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Stump!  
Betcha that wasn’t what you were expecting me to say!  (If you actually were, you might have either heard me tell this story before or have incredible mental faculties… And by that I mean you saw the picture. 😋)

Earlier this year (which doesn’t narrow it down at all as that could be any of the other 11 months), my dad, Carrie, and I went kayaking at Weeki Wachee Springs in Northernish Florida.  As we rounded a bend, we saw some sunglasses and “poled” over to investigate. (I may have just made the world’s worst pun ever, given the fact that you use paddles, not poles, to steer and propel kayaks.  Also, you don’t pull a kayak over like you would a car.  So, apologies all around but I’m keeping it there because I can.  Also, can you believe how long this parenthetical statement is??)

We made this amazingly true-to-life sculpture of our President-elect using part of an onion we found lying around (I kid you not) and a leaf.  Bonus points if you know the Latin name of the plant from whence the leaf came to us on a bonny breeze (OK, we picked it up off the ground, but I will still be impressed).

In light of today’s importance, I thought I’d share this now. 🙂

Squid

P.S. Yes, I know the cypress knee we used isn’t a stump.  Why do you have to be so critical!  We were just making a pun and having fun. (hehe, rhyme) (shoutout to anyone who got that Ultimate Spiderman reference).

The Birds Are Back!

Today, as I sat here and ate my breakfast with my back to the lanai, Zoe said, “Hey look, there’s a leetle bird in de grass.” Since all that visits our backyard in the summer are Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mockingbirds, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Mourning Doves, and the occasional Red-Shouldered Hawk, I turned around in my seat very quickly.  Lo and behold, there was my first Palm Warbler of the season!  Then we both spotted our first Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher of the season in the mulberry tree! 😀 Very happy to watch God’s little jewels on this overcast-but-otherwise-fine morning. So, welcom back, little ones; may your stay be filled with yummy bugs and berries!

Squid (and Zoe)

A Thang With Wangs

Flying insects use all sorts of creative methods to get from from point A to point B. About 54.5 million to 37 million years ago, at least one species of beetle was using wings that looked like helicopter propellers to get around, Science News reports.

(Source: Prehistoric Beetle Had Wings Like Helicopter Blades – Mental Floss)

If I found an old helicopter, everyone would know that it was made by humans because it is too complex to have been created by a bolt of lightning striking a tree that was next to some scrap metal or something, right?  OK, then how are evolutionist scientists going to explain how THIS came about? Helicopter wings on an insect? Wings in and of themselves are an amazing “invention” —  one we’ve barely been able to replicate — and yet most people believe (we don’t have proof) that they evolved by chance and luck and chemicals. How’d the chemicals get there? Chance and luck and matter mixing and reacting, right? How’d the matter get here? A big explosion. What exploded? Everything. How? Well… we’re working on that one.

Creationist scientists know that since God is unchanging, his laws won’t change either. (Gravity, Laws of Thermodynamics, Laws of Motion, etc.) Because of this knowledge, we can use the scientific method to examine and try to begin to understand nature around us. We can even predict things! How amazing is that? 😀  We know exactly how creation came into being.  God told it to. 🙂  Everything was created within a week, even these helicopter beetles.  The intricate design of God’s creation is something that we can try to replicate, but he gave us the materials in the first place, so we really can’t take credit for any of it.  But, that’s OK!  We are here to bring him glory, and that’s all that the founding fathers of science, like Isaac Newton, wanted to do.  Should our mindset be any different?

Squid

P.S. Dear Evolutionists, you do know that the word “universe” comes from “uni-” (single) and “-verse” (spoken sentence).  The thing you say came about by chance is actually called a “single spoken sentence.”

