Saturday, December 13, 2008

Stink Bugs

With the girls both feeling well today, I thought it was time to decorate for Christmas. We unwrapped the Christmas tree today that was stored away in the barn. It had an offensive odor that I couldn't quite place. Then as the limbs of the tree were straightened out I noticed there were stink bugs hiding on the trunk of the tree. We got wet paper towels and got them off and I wondered if other neighbors have had as much of an invasion of stink bugs this year as we have had. I do have to say that I was a little intrigued by their choice of hiding places because our tree looks very real. The trunk is made from a real tree and holes were drilled into the bark to insert the branches. After the tree was sprayed with room freshener and decorated it looked wonderful. And no one would know our Christmas tree had stink bugs, unless they read this blog!

As we were hauling out the Christmas items this year I thought, "Do we really need to do all these things?" As I placed the greenery, lights, and gingerbread house, in their "spot" I didn't have the enthusiasm as in years past. But when everything was in place Qavah stepped into the room and said, "Oh, Mommy it is so beautiful!" She was so excited and expressive in her praise that I thought, "Enthusiasm or not, I have a new little reason to keep doing this year after year." Stink bugs or not, I'll be keeping the tree.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth where moth and dust (or stink bugs) doth corrupt, but rather store up for yourselves treasure in heaven..." Matt 6:19