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Pest of the Month

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A few days ago, our neighbors came over with a plastic container and said, “We caught a spider, a rather large spider, and we think it might be a wolf spider.  What do you think?”  We opened the container and this guy was angrily looking up at us.  Now he (or she) wasn’t really this big, but he was still a good size and rather intimidating.  We looked on the Internet and, sure enough, he was a wolf spider. If you look closely you can see four sets of eyes (I think there are four sets; I didn’t get real close because he was staring at me four times more and that gave me the creeps.)

Love in Jesus,
Ed, Debbie, Jonnie & Jennie

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Pest of the Month – in the States

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One night about a month ago, I received a phone call from a friend of mine.  He said, “Ed, we have a snake in our house!   Can you come over and get it out for us?”  I responded, “Uh, sure.”  Jon heard the phone, saw me putting my jacket on, and asked, “Where are you going, Dad?”  When I told him, he asked if he could come along, and I responded that he could.  We arrived and our friends told us that the snake was in their bedroom.  We went into the corner with the snake, and I asked my friend if he had any big leather gloves that he used with the wood stove.  He gave me a thick pair.  I put on the right glove, reached down under their dresser, and picked up this three-and-a-half-foot guy.  I placed him in a five-gallon pail and began to head toward our car.  Now whatever calm and cool composure I may have presented up to this point was immediately dissolved when my cell phone went off in my pocket.  Do you know how unnerving it can be to be holding a snake in a bucket and have a sudden and unexpected vibration tickle your right hip?  I am not sure, but I think I may have had an involuntary vertical jump of four inches.  On the way home, we let the snake go in an open field.
Jon and I looked the snake up on the internet, and we think that it was a nonvenomous northern water snake.  Even in the States, we have encountered some fun  “Pests of the Month”.

We love you all and appreciate you.Love in Jesus,
Ed, Debbie, Jon & Jennie