As of Friday afternoon, we are officially on Spring Break around here! We got off to a great start by snagging an afternoon spot at the pool for Peter and the girls – the first time back in about a year. Peter and I also made some time on the weekend for some thrift store shopping, another thing we haven’t done much in the past year. Our little downtown has two thrift stores and the best one always has a line-up outside these days and a sign out front asking shoppers to limit their time to 15 minutes. I made the most of my 15 minutes and snagged some great finds.
I even got some time at the library by myself and these were the 3 books I left with.
Last year’s Spring Break marked the real beginning of lockdown for us. Peter began his two weeks off not knowing when or if he would go back to work. We cancelled our trips to Harrison and Whistler and spent the time hiking and playing in the backyard. This picture of Rose at a Tim Horton’s was taken March 7, 2020:
We had just come from a busy fair and stopped for doughnuts at Tim Hortons before heading home. We’re inside a restaurant! I’m letting my child eat off the table! I didn’t even own hand sanitizer. How times have changed… It’s also now been a year since our family has been in a physical church building, something that would have once seemed unthinkable to me.
Spring Break also means the return of Peter’s classroom fish. The girls were very excited to welcome them back for the next two weeks.
Pearl’s class had a Fancy Day this week and of course Rose had to dress up too.
I came across this quote this week, from a liturgical collection called Every Moment Holy:
When I look again at that loss, I see You in the deepest gloom of it, weeping with me, even as I hear You whispering that this is not the end, but only the still grey of the dawn before the world begins.from “A Liturgy for the Anniversary of a Loss”
March 10th marks the anniversary both of the due date of the baby boy that we lost and the day that I was diagnosed with a congenital uterine deformity and told that bringing a pregnancy to full-term might not be so simple for me. This year that date passed me by in the midst of recalling all the things that have changed since the beginning of 2020 but I came across this quote and thought, Yes, that is what it is to look back on grief. That is what God was telling me as far back as 2014 and though March 10th is a sad day it is also a day to celebrate what I have been given.
A few others from the week…