Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

A Duckling Emergency! Call 911!

So, when I woke up this morning, I thought today would be much calmer than yesterday.  After all, yesterday I hatched 16 baby ducklings.  16!  Whew!

That's a lot of ducklings.  We've been making ourselves at home and exploring the Center Courtyard at Christus Victor.  They have this great pool for us, and though it took a while, I finally got my little ones to get into it and splash around.  

Everything was going pretty well today.  I was very tired.  Running after 16 babies who have just become mobile is tough.  I counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … 13, 14, 15.  Again.  13, 14, 15.  Now where could 16 have possibly gotten to?

Then suddenly I heard it - the plaintive cry of my little one, and it was coming from a deep hole.  He had fallen down the drain pipe!  

Oh no!  Duckling emergency!  Call 911!  Oh, my!  Oh, dear!  My poor little duckling!

Thankfully, one of the humans also heard my little one's cry.  It took a while for her to figure out where the cry was coming from, but finally she did.  You could look down the drain pipe and see the sweet little face of my 1-day-old duckling offspring peering up from below.

People were called, people were texted.  At first, only a few people were in the courtyard with me and my little ones, milling about and trying things.  I'm wary of that and had to keep the other ones away from them, but still that 16th duckling cried and cried.  

Eventually, 911 was called.  More people arrived, this time in uniform.  2, 3, 4, 5 men in uniform.  They had objects, and they were crawling around on the ground.  There was so much activity that I had to take all my other little ones to the opposite side and hide them (tuck them beneath me).

After what seemed like forever, the fine men in blue from Elk Grove Village saved my little duckling!  Yes!  He was saved!  Praise God!  And we are all reunited once again, safe and sound.

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It was a very eventful day with way too many terrifying moments, but everything turned out well in the end.  I, as well as everyone at Christus Victor, are very grateful that the fine police officers of Elk Grove Village consider anyone or anything in trouble to be an important priority, even a tiny little duck who "fell down the well.".  Thank you so much for all your time and effort.  

Spring Has Sprung

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When I first arrived in the Center Courtyard at Christus Victor, it was VERY cold.  In fact, it seemed like all it did was snow.  Thankfully, that has changed.  Spring has officially sprung!  The view (and the weather) has improved immensely.

I am still hunkered down in the midst of my long sit.  It's just me out here.  I do leave briefly each evening to get a quick bite and meet up with Daddy Duck, but for the most part.  I sit .. and sit and sit and sit.  I don't mind it.  I'm a mother after all, and that's what we do.  We take care of our little ones. 

Are you pacing the floors yet?  My babies should be hatching any day now, so keep your eyes on the Christus Victor Facebook page, as well as hereon my blog.  Right now, there's not much for you to see, but once these ducklings hatch, things will get busy really quickly. 

 The Center Courtyard at Christus Victor is springing to life.  Such a lovely view for me as I sit here, awaiting my little ones to hatch.

The Center Courtyard at Christus Victor is springing to life.  Such a lovely view for me as I sit here, awaiting my little ones to hatch.

Reunited Again .. for a 5th Year!

I'm a quiet, stealthy little Mamma Duck. 

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Yes, I’ve returned to the Christus Victor courtyard for a 5th year … and no one saw me do it.  I won't tell you when I got here, but Daddy Duck and I were spotted on March 31, scoping out the Courtyard.  I was discovered sitting on another nest full of eggs April 16, and I'm hunkered down for the long sit. 

I really like it here in the Christus Victor Courtyard.  They keep me safe, and it's a very quiet spot.  This year, it was really cold when I first arrived, so I’ve found myself a very secluded spot.  In fact, if you don’t know where I am, you probably won’t spot me at all.  I had to protect my eggs from the snow that seemed relentless this spring. 

In case some of you are wondering, a duck sits on her eggs about 4 weeks. Follow my blog here, and I'll keep you posted on this year's baby chicks, let you know when they hatch, and take you along with us when we make the journey through the church, across the road, and to the pond.  It's quite an adventure.  You won't want to miss that.

Saying Farewell to Christus Victor

On May 7 my little sweethearts hatched, and on May 9, it was time to say farewell to Christus Victor.  The same exact dates, by the way, as last year. 

