"a nest for herself"

The sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

I really like the NIV translation of these lines from Psalm 84. My mother wrote them on a card celebrating our engagement (and our acceptance at Plow Creek and our upcoming walk). And they take on an added meaning for me because Heather was once nicknamed "swallow"...