Today is the first day of Spring!
My excitement for this season simply cannot be contained. Spring brings a promise of newness, life, beauty, and hope. After the stormy year we have had, this is a most welcome promise.
Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of my amazing father-in-law who passed away in April of 2014. He would be 60 years old. Surrounded by friends and family, we released balloons with written wishes and whispered prayers for a happy heavenly birthday. As they floated up to heaven, we listened to the song “See You in a Little While” by Steven Curtis Chapman, who wrote it after the passing of his daughter. It was a beautiful way to honor our dad’s memory and fill our hearts with thankfulness for the life, love, and legacy he left behind. To say this man was incredible is a terrible understatement and ill representation of the magnitude of his influence. He was, without misuse of the term, larger than life. A hero to all he met. A giant among men, and a warrior for his God and family. No matter how much time passes, he will forever be missed, forever be loved, and forever be the man who gave me my most treasured possessions- my family.
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
We love to garden (though honestly, I am terrible at it) and I could not wait to get Spring started off right by embedding my fingers in some hearty, rich, dirt… So that is exactly what we did! Here are a few photos from our family trip to the nursery today.
We had so much fun looking at all the different tree varieties! The colors were spectacular and the flowering trees were speckled with sweet little buds. When we lost our first pregnancy last year, we decided to plant a tree in honor of our little peanut’s short life here on this earth. Now that we have two little angels in heaven with their Papa, we have two trees to plant on either side of their Papa’s tree.
Seasons are so naturally part of life, aren’t they? This past year has brought us to our knees, completely broken, arms outstretched. But that is where God speaks loudest. It is where we draw nearest to Him as our comforter and refuge- to pick us up when we do not have the strength. We are so blessed to have the love and support of our amazing friends and family. And the love of a God whose understanding far surpasses our own. He never said we would not be given more than we can handle; He does promise a happy ending for those who love Him and ask Jesus to be their Savior. I rest in the promise that when my two babies opened their eyes for the first time, the face they saw was Jesus’ instead of mine. (Pretty tough to compete with that, huh? ❤ )
Even in death He opens doors for life to enter. He makes all things new.
And that is a promise I can hope for. Happy Spring!
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17