It isn’t always easy to get your ducks in a row.  We found out yesterday that it’s also hard to get ducks to stay in an Easter basket.  It was Easter morning and we wanted to surprise our children after our church’s sunrise worship service.  One of my childhood dreams was waking up on Easter morning to find a real live chick or a bunny or a duckling in my basket.  It was one of those dreams that never came true.  I know, it’s sad.  But, I didn’t grow up on a farm.  So, I can’t really blame my parents for only putting edible chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps in the purple plastic straw.  All these years later, I decided to make my dream happen for our children!  We planned for our children to find a duckling in each of their baskets at the end of an Easter hunt.  But, by the time the baskets were located, all the ducklings had escaped across the hardwood floor waddling everywhere but going nowhere.  We had chosen one male for our son and two females for our daughters.  Of course, these adorable ducklings are always trying to stick together and, as my children played with their new ducklings, my young son seemed surprised, “My duck real–ly likes the la–dies…” The children played and cuddled with their ducklings all day inside and outside, on the hammock and on the trampoline and even on the swings.  Well, we may never get all our ducks in a row here on the franch, but our children certainly have some new farm friends to love.


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