October 9, 2015


As I mentioned in this post about Clara at four, she really loves animals but especially bugs.  Mama K had a fabulous birthday present for her this year.  Caterpillars!  We received in the mail a box that looked like this:

And inside was a canister of food and five teeny tiny caterpillars (that I was sure were already dead).  Over the next several weeks they ate their way to plump and climbed to the top of the jar and made chrysalides.  We transferred the chrysalides to a butterfly home and then a few weeks later, out they popped.  We released them in our driveway.

Clara, of course, loved this whole experience.  But I must say, the adults were pretty enthralled too.  It had been many many years since I'd watched the whole process up close like this and it's nothing short of miraculous.  The reminder of life during the Easter season was especially powerful.   We had such fun, I think we'll order more caterpillars again next year!


  1. Have not checked in here for a long while .... was fun catching up. What a fairytale come true is life in the Hardy family! You may not remember but we did the miracle watch of a butterfly in kindergarten :).

  2. Hope all of you are doing well. Especially the girls. Missing seeing updates.

  3. Wow! so cute these butterflies are. What a unique gift to be given" caterpillars". I really loved this post. It is a message for all. Thank you for sharing this post with all of us.

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