Creation Day Series: Day 3

I had a lot of fun putting together the collage for this one! I love taking pictures of plants and flowers and hills. I’m so glad God chose to make plants and flowers like he did, to give the world a pop of natural color!

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

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Some of these pictures were from vacations I went on. If you think about it, people admire God’s creations, like waterfalls, National Parks, and giant redwood trees so much that they travel from far away just to see them. And why shouldn’t they?


Forest Terrarium

I love making terrariums/ fairy houses/ miniature gardens, and I got some cute little forest animals for my birthday from my friends, so I decided to make a forest terrarium with the glass tank we have.  I’ll show you mine so you can get an idea of how to make one, and then you can be creative and make your own!

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-succulents (which I also got for my birthday)

-a random little bushy plant from the woods

-a stump thingy from a miniatures store

-miniature forest animals (my friends said they were from Target)



-quartz crystals (from around our farm)


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I planted the shrubby things along the back of the terrarium.  Most of the succulents I made into little gardens with crystals in the two front corners of the terrarium.  I always think moss adds a nice touch, especially for a woods.  My favorite animals in their habitat are probably the wolf howling from the rock, or the skunk on a log.  Which are your favorites?


Make A Terrarium

So, we have this salamander named Petunia as a pet,

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and she lives in a 10 gallon glass tank.  Since I love to make terrariums and miniature gardens, I decided to make something similar for her to live in.  She now lives in a terrarium.  Why make a terrarium?  Terrariums are fun, inexpensive(or free!), and make lovely decorations.

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Now for the do-it-yourself part. Terrariums are very customizable, but you’ll at least need: some sort of soil, a container, and some plants.  Some other nice things to add are:  some sort of water, (refer to the picture of Petunia in her pond)

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and pretty stones.

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You could also add a little house or cabin,

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and what about a little clay bird to occupy the “trees”?

There are all kinds of possibilities.  A desert terrarium?  A rainforest one? Be creative!

A terrarium is pretty easy to take care of.  You basically just have to water the plants.  Moss can be harder to keep green (at least for me), but it really adds a lush atmosphere to the terrarium if you take care of it.

So there you go!  Now you know how to make your own terrarium, so get out there and have some fun!

Until next time…


A Beautiful Hike in the Mountains


We recently went on a hike with some friends.  We decided to hike the Dark Hollow Falls trail at Skyline Drive.  It was beautiful.  The waterfall was gorgeous, and along trail we found lots of interesting things. We kids especially loved the little creek running along the trail, and we could hardly be torn away from it to keep on the trail.  Along the creek we found some mini waterfalls which were quite pretty too.

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We also found flowers,

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Several pretty ferns,

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Teeny tiny mushrooms,

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Lots of lush green moss,

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And some interesting creatures such as… a millipede,

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A newt (or maybe it’s a salamander?),

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And a snail.

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We finally made it to the waterfall.

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The little creek that we had played in earlier in the hike turned to a roaring torrent of water.  The rocks around the waterfall were mossy and green.  If you leaned close enough, you could feel the spray of the water on your face.  We paused for some refreshment on some rocks near the waterfall.


On the return journey, we stopped at a small pool along the trail.  The kids had lots of fun wading in the (freezing) water, and skipping and throwing rocks in the pool.  It was fun to see the big splashes the rocks made.

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Just as everyone had finished putting their socks and shoes back on, Jeff’s water-bottle decided to go on a sea journey.

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Of course, Jeff had to take off his socks and shoes again to get it.  With the water bottle returned to its proper place, we resumed our hike.

Near the beginning of the trail, the kids stopped to catch salamanders and crayfish at the creek.  Well, we tried to catch salamanders and crayfish, but the little sneakers kept getting away.  After the hike, we had supper at our friends’ house.  It was a great end to a great day.