hike this past Saturday. It was lovely. We got home and both the girls fell asleep by 6:30 and didn’t wake up again until the next morning!
Dots of color through greener grass…
Fairy houses turn glorious with decoration…
The individual asks to be heard amongst all the bloom…
The redbud tree dots pink and purple…
The legend as told by my grandmother (Barbara (Johnson) Mullins Fletcher) is that Judas Iscariot hung himself on a redbud. Redbuds used to be a large tree with bountiful white blossoms. Judas chose this tree to take his life after betraying Jesus. When he did so, the tree withered down and turned pink with embarrassment and thus we have the redbud.
Everyone is curious…
The trees aren’t the only thing budding. Deladis spends her days creating. An artist she might make…
God bless her. 😉
I probably won’t be posting or be able to answer comments for the next week or so. The Haywoods have some work to do. Hope to see some old friends as well. 🙂 I’ll be back soon.
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Autumn is our season for hiking. It is something the four of us can’t get enough of this time of year. Today, was the first cool day of the season with no humidity. We decided to celebrate with a hike to Bad Branch Falls. The falls is a nature preserve in Letcher County, Kentucky and rests on the state’s second highest mountain – Pine Mountain. The hike is short, but of moderate difficulty. However, we were able to make it with the girls just fine. I’ve been making this hike regularly since childhood.
I think I’ll let our pictures do most of the narrating. Despite the fact that I was battling bad batteries and trying to take pictures quickly, the beauty speaks for itself.
Much of the trail is tunneled in mountain laurel – my favorite flowering plant.
Ivy stops to watch the rushing water coming off the mountain after two days of hard rain.
The water is unbelievably clear and safe to play in, but I’ve always wondered if it is safe to drink. It’s tempting.
There is magic in these hills. Without man’s intervention, nature provided the perfect seat for a rest.
The reward! There was more water than I have ever seen coming off that mountain. The sky rained every last bit of humidity left from summer over the last two days.
There are hidden spots all over these mountains like this. The kind that make you stop and be in the moment. Place yourself within the bigger picture. Meditate.
Join me on Wednesday for Wordless Wednesday and my best shot of the falls . 🙂
The still, humid, hot days of this week are the “dog days” of summer, or if not exactly that, very reminiscent of them. The air has been muggy, and to be out in it makes your skin damp. When walking around the cabin and up the holler we’ve had to be extra careful. Snakes are usually blind during these last days of summer, and will strike at anything that moves. Fortunately, I haven’t seen any more copperheads – just a few harmless garter snakes.
The girls and I are still pushing for autumn, and preparing to celebrate everything it brings. Tomorrow, John and I will be taking them to the fall festival I loved as a kid. Today, we worked at preserving the first falling leaves to be a part of our first nature table (or basket, I haven’t decided yet.)
We gathered the most beautiful leaves we could find on our morning nature walk. Then, I spread the girls’ outdoor picnic table with newspaper, gave them a cup of olive oil and my pastry brushes, and let them grease down the leaves. Deladis noticed right away how the oil brings out the colors and the intricate veins that run through the leaves. She said, “They can be our friends now.”
The next step was laying them on a fresh piece of newspaper to cover them.
Finally, we laid the news wrapped leaves on a table and placed some heavy books on top. In three days or so, they should be ready. They will be flat, obviously, and not as easy to tear and crumble. They’ll make a beautiful addition to our table/basket. (Not familiar with nature tables? Check out some examples at Hip Mountain Mama and at Homemade Serenity. While you are at Hip Mountain Mama, check out her natural art supplies give-away! I couldn’t think of a better one myself – thus why I have only had two or so give-aways. ;))
To add to the fun of our leafy thoughts, we read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.
With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.
Deladis has fallen in love with this book. She will laugh and has to point out every animal, tree, or man made with the leaves. Ivy has even started sitting through the reading of some books, and this is one of them. I’m amazed more everyday at the foundations for her own comprehension of reading that Deladis absorbs from my reading and telling her stories. She has even started telling me stories.
One of the highlights of the day was an indoor, personalized, winter, weather prediction that road in on the engine of our wooden toy train.
This is a wooly worm and they are notorious predictors of winter weather. This one is the first the girls’ have noticed. Seen most often in early fall, you can read their colors to give yourself an idea of what to expect in the coming winter season. It looks like we’ll start with a long period of heavy, cold weather, probably some large snowfalls (the larger black patch at the head). Mid-winter will be mild (brown mid-section), and we’ll end with another shorter patch of rough weather (the last black patch). This makes me hope for our approach to the bridge even more, so we won’t have to be breaking ice with the front bumper of the truck this winter in order to leave the creek.