1. Spring is coming! This can be witnessed by the fact that our crocuses (spelling?) have already bloomed and the tulips are pushing through the ground. Also, the last bit of snow has melted, finally, and we can actually walk on our front lawn for the first time in months! Seriously, you would think we lived in Antarctica around here.
2. Patrick has been doing a great job keeping our table supplied with fresh flowers. We are anti-Valentine's Day around these parts, but he is good about showering me with flowers a lot of other times during the year. They make me so happy! Below is a picture of the ones I received this weekend.
3. You can see my new blinds that I installed ALL BY MYSELF in the background of this picture. Aren't they trendy!! I love them, and am very proud of myself for using the drill without the assistance of my husband. This was one of my many snowday activities.
4. I also installed new cabinet and drawer pulls in our kitchen on said snowdays. What do you think? (Notice I strategically cropped out the mess on the countertops.
5. I confess that I took 2 weeks off of running. I hadn't been sleeping well and school has been intense. For the first time in months, though, I'm all caught up on schoolwork! Finally. I went running yesterday to get back into the groove and did 2.5 miles. I need to start increasing again so I'm ready for my 4.4 on April 24!
6. My brother came in to visit for my mom's birthday on March 7. We had a great time hanging out and having family dinner. I wish he was around more often. I think my mom and I will be going for a visit over Spring Break.
7. I'm still working on Possession by A.S. Byatt from my booklist. I have also began reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, which, for the record, is not on my list (this will probably put me behind). It is really thought-provoking to read about the food industry in America and how we've deviated so far from our roots of natural, whole-foods, local eating. It makes me want to plant a garden and live off the land like she did with her family! Unfortunately, my thumb is every color shade EXCEPT green, so we have had to look for alternatives. We will be eating a lot from my uncle's garden, who grows more vegetables than he knows what to do with (he tried to help me with my garden the last few years...it was a lost cause) and we have joined a local co-op that has partnered with the Homestead Creamery (we get our milk delivered from a local farm weekly) and will be getting boxes of fresh vegetables and herbs delivered to us weekly from May through October. I also plan to shop more at the farmer's market in town and continue my preserving/canning/freezing efforts that I started last summer. This makes me sounds all crunchy-granola, I know, but food really does taste better this way. ....Wow, this was a long bullet! Sorry for rabbit trail (no pun intended).
8. I stopped my Read Through the Bible in 90 Days, which was my Lent committment. I have this OCD thing I do that when I get off schedule with something and can't do it perfectly, I quit completely. This is part of my sin nature, I realize, and have inspired to pick it back up. I've been going to a class on Sunday nights at our church about seeing Jesus in the Old Testament. God is awesome, and through this class has answered so many questions about what I was reading. It has also encouraged me to start the schedule again. Even if I don't finish "in 90 days" I know this time with the Lord is good for me. And He has told me through this class that this is the scripture He wants me in right now. Funny how He works things together so well.
and 9. Our final update is the impending arrival of our NEW NEPHEW on Wednesday of this week!! My brother-in-law and sister-in-law are expecting their 3rd child! My beautiful and strong sister-in-law has scheduled the C-section for Wednesday; she has had to have C-sections with the other two so she made the decision that it is probably best to go that route again. She is such a wonderful mama of two precious children already. We all cannot wait to hold Baby Herndon in our arms! By the way, they are not telling the name yet. But Patrick and I actually know what it is -hehehe :) They needed someone to run it by, and of course we were willing volunteers! I love secrets. I will post on Wednesday with pictures!!