March Madness in Real Time

So, it’s March again!  Where we live, everyone is snowed in for the second time in the last three weeks.  🙂  If you are anywhere near social media, I’m sure you’ve heard jokes, complaints, anything and everything (including one post I saw blaming the current most popular animated character on the silver screen).  Everybody has their own way of coping when the winter weather throws an icicle into their regularly scheduled lives.

At our house, we got an unexpected day off to spend with Daddy.  He has been working a few extra days lately, so that is very much appreciated (especially for Mommy).  My kids are getting time to just be kids!  No running around and hassling them about what they have to do next.  I was so happy inside when I walked into the kitchen and saw this…

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Just like their Mommy, instead of having a fit about what they can’t do or where they can’t go, my kids would rather just pull out the art supplies, crank up some Mozart, and have an art day.  Paint love!

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Maybe we can all learn a lesson from our kids today while our plans are “frozen”–and find a moment to love, a moment to create, a moment to snuggle, a moment to enjoy.  I know I will.

How about you?  How are you surviving or thriving through the winter weather?  I would love to hear your stories.

Grace to You,

Nicki

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All Things New.

January 1st makes me think of all things new.  Does it you?  I am never in a hurry to take down our Christmas decorations.  They usually come down on the first Saturday in January.  I love that feeling of a home covered in greenery and lights, lovely & shining, a family well fed, nowhere to be, time to spend together to play and enjoy.  And possibilities.

Possibility is knocking at my heart’s door this New Year.  I can’t lie.  I feel like this every single New Year.  I do.  Maybe it is the days of rest to breathe and relax that follow the celebration of the Christ child that makes me look forward to the year yet to come.  I find myself planning the second half of our homeschool year with expectation, looking for ways to make our time special.  It’s so much easier to think ahead when you are not in the midst of the teaching and training, disciplining and correcting.  Everyone is on break and occupied with building sets, games, reading, and just being a kid!

Perhaps I am a kid in my heart when I think about the New Year too.  When we consider the Lord, it makes us want to be the very best version of ourselves, and when January 1st rolls around, I believe that it is truly possible.  The Bible is full of newness, new things, fresh starts that I think we all desperately need!  I don’t know about you, but I’m not happy with all my words or attitudes in 2014.  I think our family’s “fruit” could use a little work.  Our Holy Spirit gardening skills sometimes get a little shabby in the winter!  We definitely need a fresh start!

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, and no matter what the New Year looks like for you, let me encourage you with this Scripture:

“Do not remember the former things,

Nor consider the things of old. 

Behold, I will do a new thing,

Now it shall spring forth;

Shall you not know it? 

I will even make a road in the wilderness

And rivers in the desert.”–Isaiah 43:18-19

Don’t be afraid to wait on God this New Year, and trust that His timing is perfect.  Trust Him enough to lay down the old year and take up all things new.  God has prepared it, and He has a perfect plan for you.