Showing posts with label BOYS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BOYS. Show all posts

November 12, 2012

How Faith and Motherhood are like obstacle courses {and when Mom gets a migraine}

This past Friday, my boys and I went to our homeschool co-op group get together. We had really been looking forward to this particular one because it was Obstacle Course Day. It was each family's job to create a portion of the obstacle course. We talked about it all week and in the end, decided to we'd do the "balloon waddle". Now, for anyone who has not heard of this, all you do is blow up a balloon, stick it between your knees and waddle away without dropping it. It's an old 4th of July Family Olympics favorite of ours and is hysterical to watch. 

Once we arrived and the course was set up, we prayed and had a short lesson centered around the parallel of our faith being much like an obstacle course. It takes patience and perseverance. Some of it will be challenging and sometimes there are setbacks. But the testing of our faith builds endurance and it takes endurance to finish and get to the end. And one thing we can know for sure, there's a great reward at the finish line...Jesus.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
-James 1:2-4
I thought this was such a great lesson for all of us and a great reminder to me that Motherhood is included in this parallel. Raising, loving, teaching and caring for our children takes many years...a lifetime of years. As much as we'd like for our kids to "grow up" in certain areas or learn how to do certain things in our timing, it doesn't work like that. Just as the maturing of our faith takes time, so does the maturing of a child and his or her own faith.


So often, I catch myself thinking we should be past "this" by now or there are days when I wonder, "Why can't my boys just be kinder to each other? or Are they ever going to learn to clean up after themselves without my prompting?". You know the questions I'm talking about. As moms, we spend so much time teaching and training, modeling and even pleading with our kids to LEARN and MATURE.

Yes, Motherhood is like an obstacle course which takes much faith and endurance!

So, when my boys had completed their course four times, I decided we needed to leave immediately. Let me back up...that morning, I had woken up with another migraine. I wasn't all that sure it wasn't something more, but did know for sure my head was throbbing, and feeling like it would explode any minute, especially behind my right eye. I almost cancelled our outing, but hoped the fresh air might help alleviate the pain and nausea. It didn't.

So, with four very unhappy boys (some crying) loaded up in the truck, we headed home. Their friends were still playing and probably had another hour or more left before they, too, would be leaving. My guys felt cheated. I felt terrible for making them leave so abruptly, without even saying goodbye to their friends, but I was just too sick to stay another minute. They soon realized just how sick I was when I had to pull over at a nearby park as the nausea consumed me entirely. As I got back in the truck, red faced, tears streaming, there was silence. Now there were four tender-hearted sympathetic faces starring at me. I reassured them all I'd be okay once we got home.

With my window rolled down, I took deep breaths all the way home. I was shaking. The pain in my head was awful. I just wanted to crawl under a blanket in a dark and quiet room and shut my eyes. I prayed for help for the hours ahead, as on any "normal" day...peace and quiet don't typically define our days. And that is exactly what I needed most.

We pulled into the driveway. Finally. My oldest son who is eight, jumped out of the car, grabbing backpacks, water bottles, coats and then my keys. I was moving slowly. He ran to the door, unlocked it and ran inside. My other boys followed closely behind him. As I walked in, there was a silent flurry of motion. No one was speaking. They just KNEW what to do, how to take care of their mom when she gets a migraine. There was never a question or a beat skipped. My oldest two ( 6 & 8) made a bed on the couch for me with my favorite quilt, my pillow and heating pad for my head. Then they brought me a bowl, just in case, and water. And they didn't just hand me the water. They carefully let me sip it, taking turns to put it back on the table so it wouldn't spill.

Then they worked together to warm up milk for our youngest and put him down for a nap. Amazing! Truly amazing....a gift. And for the next three hours, there was silence. They played with their four year old brother in the play room, checking on me every half hour or so.

I couldn't believe it. And yet....I could. They didn't learn how to work together or take care of their mom or even learn how to be quiet when needed, overnight. No, these things took time. And often, their teacher gets frustrated and sometimes impatient, even ungracious with these boys....these sweet boys who are still so very young. God doesn't get this way with us though. I'm so thankful for His patient and gracious ways.


And on this day, God showed me that everything we're doing....all this hard work? Motherhood? It's like an obstacle course. He honors our every effort. He sees it all and knows our hearts. Every second of this high calling is worth it. So on those days when your house is a mess and it feels like your wheels are spinning or there's constant sibling rivalry going on and you can't get your youngest down for a nap....just pray and keep going. This is not a race. All of these days work together to build endurance and character in us and our children.

