Happy New Year!
So, here we are again.
The holidays are over, and now we venture into the shadowy stretch of January through April (or possibly May or June. Or maybe July.). Have I ever mentioned that when we first found out we were moving from upstate New York to Germany, I thought we were going south on the globe? Shows how bad my general knowledge of geography is. But interestingly, German winters are milder than what we experienced in New York. We’re not dealing with temperatures in the negative 20s are snow up to our necks here, but whatever German winters lack in ferocity, they make up for with time. The cold, dreary, dark days tend to settle in and linger for months, and months, and months. Last year, summer didn’t come until practically August….then we enjoyed a few weeks of hot sun on our skin, all the while dreading the fact that by September we’d basically be back to winter! And this wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but with so many energetic little ones couped up in the house for so long, it gets old fast.
But enough about the weather. Needless to say, God is good and we have a whole lot more to be thankful for than to complain about! And as we steal ourselves for the long, dark deluge of the next several months, I’m looking back at photos from last winter and remembering that it wasn’t all bad. We painted, cooked warm food, drank hot coffee, spent quiet mornings all cozied up on the couch, watched our little surprise baby grow, found out we were having a girl (!), played on the Lego table that Thane built by hand, traveled around a little, and even wrapped up and delivered the first painting commission I’d done in a long while. I won’t go into the month long sicknesses, stomach bugs, first trimester exhaustion, and general deprivation of vitamin D + losing Thane to his frequent work trips, as detailed in this post….but I will say that we are determined to not let the winter blues win this year! I really hope to get out as much as we can, try new things at home (this morning I put birthday sprinkles into pancakes…haha, it’s a start!), and be busy with friends and church. To play more music, light more candles, and stay in the Word, abiding in Christ and keeping our souls anchored to the One who true life and nourishment and joy comes from.
Happy Winter! We’re holding out hope that it will be a good one, after all.