Friday, August 29, 2008

monster and prayers

First, I want to let you know that we have made our decision. It was not the decision I would have made personally, however, I think it was a well made decision. I shared what I felt with hubby and I did so calmly and rationally (which I can only attribute to my prayers and your prayers in my support).

Hubby was fine with my decisions, but did bring up one additional concern. After some discussion, a decision was made that should help us and ease difficult family relations.

Difficult family relations is the reason for not sharing too many details. While I do not believe the concerned parties read this blog, I have made it available to them.

I am so thankful for all the prayers while I struggled with this. The issues involved are among the most difficult for me to deal with at present and so the support was greatly appreciated and tremendously helpful. Thank you!

This mini-monster lives in my garden. I have had them in my yard before (and I've taken sharper photos of them -- however, never have I seen one with prey), I am not sure but I think it is a type of mantis.

I don't mind this little fellow. I am pretty sure he eats more bad bugs than good.


  1. Glad the decision-making is over. What a relief, but I'm sure you're exhausted.

    Take care this weekend, 'kay?

  2. Anonymous2:58 AM

    Oh no, is it eating a bee? Does it not know bees are in decline? Lol, Einstein said that if bees died out humans would follow 4 years later...we're all doooooomed I tell you doooooomed. Ahem...

    So glad you've made your difficult decision, sometimes the simple act of making a decision even if it is a hard one is better than remaining in easy limbo.

    Hugs n' love.

  3. A mantis is a wonderful thing to have in the garden, it'll remind you to pray, or prey.
    Happy to hear decision is made. Family issues can be so... issuie.
    My husband and I both live very far away from our respective families, they live on east coast we live on west. Sometimes even this is too close for our comfort; It's tricky business, caring.

    I certainly hope we aren't all doomed, A. Einstein was often wrong which is a relief. Not that he is wrong about the bees, I'm sure it's true, California is dependent on bees.

    tid-bit: My father-in-law grew up next door to A. Einstein in Princeton NJ, he taught my F-I-L how to ride his bicycle! He was a kind and strange man who hid behind bushes and hated wearing long sleeves, so I've been told.

  4. Family issues are just the worst. I'm glad you've been able to come to some conclusion of your own. Bless you.

  5. you have been in my prayers and I am glad that your decision is leave the rest up to God!!!
    Have a blessed weekend...

  6. I love closeups like that. There is a lot more going on with flowers and bugs than we see at a glance.

    Mama use to tell me that sometimes even a not so good decision is better than no decision at all. It allows you to move forward instead of being stalled. I'm not sure what you problem is but you are in my prayers.

  7. Sometimes the process is just as important as the outcome.

    I hope you have a good weekend.

  8. Sarah,

    I know all about bee decline - I didn't have bees in my yard for the first half of summer but since I have clover, sunflowers, and lots of herbs they eventually found their way here and now my yard buzzes.

    Thankfully solitary bees aren't effected by whatever is upsetting the honeybee population so I am setting up some things in my yard for solitary bees(which I discovered are better pollinators than social bees). I don't like hand-pollinating my plants. ugh.


    You're story about the A.E. is fascinating. What a claim to fame.

    BTW I totally understand your issue with family. We live independently too - my parents are five hours away which is nice because we get on very well with them. The issue was the other set and they live in CA, however, I often feel that they could live on another planet and it wouldn't be far enough. You are right, caring is tricky business.

    morning glory, I am still always so happy when I see your name again - thanks for the prayers.

    mimi, the only way I will manage this is by leaving the rest to God - thanks for the reminder!

    Eve, I think your mother must have been a wise woman.

    I love insect close-ups - I don't do as many as I used too but I've taken loads of them in the past.

    Heide - you are right - especially in this case - the process was essential.

  9. Melissa,

    I'm pretty sure (without a closer look) that what pounced on your bee was actually an assassin bug, in the order Hemiptera (the true bugs) which have piecing mouthparts. The shape and size of it match better with an A.B. See my blog for a picture of one.