I was so thankful for the gift of love and care in action my boys gave to me on this day. And I am thankful also for the gift of being able to see the fruit of my labor (and God's) in the hearts of my sons.

September 2, 2012

The adventure of engaging our children {in search of Bigfoot}


"Mom, I think this is a Bigfoot track."

"Really?", I said...with absolute seriousness and curiosity.

"Yes, look at the size of that track!", my oldest son said as he carefully placed his 8 year old boy foot inside that ginormous mud crater.

"Look at all these clues!" my other boys chimed in.


And so it went...a trek through our favorite park searching for clues that Bigfoot could have graced the paths of this place so close to our home.

Excitement grew and imaginations went wild with each new discovery of something found that made this giant creature a possibility. And as I listened and watched our boys completely letting go of all things tangible and embracing what might be possible, I beamed. This was childhood at its finest...jumping headlong into a world of things that many grown ups have long since forgotten...the magic of just being a kid!


Often, I am so tied to my to-do lists that I forget to stop and join them their worlds for a little while. How often do I expect them to rise up and meet me where I'm at? Sadly, probably more often than I meet them. As moms, I think we get so caught up in the day to day tasks and logistics of raising our kids, that we forget...those to-do lists that we think are calling our names....they're not. It's our own voice we hear...the one telling us that in order to be a "good mom and wife" we must meet some level of perfection we've painted in our own minds.


So, on this day, our Bigfoot Adventure Day, I allowed myself to get swept right up into the magic and wonder of something that we are still talking about days later. This was one of those moments I am so thankful I traded my time spent checking email, Facebook and Twitter for. I put aside the temptation to pull out my iPhone and instead embarked on an adventure WITH my boys.

As I did so, I saw four other moms sitting while their kids played on the play equipment and they sat, head down, with phone in hand "checking in" with the world instead of checking in with their kids. How many times have I also done the very same thing? These are weary moms, just needing a break. It's not easy and sometimes checking out for a while is okay. But every once in a while we need to resist that pull to fade out so that we can actually live the adventure God calls us to, fully awake and present. Dare I say, the every-once-in-a-whiles need to happen more often.

I think they do.

I must say it was exhilarating to be a part of such joy that day....a breath of fresh air that filled my heart with thankfulness to hear their laughter while indulging their every whim as we searched for clues of Bigfoot.


Just the night before, I had prayed that God would show me how to be more present with our boys. That morning, God revealed to me for the twelve-thousand-four-hundred-and-twenty-seventh time how important it is to step away from the sweet demands that cause this mama's heart to feel like there is a never-ending to-do list of chores and have-to's and need-to's. God wants us to gain some real perspective, to remember our purposes and high calling, the ministry right in front of us. But in a world filled with mountains of laundry and dishes, making meals, work and running errands, homeschooling and yes, even social media...it's easy to lose sight of that ministry if the tasks are all we're focused on.

I'm thankful He reminded me of my own sweet desires and that those desires are also His desires....I am the mom. So are you! And yes, that means there are constant demands and things that vie for our time and attention...but the next time I hear my kids say, "Mom, I think that's a Bigfoot track", I want to be able to hear what they're really saying......which is, "Mom, I need and want you to spend time WITH me in my world...let's go on an adventure together!"

It is possible to gain a better perspective right in the midst of where you're at. God is big like that and can show us Truth even when it feels like we're consumed and overwhelmed with the busyness (and chaos) of each day. We just have to say yes to the adventure a little more often.

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July 19, 2012

Boy Mom BlogHop 2012

I want to welcome you to House of the Rising Sons! 
If you are one of my faithful readers, I want to thank you for continuing to bless me. Welcome back!! And if this is your first time here, so glad you stopped by and I hope you'll stick around for a bit.So nice to meet you here.

One of my very favorite online "hang-outs" is the M.O.B Society. If you aren't familiar with them, it's an amazing community for Moms of Boys, by Moms of Boys. Being a mom of four sweet boys myself, I'm so thankful for a community like this, a place where I feel completely at home and understood. Often I read a post by another writer there and I could swear that she must have been a fly on the wall in my home that day. Every encouraging, hope-filled, honest and real word I read there touches my heart in some way and helps me remember that I am never alone in this journey.