First, we had to cross through the church lobby.

Then we had to cross Arlington Heights Road..

Finally, we worked our way through the movie theater parking lot to the pond behind it. 

Success!  Thank you, Christus Victor, for keeping me and my little ones safe for another year.

A Special Day at Christus Victor

Some people may think it gets boring sitting here all the time, and I must admit, once in a while I do get bored and tired.  It would probably help if Daddy Duck would help out just a little bit.  I mean, even if it was just for an HOUR.... but that's another story for another day.

The weather has been just awful lately.  I’m a duck, so I usually like water, but it rained and rained here for several days.  Even I was getting a little tired of the rain.  And it’s been quite chilly lately.  I have to snuggle down on my eggs to keep them warm.  Luckily, I have a great spot all picked out this year.  When I chose it, the courtyard was almost bare, but as the courtyard grows in, I get harder and harder to see ... which was my plan, of course. 

 Can you see me?  (I bet you can't)

Can you see me?  (I bet you can't)

 Here I am!

Here I am!

Today was a special day at Christus Victor.  It was hopping really early this morning.  They had a big breakfast and wonderful interfaith prayer service for the National Day of Prayer.  It’s days like these when I wish I could take a little break and come inside, but I’ve got very important work to do out here in the courtyard, hatching my babies.  I’ll just continue to enjoy the services from out here.  Only a week or two more and my eggs should hatch.  Hopefully, it'll be warmer by then.

I'm back ... for a 4th year!

I'm a quiet, stealthy little mamma duck. 

Yes, I’ve returned to the Christus Victor courtyard for a 4th year … and no one saw me do it.  I won't tell you when I got here, but I was discovered on Good Friday.  I've laid a whole nest full of eggs again, and I'm hunkered down for the long sit. 

I really like it here in the Christus Victor Courtyard.  They keep me safe, and it's a pretty quiet spot … usually.  Easter was a different story.  Easter made me rethink the whole thing.

There I was, sitting quietly on my eggs when, all of a sudden, a whole crowd of children invaded the courtyard – TO HUNT FOR EGGS!  As you might guess, I was very nervous and worried about THAT.  What if they found me and my eggs?  My eggs don’t contain prizes; they contain my baby ducklings.  And WHY do humans think that a bunny hides eggs?  What’s up with THAT!?!  That’s just ridiculous!  I want to propose that rather than an Easter bunny next year, you have an Easter duck, and instead of hunting her eggs, you give her peace and quiet.  Who’s with me?

Strange how a day can change your perception.  The day before Easter, a very tall woman kept getting way too close to me for my comfort.  I got all nervous.  My heart was pounding.  But on Easter when all of those children came rushing into the courtyard, I realized that on the day before, the lady was putting up a barrier to protect me from all those egg hunters.  I’m so grateful for her because she helped me to keep my babies safe. 

In case some of you are wondering, a duck sits on her eggs about 4 weeks. Follow my blog here, and I'll keep you posted on this year's baby chicks, let you know when they hatch, and take you along with us when we make the journey through the church, across the road, and to the pond.  It's quite an adventure.  You won't want to miss that.

Moving Day!

I decided this morning that it was TIME TO GO!  So I started knocking on the windows and doors.

It took a while for the "duck corridor" to be set up, so we all went back to the nest to rest up for the journey.  Don't ask me how I get them all under me.  I have no idea how I get them to all sit in one place and be good. 

AND . . . the "duck corridor" was constructed.

Finally, it was time to say goodbye.  So long, Christus Victor.  Thank you for keeping me and my little ones safe and secure.  The time we spent in your lovely courtyard was so special, and we'll see you again next spring.

Brrrrr

It's now been two weeks since I was spotted in the courtyard at Christus Victor.  The courtyard is still coming to life, but today ... BRRRR is it cold.  Cold and wet. 

Thankfully, I chose to put my nest against the wall, so my eggs and I are keeping dry.  But it's still cold.  I thought spring had sprung, but it sure doesn't feel like it today.  I'll just have to snuggle down in this nest and keep those eggs of mine warm. 

A week or two more and my eggs should hatch.  Hopefully, it'll be warmer by then.