Saturday Morning at Our House

This morning we looked out our bedroom window and saw a moose. Moose are not uncommon here, but they generally don’t come quite this close to town, so it was quite exciting.

The cows were nervous.

Russ went carefully into the pasture to get some better pictures.

Fortunately he had a telephoto lens.

But he got a bit bold and just after he took this shot, the moose charged him and he had to run and jump over a fence; adrenaline is amazing. The moose could have stepped over it without effort, but he didn’t bother.

While all of this was going on, I was instructing the little ones, “Children, if you see a moose in the yard, you must come inside immediately. Moose can be very dangerous.”
“Do they bite?”
“No, a moose wouldn’t bite, but it could kick you and hurt you very badly.”
“But I can run very fast, and C. can run very fast, but E. has little legs and he can only run slow.”
“That’s okay, you can pick E. up or hold his hand and you can all come up to the house.”
“Can we go see the moose now?”
“No, we can only look at it from the house. Remember, moose are dangerous.”
“Okay, can we go outside now?”
“No, remember, we can’t go outside to play until Daddy tells you that the moose has gone away.”

I am happy to report that the moose is now gone and the two cows that were going to be dispatched and sent to the meat locker got a weekend reprieve since they were so nervous about the moose that they broke through the fence and are now in our neighbor’s pasture. All of the ambitious plans we had for the morning will now be postponed while Russ retrieves the cows and repairs the fence.

Oh well, I always have mountains of laundry to fold.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Leslie
    October 14, 2007

    Wow–very exciting!! Beautiful pictures.

  2. the ewings
    October 14, 2007

    Amazing photos! Everyone has to have an adventurous type – sounds like you may have several.


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