I'm really excited because the MOB Society is hosting a BlogHop again this year. Each day this week I've enjoyed getting to know other moms of boys and am so thankful for each one them.



About Me
My name is Megan. My awesome husband and I have been married for almost 17 years. We have 4 incredible boys, ages 2, 4, 6 and 8 who keep us very active and enjoying life. We're a homeschooling family and are so thankful for the path that our Heavenly Father is leading us on. It's full of twists and turns, rolling hills, and even some sharp corners and switchbacks...but every step of the way is one step closer to Him and reveals His faithfulness to us. He has blessed us with these 4 amazing boys....We adore them.



What is House of the Rising Sons About?
I began writing here 5 years ago when our oldest son was only 3. Over the years this blog has evolved as has my writing and it's content. God has stretched me, encouraged me and led me on a journey toward heart change. When I first began writing about our family adventures, it was mostly in journal style...a way for me to document our life with pictures and stories and update our family and friends about our boys. But over time, God has revealed more of his plan for this blog and has turned it into a ministry of sorts. I am continually humbled and grateful for all that He is doing in my life. My prayer is that this blog will only serve to glorify and honor Him. It's so easy to start out with good intentions and get lost along the way if I'm not seeking Him first. So first and foremost, this site is meant to serve God by serving others.

Here you will find me writing about raising BOYS (of course), homeschooling, family life, my faith, prayer, making Jesus famous to our boys, motherhood and American Sign Language. There are so many amazing women I have met online who have blessed my life with their stories, their testimonies, their raw truth and their friendship. The real life stuff that happens when no one else is looking...those are the moments that speak to my heart and lead me to write because those are the moments that other moms have shared that have blessed my heart so much.

 A Few Areas of Interest {and passions of my own}

                                                        
I am SO excited for a new 3 Day series I am writing called 3 Days of Heart Preparation for Homeschooling. I would love to have you join us as we seek our God together for changed hearts.

                                            
I recently hosted a 7 Days of Hope for the Weary {BOY} Mom series here, based on the amazing book above by Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker. The entire experience was such a blessing to me and I hope it will continue to bless others as well. 

                                                         Unit Study Planner
Recently, I put together a DIY Homeschooling and Blogging Planner. If you are interested in my printables, I'd love to share them with you.

                                                         ASL, teach kids ASL
We are a bilingual family because our 6 year old son was born with a rare syndrome called Pfeiffer Syndrome along with a severe hearing loss. So we have learned and use American Sign Language...and I LOVE to show others how beneficial and fun it is to teach to all kids of all abilities. Our story and more info can be found here...

Please feel free to look around and drop me a note. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better. And if this is not your first time here, THANK YOU for dropping by. I am so thankful for all of you.

Many blessings to you,
Megan

June 21, 2012

Red Boots


...because red boots without pants on a toddler wearing a diaper is just plain cute. If you know my family at all, you know that our boys LOVE them some boots. They wear them, literally, all year long. Even during the Summer months, we find them wearing their rubber boots outside. They're just easier to slip on, I guess. Plus, in our neck of the woods, it's often wet around here.

But our littlest guys really adores his red boots and wears them all the time...inside, outside, with clothes and without. The years are flying by and I don't ever want to forget what his sweet little legs look like wearing those tiny red boots. It's a beautiful thing...

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June 14, 2012

Guest Post: 7 Days of Hope

On Day 1 of our 7 Days of Hope, we talked about the times when the gentle words just won't come and what weariness looks like in our lives. In response to our Day 1 discussion, my dear friend, Charlotte Rysavy wrote the following post...and I, for one, was so blessed to read such truth and honesty about her weariness. I wanted to share it with you.

Charlotte and her husband have four sweet sons. They are a military family and homeschool their boys. She  is an amazing mom and a great friend. She also moderates the Homeschooling Boys group over at The Homeschool Lounge. I was honored when she asked me to join her as co-moderator several months ago. I love this role that we share together, there. Charlotte knows BOYS and loves her family very much. I just know some of you will be able to relate to what she has to say. I know I do. Thank you, Charlotte, for sharing your heart so openly and honestly here.

