Happy Monday (and happy March, whoa!)! I’m writing this from the snowy scenes of Indiana this morning – my gosh, is the midwest seeing it’s (un)fair share of winter storms. Christian and I had planned on making the trip back to Nashville yesterday but 9+ inches of snow in 24 hours obviously changed those plans 😉 We are now hanging out here until Tuesday!
Being stuck inside the house I grew up in, along with my family and the million animals we all have is pretty cozy, I must say. My car is literally snowed in and until now I haven’t even thought of having to dig it out. This past weekend, I barely got online. In fact, I did something I haven’t done in months: I read. A BOOK. Well, not the entire thing, but a good chunk of it, and it was SO perfect – just the kind of rest my brain needed. Winter days, while I am ready for them to say goodbye and hello to spring, force rest. Like a kid who swears he’s not tired but is seriously in need of a nap, this time of year is that forced nap 😉 These weekends bring quiet afternoons – something I normally wouldn’t choose (even if I should). It’s almost like this time of year shows you all of the distractions you’ve picked up the last 8 months and then shows you how nice it is to get rid of them, if even just for a few hours. I think maybe that’s why when spring comes, we’re all so dead-set on ‘spring cleaning.’ I know I am! I clean my closet, the house, my car, my desk. I give away all of the things I truly don’t need and once again, I breathe easier. While we may take part in ‘the great purge’ in the springtime, I think our hearts prepare for it in the winter.
Today, while I continue to rest in the beauty of the falling snow, I am grateful. I am grateful for wintery weekends spent with a good book and a hot cup of tea. I am grateful for time with family, quiet time spent snuggling with my favorite Oooj as we watch the snow accumulate on the back deck. I am grateful for bffs who know me so well and want to share with me a book they enjoyed because they know I’ll enjoy it too. I am grateful for reminders that less is more and blue skies are surely on the way. And, I am grateful for all of you – who join me in beginning each week with a grateful heart. These are the days of our lives and I’m choosing to be grateful.
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What are you grateful for?
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