Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring Time in KY - It's a beautiful thing

We found this bird's nest in our yard

The seasons are changing in KY and I believe it's one of the most beautiful times of year. Almost everyday I drive into Lexington on Harrodsburg Road.   I love to see the mares out with their foals, the trees budding,  flowers blooming and the vibrant green grass. What a privilege to live in such a magical place.

Last year Avery and I bought two packets of seeds from Lowes and planted them in pots on my back deck.  We filled our pots with soil,  placed our seeds in and poured some water over them.  I can't tell you how much pleasure I took from checking the seedlings and watching them grow.  Every morning at breakfast I would go out on our deck and water our pots.  Slowly but surely the seeds grew into plants and when they were big enough, I put them out in my front yard and hoped they would continue to grow.

The seasons changed and I actually forgot all about the plants until we had a warm day a few weeks ago.  I went out to the yard and sure enough some of them were coming back to say hello.  It's amazing to think that this time last year that was a small seed in an envelope at Lowes.   It got me thinking about my life and if I had any "seeds" sitting on a shelf that needed to be planted and nurtured.

That is part of why I started blogging.  I enjoy photography and writing but put it aside because I didn't really have an outlet for them.   This seemed the perfect avenue to practice both activities.  I've also been taking sewing lessons which has been a total pleasure.   I'm in the process of sewing a summer dress and have already completed some other sewing projects.

Sometimes relationships are a lot like seeds.  They need to be planted, watered and nurtured.  They take time to grow and sadly some don't grow at all.  As an adult, relationships can be much more difficult to cultivate since our personal time if often dominated by work or family obligations.  Danny and I decided early in life that community is very important to us and we needed to spend time investing in our family and friends.  Over the years we have made relationships a priority and been intentional about connecting with those we consider part of our community; though some relationships ended in disappointment, it has really been a blessing to our family of three.    

So I challenge you to think about the "seeds" in your life.  Be it relationships or a personal interest, what is holding you back from pulling out the planting pot and dumping in your envelope of seeds?  Spring is the perfect time to start something new.