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April 06, 2015
I feel bad there was no time for me to write an Easter letter this year.
In years past it has been a tradition, and some of you even look forward to it.
Yolanda's (daughter), extended stay in the hospital once again is time consuming and takes a toll on Karen and me.
You may recall, we brought her to hospital emergency on March 26, for what was a bowel obstruction and other issues.
We brought her back home Around 5:00 PM April 1st, and we're back at the hospital by 10:30 the same night with respiratory issues.
Breathing became an issue in the hospital, as her lungs were filling with fluids and a low grade fever seems to be ever present.
Clearly the issue wasn't completely addressed.
As of this mail going out, she is still in the hospital, and the doctor said he is going to see about 'Infectious Disease Center' getting involved.
Thank you for your continued prayer and support.
Anyway, This is why there was no Easter letter this year.
A dear friend reminded me of this (you know who you are).
"Your family needs you more right now than God needs you to fight the evil one. Do not feel guilty for being a Dad and Husband...God wants you to honor that obligation and He will honor you for it."
Thank you dear friend for the reminder, thank you.
Thankfully the furkids never hold the neglect against us, as they too are having a rough go of it.
I will say this however, My God Reigns.
Of the five senses we are born with (sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch), sight is the one sense I would miss the most, if for some reason something happened to me.
Still, after Karen and I pulled the recent all nighter at the hospital, coming home pre dawn, it was the sounds that really caught my attention.
You know the feeling, so tired your knuckles are dragging and your bed is calling.
Still, in the still of the night/pre dawn, the birds are awake and singing.
Maybe because I needed to hear something uplifting, and to wake me up.
Besides, God knows the songs of spring are special (He Created Them All).
I always enjoy the birdsongs, I miss them when they are gone.
Still, there is something special this spring.
A cacophony of bird songs melding together to form one of "Nature's" most wonderful symphony.
Especially the robins.
Toss in backround music of Cardinals, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Jays, and more.
Add the occasional Nuthatch, cry of a Northern flicker, squawk of a Red-Belly........
Mozart never sounded this beautiful.
The familiar sounds of Killdeer.
The not too familiar sounds of a woodcock as it flies over head (only at dusk and early nighttime do I hear them).
And jeepers creepers, listen to all those Peepers.
If you are blessed enough to live near a swamp, wetland or stream, you are probably blessed enough to hear the sounds of the Spring Peeper frogs on warmer spring days (and nights).
Right on schedule, April 1st seems to be the magic day when the Tree swallows arrive here in SW, Michigan.
Song sparrows, Chipping sparrows, House Finches, American Goldfinches.
Timely Mallard Duck quacks, and Canada Geese honks as they fly over.
Every now and then, the resident pair of Sandhill cranes are heard throughout.
The scream of a Red-tailed hawk (often used in movies for Bald eagle cries, as eagles sound a bit whimpy).
How I miss the Meadowlarks and Bobwhite Quail.
The welcome buzz of bees.
My southern friends tell me the Hummers are back.
It will be about a month for me, but the "Nature's" symphony will still be extended well into May.
I urge you to pause and soak up the sounds of nature.
Then add a wind chime or two.
Plan your gardens and landscapes for nature, and nature will indeed reward you.
Who knows, at the rate things are going (if we are still here), we can tell our grandkids and great grandkids how we used to listen to birds and other sounds of nature, before they became extinct.
This is one nice thing that is also waiting in Heaven.
You don't think God excluded his creations from heaven do you.
I look forward to it.
"Heaven's Music Makers".
Well, it is time to fly once again.
Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible."
Is it possible to hit the nail on the head, anymore square than that quote?
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,
"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb
Your friend indeed,
Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.
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