First Signs of Spring

It’s always a delight to see my crocuses pop out after a long winter.

I think spring feels extra welcoming this year. I know we certainly need the warmth and color.

That is one good thing about this world… There are always sure to be more springs.

~L.M. Montgomery

The number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise here in Utah. Just like everywhere else, we have a lot of closures and restrictions. I feel for those whose jobs are affected. We homeschool and my husband is retired so our day-to-day life feels pretty normal. Until, of course, we shop for groceries or think about our travel plans that are now on hold indefinitely, and Sunday rolls around with no church. We brought our youngest daughter home from her university yesterday. She will finish her semester here, and who knows about spring semester, but I’m guessing she will at least start it here at home.

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?” “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine.”

~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

This was my last week of holding craft days. I felt okay offering it this week since each group is small, and it seemed a way I could help the parents and children here adjust to their first week of school-at-home. Teachers here are directing daily online learning or sending home huge packets of worksheets. I know it’s been a bit of a challenge for parents who are used to sending their kids to school for the better part of each day, but I hope that this time together strengthens many families.

I love this article called, “We Want Everybody to Be Home”: The Power of Family in Times of Trouble

I was already struggling with how to help my husband fill his time now that he’s retired, and now I’m struggling a bit because I am not a natural homebody. I think as long as I can get out into nature often, I’ll keep my sanity. I heard an idea to create a bucket list for this time and I’m going to make one up this weekend with my family. It helps to remember that we are all in this together, apart, LOL. May we each discover hidden blessings.

12 thoughts on “First Signs of Spring

  1. We all have to pray and hang in there until this pandemic is over. Hubby and I are both retired. He is the homebody while I love going out. I belong to many organizations (closed now) and meet up with many people on a weekly/monthly schedule. I also own a home business that takes me out of the house….right now I am doing more online instead. I see my neighbors daffodils coming up, so there are brighter days coming.

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  2. My husband works from home so we’re adjusted to being at home together for long periods of time thankfully!

    Baby Girl is adjusting her work at home business with our two boys home instead of just one.
    It’s times like this I wish we were closer to each other.

    Your Crocus are lovely! I’ve seen Daffodill’s in bloom on my street. Spring is here!

    Stay healthy!!

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  3. anaiser

    That’s a very lovely picture, and it accompanies lovely thoughts. Though my husband isn’t retired, he is a critical care nurse, so our days are also going on very much as usual–until we remember the library is closed! Like you, I am looking for hidden blessings. May we each find them!

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