Well, friends! It’s officially spring, and our weather seems to have gotten the memo! I am feeling hopeful and anticipating all good things.
My mom had a lot of sayings that I heard over and over when I was growing up, and they tend to come back to me at the oddest times. One of those is, “You move in the direction of your most dominant thought…”
That one just popped into my head as I wrote about feeling hopeful and anticipating good things this spring.
I tend to be a glass half empty sort, and I wasn’t very confident as a child. My mom always reminded me that while I can’t necessarily control everything that happens, I can control my own attitude about it, and my attitude can have a profound impact on how I feel about myself and my circumstances.
Over the years, I’ve seen the truth of that play out time and time again.
When I woke up this morning, I opened my email and read a news article that kind of brought me down — in fact, I’m convinced it was intended to do exactly that.
I’ve learned over the past year that there’s a certain cycle to the news. They can’t keep you feeling hopeful for long, it just doesn’t sell. But I read a lot of news sources, and I’m learning to cut through the noise and see the bigger picture.
So this morning, despite the news, or maybe even because of it, I choose to feel hopeful. I choose joy.
Yet, as I say that, I want to make it clear that my hope and joy is not in myself or my own ability to make a good choice today. My ultimate hope is in my Lord and Savior, but today I’m also choosing to feel hopeful in our current circumstances, and I’m praising Him for this beautiful spring day.
In fact, I believe God gives us days like this to give us a renewed sense of hope and joy, despite whatever might be happening in our lives, or the world.
Suffice it to say, I am embracing hope and joy today, and so grateful for this beautiful spring weather! And I hope you can do the same.
In other news, David started a new job this week. It’s nice to see him up and out of the house during the day. It’s not an exciting job, just a part-time retail position, but I hope it gives him a sense of purpose — in addition to his schoolwork, of course.
I can’t believe he will be a senior in college this year. I’m really excited to see what the future holds for him after college. It’s strange to be the parent of a bonafide adult, but I’m also beginning to see how much fun it can be.
Caroline is still working at the trampoline park, and she got a small promotion this week, so I’m really proud of her. Hopefully she can continue to work there during summers and holidays when she’s home from college.
In her “free time” she is teaching herself to sew. She’s already sewn a skirt, and now she’s working on a dress. The kid never ceases to amaze me. Just last fall, she taught herself to knit, and has made herself a cardigan, as well as a few blankets and things.
And Becca is really happy to be back in school 4 days a week. She says she feels like she’s doing better academically, and she likes having a “normal” routine after an entire year of disruption and uncertainty.
She’ll be a sophomore next year, and I’m hoping she gets to enjoy a typical experience for the remainder of her high school career. I can’t wait to see her perform in the marching band when they can do a full routine without masks and social distancing.
So that should get you caught up on the goings-on around here!
I’m headed out for a run — after going on about our spring weather, I just looked at my weather app, and it’s only 34 right now. Yoiks! (It will be 62 by afternoon.) So I guess I will be bundling up once again. I can’t wait until I can go out in a tank top and shorts, but I’m sure those days aren’t too far away.
Have a blessed and relaxing Sunday!