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April 26, 2011


Barbara F.

I guess God needed a swan angel in Heaven. xo

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Life is so fragile, Kim, so fragile. My heart
is sad to know that this sweet little baby did not
make it. Like Barbara said, God must have needed
a swan angel in Heaven.

((hugs)) to you, my beautiful friend.



Awww ~ I have tears in my eyes just reading this. I agree, the Lord must have needed a swan angel up above


That is so sad, but thanks for telling us Kim. God knows when it is time.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expression

Oh, that is so sad, Kim. I guess that is a swan's nature (?).


Yes it is very sad.I believe that you seeing this is something God wanted for you.He knew you were there and that you would take something from this into your own life.You will never forget that moment.That father that was in a such a hurry doesn't see it,but he will someday.

Debby Messner

Ahhhh, I wonder what was wrong with the baby. I bet you were so sad. I am reading this. I was hoping you weren't going to say it was from a preditor. I know when we had our cottage at the lake we would see large groups of baby ducks and then the next week-end only a few. I always wondered what happened to the others. You pictures are so sweet.

Susan Freeman

Tears for that sweet little one.

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Julie Harward

Ahhh, that made me get sad..such a beautiful little one! What a day to spend it there witnessing such things! :D

What a precious moment for you Kim.... The swans are so graceful and breathtaking.... so sad for this pretty little creature.... again like the others said... surely God needed another beautiful swan .... Isn't our creator good to us... to share such beauty in so many amazig ways !!


How sad. So it must have been sick, I guess.

Ricki Jill Treleaven

:O :/ :( :C


nothing goes un-noticed in God's eyes - it's God's beautiful creations - little swan so delicate and precious - it will never be forgotten - thanks kim

love ya, maria - cottage feel -


Oh Kim! I am so sad for the precious little swan, but know God is holding it in His arms. All animals hold such a soft spot in my heart and from all the other comments, I know I am not alone.

Thanks again for the wonderful pictures and for you too!!

Lisa Adams

Kim, that must have been hard to watch. Nature can be so tough sometimes. Especially when a fluffy little baby swan is involved. I suppose it was his/her time to move on. We all were happy to meet that precious one in your pictures. Thanks for sharing. :)


Ahhh I wonder what happened? :(

linda moczan

awe - that is so sad. and to witness death of any kind is heartwrenching.
im sure there is a swan in peace baby swan.
((((hugs))))) linda

Renie Cee

Dear Kim,

My heart is so sad. Maybe it swam to the Rainbow Bridge where my little Grand-dog Bella and my Precious girl are. I am told that it is a wonderful place where all our beloved animals go and I am sure the precious little swans and all God's creatures go there also.



You are so right Kim - a life is a life is a life whatever the creature! What a soft, sweet goodbye for such a lovely creature! What more could we ask for from God. Thank you for such a gentle life story.


Kim that was so beautiful but so sad.It hurts to see how raw nature can be.


We never know what God has planned for us and what paths we will take. Thank you for sharing this wonderful gift of love and life!


That is so, so sad :(


Life is so precious. Thank you for reminding us of the beauty around us and the value of every living thing.

Melesa Garrison

I hope it wasn't in any pain...That breaks my heart! Thanks for sharing the sweet pics of the swans!


Awwww... so so sad. This precious little life made my heart sing for the short time he was here. I'm sure that taking these photos touched your gentle heart too. Thank you so much for sharing these moments with us.


This must have broke your heart after following them along this far. So sad...


Elizabeth Marchus

Hi Kim,
Aww, sweet baby takes care of the weak ones..its so sad.
They are beautiful creatures.
Big hugs, Elizabeth


Dearest Kim,
What a sad thing to witness....bless your heart....
I am wondering if the little swan was sick as sometimes baby wildlife can be. I am sadden to hear this little one is gone. Your photos are amazing of the swans, Kim. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us. I think you need a hug today after what you witnessed. Here is a big one from me to you (((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))) Love you, Kim xoxo


Hi Kim, what a sweet and sad story about the swans. But you know: that's life too.... Precious and fragile.
I love the swans in the pond just a few streets down from our house. They are beautiful.


I almost wish I hadn't looked at your blog today. What in the world do you think happened? To look so fine one minute and then poof be gone. I know it must have been horrifing to witness. I'm so sorry.

