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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Remember Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury

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I've made it through the whole series.  Karen Kingsbury's 9/11 series is made of of a three book trilogy.  One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Remember Tuesday Morning.  All three books were captivating.  I read and reviewed the first book last year.  I can't believe I waited so long to read the next two, but once I got started, I couldn't put them down.  I have read both books in one week.  If you haven't read any of these books yet, read them in order.  While many of Karen Kingsbury's books can be read alone even though they are part of a series, I recommend reading these three in order.  Each books builds on the previous one.

One Tuesday Morning introduces the reader to the main characters in the series.  Jamie Bryan is married to Jake Bryan.  They have a 4 year old daughter, Sierra.  Jake and his daughter go to church together but Jamie doesn't share their faith.  One Tuesday morning, on September 11, 2001, terrorists attack the Twin Towers in New York City.  Jake dies in the attacks.

Beyond Tuesday Morning takes you to 2004, 3 years after 9/11.  Sierra is 7 years old and is starting to forget things about the daddy she adored before the towers fell.  Jamie is keeping Jake's memory alive and honoring the life he lived by volunteering at St. Paul's Church.  Soon after Jake's death, Jamie began to read Jake's Bible and the journal he left behind.  She now shares Jake's steadfast faith in Jesus.  One morning, Jamie is headed to volunteer at St. Paul's when a group of young men hold her at gunpoint.  A man, Clay Michaels, is standing nearby.  He is visiting from California.  He sees the gun in Jamie's side so he and his friend, Joe, step in to save her from her predicament.  Could he be the one to lead Jamie out of the place where she still hangs on the past and into the place where she will find love again?

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Remember Tuesday Morning introduces the reader to new characters while continuing Jamie's story in the background.  Alex Brady's father had been a FDNY firefighter.  He died on September 11, 2001 when the Twin Towers were attacked by terrorists.  Alex has spent the last 7 years trying to rid the world of bad guys.  The more bad guys he can get off the streets, the fewer families have to suffer the loss of a loved one.  Alex left his home in New York.  He left his faith, his mother, and the only girl he had ever loved to move to California to work for the LAPD as a K9 police officer.  With his faithful and loyal dog, Bo, at his side, Alex cares about nothing but ridding the world of evil. 

In Los Angeles and the surrounding area, there is always the threat of summer wildfires.  This year, the threat is elevated even more with threats of arson from an environmental terrorist group.  They threaten to burn down high end housing developments which, according to the environmental terrorist group, represent extreme materialism with little or no appreciation for nature.

Soon after Alex had come to California, his former girlfriend, Holly, had come to see him as one final attempt to reach the deep, soft area of his heart and save their relationship.  Alex turned her away.  He assumed she had gone back to New York, married, and perhaps had started a family.  Alex didn't know that Holly had chosen to stay in the Los Angeles area.  She worked as a real estate agent for a development company which was in the process of developing a high end neighborhood - Oak Canyon Estates, the development that the environmental terrorists group is threatening to burn down.

Will Alex find out about Holly's whereabouts in time?  Will she finally be able to break down the wall Alex had built around his heart for the past 7 years.  Will Alex's faith in the God he once trusted be restored?  What about Jamie's family?  Will they be able to help Alex move forward after suffering his greatest loss since September 11, 2001?

Well, you'll have to read the book to find out the answers to all those questions.  I admire Karen Kingsbury's talent.  Her ability to wrap one story around another, resulting in tales of trials and triumphant faith is a gift that only God can give.

These stories pulled from the ashes of September 11, 2001 brought me back to that terrible Tuesday morning.  I remember it very well.  I can still see the images of the burning towers as people jumped to their deaths as I watched on live television.  Then, suddenly I was horrified as I watched one tower fall.  I was horrified again a little later as I watched the other tower fall.

Many years before 9/11, my family had visited New York City.  I had seen the Twin Towers standing in their place in the New York City skyline. I still struggle to explain all the emotions that welled up inside me as the events of that Tuesday morning unfolded before my very eyes.  A few years later, I visited New York City once again.  I walked slowly by the holes left where the towers had once stood.

As I read all three of the books in Karen's 9/11 series, I could imagine every event.  The story she writes in this trilogy is a fictitious one but this is a story that could have unfolded on September 11, 2001 and the 7 years after.

You will want to read all three books.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Beyond Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury

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Last year, I was introduced to Karen Kingsbury's 9/11 series.  The first book in the series is One Tuesday MorningBeyond Tuesday Morning begins 3 years after One Tuesday Morning ends.

