Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Love

Recently, at Easter weekend, 21 little chicks hatched at my house.  The person we were hatching them for had asked for 20 chicks.  And chick #21 was looking pretty pathetic.  I didn't want to deliver a happy holiday chick that would quickly die, so i kept the chick at home and delivered what first aid i could.  I hoped for the best, but was prepared to find an expired chick when i returned home.  To my delight, when we returned home, after a very long Easter Sunday, celebrating with family, this little chick was wide awake, well-rested, and ready to hit the road, with a serious pair of lungs, by the way.

So, i gave this lonely little chick to my recently bereaved broody hen, and she welcomed this chick with open wings.  I have very much enjoyed watching the two of them over the past couple of weeks.  Mother hen protects this single chick like it was the greatest treasure on earth, and she spends every waking moment teaching it to find food and be a chicken.

I took some pictures for your enjoyment.  I've been saving them for Mother's Day because they remind me of me and my mom . . . since i'm an only child too.  And i have a really good mom too.  And i love her a lot.

I think the last picture is my favorite.  Do you see that little indention in the mother's feathers, right in the middle of her breast?  That's where the tiny chick just snuggled in for some warmth and rest and comfort.  The most beautiful picture of them all.

You probably don't have to think too hard to stretch this hen-chick/mother-daughter imagery to a picture of the love of God.  So i'll add this scripture to go with the pictures above.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~Psalms 91:1

Happy Mother's Day to all of you - 
and especially to mine.  <3


  1. Great post! Happy Mothers Day!

  2. I recently found your blog while looking for tips on making bread. I bookmarked your post from January 6th. (It's been really helpful in my quest to become better in the kitchen!)

    As I browsed your more recent posts I discovered a lovely woman who I would like to be more like. Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us!

    Kim G.

  3. Kim, that is one of the nicest things you could say to me. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I'm so glad that you decided to stay and check out more than the bread. =)


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