Thursday, March 22, 2012

Celebrating Spring's Arrival!

Spring is here! The daffodils are making pockets of yellow sunbursts on our country roads, and farmers are busy preparing fields and garden beds. After growing up in Florida where the season changes were very subtle, I appreciate the big and colorful changes. They seem to keep everyone here looking forward to the next season with anticipation.

The coming of spring also brings around softball, baseball and soccer signups. As a parent, I know just what it is like to have children who are sports-oriented, as well as those who are not into sports. I have also realized that there are seasons of interest in sports that vary for each child, just like their interests in so many other things. While they may love sports this year, next year might be a year of interest in cars or quilts or horses. Be flexible and let them explore THEIR interests. This is their childhood, never to be experienced again. Let them enjoy it.

And now, time for true confessions. I have been at it again – shopping for seeds! I can’t resist picking a few packets when I walk by those colorful displays and see all kinds of colorful flowers, vegetables and fruit, just waiting to be planted. From the local dollar stores to the grocery store and the farmers’ cooperative – I am surrounded with packages of promise, and it is beautiful. I must admit that I do miss the days when the children were small, and things like a Pizza Garden or Green Bean Teepees were so exciting. Check out our Gardens Board on Pinterest for some inspiration. Enjoy these days with your family – they will disappear before you know it.

With the approach of the season where we observe the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and celebrate His victory over death, consider this a season of thanksgiving for the eternal gift of HOPE from the Creator. Share your thanksgiving with you family and friends and complete strangers. We are blessed, indeed.


Amanda B.
P.S. - I'm at the Southeast Homeschool Convention in Greenville, SC -  3/22 -  3/24, stop in and say hello!  It is always great fun to meet so many of you. From hearing about your own unit study adventures, to listening to stories about your children, it reminds me of a family reunion – listening, talking, sharing, and bragging, of course. You all inspire my creativity with your stories and trials. Thanks so much for taking the time to share and care.

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