Pieces of Me

Friday, April 2, 2010

Reasons I Love Spring

1.  The warmer temperatures – I love that it’s so nice outside that my kids want to be out in it.  All day.  They are running off extra energy,  taking in fresh air (even with the allergens), and staying away from the TV.  It’s nice that I can just put the radio on, and they completely forget that we even have TV.  I also love that Cayden will randomly turn the TV off and say, “TV for the day is over.  Let’s go play outside!”  In fact, even on this super windy morning, with the threat of rain, they are already outside!
2.  It’s cool enough to open up the house.  In spite of our families horrific allergies, I just cannot NOT open the house up.  The breeze keeps the house cool without needing air conditioner, and the fresh air helps air out the stuffiness that takes place during the night/day while we’re sleeping/out.  It’s been a Zyrtec every day Spring already, but just having the house open gives me a different outlook on life.  It’s like I am experiencing the outside without having to be out there.  I can still do daily chores without missing the beautiful weather.
3.  The wildflowers.  At least this year they are AMAZING.  I just can’t get over them. 
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We did one round of photos in the bluebonnets already, but this weekend, we are planning our next round.  This time, we will get photos of the whole family.  I’m very excited!!
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4.  Daylight Savings Time – As much as I HATE adjusting to the time change, I absolutely LOVE it.  I love having more daylight in the evenings – gives me time to do things like go running in the evening.  The temperatures are just cool enough that I can head out for a run with Buster and not worry about it getting dark on me.
5.  Everyone just seems happier this time of year.  It’s kinda like Christmas all over again.
6.  Easter – my favorite holiday of the year.  The time where we remember Jesus death and sacrifice and celebrate in His resurrection!  He is Risen.  He is Risen, indeed.  Hallelujah!
In preschool we talk about how Springtime is a time for many wonderful changes in our world.  Trees blossoming, flowers blooming, the world just seems to come alive.  It is during this time when I remember why I love Springtime so much.   And it’s not just because of the 6 things I mentioned above.  It’s really neat to watch my children react to the springtime.  Hannah gets excited just seeing a simple flower in our yard.  We happen to have bluebonnets springing up in our side yard.  She is sooo excited.  I have to mention that I am, too.
Cayden just loves seeing all the insects and animals.  We’ve made a home for earthworms and pill bugs.  We’ve made bird feeders for those birds (and squirrels). 
What’s really amazing though is to see my kids make the connection between Springtime and Easter/Jesus.  I know they don’t fully understand it all, but Cayden has told me this week, “It is (S)pring.  (S)pring means that new life is coming.  New birds, new bugs, and even Jesus.  He is Risen!!  I am so (ex)cited about Jesus!  He loves us so much to die on the cross and then become alive  again!”
I am sure that he doesn’t get the full concept behind everything he tells me, but the fact that he is becoming aware of it just makes my heart smile.
Hannah on the other hand, knows what death is and knows that Jesus came alive again on Easter.  She knows that because of what he did for us, we will go to heaven.  And she knows to tell others of His love.  And to not only tell them, but also love them. 
First I leave you with my favorite Lenten Hymn.  The words are just amazing.
My Song is Love Unknown
My song is love unknown,
My Savior’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake
My Lord should take, frail flesh and die?
He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
The longed for Christ would know:
But O! my Friend, my Friend indeed,
Who at my need His life did spend.
Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King:
Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
And for His death they thirst and cry.
Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
He gave the blind their sight,
Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
Themselves displease, and ’gainst Him rise.
They rise and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they saved,
The Prince of life they slay,
Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
That He His foes from thence might free.
In life, no house, no home
My Lord on earth might have;
In death no friendly tomb
But what a stranger gave.
What may I say? Heav’n was His home;
But mine the tomb wherein He lay.
Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King!
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.
My favorite Easter hymns come to mind and so I leave you with them:
At the Lamb’s High Feast – this has always been a favorite since college. 
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
Praise to our victorious king,
Who has washed us in the tide
Flowing from his pierced side.
Alleluia!
Easter triumph, Easter joy!
This alone can sin destroy;
From sin’s power, Lord, set us free,
Newborn souls in you to be.
Alleluia!
I Know My Redeemer Lives
I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.
He lives, all glory to His Name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
I know that my Redeemer lives!

1 comments:

Traci said...

Spring is definitely much-needed after winter! I love summer the most, but the nice temps of spring are perfect for having the house open. Zyrtec is our friend as well ... sometimes twice/day!

Enjoy your springy weekend!