I love so very – very many things about being a parent. One of the things that I particularly love about being a mom is all of the wonderful things that Jack and Will teach me. Just by knowing and loving these two nifty human beings I have learned to appreciate so many things that I never did before.
Thanks to Will I see the beauty of trains. Until Will developed his passion for trains – trains were just an annoyance to me. I didn’t see trains as awesome or cool. I most certainly did not see trains as a reason to get excited. Rather – I saw trains as something to be avoided. Now I keep my eyes open for trains and get surprisingly excited when I see a train gliding down the rails. I smile and point and exclaim and ooohh and aaahh. Seeing a train brightens my day thanks to Will.
Thanks to Jack I am always on the look out for things that have the potential to be climbed. Jack loves to climb. I – on the other hand – am afraid (terrified) of heights! When we are hiking – Jason and I take note of good climbing trees, because we know our boy and his passion for climbing. Jack is drawn to climbing like I am drawn to yarn and knitting. Climbing is simply an essential part of his being.
When we were in TN the last time Jack climbed a tree for his Papa and did a spot of tree trimming! Yes – that’s right – my beloved – cherished – precious son climbed a tall tree on a mountain with a handsaw and trimmed a tree to improve the mountain view from his grandparents’ deck!!! Even Jason (who has a much higher tolerance for Jack’s climbing) was less than pleased about that one. I know this, because Jason actually rolled his eyes and sighed deeply (two things Jason only does when his family is pushing him to the very limit of his patience).
Another thing that the McFarland men have taught me is “zoo appreciation.” I was never much of a zoo person until I started hanging out with Jack and Will. I just didn’t see the appeal of zoos – but thanks to these two I can see the appeal.
My appreciation for zoos has only grown further this summer, because Jack is officially an employee of the Louisville Zoo. Now we are getting behind the scenes information about zoo life. Now I get to hear recordings of the tigers roaring that Jack made himself. I get to hear about cool things that the animals do. Like – Amber the Orangutan is nosy and wants to know what people have in their pockets. It seems that Amber is endlessly entertained by what we human beings carry around with us. I hope that I get to show her my knitting later this summer!
One of the particularly wonderful perks of being a zoo employee is that Jack can take a guest into the zoo with him – even with all of the COVID-19 restrictions. So – this week Jack took Will to the zoo for an adventure while I sat in the car and worked (one of the perks of motherhood – I suppose)! They had a wonderful time “brother-bonding.” They returned a few hours later with all sorts of tales of their adventures together.
And I must say – they had many – many God Sightings during their morning at the Louisville Zoo!
Jack and Will thought that you might like to join them on a quick tour of some of the highlights of their morning at the Louisville Zoo.
First up were the penguins. They are called Little Penguins – because even the full-grown adult penguins are pretty little guys.
This is one of the Louisville Zoo’s Giant Tortoises. Giant tortoises are among the world’s longest-living animals, with an average lifespan of 100 years or more.
This striped fellow is a tapir. Tapir’s are herbivores which Will tells me means that they don’t like cheeseburgers or chicken nuggets.
Meet one of the Louisville Zoo’s tigers. Jack tells me that the tigers tend to be very talkative. He has heard it “meow” like a house cat – only much – much more loudly! When the tigers roar – you can hear them all over the zoo grounds. One of the tigers at the zoo is missing an eye. Just today Jack spent most of his work shift hanging out with him.
This is a Canadian Lynx.
This is a Puma. Did you know that there are 200 different names for these giant cats? They are also called deer tigers, catamounts, and painters. (I won’t list all of the other names!)
This is Sunny the Two-toed Sloth. Her companion is named Sebastian.
This is a Snowy Owl. It looks like it is straight out of Harry Potter doesn’t it?
Isn’t this Snow Leopard stunning?
This is one of the zoo’s gorilla’s. Apparently – he wasn’t in the mood to talk to Will and Jack!
It seems the polar bear wasn’t either!
Meet one of the zoo’s Pygmy Hippos. Both Jack and Will were awfully jealous of his nice cool looking swimming pool. It was very hot on their morning at the zoo.
This is a meercat.
Meet Fritz the Louisville Zoo’s baby African Elephant.
Will was very impressed that anything this BIG could be a baby!?! Actually I am too for that matter.
This horned fellow is an Addax Antelope. It is also just a baby.
And these are Bongos (not the drums).
Clearly our God loves to create! The variety of God’s creation is truly magnificent and dazzling!
Thanks for joining us.
Jack, Will, and Pastor Kerri
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created.
He established them for ever and ever;
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!
Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike,
old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his faithful,
for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!