J is for…

A Verse Hid in Our HeartJ is for
“Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Matthew 8:20

A Hymn to Impart“Jesus, Lover of My Soul”

A Sweet Little Prayer“Morning Hymn”

A Poem to Share“What Robin Told”

How Our Week Was Spent
Ti's nest
We learned all about nests. Some birds use spit to build nests and some people in China put those nests in soup and eat them. We had a nest building contest and Mom said we had to use spit to build them and other stuff that birds would use (Titus, 9 1/2).
nest builder
Mom made Bird’s Nest Soup like in China. Only it wasn’t soup. It was Jello with a gummy strings nest at the bottom. She said it was very not healthy for us (Nate, 6).
Bird's Nest Soup
Teacher’s Two-Cents
Here is our latest newly acquired piece of freeby furniture. The boys have named it the “Nest Chair”.
nest chair
This chair is only part of a long string of small blessings that have appeared, often mysteriously, on our doorstep. The condo we are renting came furnished and while that was a huge convenience since we arrived on the island with just our suitcases, it has taken a long time to add enough of our own things to make this place feel like home. (Tip: hanging a quilt up on the wall goes a long way toward making a homey nest and they’re easy to pack). Anyway, we haven’t spent more than a couple hundred dollars on furnishings or household goods since we moved here and yet looking around, the condo doesn’t look anything like it used to, mainly because of all the stuff we’ve been given. God has been so faithful in providing for our needs, not just with a great place to live but with everything we need to make it comfortable. He even answered our prayer for an electric keyboard so the boys could have piano lessons (the lessons are also a gift from a neighbor).
our new keyboard
And yet, as our memory verse reads, “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lay his head.” Our God who provides for our own needs so richly and who insures that even the sparrow has food and a home, had not even a place to lay His own head while He walked this earth. I think of this in contrast to the false gods of the Hawaiians who demanded so much of them by way of gifts and sacrifices and even lives and yet could give nothing in return. Jesus had nothing and demanded nothing as far as physical comforts go, and yet He gave everything and continues to give everything because it is ALL HIS to give. As I look around our little nest I see more than just things. I see little presents from The-Great-Giver-of-All-Good-Things. Little things to make our lives more comfortable while He Himself went without.
Anyway, we put our new “nest chair” out on the lanai where it has become a favorite little napping spot for someone. I thought you might like to see what’s inside…
inside nest
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19


5 thoughts on “J is for…

  1. Spit nests? Whoa! Boy fun! Love hearing your story of arriving with suitcases. He is so faithful, AND you are, too! Great story. Maybe one day I can hear all of the details! 😉 You really are a lover of adventure! I live a few miles from where I was born!!! Your little birdie in the nest is precious!

    1. Yeah, I nearly gagged when I read that one. The entire nest is literally made from dried spit and then these people pay big bucks to eat it! Yuck! I DO love adventure but not in a “culinary” sense like THAT!

  2. Each post leaves me with great appreciation and thankfulness . . . I’m glad Nathan knows what very not healthy is . . . grateful Ti can make a nest with spit . . . loving the nest chair cradling precious Gideon . . . can’t wait to nest there myself. Love and hugs to all!!!

    1. Ha! They all know what “very not healthy” is but do you think that would ever stop them from gobbling a whole package of Jello each? I feel like I just lost my “good mother” badge for feeding them that garbage. And yes, Gideon’s nest has plenty of room for 2! 🙂

  3. What a great site you have! Your kids are so creative and love what they are learning. I am new to this and stumbling my way through. Glad you liked the nest building. Keep up the good work.


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