Daisy Cottage

Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart.
I was so sad to share this with you but I knew you would understand.

Dear Gloria... I know. It WAS horrifying. I didn't sleep all night. But you know.. you wrote the magic word here, I think:

This little life WAS witnessed by God and the many who came to see her/him over the weekend and by all of YOU.

And as sad as it was for me to witness the baby's death... I also was so very blessed to witness its LIFE.

What a privilege. And YOU were a part of it too.

I love you.



Oh my gosh.

Oh the tears!

Terri Morse

So heartbreaking. The only comfort I get at times like these, is that nothing escapes His care. Even the hairs of our heads are numbered. Sometimes, what is sorrowful for us, is His infinite wisdom and grace. Even so, it makes me so sad. I'm glad you captured his brief life for all of us. Hope you feel better soon. Hugs, Terri

Debbie from Texas

Life is so precious.....sometimes we forget that! Thanks for reminding us. The old song says, "His eye is on the sparrow (or baby swan) and I know that he watches over me."


Such beautiful babies,, and to see one pass like that,,so sad,,, momma is so gorgeous,,,,, thanks for sharing....



Oh, that little baby swan was so precious. I know it must have been difficult to witness it drop it's little head and fade away. I would have been sobbing! Poor little baby. That little swan is in god's hands and the spirit of that lovely little creature will live in cyberspace and in our hearts forever!!! Life and nature can be brutal sometimes but thank god we have sweet people like you and everyone who visits this help lift each other up.

A big cyber hug from me too! (((((Kim)))))

Maureen d. Connolly

what???? how did this happen??? how did you know??? it's so strange to me Kim . . .


Awww, bless his/her little heart, what a beautiful miracle, if only was for a mere few hours. Happy week to you! Xoxoxo ~Ashley


That breaks my heart.


I am so saddened to read your post about the sweet little swan. God had bigger plans for that precious little one! I'm sorry you had to witness that. But glad you captured these beautiful creatures with your camera and shared the pictures with all of us. What a blessing to view God's creations! Love & blessings from NC!

Vicki Cotnoir

Awwhh! We lived on a canal in Florida when I was a child. The mama ducks would ignore a baby or two and well I had to save them...seems she knew best. They would all eventually die. I would nurse each one,heating pad,food,late nights,just a small little girl. Then with each one,the huge tears and broken heart. Year after year,baby after baby,I continued to try to nurse them back to health. One thing I learned that they all had problems holding up their head,I noticed in one of your photos how the baby had it's bent down in akward caught my looked so familiar. Yes,a life is life...much as I love nature,sometimes it is to painful to watch.
Thank you for amazing photos!


crying for little one, sometimes life is hard, but many blessings too. Kim, thank you so very much for the pictures. What God gives us in nature is truly fascinating!
Sat watching my redbirds at their feeder last night, and watching the hummingbirds at their feeders give me such joy! Told DH watching those little hummingbirds fighting over one feeder when there are three out their is so funny. They will dive into each other, sometimes with a bong noise, wondering how they keep from knocking each other out. LOL Love from OK Cindy


Life is so fragile and can be taken away in the blink of an eye. This should serve us all as a gentle reminder of how very precious each and every moment is that we have here on earth.
Thank you Kim for sharing the beautiful good times and yes, sometime's heart breaking times.


I, too, am heartbroken. God bless him and his family.


Awww; that is so sad. These creatures are Gods beautiful creation and, HE knew the future of the little guy. We will never know what kind of life the baby would have had if he lived.


Alice from Arkansas

Trish Rowley

Sad :( (((((HUGS))))) xox Trish


This is heartbreaking. We get so attached to all of God's creatures. Sending hugs your way Kim. Thank you for the update.

Beckie Norway

Oh Kim you did witness a miracle, the beginning and ending of this precious life. I'm sure he is swimming away happily up in heaven. Thank you for sharing such miracles!


So sad and so sorry you had to witness this. I have been following a Web Cam in Norfolk, VA and the Mom of 3 eaglets was hit by a plane 2 days ago in Norfolk and killed, so the babies are now being raised at a Virginia facility and will be released later this Summer. Dad is looking for the babies. Nature is so special and so delicate. Hugs to you as I have shed tears over the last two days and sure you did also.



Patty O'Malley

Oh my, the sweet precious little thing!

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