Monday, April 20, 2009

New Beginnings

We've been blessed with a few of God's gifts to us through nature.....one of which came right to our kitchen bay window. We sat down for supper the other evening and this cute baby rabbit decided to pay us a visit.



Jason spotted him first! I went to grab my camera in hopes of catching him before he decided to hop away. To my surprise, he decided to stay awhile (probably to his mother's dismay). I decided to call "it" a "he". He was just sitting there watching us eat supper and stayed perfectly still as we moved near him too. He even let me close enough for a photo.



At this point, I was beginning to worry that there might be something "wrong" with him. As a matter of fact I was asking Jason what we should do...we couldn't just leave him there for dogs to find. If there was something wrong, I wanted to see what we could do for him. Jason encouraged me to wait awhile and make sure Mama Rabbit wasn't near by....saying that if we touched him and he had our scent on him, she might kill him. I suppose this is the case in Rabbit World.



I'm so glad we did wait because within a few moments, I looked out there and Mama Rabbit was inching close....coming to fetch her wayward adventurous little one. We stayed as still as possible and in a few minutes, baby hopped along with mom. Can't you just imagine the "talkin' to" (or more) he got when they got home! :) But he sure gave us a simple pleasure with his little visit at dinner time and I guess we must have been at least a little interesting to him......curious little fella!

And at the edge of our gravel driveway are four little kildeer eggs. Every year we have kildeer eggs in almost exactly the same spot.



When I went out to get photos, Mama Kildeer moved away from the eggs squawking at me!
These were the closest I could get to Mama and Daddy Kildeer, even with my 300 mm lens.



And then Daddy Kildeer flew in from nearby, so they were on oppposite sides of the eggs, just watching me.



Mama Kildeer creates quite a commotion to distract visitors from her precious babies. She runs to the far side of the driveway just a fussin' and flappin' her wings to gear our attention away from her babies and focus on her. She sometimes even acts like she has a broken wing. She actually did this for my photos!







It's amazing to me how God made each and every creature so intricately...with their own built in protective modes. I'll keep a watch and try to catch the little babies as they make their little debut!

I'm so thankful for spring and all the beauty that goes with it...God's gifts to us through nature.....new beginnings. :)

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UPDATE - I typed the above post earlier today with intentions of adding the rest of my pictures, and then this evening, Jason spotted our wayward visiting baby rabbit again! He came to almost the same spot...just over in the grass. I was able to get some better pictures!



I'm wondering if he remembered us or if his Mama tells him to stay put.



Or if he's being disobedient being out here!



Isn't he the cutest? We gave him a name.......Rascal.



And look at this.....it's pure torture for Bambi lying in the bay window sill watching little Rascal. She was just cocking her head, eyes big, ears back, and purring. And still Rascal stayed.



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One more thing....please continue to remember Joy in your prayers. She has started running fever AGAIN this evening and saying she's tired and sleeping a lot and not feeling well. So we're off to the Dr. again tomorrow. I'm not feeling so well myself. Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers....we sure appreciate them! :)

43 comments:

wrcdgc said...

Tammy,

What great pictures. I love Rascal he's a cutie. We used to have chipmunks that lived under our shed. They were so cute to watch.

I hope your not catching what Joy has. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers a lot. I hope you all are back to your old selves soon.

Donna

Julze said...

"Rascal" is the perfect name for him...he is SO cute...but I'm sure his mama won't be happy to learn he's gone walk-a-bouts again..lol!

I love the bird pics too. We have birds (budgies, canaries and finches)
Our mama-budgie is "nursing" two 3-week old abies presently. It is such a delight and blessing to observe God's Nature.

God Bless! ((hugs))

Kimberly said...

Hi Tammy,

What amazing pictures... you must live in such a great spot!
Julianna got Joy's letter today and was THRILLED! Plaese thank Joy for her. I think she's already busy writing back!
I hope you're not starting another round with this bug! What a long haul for your family!
Praying for you! Hugs, Kimberly

Kimberly said...

Hi Tammy,

What amazing pictures... you must live in such a great spot!
Julianna got Joy's letter today and was THRILLED! Plaese thank Joy for her. I think she's already busy writing back!
I hope you're not starting another round with this bug! What a long haul for your family!
Praying for you! Hugs, Kimberly

Anonymous said...

Wow great pics!! LOOOVVEEEE the baby bunny!! I hope he stays safe!! your photography is great, nice clear pics...and those birds, never heard of them so obviously they are not a northern bird, but they are very pretty. I had three gold finches at my feeders last Saturday and was soooo excited...my husband and son think I am crazy!!

I hope you are not getting what Joy has either...it is nasty. I had it in January and was sick on and off for a month. All three of us had it over New Years so we were all in bed for a week!! I missed 4 days of work, it totally wipes you out. Keep drinking fluids so you dont get dehydrated.
Good luck!!