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Jamie Bryan's husband, Jake, died on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers in New York City.  He was a firefighter.  Now, three years later, Jamie is still volunteering at St. Paul's Church.  The church still stands across the street from where the Twin Towers had once stood.  Jamie ministers to families and friends of 9/11 victims as she honors the life of her husband.  Her daughter, Sierra, was only 4 years old when the attacks happened.  She is now seven and is starting to forget things about the man she had adored as her daddy.

Jake's former boss at FDNY, Captain Hisel, also volunteers at St. Paul's Church.  He and Jamie have become friends over the past three years.  He was there for Jamie when they thought they had found Jake alive after the towers had collapsed, but the man they found turned out to be another man who looked just like Jake, Eric Michaels.  The friendship between Captain Hisel and Jamie has grown very close.  In fact, Captain Hisel makes his intentions clear to Jamie.  He thinks of her as more than just a friend.

Eric Michaels had spent several months with Jamie while he recovered from his injuries.  He was suffering from amnesia.  He didn't know who he was or whether or not he had been a husband and father before September 11, 2001.  After his true identity had been discovered, Jamie helped Eric find his family.  For the past three years, Eric Michaels has been enjoying life in California with his wife and son.

Eric's brother, Clay, is a police officer for the LAPD.  After a shooting, Clay and his friend, Joe Reynolds, travel to New York for three weeks of police training.  Clay and Joe board a ferry on their first day in the city.  They are on their way to visit a church, St. Paul's, when they notice a woman in distress.  Clay catches a glimpse of the gun held to her side.  Of course, he and Joe rescue the woman from her dangerous circumstances.  Her name is Jamie Bryan.

Clay and Jamie hit it off right from the beginning.  Jamie is beyond thankful for her rescue, but is there more to the reason for her feeling towards this Clay whom she has just met? What was his name that she had heard him try to tell her over noise on the ferry . . . Clay Miles?  What about Captain Hisel who has shared grief and a three year friendship with Jamie?    Who is this Clay Miles anyway?  Does he have a family?  Where is he from?   All those questions will be answered within the pages of Beyond Tuesday Morning.

Then there is little Sierra who is not near as little as she used to be.  She's 7 now.  Some of her friends at school who lost their daddies in the Twin Towers now have new daddies.  Sierra misses her daddy but she is ready for a new daddy.  She doesn't really dislike Captain Hisel, but would he make a good daddy?  She doesn't have to wonder about her mommy's new friend, Clay.
"Before he left, Clay looked at her one last time and winked.  And Sierra did a little gasp because that's something she'd seen before.  Maybe it was her daddy who used to do that, or her second daddy - the one who lived with her after the Twin Towers fell down.  But instead of feeling confused, her heart felt happy.   Because maybe the wink was a sign that God knew how lonely she was without her daddy.  And maybe God would take away the lonely forever." - excerpt from Beyond Tuesday Morning
Karen Kingsbury's books always find a way to pull at my heart.  Beyond Tuesday Morning is no exception.  Reading One Tuesday Morning made me fall in love with the characters.  When Jake died in the towers, my heart broke into a million pieces.  As Jamie goes through the many emotions along the journey to live and find love again, I feel like I'm on this journey with her and it isn't an easy one.

I hope you will read One Tuesday Morning first.  Then, pick up the story with Beyond Tuesday Morning.  Get lost in the story and choose life along with Jamie, Sierra, and Clay.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

D Day Lessons and Activities for Kids

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June 6, 2019 will be the 75th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, also known as D Day.  This day is important in American history because it was the day that turned the tides during World War II, eventually resulting in victory for the Allies.  The generation of young people who fought and lived during WWII are often called The Greatest Generation.  My grandparents were part of The Greatest Generation.  Both of my grandfathers fought during WWII.  They both served in the US Army.  Although neither of them were on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, they served in various European locations.  At some point during the war, one of them served in France.  The other one served in the Philippines.

I've always been interested in American war history, not because I like war, but because the lives lost and all the sacrifices made by military personnel in all military branches are the reason we live in freedom today.  It is important to teach our children that freedom is not free.  Freedom comes with a heavy price tag, even unto death for many.

