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We are excited over here in the Eastman home because we have five ducklings to enjoy for the next few weeks! Round two of Operation Duck Hatch was a SUCCESS. Iris was the first to break forth from her shell last Friday, but the other nine eggs showed no signs of producing life. On day 28 I candled them again and was thrilled to find six eggs with movement and shadows of beaks in the air sac. Yes!
The chirping began Thursday morning, much to the delight of Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie, and by this morning we had five fluffy, adorable ducklings cuddled together in the cage. (Sadly, two fully formed ducklings could not break through their shells, so Luke buried them in the backyard.)
Witnessing God's creation from beginning to end is a beautiful thing and continues to make me stand back in awe and wonder. We belong to such a creative and purposeful God!

Iris is Ellie's duckling. She has been caring for her all week. Duck's are social creatures, so being alone does not suit them. Iris needed much attention, even in the wee hours of the morning.
Ellie was willing to wake up and get Iris, but she just couldn't quite hold it together to stay awake and play with her so early in the day.
So ... when your duck needs early-morning attention, but you are too tired to attend to her, this seems like a great solution!
Well-played, Ellie! Well-played!

~~~ Summer is only 27 days away! 27 days until we can sleep in a few days a week, spend every Thursday at the beach, meet up with friends we could not see during the school year, enjoy the long hours of daylight, bask in the warmth of the sun, do some exploring, and have a relaxed learning schedule to keep us focused and prepared for the fall.
How good it was of the Lord to create seasons and rhythms of work and rest for His people!

A dear friend sent me a text asking if I would be willing to do a book study with her this summer, on the topic of marriage.
Usually, we both spend our summers reading excellent books on parenting and homeschooling to prepare for the coming school year, but she feels a great conviction to spend the next three months focusing on her marriage. Her conviction became my conviction, so as of June 1st we are diving into one book each month. This should be GOOD!

The COUSINS are here! The COUSINS are here!
My brother had to make his way down south for a work conference, so they loaded up the whole family and drove everyone down for the weekend.
We have enjoyed each afternoon together, and the boys will enjoy a traditional 'cousin sleepover' on Saturday night.
Ellie and Olivia had fun going on a Girl Date at an old-fashioned drug store with my mom and CC and then spent time playing together alone before returning to all of the boys. Just what they needed!

~~~ Last night I enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship with my sisters. We had a few hours alone together so we curled up on my couch and spent the entire time talking about the secrets and struggles of our hearts. We were able to listen to one another, encourage on another, and pray together.
We needed this time. And now we know to serve one another better in the times we are apart, and pray for each other with purpose.
As we shared with each other last night, I could not help but think of this verse,
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 How thankful I am that the Lord has given me Stephanie and CC, for they are my sisters AND my friends. ❤

~~~ Happy Weekend, everyone!
I will leave you with this quote to encourage and inspire you.
"Brethren, the time is short!" 1 Corinthians 7:29
Our time below is brief and uncertain - and therefore very precious.
Let us employ it, so as to improve it.
Let us live for God and eternity!
The time is short - oh, who can tell
How short his time below may be;
Today on earth, his soul may dwell,
Tomorrow in eternity!

"So teach us to number our days - that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Psalm 90:12

- James Smith, 1871

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