Another Change of Season

Spring is here! Or so they say. It’s a little hard to be sure when the daffodils bloom one day and then a layer of snow falls on them the next.

However, it is always so wondrous to me to see the first blooms of spring. It seemed that overnight the blossoms on the trees had budded and a patch of daffodils appeared in my neighbor’s backyard. The earth warms up and new life begins as plants of all types awaken from their long winter nap. Every year it is the same; spring always follows winter.And yet it seems like such a surprise to see those first signs of it. I believe that is how God designed it; to help us remember the hope He gives us in what is still to come in times when we may have forgotten His promises.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Just as this fall brought a season of change in my life, so has this spring. It was actually the day before, but it was one of the best lead-ins to it that I could imagine. March 19th was chilly and overcast and it could not decide if it wanted to snow or rain. I know that doesn’t sound like the greatest lead-in to spring…and it wasn’t. But this was: on March 19th, my boyfriend asked me to be his wife.

I knew it was coming. We had talked about marriage. He took me to look at rings a few weeks prior. I overheard him ask my dad if he could call him some time. I even had a pretty sure feeling that he was going to propose that day. All the signs were there.

And yet…when he turned to look at me and whispered, “You ready for this?” right before he dropped to one knee, I couldn’t help but think, Is this really happening? When he asked the question I, of course, said yes, though at that time I couldn’t tell you how he phrased the question (thanks for thinking of having someone film it, my dear). I was happy and stunned all at once. There were many smiles and much laughter and surprisingly no tears (if you know me, that just goes to show how stunned I was). It wasn’t until about 30 minutes later, when he asked me if I liked my ring, that I realized I hadn’t even looked at it. Then he added, “We’re going to get married!” and it all came together. I processed all that had just happened and knew my life was never going to be the same.

If you’ve been with me on this journey from the beginning you know of the heartache I’ve been through. The desires of my heart and the topic of oh so many prayers. And the waiting. All the waiting. And now this prayer has been answered. God has brought into my life a wonderful, God-fearing man. One who is caring and responsible, trustworthy and forgiving. One who makes me laugh more than I ever have before. And soon he will be my husband. And I will be his wife. Words cannot fully describe how amazing this all is to me. And though wedding planning is in full swing, I do not think it’s fully sunk in yet. I don’t think it really will completely until I’m walking down the aisle arm-in-arm with my daddy.

I want to thank you all for your prayers and encouragement over these past few years and appreciate those that continue to do so. Big changes are up ahead; exciting and scary and wonderful. And while the topics of my writing might change, the focus of it won’t. As God is the author and perfecter of my faith I cannot deny His presence in my life, nor the great many blessings He’s bestowed upon me. Stay tuned…our journey is only beginning.

Love & Blessings,

KJ

Spring is in the Air

 It seems to have been an unusually long winter here in New Jersey, but spring has finally sprung! Our last snow was a few weeks ago, so I think we’re safe (but don’t blame me if it snows tomorrow 🙂 ). Weather is starting to get warmer, plants are sprouting, and all is well. It was particular nice last Thursday. As I drove back to the main library from doing storytime at one of the library branches I rolled the windows down. Sun was streaming in and there was this wonderful smell; this earthy, fresh green grass, everything-is-new smell. I couldn’t help but smile as I observed, in awe, all that God has made.

In case you’ve been hermitting away, here are some photos to show you spring is actually here and you can stop hibernating now 🙂

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This is a mystery plant that appeared a couple weeks ago right by my front steps. I do not remember planting anything there and am excited to see what it becomes…fast forward to today…

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Tulips! They have not bloomed yet, but reliable sources (thanks, Kimmy) have confirmed that they are tulips. Still not exactly sure how they got there, though…

Last week we had some strange weather and I woke up to frost/ice on my windshield. It was around plants too which was odd I thought. It reminded me of slushie ice.

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It was a little out of place as the trees were budding and starting to look so pretty.

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Coming home I saw another sure sign of spring and was delighted to get a good shot of him.

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Today was lovely and I didn’t have to go to work until later in the afternoon. I was going to take advantage of the weather and cut my grass…but the lawnmower had other plans. After trying to get it started and having someone else try to get it started, I gave up on that project but thought I should still do something outside. I got some lovely pansies from some friends for Easter, so I planted them!

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Ok, they were a little sad looking, but that was mostly my fault as I got them last Wednesday and hadn’t watered them since…I did give them a good drink once they were planted and when I got home tonight I noticed that a few had already perked up.

In order to plant the pansies I had to clean out all the leaves from my flower beds and was happy to discover this little guy.

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It might not look like much to you, but I was so happy to see it (and a few more!) It’s my tiger lily starting to come up again. With the crazy weather I thought I might have lost them, but they just hadn’t come out of hibernation yet! As I got all the leaves out I came across them, just where they should be. I planted one 3 years ago and last year 3 came up. I’m excited to see how many I’ll have this time around. Perhaps I’ll split them up soon and “spread the wealth” around my yard.

I hope you are all enjoying your spring so far! Be sure to take some time to marvel at this awesome creation, but don’t forget the amazing Creator who deserves all the glory & honor for it all.

Love & Blessings,

KJ