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Earlier tonight, I watched an interesting Fox News Special on the 75th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy.  I learned some things I didn't know during the show.  It sparked my interest to find D Day lessons and activities for kids.  With only a few days left until the 75th anniversary of D Day, I don't have the time to dig deep to find a whole lot of lessons, but I did do a quick internet search and found 6 activities.  D Day, in it's truest description, is not something about which you will want to go into great detail with younger children.  In fact, I didn't really find a lot which I thought was appropriate for younger kids.  I did find the following 6 lessons and activities and I hope they help you teach the next generation the cost of freedom.  I hope your children and grandchildren grow up with a deep appreciation for what these men and women endured for their next generations - us.

A Coloring Page from Raising Our Kids:  This coloring page is appropriate for all ages.  It shows Soldiers running off of a landing craft and moving through the water.  That's all.  It would be appropriate for introducing younger children to the fact that American Soldiers were part of the Allied forces who landed on either Omaha or Utah beaches on June 6, 1944.

D Day Word Search from Puzzles to Print:  This D Day word search puzzle is listed as appropriate for grades 5, 6, 7, and 8.  You'll find it at Teachers Pay Teachers for only $1.25 (at the time of this post).  This puzzle is a good D Day vocabulary builder.

D Day PowerPoint on Twinkl.  According to the item description, this power point presentation helps children understand facts about the Normandy Beach landings.  You have to set up an account membership to access this lesson.  I don't teach anymore so I didn't want to pay for a membership.  I clicked around for a few minutes but could not find a membership price.  It looks like it might be a good membership site for teachers and homeschool parents.  If you sign up, I'd love to hear about your thoughts in the comments below.  Anything you can add to the conversation on this post will help future readers.  As for this particular D Day lesson, it doesn't suggest an age or grade level on this page - unless I'm missing that somewhere.  It does have one 5 star review but no review description.

D Day:  The Invasion of Normandy on Ducksters Education Site:  This is not really an activity, but it provides for good reading material.  This page covers time leading up to the battle, deception required to achieve an element of surprise, the weather, the invasion, the beaches, the generals, and some other D Day facts. There is a link to a short quiz at the end of the page.  Students can opt to listen to a recorded reading of the page if they wish.

The Night Before D Day at DocsTeach:  This is an interesting activity for students in grades 6-12.  Students will analyze two documents written by General Dwight D. Eisenhower before the invasion of Normandy.  The first document is General Eisenhower's public statement.  The second document is a note he wrote in case of failure.  According to the page sidebar, this activity was created by the National Archives Education Team.

A D Day Tour of Normandy by Gone With the Family:  This is a detailed description of a family tour of Normandy.  If you have the time and resources to take a major field trip to Normandy to tour the beaches with your children or perhaps even a small group of students, this post by Lisa at Gone with the Family might be helpful.  Someday, I hope to visit Omah and Utah beaches which is were American Soldiers landed.  Lisa and her family chose to visit the Canadian memorials.  Her post is complete helpful details and photographs.

Jesus is Enough (from the Study on Galatians Series)

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 Jesus is enough.

We are in the middle of our Bible study on the book of Galatians at our church.  The following are my Bible study notes based on my pastor's sermon.  You are invited to watch, listen, and worship with us here.

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The Galatians had known freedom in Jesus but here they are, binding themselves by their expectations of works rather than faith in Jesus. Sometimes believers get wrapped up, lost even, in the busyness of good works - of being good - keeping up all the rules, as if Jesus isn't enough.

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You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?
6 Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you. So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.” 11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “The righteous man shall live by faith.” 12 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “He who practices them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. - Galatians 3:1-14
Jesus loves us unconditionally.  We are never to condone sin, but everyone is to be welcomed and loved.   When we do break the rules that we try so hard to follow, we feel guilty.  We must remember that Satan is the accuser.  He is the source of guilt, but Jesus is enough to free us.  Jesus meets us where we are.  It is only in Jesus that we are free.  We live by faith alone.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. - Galatians 2:20

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Paul asked the Galatians several questions:

1.  Who misled you?

2.  Did you receive the Spirit by works or by faith?

3.  When we receive Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit.  You can never sin away your grace.

4.  Are you foolish?

5.  You are in the Spirit so are you made perfect by your own flesh?

6.  If you have suffered, was it in vain?

7.  Does the one who provides you with the Holy Spirit and works miracles around you do it by works or is it by faith?

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. - James 2:23
The greatest blessing is to be God's friend.  We can't earn it.  We can't work for it, but we can be thankful for it.

There was no law when Abraham was found righteousness.  The 10 commandments didn't come along until about 467 years later.  

