Fall is in the air. The canopy of trees lining our asphalt drive begins to change. It bursts forth, creating a palette of pumpkin orange, cranberry, and sunshine yellow. It won’t be long before brisk winds blow in from the north. Leaves of all shapes will flitter and float. Hubby and I will haul out rakes, and then gather the leaves into heaping mounds. Our grandchildren will squeal and leap. One, two, three—whoosh. We’ll pile the leaves again, and the cycle will start all over.
I often overlook how trees affect me, but did you know they figure into many of the best memories I have? If you want to find out more about how one evergreen and two deciduous trees stirred up sweet and quirky childhood memories for me, and if you want to uncover seven additional reasons why trees add value to my life, please hop over to Family & Faith Matters. So…won’t you join me?
I’m sad to report that on December 31, 2014 the Family and Faith Matters blog will be closing up shop. So I’ve attached my original post below.
If you’ve hopped on over from my blog, you know I’ve hinted at how trees add value for me. For those of you just tuning into this station, I’ll begin with the first reason I value trees.
Trees always remind me of God’s daily provision for His creation. Their leaves provide shade on a sweltering summer day, they provide shelter for critters like nattering squirrels, and let’s face it, autumn leaves are just plain fun to jump into. To find out how trees can also add value to your home, go to the Arbor Day Foundation. Once there, you’ll find an interactive row of trees that you and your child or grandchild can click on…instead of watching television.
Second, the birch tree in my backyard triggers a sweet memory of my Finnish Nana. Her picket-fenced yard was dotted with them. I’d peel the bark, and we’d make miniature, birch-bark canoes. Okay, okay, we didn’t make canoes. However, I located a link that shows how you and your child or grandchild can make a miniature, birch-bark canoe.
Note the “Campbell’s” soup can to show you the size. 🙂
Bushy cedar trees come in third. When Mom wanted to buy our second house, she enticed my dad with the promise of a scented cedar closet—a place where he’d be able to hang his police uniforms. It worked!
Fourth are towering oak trees. My siblings and I had rip roarin’ acorn fights. Ouch. That memory hurts. 🙂
Do you want to know the fifth reason I value trees?
Sure you do.
Well…the hostess of this blog, the talented motivational speaker and author Kimberley Paynewrote and published Trees of the Book: Learning from God’s Creation.
She had no idea I was going to review her book—honest!
I’ll share more about Kimberley’s engaging, instructive, educational book, the first in a series about science and faith matters, in a moment.
Sixth, I like the smell of paper, and paper is made from trees.
Seventh, goose bumps erupt whenever I hold a book in my hands. The feel of a glossy cover slip slidin’ under my palms is the same sensation I get when I go slip slidin’ down a ski slope.
Eighth, if you’re like me and you suffer from hot flashes, feel free to use Kimberley Payne’s book as a fan. It works wonders. Just kiddin’, Kimberley.
Ninth, Kimberley’s book is sprinkled with soothing, water-color illustrations created by Esther Haug, a 21-year-old student attending Fleming College of the Arts in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada.
But the tenth and most important reason is that Trees of the Book: Learning from God’s Creation is available as a soft-cover book children will have loads of fun with. In this coloring-sized book, they’ll study and learn about seven specific trees. That’s one for every day of the week!
Did you know those seven trees Kimberly wrote about are found in my trusty manual—the Bible?
“Attention, all! See the marvels of God!
He plants flowers and trees all over the earth.”
Psalm 46:8a – The Message
Did you know there’s such a thing as a broom tree?
Did you know the top of a palm tree is called a crown?
After uncovering so many interesting facts about trees, my head was swimming with ideas I’ll share with my grand-kiddies. Not to mention, the kid in me loved the coloring-by-numbers page, the activity maze, the decoding puzzle, and…well, you get the picture. It’s just plain entertaining. Beats watching the “idiot box” any day. (That’s what my parents called our television. I’ll have to reprimand them. We shouldn’t name call. :-))
Help support a writer by purchasing Kimberley Payne’s book Trees of the Book: Learning from God’s Creation. It’s on sale over at Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. You’ll also want to check out Kimberley’s website. Her book (and she’s got more than one) is sold in a slew of other locations.
Now, I must have a chat with my parents. They’re outdoors, raking leaves.
“Oh, Mom, Dad…”
Do you have a favorite tree? If so, what memories come to mind when you think of it?
Miniature, birch-bark canoe photo courtesy of Creative Commons.
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