Grateful For New Beginnings

I think it’s safe to say that spring has finally arrived in Virginia.
We’ve had a long winter….and by winter I mean more than snow. We haven’t had anywhere near as much as people in the northern states. I’m talking about the cold, gloomy weather we’ve endured since October. Seems like we only have maybe 5 warm months out of the year now.
I don’t know about you, but I am over the gorgeous and 70’s one day, grey and 40’s the next. I could feel the warmth and excitement of spring and summer in my bones on those warms days only to have it snatched away on the cold and grey days.

Every spring I attempt to grow something, but this year, I can be content with farmers markets and trying to keep these succulents alive.
Now I just need some pretty pots to transfer them to….any suggestions? I’m looking for something colorful with character.

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The warmth, sunshine, and new blooms make me feel extremely happy. I could do without the thick pollen all over the place, and my eyes often looking like I’ve been crying for days on end, but I’ll gladly take the good with the not so great. Nothing some allergy eye drops and claritin can’t help me with.


What would welcoming spring and new beginnings look like for us without a trip to the beach?

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I can’t think of a better place to relax, enjoy the moment, and let my mind drift to future possibilities.
Plans long in the making and finally starting to fall into place.


Soaking up the sun and watching my children digging their fingers and toes into the sand.


Watching, wondering if he’s looking for the minnows his big sis spotted earlier, or is he daydreaming?

Observing her while she explores.

Being amazed at how much she’s growing and changing.


Telling myself to get on with planning a birthday party for these two. They’re birthdays are only six days apart.


Thinking about how the dynamic of three children can be a little strange at times. They get along very well but it’s not uncommon to find two of them together while the other is adventuring alone.
I’m glad they can be content playing alone.


Thinking back to just six months ago, when I was stressing about what may or may not happen.
When will I learn that everything works out the way it’s supposed to? It all led me to this place I am right now.

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The sun looking like diamonds on the water, amazed at how calming it is, and never getting tired of this view.


Feeling grateful for the life we have, the life I’ve created for us, and excited to see what the rest of this year will look like.

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