April has arrived, and with it the gradual thawing of the ground and melting of snow as temperatures begin to increase and provide hope that spring and summer are truly well on their way to being here.
There’s no doubt that the majority of us have cabin fever from enduring such a difficult winter, as evidenced by people driving with their windows down and sunroofs open when temperatures are only in the high 40’s. (That’s life in Pure Michigan for you!) I am right there with the majority and have been making a point to get outside as often as possible when the temps are in the 50’s and 60’s and revel in it for as long as I can, knowing how fickle the weather can be.
For a change today, I thought I’d share some things I’ve been enjoying as I breathe in the fresh air and prepare my mind, heart, and soul for the warmer days ahead!
Earlier this past week I put on my new shoes and ventured down our dirt road for the first outdoor run of the season. This was actually my first run outside since recovering from my heel injury last year, and it felt just like old times – just me and the open road – taking in the animals as they graze in their pastures, listening to the sound of the breeze through the trees, and seeing the birds fly in formation overhead – it was PERFECT! Can’t wait for more of this in the coming months!
The other day we got started on cleaning up all the downed limbs and sticks that fell as a result of the ice storm and heavy snow. I was as happy as a clam, with my iPod on and the sunshine on my face, picking up items and tossing them into our big burn barrel. It will be great to have our yard looking pristine again, and I’m excited to begin designing an improved outdoor space for us to enjoy the back and side yards this year. I’m hoping for a lot of color, and plenty of seating for relaxing evenings with the hubby and entertaining family and friends.
Once the burn barrel was loaded up, it was time to start a bonfire to make room for more debris. I absolutely love having bonfires and when the opportunity presents itself, I always enjoy reading outside by the fire, wrapped in a blanket. I started Unbroken this week and I am completely immersed in it! I understand why it has spent so much time on the bestsellers list and why it is so highly recommended – I can’t put it down!
If you’re looking for some new music, I highly suggest the new album from Rend Collective, The Art of Celebration. I’ve been listening to this on my iPod non-stop. The songs are uplifting, inspiring, and fun! My favorites, include: “My Lighthouse” and “Joy, Joy, Joy.” I guarantee these tunes will put a little “spring” in your step!
Lastly, I really love to catch the change in seasons through the lens of my camera (thank you, iPhone and Instagram). I’ve learned to be observant and watchful over the years, because there is so much beauty happening all around us, evidence of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Taking the time to notice these things, down to the small details of snow melting and the sight of grass, has helped me cultivate gratitude and infused me with hope. Being creative is something my soul craves, and I look forward to the wonders I’ll get to capture and share with all of you this spring and summer!
What activities and items make your “favorites” list as the seasons change? I’d love to hear them!
Have a great Sunday, friends!