Friday Five: Signs of Spring

Deb writes:

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As spring slowly begins to bring a thaw to those of us in the northern Northern Hemisphere, I have been watching for signs of renewal and rebirth. It is also part of the season of Lent as well. This week, let’s focus on the signs of spring within us and around us!

Share with us:

1. Your favorite spring flower. (Is it blooming yet? If so, share the joy by posting a picture of that loveliness with those of us still waiting!)

I don’t really know so much about the flowers, I just know they’re pretty and I like them. I prefer a mix of colorful wildflowers as opposed to one particular type. Is this good?

2. Your spring cleaning routine. Do you have one? Is there a family memory or tradition around it?

I’m not sure it’s associated with spring because I’m a big purger and I like to get rid of stuff I haven’t looked at/used/touched in a while every few months and I happen to be going through one of them now. Because I work for a big clothing company, I shop a lot and have too many clothes. Therefore, I get rid of a lot. Currently I’ve got about 10 Trader Joe’s bags full of clothes awaiting a trip to the Sojourner Center. Also adding some household items to that load. I’m doing an electronic purge as well, unsubscribing to emails, filing emails, getting rid of old archived things I don’t need, etc.  I don’t actually “clean”, per se. I do clean up after myself but since I LOATHE cleaning, I have my place cleaned every two weeks, because, did I mention? I LOATHE CLEANING.

3. A personal area of growth where you have seen some success lately. It can be personal, physical, spiritual or familial.

I am becoming a grownup. It’s weird. I know – late to the party, but here I am. And I look fabulous! Last week I bought my first new car and now I have to keep it nice and make payments on it. This has brought some more grownup behavior in other areas as well. I kind of like it/am resigned to it, if that makes sense. I’ve never been “afraid” of growing up, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. Always been kind of a procrastinator. But here we are. Adulthood.

Presenting Princess Fiona Anastasia Elantra:

4. When does “spring” usually arrive in your area? Are you holding out for late May? Or are you one of the lucky ones who has already put away her sweaters and mittens?

Kids, Spring started in mid-January here in Phoenix and mercifully we’re still in it. We’re toggling b/t mid- to high 70s & low 80s now but I anticipate triple digits by the end of April. We stay there until October, which, believe me, gets old. But spring is cute while it lasts. This year my big trip is Australia in November, which means I get to experience 2 springs. Looking forward to what’s going to happen there.

5. A verse or set of verses from Scripture that speaks “new growth” to you.

1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.