Children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one's youth. Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate. ~Psalm 127:3-5

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Beauty of NESTS

A nest we found in the flower box on our shed.
In the Spring I am always inspired by the robins flitting about, collecting random objects with which they build their nest.  I often see them carrying very large pieces of material in their tiny beaks, flying and resting, and flying and resting as they make their way back to their nest-site.  Robins' nests usually consist of all kinds of materials, from grass and paper to twigs and feathers. Though I've seen them carrying some other very interesting objects as they fly around.  They finish it off with a soft bed of grass or feathers. I find it very fascinating that no matter what the location of the their nest, they take great care in creating it to be a safe, comfortable haven for their young.

Likewise, a mama such as myself and so many other women I know love to ensure our family home is a safe haven for our children.  We search around for the perfect materials to create a special ambiance- welcome and comforting - in which our kids and families feel secure.  If we have knick-knacks, they are either kid-friendly or are not so important that if they got broken, we'd be upset.  With five young and boisterous children, this is important! We try to instill in our children that "things" are not valued above them.  In our living room, we have plenty of blankets and pillows for our kids to snuggle up with on the couch.  Their rooms are their own unique spaces of retreat.  Our home, our nest, is a place of warmth and comfort, a place that as our children grow, they will always want to come home to.  It can be chaotic and crazy at times, but I try to smooth the roughness of all that with a measure of love and calm, fun and laughter.  Though the materials used to beautify a home can have their place, what makes it our safe nest is that soft finishing touch!

My 5 little "birdies" in our nest at Easter
5 eggs!  PERFECT!

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