A bittersweet spring
With the changing of the seasons, I'm reminded that sorrow and joy can exist alongside each other, and they often do.
As the past few weeks have brought warm, sunny days, and shorts weather, they've also brought snowflakes and jacket weather, sometimes with a stark difference from one day to the next. The promise of spring arrives in tandem with anniversaries of grief for us, as well as grieving alongside friends walking through sorrow.
April snowflakes falling on fresh tulips and magnolia blossoms. Joys of new babies, and mourning the loss of babies. Sweet quality time with my family, and later this week, gathering as a family on Nicholas' side to grieve his grandfather, and celebrate that he is in his eternal home.
The weight and the beauty of it surprise me sometimes, when I quiet my heart enough to actually see it all in one frame.
Sorrow and joy. Clouds and sun. Mourning and rejoicing.
A time for it all, this side of heaven. And as we walk through the days given to us, I want to live in faithfulness and obedience, and hope in Christ, and the anticipation of the day when the dichotomy of sorrow and gladness is no more, for Christ's glory will eclipse it. Hallelujah!
Life lately, early May 2023
It's been awhile since a "life lately" post where I write about all the little bits and pieces of our life. This spring has been a rather cold one, but just this past weekend, we are seeing much warmer temperatures and the weather seems to be catching up with the date on the calendar. As someone who enjoys the colder months, I will say that spring and summer feel a bit magical with kids, and logistically, lots of things just feel easier as the temperatures are more mild.
Gathering and remembering in Ohio
As I mentioned in this recent post, sorrow and joy often intermingle. While my family was visiting recently, we got the news that Nicholas' grandpa passed away.
The transition of winter to spring feels more exciting to me with each passing year. Maybe it's the longer daylight hours, maybe it signifies entering a season of getting outside with more ease, maybe because all that's been tucked away for the winter is emerging, and growth is evident all around.