Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Oh Lord,

Teach me to seek You and reveal yourself to me when I seek You.

For I cannot seek You unless You first teach me, nor find You unless You first reveal yourself to me.

Let me seek You in longing, and long for You in seeking.

Let me find You in love, and love You in finding.

~Saint Ambrose of Milan

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Name: Erin Yonke

Location: Aurora, IL

Info: I'm happily married to my husband and champion pro-life activist, Matt. I stay home with my three small boys; Ambrose (11/06), Peter (3/08), and Joseph (9/10).

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Raising Monarchs, days 5-7

So, good news and bad news.  The good news is that caterpillar #1 is well and thriving.

Can you spot him here? 12 hours old.  He's at the very bottom of the leaf stem.

The bad news is that we lost caterpillar #2.  This caterpillar behaved somewhat peculiarly from the beginning-- and what I mean is this.  When Monarch caterpillars hatch from their egg, the first thing they do is eat their egg shell.  Yes, really.  It's full of nutrients!  Here is a 45-second video of a newly hatched caterpillar doing this, in case you're interested.  This one didn't do that.  Instead, she wandered about for a day, nibbling a very teeny hole in her leaf before she stopped eating altogether.  Weird.  I'm really sad about it.

This was taken on day 5, almost 1 day after they hatched.  You can see that caterpillar #1 is almost twice the size of caterpillar #2.

Day 6.

Day 7, getting ready to move this guy to a new leaf.  Check out how you're starting to see the beginnings of those brightly colored stripes.

And don't forget, we're still waiting on this last little egg!  This is the fourth day, so I'm guessing it will turn dark today and hatch tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!

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