A Short Timeout

Spring is truly here! Our beautiful Redbud tree burst into bloom this week. What a glorious sight!

The weather was warm and sunny yesterday, so my husband spent most of the day planting vegetables in our garden while I weeded the flower beds — again. It was also time to put out our hummingbird feeder, since this is the beginning of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird migration. (You can follow the hummingbird migration by clicking here.) I also scrubbed out and hung our thistle feeder. We spotted a few American Goldfinches around the neighborhood in recent days. There haven’t been many in our area for the past few years, so we are thrilled to see their return!

Holy Rest

As we enter Holy Week, I am going to take the next two Sundays off from writing to focus on my faith and my family. Life has become just a bit overwhelming at the moment.

 

But here’s the Good News . . .

There is so much hope during this season of Lent! Although I have entered an uncertain time of change and job-seeking, I am positive that God is leading the search. He guides each step and every turn in my path.

There is often a temptation to allow our present circumstances to take control of our daily lives. I find great comfort knowing that don’t have to figure this out on my own, because the Lord is in control. Amen?

Wishing you grace and peace this Easter.

Blessings,

Dawn 🙏🏼

The In-Between Days

We have reached that odd time between seasons. Winter is not officially over, and spring has not begun. Although the mornings are frosty-cold, there is a mildness in the air.

New Life

There is a stark contrast between a bitter January morning, and a chilly March morning. The earth is softer, and patches of green appear on the lawn. We awaken to the robins’ songs, and end our days with the spring peepers’ chorus.

Our home is caught between seasons too, most notably in the form of projects. Every sunny window is filled with plants that are almost ready for the garden. They were started from seeds in the basement nursery, then moved to the kitchen and dining room after being re-potted. Seedlings include cantaloupes, Delicata squash, zucchini, cucumbers, basil and several variety of tomatoes, all waiting to set their roots into the ground.

A Fresh Look

Meanwhile, upstairs we have been hard at work replacing our worn wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood flooring. So far we’ve only completed half of the hallway. The detail work and endless hitches along the way remind us of our century-old home in Massachusetts that we renovated from top to bottom over 30 years ago. The renovations we are doing today in Virginia remind us that our knees and backs have aged 30 years as well. 😉

We are making these updates while looking ahead to the future, when we will sell this house and embark on our retirement. And while we are not opposed to updating our next home, we hope our renovations are limited to painting and pruning.

I’ve been thinking about these “in-between” days, when we are halfway between ending one stage and beginning the next. That’s very much like my life here on earth — I am somewhat comfortable where I am, but I never feel completely at home.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”‭‭ – John‬ ‭14:1-4‬

The in-between times call for quiet patience and steadfast trust. There is so much hope in our future!

Just as surely as the buds will bloom each spring, Easter morning will return each year to remind us of the hope of the empty tomb, and the eternal home that awaits us.