Spring is here!  Not only does the calendar say it, but so does the weather.  For most of us who are in the northern Midwest Spring coming is a great sign.  This year Spring seems to be showing up a little bit earlier than usual.  It was still Winter when we hit 80 degrees.  What that means for the rest of the season and the seasons to follow, I haven’t a clue.  What I do know is that I love Spring!  Next to Fall, Spring is my other favorite season.

It is a season the brings new growth, hope, warmth, and beauty.  Just watching all the green begin to pop everywhere around me is refreshing.  I now have flowers that are getting ready to bloom and my chives are nearly a foot tall already!  But I love it.  As I am writing this post I am sitting on my patio, listening to some of my favorite tunes and soaking up the sun.  I like to feel the warmth of the sun wash over me.  It brings in a sense of calm.

Seeing the plants beginning to push through the newly thawed ground and blooms starting to grow makes me remember.  I remember that we too go through a continual growth and blossom period.  Those plants work hard to push through the dirt, striving to feel the warmth of the sun shine down them.  Through life’s daily stresses, struggles, worries and frustration we need to push through to find our warmth, to find our sunshine.

What brings you warmth?  Where does your sunshine come from?

For me…being outdoors, photography, writing, family, and friends.  Share with me below your favorite season, what it means to you, and where your sunshine comes from

 

Happy New Year!  Today 2012 begins.  With a lot to look forward to in a new year, I want to take a moment to reflect on 2011.  This past year has been a very busy year for us.  It has been filled with firsts, lesson’s learned, travel, big celebrations, and loss.  I have gained a new perspective and met a lot wonderful people.

We had two big celebrations this year.  Raun’s little sister (who is like 22) got married over the Summer.  It has been fun to watch her grow up.  We also celebrated my grandfather’s 95th birthday.  95 years!  Can you believe it?  I can only imagine what it would be like to have been around for the past 95 years.  He has seen a lot of firsts and new things over the years.  I pray that he still has many more birthdays and celebrations to go.  I have learned a lot from my grandfather over the years about family, faith, and values.

This past year we had our first pregnancy.  Something that should bring so much joy and excitement quickly turned when I experienced a miscarriage at 17 weeks.  The result, was a beautiful baby girl who we named Samantha Jean.  She was only here with us a brief while, but her little tiny footprints have left so much behind.  It is because of her I began this website, began to reach out to others in a whole new way, made some new friends and built wonderful relationships, strengthened old relationships, learned a lot about myself and Raun, and began to change the way I look at life overall.

Raun and I have taken the opportunity to travel this past year.  When I say travel, I don’t mean abroad.  We did some weekend getaways to places like Bayfield and Stockholm, WI.  We visited family in both Wisconsin and Missouri.  We enjoyed good travel, great company, of course good food, and many photographic opportunities.

Loosing Samantha has made a lot of changes in my life.  I have begun to fill my life with the things I truly enjoy, to weed out the things that don’t have meaning or interest, step out of my comfort zone, and really put what I value first.  Near the later part of the year I made the big decision to give up my classroom and become a building sub.  It was a tough decision, but it has been one of the best choices I made.  It has brought much needed peace, relief, new opportunities, and rejuvenation.

What will 2012 bring?  I haven’t the slightest clue, but I will continue to hope, plan, and dream.  I hope that we will grow our family.  I plan on continuing to do the things that mean the most to me, spend time with family, connect with friends (perhaps over a cup of coffee), and travel.  I dream to rebuild my photography business and to reach out to others who have experienced a pregnancy loss or infant loss.

This past year I have taken one word with me.  It helped me to get through the tough days, gave me hope, and created a sense of peace.  That word was trust.  2012 brings a new year and a new word, with the help of an Illuminate class I took I decided to make a conscious choice about what word I want to carry me through the new year.  I have been trying to decide between two…strength and believe.  With all that I am hoping for and dreaming for, my word is going to be…believe.  It encompasses so much and with my one word mantra, I will continue to grow and will be able to make it through the year with a strong foundation.  What does 2012 look like for you?  Whatever it may be…I hope your year is filled with relaxation, happiness, laughter, and many blessings.  Happy New Year!  Here’s to a great year!!

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