Jill from NY

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Oh I hope you and Joy are feeling much better this morning. Please keep us posted!

And PS - Rascal is adorable! We have a family that visits our back yard every morning.

Goat Creek Grandma said...

I love the pictures. There wonderful! Someday, I hope to have a good camera.

Poor Joy... I continue to keep her in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she gets to feeling better soon.

Debbie

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Love the pics of Rascal and the birds...Buster keeps the deer and most birds away from here, he loves to chase them:)

I hope Joy recovers soon, I hate to see her sick and I sure hope you don't get it:)
Rondell

Karen said...

I just love your pictures!! A few years ago, a momma rabbit had made her nest under a clump of grass in the middle of our yard. Why she chose this spot I have NO idea! But, I'm glad we discovered it before my husband decided to mow! Anyway, there were about 3 or 4 tiny little bunnies--and when they got old enough, went to live under some evergreen trees we have planted in front of our house. They were the cutest, tiniest little things! And so cute hopping around! I wish I could've but, I wasn't able to get any pictures of them. Thanks so much for your post! I enjoyed it so much...and Rascal is the perfect name for him. I hope both you and Joy are feeling better today. Take care!
Karen

Betsy said...

Your little bunny is so cute. We have some bunnies that are leaving us little "suprizes" on our walk way.LOL. Hope Joy gets to feeling better soon.
Have a great day.
Betsy

In His service, Anne said...

Tammy, Cute bunny pics. While at work a maintenance man "rescued" a baby bunny, so my hubby brought it home. They should have left it, momma's always come back for their babies, even after hours. Needless to say, it lasted with us two weeks and died. They have extreemly sensative tummies when they are that little and need their mommas. Now we have a domesticated lion head bunny named Peter.-lol

CozyCoops Corner said...

Such great pictures! The bunny is so cute! That is a good name you gave him:-) I sure hope Joy feels better and you feel better too. It's so exhausting to be sick for so long. Have a good day Tammy.

Janae

Carmen C. said...

That little Rascal is adorable, and what great pics you were able to get! Having pet rabbits of my own, I know they can be very set in their ways so if he wants to visit you, momma probably won't stop him, LOL! Have a lovely day!

The Whites said...

I just love wildlife in the spring - you never know what you're going to find!

Poor Joy. Maybe she just over did it a little too soon. The flu can wipe you out and it takes a while to get your strength back. Sorry you're not feeling so well, too.

We'll keep praying.

Mandy

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What great pictures. We have quite a few rabbits in our back yard and they are very cute to watch. Sorry Joy is still not better. I'll be praying that the doctor can be of some help today and that she will have her strength back soon! And also praying for you, I know how hard it is to be so worried over a sick child!

Denise said...

Aww...what a cute little Rascal! I love all of the springtime babies.

I hope the doctor can give you a heads up on Joy. I hate to see kids so sick.

Take care, Denise

Shellmo said...

Tammy,
That baby bunny is adorable! He's certainly a curious one! I love those killdeer too - they put on such an amazing display! So sorry to hear joy is running a fever again - I hope she kicks this bug once and for all!!

Sharon said...

What great photos of Rascal. I can get my little camera to zoom in close enough to catch the bunnies around here. They are so much fun to watch however.
Prayers continue for all of you.
I hope that Joy will be well soon.
That virus has been very bad around here this year.
God Bless

ghomeschool said...

Great pix!! Aren't Kildeer just the neatest birds. I must learn more about them. I can't wait for the babies to get here. I hope you get some good pix, but you'll have to get them on day one of the hatch or you'll be too late.
I hope Joy feels better soon. She really looked tired yesterday.

Kim

ghomeschool said...

Oh, I forgot to mention Little Rascal. He is adorable to. We used to catch little baby rabbits when we were kids and love on them. Then we'd let them go. They are soooo soft.

Kim

Jo-Anne said...

Poor little Joy...I do hope she is back to her sweet self very quickly!

That bunny reminds me of Peter Rabbit, always finding himself in a little spot of trouble. :)

UPON A HILL said...

Joy will be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing those amazing shots. They are truly wonderful!

basketsnprims said...

Tammy,
Rascal is such a darling but his momma probably thinks he's naughty. Such wonderful pics, thanks for sharing. I will keep Joy in my prayers, bless her lil heart. Liam has been sick for 3 days so Gwen took him to the doctor today. Please pray for him, too. Thanks.
Pam

Angie said...

I sure enjoyed the nature pics...what an adorable little Rascal he is! I bet he is just as curious about you as you are about him, too! I am sorry to hear that Joy is feeling yucky again...I hope it isn't anything serious. Please take care of yourself, too, so you don't catch it. Sending prayers your way tonight in hopes that you everyone is well soon. And, thank you for your congrats on hubby's job..we feel so blessed right now!

Hugs, Angie

Shelley said...