Weariness in our home is meltdowns and screaming…mostly by the boys. The sheer volume is enough to send me to my quiet place where I might get a moment of peace…the "chair" in the bathroom.  I had no idea when I started teaching my sons that Mom is a girl and should be given some privacy that I would treasure those few moments so much.  The boys are amazed at how quickly I can get in and out of a public restroom when it takes so long for me to get out of the bathroom at home!  This week is early mornings out of the house each day to attend VBS for three hours.  Last week was early mornings each day as my youngest mastered the potty and had early just-woke-up potty times.  

The boys and this night owl are drained.  But then, this morning, there was a ray of success…

This morning we scurried out of the house on time for VBS.  I was reveling in the successful morning as I gingerly stepped down the stairs to the car already loaded with my boys getting seat buckled.  I climbed into my seat, buckled, and put the key into the ignition…nothing.  I couldn't even turn it.  The anti-theft ignition lock had been triggered.  I saw the steering wheel cranked as far right as it would go (and now locked itself) and I recalled the many questions about the steering wheel that had cropped up the past couple weeks such as how easily it turned and if turning the wheel was different when the car was off.  I immediately knew what had happened.  

My oldest DS had been sent to the car to retrieve a toy for his 2yo brother the previous afternoon.  It had taken him a long time.  That moment sitting in the car with a key that would not turn and watching the clock tick on "now you're late, now you're late, now you're late…" I felt so many emotions -- all negative.  I asked the question I already knew the answer to:  Did he play with the steering wheel while he was in the car yesterday?  

He answered truthfully and I explained the resulting issue briefly before sitting in silence.  He suggested I check the manual to see how to fix the problem.  The manual, which I keep in the glove box, did have the information we needed.  I was able to start the car.  Then, that smug little boy said, "I bet you didn't even think of checking the manual."  I calmly explained that when something frustrates me, sometimes I just need to sit quietly.  I don't need to solve the problem immediately; I don't need to lash out at the person who caused the problem; I just need to take a moment to put it all in perspective.  The perspective today was that this wasn't done maliciously and I love his curious mind (and his honesty).  The perspective today was that VBS would probably start with lots of singing to give those of us with punctuality issues a chance to arrive so the extra five minutes wouldn't matter.  

The concept of sitting quietly to gain perspective before reacting led to further discussion.  I have told him over and over that he must not react in anger; he must look at the circumstances; consider the heart of the perpetrator and his own heart before reacting, but none of it has ever stuck.  Hopefully, not facing the wrath of Mommy for breaking the don't-touch-the-car-controls rule and destroying the bliss of being on time (for once) will help to change his heart.  I had no gentle words for him in my frustration, but, today, I had no harsh words either.  A stepping stone in the training process for us both.

I thought the ray of success was leaving the house on schedule but the Lord knew otherwise and shined a ray of His Light on a minivan full of eyes and ears watching for my response.  Now if I can hold on to that peace and perspective, I might get these four boys raised yet!

June 10, 2012

7 Days of Hope For the Weary Mom of BOYS...and a winner!

Hi sweet moms of boys,

Just checking in with you all to see how you're doing and let you know how excited I am for our 7 Days of Hope to begin for our weary souls. I can't wait! know I sure could use some Hope, and not just a little bit...but a lot.

If you're reading about this event for the first time....and you're a mom of boys who is weary and in need of some HOPE, we would LOVE for you to join us June 12-18 for 7 Days of Hope for the Weary BOY Mom.  More details here.

I am really hoping and praying that this will be a place where we can come together and be honest, transparent and dare I say, even a little vulnerable about where we're at. This time of fellowship, renewal and encouragement will work best if we are willing to take a step of faith and allow ourselves to share our struggles and hearts. God made us to be in relationship with Him and with one another....community! I'm thinking of this as our own Boy Mom Community Group,  where we can come together and build one another up and hope together.

I hope that you'll think of it this way too.

If you don't have your ebook already, be sure to get it. This book really is so good and filled with so much that I think all of us can relate with. Here is the link to my previous post with all the details about this event and how you can obtain your own copy of the book.

Speaking of the book....Lindsay is our winner of the ebook giveaway. I'm thrilled that this will be going to her as she has FOUR boys and is expecting another baby boy later this year!! Isn't that just amazing? You truly are blessed Lindsay and I am so glad you'll be joining us during this time. (I've left you a comment below)

I can't wait to connect with you all here beginning Tuesday, June 12th. I'll post something for you all on that morning and then we can take the day to meet here when you can to engage in discussion. I can't tell you how thankful I am for each and every one of you who has decided to join us. Please know that I am already praying for you and for God's leading during the entire 7 days. I want more than anything for Him to lead as we seek His face for the Hope that we long for.

