Monday is the first day of Spring…Finally! We are not going to be sad seeing Winter go. I can definitely start to see its appearance despite the crazy snow storm we had last week. Yesterday, Jason and I ran a few errands and got caught up on paper work and other things around the house. As we sat at the table, we could hear the pitter patter of rain hitting our metal roof. I glanced outside to see the left over snow nearly melted away and the lilies popping up through the mulch around our flag pole. In the distance, you could see the crows pecking the ground out in the field below our home and a few other birds chirping form tree branches all around. A new season is slowing making its way here and the old season is melting away… literally. We all go through season in life, and some are happy, while others are sad but there is a season for everything (Eccelesiates 3:1-8). During these season, Jason and I have noticed in each one we seem to learn a new lesson or we get a pop-quiz on an old lesson to make sure we remember it. It never fails though that when we look back we see where we’ve grown, what we’ve done and what we will do the next time.
An example of the seasons teaching us a lesson from last year comes to mind. In mid-April, we planted our garden after preparing it with the help of our neighbors and family and friends. It was the 1st garden we planted at our new home, so we were so excited to get everything in the ground! We were so excited in fact that we planted six 40-foot rows of green beans on the same day. Proud of what all we accomplished that day, we went to bed and time passed… Weeks later, we had 6 FULL rows of Green Beans. There were more green beans than we could process honestly. We canned as much as we could and gave away as much as we could, but there was still some we did not make it to. In our haste to get everything planted, we forgot to think about all of the work that has to happen after you harvest the crop. We literally got in too deep, too quickly. The lesson we learned: Take your time, and plant the garden a row at a time so that you don’t get overwhelmed later.
The lesson we learned last year can be applied to so many areas in life. Now that Spring is here, it’s time to get the shed cleaned out, organize the cabinets, closets and drawers and just generally get everything back in working order before the warm weather gets here. It can seem overwhelming if you try to tackle it all at once. Slow down, make a list of everything you need to do (this is what we do because until we write it down it seems a lot larger than it actually is) and try to do one or two things every evening. It may take a couple of evenings to knock some things off the list, but that’s ok. Spring isn’t quite here yet, and it’s still going to be another month (at least here in Appalachia) before we pack the coats away. Don’t try to get everything cleaned and organized at once, because you don’t need that stress and the odds of you saying “Forget It!” go way up! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing some entries and videos to help with your Spring Cleaning this year as we get our home ready for warm weather!