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Now that the weather is consistently nice, it really feels like summer vacation. Each season brings special things for us. Fall is absolutely gorgeous; we take trips to the orchard with our big family; there’s the smell of leaves piled high, waiting for us to jump in; Bailey starts to put baking in high gear. Winter means fires in the fireplace; snowshoing and snowmen; and of course, the holidays with our family that we love so dearly. And summer means trips to the zoo; biking; and swimming and picnicking at the beach/park down the road. We’re so blessed to live where we do and we don’t take it for granted. But Spring . . . I don’t know – – there is something so magical about the Spring where we live.
Maybe because that last part of Winter drags on so, or maybe because we know we’re about to have 4 whole months off (yes!), but there’s something almost blessed about this time of year. We have these Lilac trees and honeysuckle bushes all around the house and they put this perfume in the air. I wish I could type out an accurate description of what it smells like right now. As we write this, the birds are going crazy with all 7 (yes, 7!) bird feeders that are filled for their dining pleasure. And Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye are chasing each other on grass that Steve just cut and that also smells amazing. Tonight, we plan on sitting on the deck, lighting the citronella candle, and staring at the stars after grilling some Korean BBQ chicken. We truly do feel so grateful for our blessings.
We always take advantage of Spring to do lots of cleaning, too. (Confession – some of it might have been better to do a bit earlier than now…) Anyway, scrubbing, organizing, sweeping, and throwing stuff out always feels good – knowing things are organized, cleaned up, freshened up, etc. But truthfully, cleaning and organizing probably gives us a sense of having some control that is good to have right now as we wait in our adoption journey. (Plus, Bailey has always been a “nester”; Steve teases her about how she alphabetizes, organizes, and plans. (Yes, our books, cds, and dvds are alphabetized!)
In keeping with this entry’s theme of Spring and getting things cleaned out from Winter, we’ve included a picture of Steve getting the back yard in shape earlier today, while the dogs blissfully chased him around. (We won’t tell you what he’s picking up with that scooper, but let’s just say the dogs had something to do with it!). In the other picture (with Gladys Knight) you can see the picnic table Steve made himself – that’s where we often have dinner when the weather permits.
Anyway, thanks for reading this and taking time to learn about us. As always, we send you our deepest respect and our prayers. May God bless you, friend.