Hi Tammy,thanks so much for sharing your special pictures...the baby rabbit is just precious...very much like the orignal rascal himself,Peter Rabbit,misbehaving,and the like...so sorry your Joy is still feeling ill...I pray she will be well soon,and you are not coming down with the same....take care

Blessings,Shelley

Carrie said...

Tammy~

Thanks for sharing the pics!! They are great!! And the bunny is just too cute. We live in the woods, so we too have a lot of wildlife.

I will never forget about a week after we moved in, I guess the people that owned the house before us had outdoor cats so I am assuming that the racoons ate it.

So, when evening as we were sitting down to eat dinner I looked over and there was ababy racoon with his paws on the french door window looking in like 'where's the food!?!?' LOL!!

Hugs!! Carrie♥

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

What a cute little bunny!

bee'nme said...

Hi Tammy!

I'm a sucker for bunnies, and Rascal is just adorable! I'm so glad he let you take his picture, though it must have been hard on his Mom :o) I love how God is interested in the little details as well as the big picture, and how he equips even the smallest and weakest with everything they need to surive and thrive...amazing. I wonder why we ever doubt his love and provision for us...His beloved...?

I'm happy to have found your blog through a comment you left at Maryjane's Bee Hive Cottage...I've bookmarked you and look forward to visiting again!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky S. at Just Bee 'n Me

Linda said...

what a wonderful experience. bunnies are so cute---til they grow up and eat your garden up!
we have a pair of Canadian geese out by the lagoon. They have a nest with 5 eggs in it. They do the same thing--try to distract away from their nests. We are keeping an eye on them. Goslings are adorable, too.....

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

LOL...Tammy you should have named him Peter Rabbit, cause in the story, Peter was always slipping away from his Mom to the Farmers Garden,
My Prayers are with Joy and you both. I know how you feel. I pray Joy isn't relasping, that is so much worse than the first time around.

Mercy Ottis/The Stone House said...

Your Rascal reminds me of Peter rabbit off to mr. mc greggors garden! Very fun pictures of the rabbit and the birds. I love the killdear eggs! They are so pretty!♥

Blessed Beyond said...

I will for sure be praying for Joy. What did the doctor say? I hope she gets better soon. I am on round 3 of antibiotics. So I understand!

I love the pictures of Rascal! He is too cute! I have some pictures to share tomorrow.

Love the Easter pictures too! Glad you enjoyed the cheesy potato recipe and I hope you enjoy more recipes in the future.

Hugs and Blessings,

Wendi said...

Love all of the pictures. I think little bunnies name is appropriate!

Sorry Joy is still not well. Will be praying she is better soon!

Have a great day!

Dawn said...

Tammy, Iv'e tried to email you several times? I was wanting your mailing address. I have a "be surprised" to you. Dawn mdhouck@cableone.net

Michele said...

Oh Tammy ~ I'm so sorry that Joy isn't feeling well again...and you need to take care of yourself too!

I just love that little Rascal...what a cutie pie!

Take care of everyone!!!

Hugz,
Michele

Zaroga said...

A very enjoyable post.

I have Joy in my prayers... and you too! Good health for you both.

the primitive country bug said...

Oh Tammy, what great opportunities you've been blessed with, those tiny little creatures to brighten your days!
Maybe the mama bunny is having you babysit for her while she goes out and about her duties.

I am sorry to hear that Joy is feverish again. I do hope you don't come down sick as well. Drink lots of water and OJ and get plenty of rest.

The shower curtain and valance in our bath is Saffron from Park Designs.
Hugs & blessings~ Birgit

Amber said...

Hello, Ms. Tammy,
The Rabbit is sooooooooooo CUTE!!!! I think Rascal is a perfect name for him. :o)
Hugs
Amber

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Thank you Tammy, for taking the time to ask about how I'm doing...I guess I was really busy watching the granddaughters and just life in general:) I posted today so I'm back.lol
Love Rascal, is he still around? Let us know in your next post, I love to watch nature around here too but Buster keeps the deer and turkeys away because he chases them:)
Rondell

country gal said...

Mommy,

Rascal is SUCH a cutie. I love naming animals. I love you, MOMMY!!!!

Love, Joy =D

Terry said...

We get a batch of baby bunnies each year under our garden shed.
I love to watch them, especially when they get old enough to play with each other in the yard.
I hope Joy is feeling better soon. I had that stuff 3 times this winter!
Hope the rest of you don't catch it.
It is a hard one to get rid of.
Take care,
Terry

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Tammy, I'm sorry to hear about Joy. Hope that ole flu-bug doesn't return--and I hope YOU don't get it either... Please take care!!!!

Love your 'bunny' story... Hope Mama Rabbit comes to get the baby again.

We just got home from visiting son and family in Texas. Nice visit except that the weather there was HORRIBLE. Glad to be home!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Sit A Spell said...

Rascal is a GREAT name! I love the shots of the kildeer. I don't see that bird up here.