Spring and Summer Beginnings 2020

Hello all! I hope you’re having a lovely Spring. I’m a little late for just a Spring beginnings so it’ll be combined with Summer and maybe I’ll edit this later if anything changes in a monthish. In these posts I share a few goals or tasks I want to achieve in this certain season. I probably haven’t written one of these in over a year because I took a long hiatus and had very little I wanted to share. Okay jumping in.

  1. Gardening. Last year I skipped making a garden entirely as I just couldn’t handle it with where my head was. But this year I’m doing one again and I have a different set up this year. Cornelia gets to keep the old space as a dirt box and so my garden is split with our upstairs tenants and then additionally I have an apple tree, strawberry plot, and a couple blueberry bushes. My garden is definitely a beginners garden, I have a hard enough time taking care of indoor plants. This year I planted beans, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and broccoli. So far I’ve replanted bean seeds as they didn’t sprout and then will also try my tomatoes again. This just proves that I’m a terrible plant person.
  2. Keeping my phone away, especially around the kids. I want them to have my attention and know that I’m not going to ignore them. This is the time where I’m building the foundation of our future relationship and I want to avoid any cracks in that foundation.
  3. Eating more fruit and vegetables, because I’m terribly unhealthy and I want my children to grow up with good eating habits.
  4. Shopping local. Local and small businesses have all been hit really hard by Covid19, and it’s important to help out our neighbors. Generally, shopping local also includes more ethical manufacturing or harvesting options as well. Lots of businesses have curbside pick up (which is so easy) and the farmers market will be open in a couple weeks.

So there’s 4 things that I’m working on this season, I wanted to keep them simple and achievable. I’ve got an almost 3 yr old and a 2 month old so I can’t be doing anything fancy! If there’s any goals or things you’re working on and want to share with me, leave me a comment!

Does anyone even talk about lent anymore?

What’s the point of Lent if you’re just giving up chocolate for 40 days? Where’s the sacrifice?

To me Lent is about giving up something so you can draw closer to GOD. Cause that’s the point right?

It’s the lead up to Easter. The holiday of the bunnies, right? Well not exactly. It’s the time of year we remember the greatest sacrifice ever made. I think because it happened a rather long time ago it’s impact has been diluted. Someone actually died, for me and I feel like I need that reminder more then once a year to truly appreciate it.

Over the past couple months I’ve made the choice to recede from my community, and as an outlet for general life stuff I’ve turned to shopping. Which I feel has distanced myself even more from wanting to connect with the Lord. Consumerism is a sickness.

This Lent season I want to practice minimal spending and more mindfulness about where our money goes and how I spend my time and reconnect with my community.

I was looking for comfort in material things when I know that’s not where peace comes from. This Lent I’m going to TRY running to the arms of GOD instead. I’m human, I’ll probably trip on the way.