Thursday, September 18, 2008


Book Update: I received, approved, and returned the final proof for Finding Joy. It should just be a couple of weeks now until the publishing is completed.
*very big grin*
I will leave registration for the give-away open until Sunday. So, if you haven't already - go enter to win!
Now, I bet this won't surprise you. We have added another bug to the list of critters living under our roof. Joshua was beyond excited today to tell me he caught the big one.

I mean, the BIG ONE!

Joshua has collected a few Praying Mantids over the past weeks, but he has had his eye on one in particular. And today, he caught it! Just look at the size of this thing!
Joshua cleaned out another cage and got it all ready for his new friend. I was afraid there might not be any grass left in the yard when he was finished because he was gathering so much. Had to make a "perfect" home!
Once the Mantis was settled, we sat watching - hoping it would dine on the grasshopper Joshua had lovingly placed in the cage. But it didn't appear to be hungry tonight.
We'll have to wait.
And until then, we'll continue making up silly stories about what's going through the poor grasshopper's head. Seriously. When Joshua put the Mantis in the cage tonight it flew up onto the stick where the grasshopper was perched, and it really looked like the grasshopper was backing away. Ever so slowly so as not to draw attention to itself and bring upon certain demise.
I looked at Joshua with big eyes and just said, "Slowly. Slowly. Move slowly and no one will get hurt."
Yeah, kinda sick humor. But I'm dealing with a 10-year-old boy. And that's what makes him laugh!

Have a great weekend. And if you see any juicy grasshoppers, send them our way.



Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Oh yeah, this IS the big one! Wow! The ruler puts everything in perspective!

Mrs. Sidney said...

WoW!! Sadly the only thing I think about when reading about the critters in your house is... oh no this is what I have to look forward to, just looking at the pictures makes my skin to love boys!!

Have a good weekend!!

luvmy4sons said...

That is one nice mantis! is that an oxymoron? LOL!

Praise and Coffee said...

eeeew, eeeew, ewwww!

kreed said...

Oooooh...that's a good one! I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Hossink Bug Chronicles!

Stacey said...

Too funny! I don't see too many giant grasshoppers out here in Oregon. BUT, we do have some monster sized slugs out here! Probably don't need any of those, do ya? *grin*

Chatty Kelly said...

Dear Jesus - thank you so much for giving me 2 daughters. Amen.

I am terrified of bugs. You are amazing to me, and I am so thankful I have daughters!!

Edie said...

I must have the mentality of a 10-year old boy cause I was wondering what that grasshopper was thinking too. Ha! I feel sorry for him but if he was smart he would learn to pray too.

I really do hate bugs but I am just so mesmerized watching them live out their design. Or in this case finalize their purpose. lol

bonny said...

I can identify (we have 5 sons) and I laugh while remembering the countless bugs we have made homes for, collected in the freezer for science projects, and on and on....toooo funny!

Genny said...

My son would love these pictures! Actually, my daughter would too! And congratulations on the book--sounds great!

Thanks for stopping by. I loved your comment!

Edie said...

What's the difference between a mantis and a mantid? I suppose I could google it but isn't this the Bug Research Institute? ;)

Is he praying yet?

Colored With Memories said...

wow, that is a BIG ONE. i loved catching those as a kid. i think my mom had a catch and RELEASE rule though!

Amanda said...

I do not like bugs and do not thinking about them and anything about them! I was eating a cookie while reading this and almost had to spit it out... I am that sensitive!!!


Good luck with everything and YEAH on the book!

God bless-

Jessica said...

YIKES! I hope my kids stick with frogs!

Leah said...

Ok, I thought those things bit or stung or something!! Yikes, I wouldn't be brave enough to pick one up.


My ADHD Me said...

I don't like bugs, but I wish my kids still played with bugs. It was much more relaxing than watching them drive cars, have girlfriends etc.

BTW, That was one BIG mantis!

Alisun said...

Um ya we do not have the one I saw last week anymore. sorry different kind of fan.

Kris said...

That is one HUGENORMOUS mantis! I can fully understand why mr. grasshopper would be backing up!

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