Hi! My name is Christy. I’m the wife of a well-read man and mama to one barefoot boy. I love to read, sing and cook – but I’ve always enjoyed those things. What I haven’t always enjoyed is being outside (unless you count reading in the front porch swing) – too many bugs, spiders and snakes for my taste. But when I became a Charlotte Mason educator and began nature study with my son, a new world opened up to me. I began to crave fresh air and being out and about in the natural world. Soon enough we became involved in a weekly co-op and I found myself leading others in the study of God’s creation (while developing an intense interest in insects, fungus and galls, of all things). After many years of sharing my passion for nature with local families (and after much prodding from friends and family), I decided that others might benefit from what I’ve learned on this incredible journey – and so, this blog.
I live in a neighborhood. My yard has a few trees, some grass, and a small kitchen garden. I don’t have immediate access to hiking trails, woodland streams or open meadows (although we visit them often), but my little piece of planet earth is just teeming with life. There are birds in the bushes, squirrels in the trees, snails in the garden, mushrooms in the shade, bees in the clover, ants on the stone path, beetles in the grass, lichen on the woodpile, chipmunks under the porch, worms in the compost pile. All I need are eyes to see.
And that’s what this blog is all about – learning to pay attention to the glory that surrounds us, slowing down long enough to observe the amazing details, and realizing that God created the universe to “speak,” “declare,” and “show” much of His nature (Psalm 19:1-4 and Romans 1:18-20). This blog’s title was inspired by a quote from Martin Luther: “Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” I hope you’ll join me on this journey of discovery!