Blessings to you friends,
Megan
 



June 7, 2012

Teaching You Kids American Sign Language

Part 2 of my of my series on teaching your kids American Sign Language just posted over at The Homeschool Classroom. This is a series that has been on my heart to write for quite some time. And I am honored to be able to share it with you all as it has benefited our family in so many ways and continues to every day.

You'll find  Part 1: Teaching American Sign Language to Children and Part 2: Teaching American Sign Language: 5 Fun Activities  at the Homeschool Classrom, with the third and final part in this series posting sometime in July. I would love to hear from you. If you have any questions or need additional resources...I love to share!

To read more about our signing adventures and how to begin signing with your kids, click the picture below.

ASL, teach kids ASL


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June 5, 2012

7 Days of Hope for the Weary BOY Mom: June 12-18, 2012

Dear fellow boy moms,

I want to welcome you here with open arms as we look forward to a sweet time ahead of us ...a time where moms of boys can come together and connect for 7 Days of Hope...right here, beginning June 12 - June 18.


My name is Megan Spires and I am overjoyed to have the privilege of hosting this event for moms of boys right here on my blog. 7 Days of Hope is based on the ebook, Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, by authors Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker. I can't wait for all of you brave boy moms to join with me in setting our eyes on the One who who created us, who sees where we are, knows the longings of our hearts and our deepest desires to be the moms He created us to be for the sons He so lovingly blessed us with.


Get a copy of your own ebook, Hope For the Weary Mom
You can get it free when you subscribe to the MOB (Mothers of Boys) Society blog, or pay just $.99 for the convenience of having it on your favorite Kindle Reader

One copy of Hope For the Weary Mom ebook to give away
When you let me know in the comments that you are joining us during this event, I'll enter you in our drawing for a free copy of this book. If you also share a bit about yourself  in this same comment, I'll enter your name twice. And if you share this event with other moms via any social media of your choice, and let me know in the same comment...that would make three entries for you. No need to enter three separate comments. We are moms who are limited on time...and weary! Enter by June 9th. The winner will receive their free ebook on June 10th. 

**Giveaway is now closed**
                                                     
Meet here every day from June 12 - June 18. 
It is my prayer that this will be a place where we can encourage one another as we come together and share our challenges and struggles along with the victories and dreams of our hearts...wherever we're at in our journey of mothering our sons. God sees exactly where we're at....and He wants to meet us right in the middle of our mess. We don't need to clean ourselves up first. Jesus' loving grace is evidence of how much He already loves us. There's nothing we can do to change that! Isn't that great news?!

So, if you're feeling weary, and looking for some light in the darkness...a ray of HOPE to fill your heart...this is the place. I am a mom to four very active and adventurous boys who break my heart and fill me with joy all at the same time, every single day. I am weary. And this mom's heart is in need of God's tenderness and loving care...the kind that only He can give when no one else understands what I need.

Can you relate?

What to expect during 7 Days of Hope
During our event, I'll be posting something everyday relating to each one of the 7 chapters in the Hope for the Weary Mom ebook along with a question for all of us to consider and talk about. If you have the ebook, and would like to write your own posts, (or even if you don't) I encourage you to share your hearts on your blogs and link up here anytime during those 7 days. And I would love for all of us to engage as much as possible in fellowship and discussion within the comments here during this event as well.

I pray that you'll join me and other boy moms right here beginning June 12th for 7 Days of Hope For the Weary Boy Mom. I'd love to know you're joining us. You can do this by letting me know in the comments below or linking your blog up to this post. 

Also, be sure to "follow" this blog, House of the Rising Sons, by email, RSS, Facebook and/or Twitter so you don't miss a thing during our event.

I can't wait to see how God is going to show up and work right in the midst of our mess during these 7 sweet days. Will you meet us here for this event? I am already praying for those of you who will take a leap of faith to join us.

Blessings to each one of you brave and lovely boy moms!
Megan

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May 24, 2012

Joy at the Park

Just thankful for days like this....









April 28, 2012

21 Days of Prayer for Sons...Join Us 5/1


Last year I was blessed to be able to participate in a 21 day prayer challenge that changed my heart and the way that I would pray for the hearts of my sons for the rest of my life. This year, that challenge has come around again, so my friend and co-moderator partner over at Homeschooling Boys group at the The Homeschool Lounge, decided to throw a prayer challenge event together and host it there. Charlotte is also a boy mom of four, like me. She loves Jesus and loves encouraging other moms to share their faith with their kids. We have so much in common and I truly enjoy her friendship. We are so excited to begin this challenge. Here are the details!!!
 

