A couple of weeks ago we started our seedlings for Grace’s flower garden.  It was a cold morning and honestly it seemed like spring would never show up.  Today we had 80 degree weather and played with water on the deck.  The kids had a blast and had no problem falling asleep that night. It felt a little like home.

I feel like living in Nebraska can only get better from here.  Winter was hard on all of us.  It was fun and exciting (because ultimately it was our first winter) but it was cold. So cold that it didn’t matter how many blankets you had on, there was no warming up.

But… lets focus on the good things yea?

I’ll never forget the first time Grace saw snow.  She opened the blinds of the hotel room we were staying at temporarily and shouted “SNOW! I KNEW IT WAS REAL, I KNEW IT!” That was such a sweet moment.

Also, the first time we played in the snow…  It took me 25 minutes to get the kids all geared up and out-the-door, but it was so worth it.  Alex made a pseudo-snow slide on our front lawn and off we all went. We also made a snowman!!!  No one wanted to come inside. Our noses were cold and our eyes were watery but we didn’t care.  It was so much fun.

Bauer was not so excited about the snow.  We got him a bright red coat and a tower of blankets for him to sleep in/on/over.

For me, winter was eye-opening.  It was a sanctifying few months, a time of growth and reflection.  This winter I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was, I learned how to love from a distance, how to depend solely on God for my every emotional need and how to support (really support) my husband.  I saw firsthand the affect that sunshine has on my life and I learned to thank God for the rain and cloudy days. I’m also learning for the first time to embrace seasons, knowing that it’s only a matter of time before they’re over and the day will come when we can fling the front door wide open!

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful Mother’s day weekend!

What you may have missed:

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Fried Plantains with Spicy Aioli

Butternut Squash and Sausage Casserole 

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