Monday, April 20
Waiting for Spring
This winter seemed very long. The days were so very short and every year my body seems to crave the sunshine more and more. I was sluggish and lazy, I just wasn't able to get myself motivated to work when my house was so dark. The windows in our house face East and West (we have none facing North or South!) so we usually have amazing sunlight streaming into the kitchen and living room in the mornings, and the hot evening sun heats up our playroom in the evenings. In the winter, it's overcast and dreary. And my soul just feels uninspired.
It rained a lot too, at least it seemed that way. Maybe because it's those rainy days when you crave the sun the most, and they just seem to slap you in the face with cold rain... and those are the nasty days you remember. Everyone is cooped up inside the house, anxious to get out. Everyone's a little sad and I know, just know, it's because these children were meant to be outside.
We did have some unusually warm days, and they were extra-glorious because the beauty is just so beautiful after being surrounded by the ugly. We always took the chance to go to the park or just even play outside all day long, calling a "good weather day" off from school because when you homeschool, you get to do that!
As February ended and we had a break in the rain, I knew I had to get my plants in the ground while I had the chance. We grabbed jackets and drove to the nursery to pick up some plants and seeds, and even though it was misty outside my heart was joyous to walk through that beautiful nursery surrounded by the lush greens and spring color that my yard lacked. We picked some tomatoes, peppers, basil, lavender, and some seed packets of carrots, lettuces, radishes, and summer flowers, and came home.
It's always so appropriate to me that it's this time of year, when I crave green and beauty the most, that we enter into Lent. Jesus was in a desert but I feel stuck in my own desert of sorts, searching for something to give me hope. And then finally Easter comes, the joy of the resurrection, and all of the sudden the earth rejoices and bursts into bloom! Everything wakes from their winterly sleep; the azaleas and lillies burst into bloom, buds linger on my rose bushes, orange and lime citrus flowers that smell of heaven, and tiny lettuces, all seem to shout with joy to the risen Christ!
(All but one of these photos were taken by Beth!)