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Just Add Water: How One Simple Ingredient Solves Much

Can you believe summer is winding down already?  Back to school sales, tax-free weekends, pencils, crayons and notebooks and talk of teachers getting their classrooms ready.  I’ve even heard some talk about pumpkin spice already!  Didn’t we just finish up our school year?  Didn’t summer just get here?  Why do these lazier days seem to…

10 Hints from the Master Gardeners

The kidlets have had another great year of Garden & Grow through our local University Extension. The class is taught by the Extension’s own Master Gardeners, and kids have learned so much that I thought I’d share some of those great gardening tips here…

Topics: Gardening

Six Quick Ways to be Garden-Ready for Spring

Welcome to the first day of Spring! It’s finally here! This winter was one of snow and ice and sleet and more snow for us! It was the most wintery-winter we’ve had here in Missouri in years! Most people were ready for warmer temps, but surprisingly I found myself enjoying it, for the most part….

Topics: Gardening

What True Love Is

Once upon a time, there were two children who were precious to their Father. He doted on them and gave them everything they desired. They had love, a beautiful home, plenty of food, many friends, and were well protected. But the children were just not content. They wanted more. The Father reminded them that they…

Topics: Faith, Holiday

Snow Days: Enjoying the Beauty of Winter

A week ago, we got a good six inches of the white stuff. Today, the forecast is calling for another eight inches on top of the snow that’s left. To someone who didn’t grow up with snow every winter, (I think we had snow 2 or 3 times in the 16 years I lived in southern California!) snow is an exciting event!  It’s been a few years since we’ve had a snowy winter like this one here in Missouri!

Though a Mirror Darkly: Looking Forward

“For now, we can only see darkly, as though we’re looking through a mirror, but a time is coming when we will see clearly, face to face.”  1 Corinthians 13:12a December 31, 2018 A Note from Dee: The Chickadee Nest has been active for a full year now, and what a year it has been!  First of all,…

Hello December!

Although Spring is the best season; December is one of my favorite months! I do not love December for the weather, although I’ve lived in the Midwest most of my life– I’m a native southern Californian and will never acclimate to the cold temperatures!  If it’s gotta be cold, I at least want some snow,…

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

  I love the attitude of gratitude that November brings as the Thanksgiving draws near.   The air is full of anticipation with the holidays coming, and gratefulness for the things we have.  Some people like to post a “gratitude” a day on social media, but knowing me, I’d forget a day or two here and…