Photo Challenge, Day 1

A couple days ago, Bri the Missionary in the Making challenged me to join her in a photo challenge that she found on Blogger.  As soon as she said my name and photo in the same post, I was in! 😀  Today’s prompt word is Intricate, so I immediately thought of nature (which I almost capitalized… thanks a lot, Gabriel 🙂 ). My first subpoint on that outline was spiderwebs, but as it was already mid-day when I found out the prompt, all webs had disappeared.  I had just finished reading a book about a family of French weavers, and it had me thinking.  If we found a piece of cloth on the ground, we wouldn’t assume it was just a pile of yarn that had miraculously tangled itself just so as to be a sturdy textile, would we?  No, of course not.  In Florida was have these giant stalks of grass incorrectly called Palm Trees.  No, I’m not making this up.  Go Google it.  I’ll wait.  OK, now that you’re back (or are a Floridian and knew it already), let’s continue.  These tall stalks are very fibrous. Each layer has been woven together to create its tough exterior.  Yet, most people you talk to on the street will say that it is just a well-evolved plant. Hm, I’m not sure I see that logic.  So, today, I decided to highlight the intricate weaving of the palm trees that God so perfectly designed.  The sunburst was a nice bonus too. 🙂

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Now, unfortunately, there are some, *gasp* rules.

RULE ONE: The photo has to be taken on the day of the post, i.e. you can`t use old pictures. (This is the hardest rule for me, because I’m the kind of person that if, by a rare chance, I do upload my pics to my laptop on the same day I take them, I put off editing and sorting them for weeks.  So, this is a good disciplinary challenge too. 🙂 )

RULE TWO: No Plagiarism. Must be your pic and yours alone.

RULE THREE: You must follow the five prompts that I`ll be posting my along with my pictures, unless, you know, you find another photo challenge prompt site and decide to do theirs instead. *dramatic lonely sigh*

Alright, now for my nominee.  *drumroooooool*

Joy!

I’ve seen what you can do on Flickr, so I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with for this challenge! (If you accept, of course. 🙂 )

Squid

P.S. Did anyone catch 6+10=16? I was wondering if I had gotten anyone trained yet, so I didn’t do a post.

The Truth is Unchanging

I hope that the reblog I posted last week made you really think about what you believe, and helped you see what you don’t. Today I’m going to repost one of my own blog posts from a while back, a poem.  This summed up what I believed and still do.  I hope you enjoy it and that it rings true in your heart.

Believed for so long
“Known” to be true.
Evolution from soup
Of me and you.

Creationists laughed at
But would you believe it?
Call it science?

Growing from soup
By process unknown.
Little to no proof,
Wait, hold the phone.

You want me to believe that?
I’m just an accident?
With the design I see
All around me?

I’m sorry, no I just can’t,
There is no evidence.
Design always spawns from a designer,
Of that I’m completely sure.

Does this beautiful world look accidental…
To you?
Perfect systems in place
To keep us all glued.

I think that they’re wrong,
That we’ve been lied to.
I believe there’s a God,
He loves me and you.

Instead of nature, creation
Purposeful and perfect
Made with a plan
But we ruined it.

Instead of our eternal happiness,
We disobeyed, and on us a curse was placed.
Death and troubles, separation from God.
Could this be the end?  No it was not.

A sacrifice for us,
Taking the penalty,
Death’s new victim,
Oh! No, it couldn’t be!

Jesus Christ, God’s only son
Loved immeasurably, loves us as one.
He took our punishment, the grave.
Overcoming death, he saves!

Oh glorious day!
The curse has been broken,
The shackles fall down,
So why does the world endlessly frown?

Because Jesus saves,
We owe a debt gladly paid,
Telling the world
That they can be changed!

But the debt is unappealing,
Bondage!  They say.
They can save themselves,
It’s “easier” that way.

But they don’t understand
The gravity of their plight.
Jesus Christ is the only way,
The only one who can save the day.

The God of the universe is calling you,
What will you answer, what will you do?
He alone is mighty to save,
For you he died, his soul he gave.

Will you let him?
Let him save you.
Throw down your pride,
Let him love you.

From Do You Believe? (written and published by me 10 months ago)