Sorry I’m a day late, but I want to start by wishing you a wonderful Spring. I hope you all enjoyed our first day and wish you a quick thaw (for all my friends that are buried in snow like us right now) and productive magical Spring!
Our celebrations were very quiet since Little Miss had school that day. We woke up to a very chilly -16’C (3’F) morning and a table full of goodies from the Spring Fairies. My daughter, who has been mourning the loss of her favorite wand (Little Man took a chomp to it a few months back) was excited to find a hand carved one given to her by the fairies themselves. Can I tell you how much she is wishing away the snow right now, ready to put some of her own magic into our home?
I’ve mentioned my good friend Kim here many times. Such a thoughtful, inspirational person, I feel blessed to know her. Well, her and her son went down to South Carolina for a few weeks earlier this month and her son decided to share part of his sea shell collection with my kiddos. You can imagine the amount of cheer, fascination and joy that was present in our home after that!
But wait! Another box was waiting for me this time and it was, I knew, going to be a very “sweet” surprise! A few months back, Vibeke over at A Butterfly in my Hair hosted a very fun chocolate swap! I was paired with the lovely Di from the UK (you need to check out her blog, amazing talent!) and received the most generous swap package imaginable. Not only was it filled to the brim with wonderful, interesting, quirky chocolates (including a vegan chocolate for my little boy to share!), but she also included handmade embroidered pieces, fabric art, beautiful fabric squares, a fun felt art kit (which my daughter has already proclaimed hers! ) and a notebook that I will treasure and use very carefully. Again, thank you so much my dear!
Another package that was waiting for us was from my dear cousin and his wife that live in Michigan. Always selfless, always thinking of us, they sent us a little something to help with the transition. I couldn’t believe just how generous they were yet again. How could I ever feel anything else but so supported and loved.
So all around, a wonderful start to this new season full of hope and rebirth, dreams and awakenings, color and light!
Oh, and continuing with our tradition, just as we were lucky enough to greet winter on Solstice Day with a barred owl sighting, during our after dinner walk last night, we heard the first, deep soulful calls of the North American Mourning Doves. Hiding in the tall ancestral pines around our property and neighborhood, they were calling each other, in the quiet dim of the sun setting. A beautiful, heart-felt cry. It was so mesmerizing, even the children held still.
My friends, even if it doesn’t always feel like it, Spring is here. Do not despair, look for the little things. They are changing, shifting, transforming, becoming… before you know it, the warm will return, green will appear and the long winter will be a thing of the pass. Enjoy those last cozy snuggles under quilts, by fires. Soon it will be iced tea and salads for dinner, the smell of flowers and the buzz of bees.
Have a wonderful week-end everyone!