right around the corner

My life as of late has looked a lot like this. Frosty outside, cozy inside. Slow mornings with coffee and my family, my dog sitting in the sun. The christmas cactus bloomed, just a couple months behind schedule. Muffins have been baked. And cards have been embroidered.

I can feel it in the air, though, that winter is almost at an end. It has been the coldest winter since we've lived here. Actually, it is reported to be the coldest winter this town has experienced for 30 years. And it was obvious! So much snow, and so many days where the temperature did not rise into the double digits. It has been hard having a busy toddler who brings his shoes to me at 7.30am demanding "go! go!", desperate to play outside. You just can't explain hypothermia to a one and a half year old, trust me.
I've been swimming in schoolwork lately. Not drowning, mind you, not yet. I've kept my head above water and will attempt to do so as the papers and exams pile up week after week. It is my last semester so I feel hopeful even while occasionally feeling overwhelmed. I just drink a lot of tea and try to stay on task.

Other than that, the weeks are just marching right along. Speaking of weeks, I am currently 25 weeks pregnant, and definitely appearing so. In a way it feels like June is a long way off, in another way, it feels like it is right around the corner. I am excited for our new family member!

It seems my winter fog has been lifting, and I have been feeling more active and more alive. I feel a stirring within me to get outside and get moving. I feel encouraged by the sun that's been showing its face, and intrigued by the crocuses popping up all over the yard.
How are you feeling as winter slowly turns to spring?


natalie said...

this is a beautiful entry, as always, jess. i can feel the winter fog lifting, too. i can not wait for your june bug to come into our lives. finn will be such a great big brother! we will welcome her with loving arms & lots of kisses.
love you!

Lainey Seyler said...

same here (with the fog clearing)! this weekend was finally above freezing in omaha. phew. love the photos, especially your npr and coffee image. you're looking great, too!

Jamie Lee said...

I can't believe how fast your belly has grown! My oh my! I'm super excited about the baby blanket I'm making for Evelyn... you're going to love the colors: light blue, cream, pink and brown. I've been experimenting with different types of crochet.

The embroidered card is incredible... you'll have to show me how you did that when you come down! I miss you so much. Can't wait to see you =) <3 <3 <3