We are well into the new year and have now passed through the first month of that new year and so I decided to begin a new tradition here at Apron Strings & other things. I have accepted the invitation Cheryl from Thinking About Home put out for us join her in Gathering Moments. I’ll be taking a look back on each month, sharing a few photos and thoughts and remembrances. Mainly because I am sentimental, and forgetful, and it’ll be fun!
“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.” [Genesis 8:22]
This winter has been a long, harsh, cold winter. It takes effort to stay warm, to be positive, to keep a smile on my face. I remind myself that God ordered our days and our seasons. How grateful I am to know that Spring will arrive, just as He has planned. And so I look each day for joy and blessings to keep myself out of the doldrums.
Did you know the Tea Party Princess lives at my house? Our Bekah sets the china and gathers her guests almost daily. She might be serving tea, or lemonade, or coffee or even water and on you plate you might find anything from plastic toy cookies to graham crackers to Cinnamon Struessel Muffins fresh from the oven. One day she served up Lilla Rose Flexi Clips!
In order to stave off Cabin Fever, I highly recommend exercising your sense of humor. There has been a lot of eye-rolling from the children as Mom drops her ‘punny’ jokes or belts out a broadway show-tune at the top of her lungs or hits the ‘easy’ button as they finish a job well done – “That Was Easy!” We have also changed up our days a bit, trying to do some ordinary things in an out of the ordinary way – like language lessons in the bath tub? Yep. She assures me it was quite comfortable and she could do her lessons so much better.
And then, January is the perfect month to get started cleaning out clutter and getting started on some house projects. We are working through the house, one room at a time, getting rid of things we’ve out grown or no longer use (or never use). It’s hard work, but such a good feeling. Kind of like revival, giving us new life.
And speaking of New Life . . . the highlight of our January was welcoming this beautiful baby boy into the world, into our family! The firstborn to our daughter Caitlin and her husband, he is most definitely a bright spot in this dark winter. We just love him to pieces. Our 6th grandchild, 4th grandson. God is good, all the time and we have been blessed abundantly. These are the things I choose to focus on as we wait for spring.