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Friday, January 22, 2010

Spring in the middle of the winter

Years ago, David and I wanted to leave our deep south home state so badly.  We tried every chance we had to move.  Both of us have only lived here in two states that are both considered the deep south.  We wanted something different – something new.  However, God had other plans for us.

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Over these past few years, living here has really grown on both of us.  We are now content to be living here and are glad that we are only an hour or so away from our parents. 

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Perhaps one of my favorite things about our home state is the weather.  Well, if you don’t count the tornadoes like the ones that affected our area last night.  Oh, and maybe also the extreme humidity that we experience in the summer and right before a thunderstorm.

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You see, today, in the middle (or is it all ready the end? – wow, where did time go?) of January, it was 67 degrees outside.  The drabness and gloominess of winter can really get to me and I am always thankful for these beautiful blue sky days in the middle of the days of gray.

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We started our school and when we just couldn’t stand it for one more minute, we headed outside to breathe in the fresh air and run out our wiggles.

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We splashed in mud puddles and even stuck our lollipops in the puddles.  (Yes, he really did.)  We soaked in the sunshine and laughed with each other.  And I…I was revived by the beauty of it all…the beautiful sky and the beautiful children.

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We know that the winter is not over and we may even face some more of the frozen and burst pipes out in our garage before we get to bask in the glorious warmth of the sun again.  But we know that spring is on its way.  He said so. 

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.  Genesis 8:22

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So we smile because even though we shiver now and wake to gray skies once again, we know that the sun is shining behind those dark clouds and soon we will be spending our days out in the sunshine again. 

Of course then, we’ll also be visited by the mosquitoes!

Thank you God for sending the beautiful days right when I need them most. 

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