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Hello, March!

March 1, 2010

I don’t know about March coming it like a lion, but spring is definitely on the way. I woke up and heard birds chirping today. The days are getting longer and we’re so glad to have a bit more light. Plus, these were popping up yesterday…the ultimate sign!

Spring is coming and, with it, a first birthday, a third birthday, Nick’s Baptism, our 4th anniversary, John’s birthday, my mom’s birthday, my dad’s birthday…so many things to celebrate. I love winter and the snow and peaceful cozy days at home, but my absolute favorite times of year are the times of change. The transitions between seasons always bring so much joy and hope and seeing those little buds brought such a smile to my face.

I spent this morning sorting through the last bits of newborn diapers and clothes a friend borrowed and sent back to us and burp cloths and receiving blankets and trying to decide whether to pack them up to put away or to give away. Immediately after I did all of that, I sat down with a cup of coffee and this post popped up in my reader. TEARS. The timing was just right and her words just rang so true:

  • “It’s the parenting paradox, that is so painful and confusing at the same time. I spend so much of my day assuring myself that things will get easier. There are so many aspects to this season that are difficult – so many little ones that are so dependent. It’s easy to blissfully look ahead to a more autonomous future when they get just a little more independence. And yet, it’s so painful that they are growing so fast.” {Thank you to Kristen whose words could not have hit home at any more perfect time!}

We are so very much looking forward to all that spring will bring – celebrations, Easter, gardening, open windows, time at the park, a new-to-us play set from our generous neighbors whose children have grown too big for it, more trips to our favorite market, flip flops, hanging laundry on the line…It’s still a tiny bit bittersweet, though. First steps are going to happen any day around here and, with that, he’ll officially not be a tiny one anymore. So many things to look forward to and treasure each day!

p.s. 40 Bags in 40 Days update: Slow moving. We sent about 10 more bags to Salvation Army last week, but I’m not counting them because I already had it all pulled and in the garage before I started to do this. Plus I cleaned out our linen closet(and got rid of at least 2 bags of trash and 2 bags that got donated!), also before I decided to do this.

This morning I got 3 boxes/bags of kids’ clothes either packed away, ready to donate or ready to ship to a friend. So, 4 bags here + 3 bags today = 7 bags. I need to get moving!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2010 1:08 pm

    yay!those lil thingines ar pokin’up over here too! are they crocus? lilies? whatever theya re , they are making me happy and excited for spring!

    • March 11, 2010 12:57 pm

      Either crocus or daffodils(I can’t remember since they were planted before we moved in and Nick was a newborn when everything bloomed last year, so I didn’t get outside nearly as much as I should have) – I can’t WAIT to see them!!

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