March 29, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

 I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here in NC, spring {finally} decided to show up.  We were  beginning to wonder since we went from winter to summer temps; but this week has been gorgeous and we have been outside every single day.
One of the things I am going to miss about this house is my Yoshino Cherry Tree (above).  She has graced the end of our driveway for many years.  She only shows off her flowers for two weeks in the spring, so I have to be intentional about enjoying her beauty.  Ah, that I would use that phrase about other areas in my life.

If you happen to live in a part of the country that isn't quite experiencing spring yet, let me share a picture so you won't be too jealous.
This is my driveway.  See those tire tracks and footprints?  That is through the nasty green pine pollen that graces our state for about 2 weeks in the spring.  As we drive down the highway, we can literally see green puffs/clouds blowing in front of us.  It does wonders for the sinuses. {gag}
This year we were blessed with several hard rain showers that washed the yellow dust away.

Someone recently asked me about our spring break.  
Typically we take a two week break/track-out in the spring.  This year our schedule got a little crazy so we are splitting it up.  Two days here, three days there, and hopefully a week in the mountains come April.  
I LOVE flexibility!!!
Yesterday my dear friend called and said, "want to go to the landfill?"
Well, who wouldn't??!!
(I'd follow her just about anywhere)
We loaded up the bikes and the kids and headed to the landfill.  Fortunately, it is now covered in green grass, has walking/bike trails, and a really neat playground.  Even the big kids couldn't resist the playground after our bike ride.  As we watched the young moms with toddlers, we both agreed that we LOVED that stage and we miss it, but God has given us a sense of contentment in the stage of life we are in now.   I wasn't sure I'd ever not feel a pang of sadness when I thought about being done with babies; but as we mulled it over, we agreed that our tired old bodies couldn't handle it we truly are content.
Dear Lord,  please don't get any wild ideas ;)


ashley said...

I loved where you said "Dear Lord, please don't get any wild ideas". I JUST prayed this morning and kindly asked God not to give me any more babies. ;)

Mom said...

Your cherry tree is always SO beautiful! Hopefully we can find the "real" cherry tree you want for the farm & it too will bloom beautifully.
Looks like the kids had a great time!