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Sunday Check In

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(yes, that’s my child with a toilet plunger on top of his head.)

I’ve abandoned my blog! These last few weeks have been really hard for me in a lot of ways. It’s been a total jungle in my home since my two year old learned to open doors. He’s a slippery little sucker who decided that sleeping in his room was for the birds, so there have been some nights that I’ve slept less than 2 hours. It’s gotten better, but it hasn’t helped my innate laziness at all. I’ve barely read, haven’t journaled, and have fallen off of the budget wagon. On top of it all, I cut the bottom of my foot really badly on Friday morning (I’ll spare you the gruesome details), so I’ve been hobbling around since then and have barely made a dent in all of my weekend chores. Thank goodness for my crazy boys who’ve kept me laughing and staying positive. But the truth is, basically all of my goals have been briefly abandoned! I’m just trying to remember that tomorrow is a new day and I’m looking forward to getting back on track.

I have several blog posts started but frozen in their tracks. I haven’t forgotten about my Abundance posts – I have one almost totally written! Actually pushing publish and putting those out into the world has been the challenge for me. And I owe my pen pal a letter, which I’ve been putting off because I just have no energy! I’m hoping to get that into the mail this week.

But last Sunday was my birthday and this bouquet of spring tulips is still looking great and I’m so thankful for the beauty of nature lighting up my home:

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I’ve been dreaming about springtime and thinking about my summer garden. We had a warm spree last week and had a bit of melting around my crocus patch, but we’ve gotten a bunch of snow and freezing rain today to cover it right back up (this picture is from earlier in the week, all of the melted space is gone now!). One step forward, two steps back. But spring is on its way no matter what! The days are definitely getting longer and our hens are starting to lay again – another sure sign that spring is near.

IMG_2156My husband has been on vacation this week, so we’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics together. I’ve been knitting a lot while in front of the television, which I’m loving. This is my Flamingo Flavor shawl that I’ve been working on for quite a while. It’s been saving my soul, I think. It’s allowed me to feel like I’m moving forward on something when I’ve stalled on so many other projects.

The abundance post that I’m writing right now is about my love of knitting and the push/pulls I feel about it, so I won’t say too much about my conflicted feelings now. But I’m loving the smell of this project (which has now become the smell of my lotion, which is Beautiful Day from Bath and Body Works), the steady and repeating rhythm of my needles as I work on the short row borders, and feeling the sproingy wool between my fingers. Between this project and the current weather, it’s all so hygge that I could die.

So while the last few weeks have been some of the hardest that I’ve had in a long time, they have also been so good. I am so lucky to have my friends and family help me get through these difficult times. We’ve been eating some delicious food, dreaming big dreams, and growing a family to be proud of. What a week! What a life!

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