Bright yellow daffodils and the white blossoms on pear trees continue to decorate this late winter landscape.
Gerald and I have both had our first cold that we have had in a year or two, but we cannot blame it on the weather. This has been an unusually warm winter
here in Southern Illinois, and I have kept expecting it to change.Yesterday's rainy weather while I was out and about doing errands after I had a semi-annual check up with the heart doctor made me think of April--not winter. Last night's wind storm did some slight damages here, but nothing
like the tornadoes a few days ago over at Elkville and elsewhere.
Other areas have not escaped winter.
After Gerald's sister Ernestine and husband Don stayed around for
some final family visits here before they left our warm
weather and headed back to Wyoming, they were dreading the snow and
ice-covered roads between here and there. They made it back safely,
and we were grateful. Last Sunday, I noticed our son was wearing a
coat at the softball game down at Texas A&M while we were still
able to opt out of jackets.
I just hope we do not have one of our
March blizzards this weekend when family is coming up from Texas and
Tennessee for granddaughter Erin and Josh's baby shower. Preparing for the new
baby girl coming into our family's lives has been such a joy during
our season of sorrow. First the dining room table and then the bed
in the guest bedroom has been covered with sweet frilly clothes and
girly gift bags, and now I have to get that room back in operation
before company starts arriving for this weekend's party.
baby girl in our immediate family when out granddaughter Cecelie was
born—and she is a senior in high school this year! We have
delighted in our three great grandsons since then, but we are definitely ready
to welcome a little girl into the mix.
Erin's sister Tara has suggested
instead of using a card with our gift that we inscribe a children's
book—one we already have and cherish or one we choose just for
Caroline Marie, That has been a fun idea. (I have been concerned
when I realized how much cards cost these days. I loved the gorgeous
cards given us for our anniversary party, but was shocked when I
realized how expensive they were. They have been re-read more than
once and are carefully stowed away for future enjoyment.) With cards
costing more than some books, Tara's idea is an excellent one. I can
just imagine how much pleasure Josh and Erin will have reading to
their little girl.
Regardless of whether spring weather
stays or not, our hearts are warmed that we have a new birth coming
up to celebrate.
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