|Mother Cardinal sitting in her nest.|
That cardinal laid five eggs, but a predator ate three of them and the other two eggs were abandoned. Lucas removed the nest to inspect its contents. It is now a pile of grasses and fluff. Nature is truly harsh sometimes!
For our last religion class one of my students gave me a beautiful hanging plant. I brought it home and hung it from a hook on the front porch.
A couple days later, I noticed a small purple finch flying back and forth and seeming to go into the plant. I wondered if the bird was making a nest in the pot. She certainly was. Here's what we have now....
Let's look a little closer...
|The smaller light blue eggs belong to the Finch, but the other eggs look like Cardinal eggs. I'm not sure what's going on here! Did a cardinal lay her eggs in this nest? Are Cardinals opportunists?|
Hopefully, these eggs will hatch and we'll be able to get back to some cool nature studies of birds and nests.
Molly and Jane had their dance recitals at the end of April. I've never experienced a real dance recital....like in an auditorium....with dance costumes. So this was a first for all of us. There was too much cuteness and girly-ness going on that evening!
The kids have also been busy with a lot of activities. Soccer started up for Monica so everyone's getting in on the action. Paul is coaching Gabe's team, and Lucas is playing U8 this summer. He's definitely raring to go.
|Note the Soccer book, soccer outfit, and the baseball socks...too funny!|
|Maria is very happy with her new-to-her flute. She's getting better tone from this beautiful flute!|
|Gabe was bored with the soccer game so decided to watch the baseball game in the neighboring field.|
|Monica recruited Milah for the soccer team. Now the girls are playing on a larger field with more players per team.|
|We really do hand-paint luster dust on our cookies to give them a little extra bling!|
|Milah and Monica at lunch before the Mass.|
|The altar in the Cathedral of New Ulm.|
|Two extra friends came along on the road trip. This is one of them with Maria before the Mass.|
|Sr. Maris Stella of the Priestly Heart of Jesus listening intently at the homily. |
Notice the white band of her habit signifying she has not yet professed.
|Sr. Maris Stella professing her vows with the Mother Superior.|
|The Mother Superior removes the white band revealing a black band after the profession.|
|The newly professed sisters sign their commitments at the altar.|
|The newly professed sisters, the Mother Superior, and Bishop LeVoir of the diocese of New Ulm.|
|The girls and Sr. Maris Stella pose for a picture at the reception.|
I hope all of you mommies out there had a beautiful Mother's Day. I wish you all as much joy as can be found in this last photo!