The days are getting longer, green things are growing and blooming... and my allergies have returned. That means that it is Spring again. I was curious what the change in seasons meant for everyone else, so I asked around and I love the different stories I got in return!
March is the start of spring, which is the start of new growth and new beginnings.
That's what I'm hoping to do, start new habits and routines and take it one day at a time.
Not many know this, but I was raised on the beautiful island of Antigua, which is blessed with 365 beaches, one for every day of the year.
If you are wondering, No, I haven't been to all. However, the beach is literally just the beginning.
During Springtime, you are welcomed by the warm sun and cool sea breeze. Coming to America, this was a different experience. It was difficult to adjust to the difference in weather, especially the temperature during these months. I don't know about you, but anything below 70 degrees is considered cold to me, in fact, freezing.
Nevertheless, I have learned to appreciate it. It is fascinating to see the transition from naked trees to trees decorated in green.
The lawn almost looks like green rugs around this time of the year. The variety of flowers and fruits takes center stage in every garden.
New life also begins in this season. In fact, I just notice a few beautiful eggs in my flower pot.
In Antigua, however, it is primarily green all year round. All in all, I appreciate both experiences.
Ahh, Spring has finally sprung! Spring this year seems more sentimental to me than years passed. When this season comes to mind, I automatically think of new beginnings. That is particularly true for me and my family and the reason behind the sentimental value. We have a couple of new beginnings happening during this time - the first being the arrival of our second baby, who is due any day now! My husband, our almost three year old son, and myself are so excited to welcome the newest member of our family who is another sweet baby boy. This is such a special new beginning as we all get to work together while adjusting as a family of four. I can't wait to experience all of the adventure that comes along with raising two boys.
The second new beginning I'd like to mention is that all of this family of four adjusting gets to take place in our new home! My husband and I had been house hunting for about two years and FINALLY found a house that was perfect for us to call home. It's in a great neighborhood and there's plenty of room for our growing family. With all of that being said, I chose to share this picture of these yellow daffodils that bloomed in front of our home as soon as we moved in. I thought that was such a welcoming sign after an extremely difficult year, and a beautiful indication of the new beginnings to come.
It's getting hot in here
Spring is one of my favorite seasons in the desert, it's short lived, but the fields of wildflowers that pop up and bloom before the heat hits are breathtaking in their beauty. But, it also means the return of the warm temperatures... by mid-March we are often hitting the mid 80's fairly regularly and start having the internal countdown to switching the AC back on. It also means getting rid of my dog's winter coat and helping her get ready for the hot, hot summer temps that are just on the horizon.
She is a well loved little chihuaha mix with a fairly majestic looking winter coat. Look at that floof!
But when the warmer temps hit, she needs a nice short coat to help her beat the heat, and every spring the transformation just makes me smile.
"Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.