Calling all Moms of Boys!

21 Days of Prayer for Sons is being hosted on The Homeschool Lounge within the Homeschooling Boys group!

Based on Brooke McGlothlin's book Warrior Prayers:  Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most, we will be hosting discussions for 21 days starting May 1.

Brooke McGlothlin's eBook will encourage, uplift, and guide you in praying more intentionally and specifically in the areas that matter most for your sons.  We will be reminded of how fearfully and wonderfully made our sons truly are.  They were created by God for a purpose. After all, we are raising men.  Praying for them is the most important thing we, as moms, can do for our sons.

Visit our 21 Days of Prayer  for Sons invitation and info page today to get information on how to RSVP to this event.  If you haven't already, sign up to be notified when new discussions are added to the group so you can keep up with new entries for the 21 days.

We hope and pray that you will join us for this prayer challenge.

Megan & Charlotte
Co-Moderators, Homeschooling Boys


April 10, 2012

Happy National Sibling Day! {brothers day around here!}

Around here, it feels like it's always National Sibling Day because we are constantly working on our sibling relationships. With four boys, there's lots to work on. But today, we are celebrating by spending the day being thankful for each other. We aren't really doing anything out of the ordinary, but I'm trying to be more specific in pointing out ways each of them can love and honor one another.

brothers, siblings, love eachother,



How are you celebrating National Sibling Day? 
How do you deal with Sibling Rivalry? Here's how we work our way through sibling conflicts and character training.

April 6, 2012

God is like brown sugar


We often have hot oatmeal for breakfast. It's top priority to make sure and add just enough (but not too much) brown sugar to sweeten it. I used to just sprinkle it on top until I realized that one of our boys was just eating the top layer of his breakfast. Needless to say, I began stirring in our brown sugar.

When I placed a bowl of oatmeal in from of said son that next day, his immediate response was, "Mom, you forgot the brown sugar."

"Nope, buddy, it's mixed in."

"But, I don't see it," he said.

"Taste it...I promise, it's in there," I said.

This is when our oldest (only seven at the time) jumped in and said something so profound...

"It's like God. You can't see Him, but you know He's there because you can taste the sweetness."

That is EXACTLY how God is. This illustration has stayed with me as a reminder that even though we can't see Him with our eyes, we know He is there because of His ever present sweetness. I am so encouraged and thankful by how our Father pursues the hearts of His children.

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March 20, 2012

Top 10 Reasons We Love Spring!

Finally, it's Spring. The last 6 months in the Pacific Northwest felt particularly long this year. I'm sure I say that every year. Nonetheless, I'm grateful. For us living in the rainier part of the country, I feel very thankful for a new season filled with hope and newness. Here are my top ten reasons why...

1. My boys love to pick flowers for me and I love it when one of them hands me my first Crocus of the season.



2. The longer daylight hours provide hope and excitement for the longer sunnier days ahead...we get to be outside all the time!



 3. We can take our school work outside once in a while, which also includes a lot of critter gathering...SCIENCE!



4. Our Outdoor Adventure Club happens more regularly. In these wetter parts, sometimes you have to just throw on your technical gear (waterproof everything) and get out in the weather...but I am always thankful when we can shed our layers and let the sun touch our skin.



5. I know it's still pretty wet around here in the Spring, but I'm hopeful. Drier, warmer days are ahead and we are looking forward to playing more often with friends outside.

6. Baseball season begins....



7. On the days that are still cold, but dry, we love to head up to the lake near our house and explore!


8. Spring is the time of year when all of our babies were born, so for us...it's also birthday season!


9. It means cold and flu season are on it's way OUT!!!! With four young kids in our home, it takes forever for and illness to make it's way out of our home. I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

10. Spring cleaning! Need I say more? OK, actually yes...now that there is this strange light that streams through our windows more often, I can see the dust and the dirt everywhere. I also get a sudden urge to purge at this time of year. I love the feeling of organizing the things we want to keep and getting rid of those things we just don't need anymore, but someone else might.

I love having a reason to look back over the last couple years in photos and ponder the many reasons why we love Spring!

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