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We are under a curse because we can't be good enough to fulfill every law, but Jesus redeems us.

Why did Jesus die?  He took the curse.  The blessing of freedom comes from Jesus Christ through faith.

Crucify your flesh.  Rest in the love of Jesus.  Don't look for the applause of people.  You already have the approval of God.

A slave obeys because he has to.  A son or daughter obeys because he or she wants to. - Pastor Jeff Crook
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

What Gospel Community Looks Like (from the Study on Galatians Series)

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Our pastor is now well into his Study on Galatians Series.  Previously, we have learned what freedom in Jesus is.  We have also talked about God stories.  We are now on the third sermon in the series.  Today, he shows us what gospel community looks like.

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The following are my notes based on my pastors sermon.  You are invited to watch the entire sermon here.

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The joy of authentic community is important in the life of the believer.  Our key verse for this series is Galatians 5:1.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. - Galatians 5:1
Paul wrote the book of Galatians to protect the gospel community.  In Galatians 2, we see cooperation without community.  Paul and Barnabas were Jews but Titus was a Gentile.  Titus looked very different from Paul and Barnabas.  There are a lot of people who don't look like us but they love Jesus.

The church at Antioch was very diverse.  Acts 13 describes Antioch.
11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. 13 The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews? - Galatians 2:11-14
Fear is a tool the devil uses to get you off your mission. 

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God wants diversity in our church body but we are one in Christ Jesus.

We are not white Christians, black Christians, etc.  We are just Christians.

Confusion in Community

If you want to find something bad in your community, you'll find it.  If you want to find something good in your community, you'll find it.  It is critical that we keep our eyes on Jesus or the church will end up in critical condition.  We don't want to be stumbling blocks.  We want to be bridge builders. 

Christ Within Community

We are inclusive of all people, but not all beliefs.  
Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. - Galatians 2:16
We win people to Christ by loving them where they are. 
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. - Galatians 2:20
If there is any other way to God outside of Christ Jesus, then Jesus died for nothing . . . BUT, Jesus did not die for nothing.  He died for YOU and He is the only way.

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The Chattanooga Zoo

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Recently my daughter and I visited the Chattanooga Zoo for the second time.  The first time, we were not really all that impressed.  There weren't many animals.  We spent about an hour there.  When we left, we felt like it wasn't worth the money . . . BUT . . . BUT . . . BUT . . . I'm so glad we gave it a second chance a few weeks ago.  They have added many animals and they are still building.  It was well worth the visit.

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This time, it was just my adult daughter and me visiting the Chattanooga Zoo so we took our time and enjoyed the day.  I took so many pictures.  I'm going to show you a lot of them, but if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, you need to stop by and visit this zoo.  We found that the animals are clean, well kept, and appear to be well treated.

The first thing we did was visit the chimpanzee training area.  The trainers explained that they never share space with the chimpanzees.  Well, I hope not!  They showed us how the chimps present their body parts through the fence so that the trainers can check their heart rate and all the other things they need to check without entering their habitat.

Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Aren't the chimpanzees cute?  

This little guy is a Desert Horned Lizard.  Horned lizards obviously love the hot weather.  They eat ants, grasshoppers, and even spiders.  They camouflage themselves into the dirt and sand.  Learn more about horned lizards at the Horned Lizard Conservation Society here.

Desert Horned Lizard - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
The next little guy is a Great Basin Collard Lizard.  These lizards can run on their hind legs.  They eat insects and other reptiles.  They even eat other collard lizards!  Learn more about collard lizards here at the Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum Collard Lizard Fact Sheet.
Great Basin Collard Lizard - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Collard Lizard - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)

Here we have a Spiny Tailed Monitor.  Spiny tailed monitors are known for the stripes on their necks.  Their tails can grow to twice as long as their heads and bodies combined.  Learn more about the spiny tailed monitor here at Reptiles Magazine.

Spiny Tailed Monitor - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Spiny Tailed Monitor - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Next up is the venomous Banded Rock Rattlesnake.  This little creature is found in the southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.  Banded rock rattlesnakes grow to lengths between 23 and 27 inches long, but some males have grown to 31 inches long.  They eat lizards, small mammals, birds, and other snakes.  They swallow their meals whole.  Learn more about banded rock rattlesnakes here at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
Banded Rock Rattlesnake - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
I don't like snakes at all, but I took these pictures for those who do.  This one is called a Puff Adder.  Puff Adders are found is Sub-Saharan Africa and and southwestern Saudi Arabia.  The puff adder spends most of its life in camouflage mode.  Learn more about the puff adder here at the African Snake Bite Institute.

