"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

do you see what i see?




You remember our friend Crystal Theodore Sanchez from this post?  For a couple of weeks he was healthy and happy and we were happy.  Then he began to look a bit wimpy.  He seemed to be getting smaller somehow.  We were certain that he was dying but weren't sure what to do.  It seemed like we should release him but he had been in the house (first on the Christmas tree, then in captivity) for over a month and we wondered if the climate change would do him in.  We waited a few days but he just got wimpier.  Finally deciding that he was a goner, I removed the lid of his little indoor habitat and walked outside prepared to dump him on the shrubs.  I know it sounds callous but I remind you he was just a bug... and a deadish bug at that!  On further inspection I just couldn't do it. He was still (barely) hanging onto the piece of pine, albeit looking quite odd.   I put the lid back on and forgot about him for a couple of days.




The other morning I took a peek and there was something fuzzy looking in the lid.  I thought that maybe he had actually made a cocoon.    Before I could even  reach over to remove it I saw that it wasn't a cocoon at all.  Apparently the funny looking wimpy Hermie had actually been performing a metamorphoses!  











No, he's no Painted Lady or swallowtail but he's our little miracle of rebirth...  We've increased his living space and moved him near the ponies so he won't be lonely.  :)

Blessings, Debbie

23 comments:

  1. Isn't nature wonderful. Congratulations on your new little miracle. JB

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  2. Every year we used to hatch monarch butterflies. This year, I couldn't find any caterpillars by the time school started. It was always wonderful to see the whole process and have the release ceremony.
    Hugs,
    Courtney

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  3. We hatched a swallowtail earlier this year...he actually hatched out a few months early due to the warmer temps....

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  4. It reminds me of what happens to a person called of God to be saved. He regenerates us from the old man into the new and something more beautiful in Christ.

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  5. Kind of an appropriate story for this time of year... rebirth in a way... love it. Okay, do I know about the baby sweater hanging in the background?? LOVE it! xoxo tanna

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  6. What great pictures you took. And you got to see the metamorphosis? For years, in kindergarten, we raised monarch butterflies and only a handful of times did we get to see things actually happen...amazing! Miraculous! LIFE!
    Now, what does he eat?

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  7. Wow, what a great unplanned school lesson and perfect for Easter time! xo

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  8. The miracle of life...he is beautiful!

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  9. What a neat thing for you to get to watch. God's creation is amazing, isn't it?

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  10. How fun is that? I'm sure he appreciates being near the ponies too.

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  11. Beautiful! We did this once with the grandkids...(I took pictures but never posted them). Your vintage jar you used sure looked prettier than my recycled jar with holes punched in the lid...:) Life is a gift! Even if you are a butterfly...or moth!!

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  12. He was meant to live with you, so you could witness this miracle. This is so special. Have a happy and blessed week, Debbie. xo

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  13. wow, that is awesome and quite a distinguished name for a butterfly :)

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  14. Just keep him away from the yarn! :O

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  15. Doesn't everything point to our Creator?! Even Hermie? I'm so glad you didn't toss him/her out into the bushes.

    (Adding to the list...fathers with kidney stones...)
    Hope that he is feeling much better soon...that is wicked pain! (And Tylenol? ONE?)

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  16. This is SO cool!! Enjoy your metamorphasized Hermie :o).

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  17. I was thinking about your inch worm, just a few days. As you hadn't mentioned him again, I just assumed that he hadn't made it through the experience. So glad it all has a happy ending. Phew.

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  18. Ohhhh what fun! I am sooooooooo glad you got to see the end of Hermie's transformation. What a joy and blessing. [o= Thanks for sharing the ...rest of the story. [o=

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  19. Wow. I wonder where you sign up for a sudden bursting out of wings? Good for Crystal!!

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  20. I'm so glad Hermie wasn't a goner. So cool that he surprised you with his metamorphosis. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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