Hello Friends!! Truly if you are still here and reading this, that is what I count you as.
6 months is a very long time, no? It seems much longer to me. I have really missed you all and this space. I am sorry to have left it that way and if anyone worried, please forgive me. I have cherished your messages and comments and most of all your prayers. This last 6 months have been a different season in my life. Matthew has now been my longest baby ever. He has stepped into that role very happily.
Silence is not a bad thing. It is necessary sometimes to guard it in order to guard your heart and heal. I think so often of Our Lady and how much she quietly kept in her heart during her time as a mother on Earth. She pondered everything, quietly. That is what I have been doing.
Last week I picked up my camera and put on the snow boots that have accompanied me outside this winter for walks in white covered woods. I had to get pictures of our amazing snow fall and then realized my camera was not turning on so off to the shop it went and when I picked it up, all ready to go, I knew it was time to return here.
Today, I sat outside in the sun! The sun which has not been present here for a while was there, everywhere. Accompanying me as I did a little needlework and it was glorious. I feel spring in the air and I know it is coming. Everything will be waking very soon and I am so excited to take it all in. So excited for the violets to pop up. I intend to pick every flower and make some jelly. Oh I can hardly wait. Yesterday I found some wild spring onions and I know the rest will soon follow! The chickens know it is coming. Today they are just happy to bask in the warm sun along with me. All of us await the dandelions and all their possibilities.
Today may be one of the last days that we can walk freely in our woods before spring fills all the trees and greenery which block our passage many times with briars and poison ivy. A chance to follow our creek to the end of our property and perhaps find a little inhabitant in its waters (do you see him in the picture?). Treasures and familiar pathways are ours today. It is amazing to think what a difference one week may make in the view behind our home. Even our chickens tried as much as they could to follow us deep into the woods before tiring and heading back to the creek.
What is your favorite part of the beginning of spring? I am off to do a little sewing for a certain birthday boy who knows I am working on something for him and then I will get more seeds started. So exciting. This is definitely my favorite part of the year.