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Puff Adder - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Here's a fun one!  The old Roadrunner cartoon was one of my favorites while I was growing up so I was excited to see a real one.  I'm not sure I've ever seen a real one.  Roadrunners are fascinating little creatures.  They live in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.  They were born to run.  Roadrunners can outrun humans and kill rattlesnakes.  Learn more about roadrunners here at All About Birds.

Roadrunner - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)

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I think this is one of the cutest animals we visited at the Chattanooga Zoo.  This is a Fennec Fox.  The Fennec Fox is the world's smallest fox.  They live in Africa's Sahara Desert but the heat doesn't bother them too much because they are nocturnal.  They eat almost anything.  Learn more about the Fennec Fox here at Wildlife Learning Center.

Fennec Fox - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
I didn't know that mole rats are not moles or rats.  These little guys are Naked Mole Rats.  Apparently, the naked mole rat is more like a porcupine.  The naked mole rat lives its entire life underground.  They grow to approximately 3 inches long.  The largest member of the colony is the queen and she can weigh a whole 2.5 ounces.  Personally, these are ugly little creatures.  Learn more about the naked mole rat here at Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

Naked Mole Rats - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Have you ever heard of a Rhinoceros Iguana?  It gets its name from the horn like structures on its head.  It loves the sun.  The rhinoceros iguana can live about 20 years, sometimes a little longer.  Learn more about the rhinoceros iguana here at the Sea World website.  

Rhinoceros Iguana - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
This is a Spotted Sea Turtle.  They spend most of their time in slow moving shallow waters.

Spotted Sea Turtle - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Spotted Sea Turtle - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
The Bobcat is the most common wild cat species in North America.  They live in forests, grasslands, and swamps.  Humans don't see them very often because they are pretty sneaky animals and they mostly move at night.  To learn more about bobcats, visit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute here.

Bobcat - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
Bobcat - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
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The Snow Leopard is one beautiful animal.  This one was absolutely gorgeous.  Snow Leopards are considered to be medium sized cats.  They live in the mountains of Central Asia.  Learn more about the Snow Leopard here.

Snow Leopard - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
 A Closer Look

Snow Leopard - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
The cougar was a pretty impressive animal to visit as well.  A cougar usually weighs about 136 pounds.  Some other names for the cougar are mountain lion, puma, and panther.  They like to eat deer, coyote, raccoons, and porcupines.  Learn more about the cougar at National Geographic here.

Cougar - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
The Golden Lion Tamarin is one of the most endangered species in the world.  There home is found in the Atlantic Coastal Forests of Brazil.  They live almost entirely in the trees.  Learn more about the Golden Lion Tamarin at the Zoo Atlanta website here.

Golden Lion Tamarin - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)

We loved the gorgeous colors of the beautiful rainforest birds.  Macaws are known for their beautiful feather colors, but they blend into their natural habitats well which includes green leaves, yellow flowers, and red fruits.  The heaviest of the birds weigh a little more than three pounds.  The lightest weigh less than 5 ounces!  Some can fly as fast as 40 miles per hour.  The Macaw beak is so strong that it can crush a human knuckle.  Ouch!  Learn more about these beautiful Macaw birds at the Sand Diego Zoo website here.

Macaws (Rainforest Birds) - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
The Jaguar is known to be the largest cat in the New World.  They mostly live in Central and South America.  They are nocturnal hunters.  The jaguar has large jaw muscles and sharp teeth so they can eat almost anything.  The jaguar has the second strongest jaws in the world.  Only the hyena has stronger jaws.  Learn more about the jaguar at Defenders of Wildlife here.

Jaguar - Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living (Tina Truelove)
What an impressive animal!

These are some of the animals we visited at the Chattanooga Zoo.  There were also lots of deer, beautiful peacocks, coyotes, cattle, a Great Horned Owl (which was beautiful but my photo was terrible), spider monkeys, and spiders. 

A Chattanooga Zoo employee told me that they have added so much to the zoo in recent years and they are adding a lot more.  This is not a zoo I would travel for days to see or buy a plane ticket to visit YET, but it's getting there.  However, if you happen to be visiting the Chattanooga area, the Chattanooga Zoo is a great way to spend a few hours.  My daughter and I enjoyed our day and since we visit Chattanooga often, we will most definitely go back. 

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