Kris and I have a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition (and mostly purchased from Petco). That is pretty much the definition of the word menagerie.
Half of the zoo lives at Kris’ house: Leaf the baby chameleon, Freckles the chirping white bird, and 1-25 crickets. I’m not sure the crickets count because they are food for Leaf….and his mom would probably sell you the bird if you are interested!
The other half of the zoo lives with me: Toothless the Malaysian Trumpet Snail and its two children (snails are hermaphrodites) and Butterfly the Betta Fish.
In the Spring Kris and I visited the butterfly garden at the Strong Museum of Play. Kris took photos of a gorgeous blue butterfly that was quite attracted to my blue fleece. Have I mentioned that he is a talented photographer and would love to take your photos?
I was so enraptured with the butterfly that the next day I went with my best friend and her daughter to Petco to purchase a fish that looked like the butterfly. Strange reasoning, but that’s how I got Butterfly the Betta! Kris helped me pick out the best tank in the store. He always gives 150% to his pets and to everything. Just one of the million things I love about him.
I’ve always been intrigued by butterflies. The way that they completely transform from a caterpillar reminds me of how Christ transforms us when we choose to follow Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
This blog is about being a rookie in a lot of things, but my favorite is the way that Jesus keeps making us new. If you have stuff in your life that you need to overcome, bring it to Jesus! If you have questions about that, put them in the comments below.