12 December 2007

Life is Here


This has become my favorite ornament on the tree this year.

While merrily decorating our tree, my 7 year old spied this teeny bird's nest built deep inside our tree, near the safety of the trunk.

To think that we were nearly done decorating before anyone saw it!

We could have spent the entire Christmas season bustling around our tree... arranging and rearranging presents, watering the base, enjoying the twinkling of the bulbs, vacuuming up fallen needles, plucking off a candy cane to munch while we read stories on the couch, fondly reminiscing the family events represented by our baubles and bangles, admiring the balance and texture of our lovely evergreen friend... and completely missing the subtle message nestled within its quietness.

"Life is here."


Life is here.



*We carefully pulled the nest out and placed it on a prominent bough for all to admire. Such a beautiful message the Lord has for me in this little home of twigs. Subtle, quiet, always there but not always acknowledged. Humble.
** Read Mary's post on subtlety. Quite good.

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9 Comments:

Blogger nikongirl said...

THAT is so cool! What a gift this time of year!

Makes me miss a REAL tree. Thanks so much for sharing!!
Kim

8:37 AM  
Blogger Christianne said...

Mmmm. So good. Love that you found this. Love that you saw this message in it.

Is it possible to miss someone you've never met? Because today I miss you.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Love it, Erin...your thoughts, your ability to see the buried treasure (truly SEE it), the beautiful message a few twigs contained.

Life IS here, and I imagine, your children will remember that little nest for years to come. You should hold onto it (if possible) to decorate next year's tree :).

Robin @ PENSIEVE

10:47 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Kimmy,
Isn't this yet another bonus to the real tree? I feel bad for those that can't/won't/don't do live trees. (Of course, their reasons are certainly valid and rational- allergies, pets, expense...) I have never, ever, ever heard of a bird nesting in a fake Christmas tree. The fake-treers are missing out.

Christianne,
Perhaps we can find a Cup O' Soul halfway between here and there sometime. :)

Robin,
I really do want to hold on to this little nest. You're the queen of preservation (wedding dresses, tea towels and all). Got any advice on how to maintain the integrity of a bird's nest?

12:28 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

Erin, it's MY turn to not taint what you've written. I will just look and listen and breathe for a while. Thank you.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

It makes me want to dance.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

awww, i've missed reading your blogs! your deep thoughts, i love it!

12:18 AM  
Blogger Violet said...

What a lovely find and reminder! We're off to get our real tree today.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Roberta said...

Beautiful! How sweet your daughter spied it.
Makes me think that tomorrow I'll scrunch down to the height of my little ones and see from their view.

4:07 AM  

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