Snow Day Love

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My sister-in-law sent me this today and I thought it was such an incredibly cool picture, I needed to share it with you!  A perfectly shaped leaf heart laying gently in the snow!  We have been hit here in Michigan this week with a big snowstorm that left us with two very much appreciated snow days home from work and school.

There is just something about the feeling of anticipation of a snowstorm coming and the possibility of a snow day!  I am a teacher and the workplace atmosphere on Wednesday was nothing short of kids on Christmas Eve as we all discussed the possibility of a snow day!  People checking their messages, waiting for the call-would they call it the day before or wait until the morning?  Peeking out the window watching the snow blow by and seeing the cars creeping by on the road-a sense of excitement mixed with anxiety over the worsening weather conditions.  Parents picking up their kids early from school to get home before the storm worsened. Sneaking a peek at the weather channel on our lunch breaks.  If we knew the night before that school was cancelled -we could turn off our alarms and blissfully sleep in to our heart’s content!  I could hear the whoops and screaming from my desk before I even saw the message!  School was canceled!

We just needed to brave the trip home, as we dreamed of jumping into our pjs and staying in them the whole next day, curled up on the sofa with tea and hot chocolate, catching up on TV shows, reading and watching movies (as a type A person who can’t sit still that long, I have to admit I got all of my laundry done and cleaned the house-not exactly a dreamy snow day but I felt great about getting caught up-since we actually got two snow days!)

So when my sister-in-law sent this picture to me I thought it was a perfect symbol of what a snow day means to those of us in the north!  A small, perfect reward for enduring the long, cold days of winter, a mini-vacation, a chance to be cozy and snuggle with our loved ones!  Snow day love!

I hear there might be another storm brewing for next week!  Is it to early (or greedy) to start dreaming of another snow day?

~Blessings,

Jen

Falling In Love With Autumn

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.  Ecclesiastes 3:1

I have a confession to make, I am a Michigander and I really don’t like the fall season.  So many friends and family (my own Mister included) LOVE fall!  They can’t wait to haul out the hoodies, sweaters, plaid, cozy boots and of course the Michigan/Michigan State gear!  Visits to the pumpkin patch, apple orchard, cider mill, and football games are fall must dos!  Apple crisp, carmel apples, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, gorgeous orange, yellow and red foliage, what is there not to like?

I can’t quite decide why I get a little down in the fall, but I suspect it is because #1-I am a teacher and the long, schedule free days of summer have ended and things are super busy with all of us heading back to school/work.  #2-I know that we have many long, bitter cold months ahead of us.

This year I’m challenging myself to fall in love with autumn.  I realized that even though going back to work/school is busy and somewhat stressful, it is kind of nice for us all to be back on a schedule.  Also, as much as I dread those bitter cold days of winter, I can’t “borrow trouble” and fail to enjoy the splendor of this beautiful season God has given us to enjoy.  Who knows-maybe it will be a mild winter!  Some of the most beautiful weather of the whole year happens in September and October in Michigan.

We have been blessed with some spectacular sunsets this fall and the days and evenings seem to cast a golden glow over everything.  The stars seem to shine a little brighter in the inky sky and  the faint smell of bonfire smoke lingers in the crisp air.  There is a calmness and stillness in the air as the evening darkness settles in earlier each night.  So although autumn might not be my favorite season-I will always prefer the warm weather and spring flowers-I think I am starting to fall in love just a little, with autumn and appreciate it for the unique, and special season it is.  I will try to enjoy each season (even winter) and be on the look out for the wonderful gifts God gives us throughout the year.

How about you?  Do you enjoy autumn? What is your favorite season?

I’m off to enjoy a cinnamon spice tea!  Here are a few photos from this fall!

 

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Photos From my talented sister Jules:

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~Blessings,

Jen

Pure Michigan

Good evening readers!

I’ve been sorting through pictures and thought I would share with you some of my summer wanderings. We live in such a beautiful state. This year I found a couple of new places to explore!

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There you go! A little sampling of our great state!

Peace,

Julie

The Time Is Now

Jules and I have been trying to plan a girls getaway with our Mom for years! We have never been away together, just the three of us, so this summer we finally did it!  Better late than never!  It was everything we hoped it would be, full of shopping, good food, fun and laughs.

It wasn’t easy to get away, with trying to coordinate schedules, childcare, a dog sitter and spending time researching the perfect destination, but it was worth it to see this smile on my Mom’s face!

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That strange man behind us is not a creeper, he is our brother who joined us on one night to celebrate my Mom’s birthday!  We decided on Mackinac Island as our destination.  As “Michiganders”, we have been there many times, but it never gets old and I always seem to see or learn something new each time I go, not to mention the scenery is stunning and the homemade fudge sold all over the island is worth every decadent calorie!

This post is a little photo heavy, but for those readers who have never been to Mackinac Island, I wanted to give you a glimpse of what a neat place it is!

The Mackinac Bridge connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas

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The Grand Hotel

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Arch Rock

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There is a beautiful butterfly garden on the island.

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A little selfie fun on the boat ride to Mackinac Island!

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So blessed!

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I saw a saying recently on-line that said if you are waiting to find the “perfect” time to do something, it will never happen.  There will always be barriers to finding the “perfect” time or a reason why something won’t work.  We waited a lot of years to go on this trip with our Mom and I wish we would have done it long ago.  It was such a special, memorable time and I can’t wait for our next outing!

So if you have been thinking about doing something special with someone you love, whether it be just a girls weekend, a getaway with your Mister or a family vacation, NOW is the time.  We would love to hear about your adventures in the comments below.

~Blessings,

Jen

 

Finding Positives in the Negatives!

Greetings Faithful Followers!

As you know we live in the icy state of Michigan. We seem to have nothing to talk about except how cold it is (oh, trust me, it is cold here!!) Sometimes though we have to look through the negatives (like last Friday’s -34 degree’s) and find some beauty. It’s about finding the positive, even though things look pretty negative. I had my husband take me for a little drive yesterday and I was able to capture some of the beauty of our wonderful Lake Huron. I like hot sun and sand, but places where there is always hot sun and sand….well…it could get boring….but the Lake Huron…it changes with the season, and the sky color and the temperature. And sometimes, it’s most beautiful when it’s frozen! Enjoy a few of the sights I found yesterday! And then go out and find your positive!!

Happy March

Julie

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Hope

For those of you living here in Michigan, I want to offer you hope and a reminder of why we choose to live here!  In my opinion, there is not a more beautiful place than summertime in Michigan.  So hold on, even though it is supposed to snow again tomorrow, summer WILL arrive!  Here are a few of my favorite Michigan destinations.

Sunset at my brother’s cottage.

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Mackinac Island

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Pictured Rocks

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Sunset on the pristine waters of Lake Superior

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My brother’s dog-pure happiness!

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~Blessings,

Jen