When snow falls, nature listens. ~Antoinette van Kleeff
And now, just so I don't look back in the hazy heat of summer and wish I'd appreciated the snow when I had it...
Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I'll toast our bright eyes, my sweetheart fair. ~Minna Thomas Antrim
Winter came down to our home one night Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow, And we, we were children once again. ~Bill Morgan, Jr. (No, that's not my house. Yes, I wish is was. Yes, it would be too small.)
In winter, when the world is simplified, the subtler and humbler beauties can appear to us...Red holly berries, or rose hips on their dry canes...Even a blue jay stands out. The simplicity and starkness of a winter scene bring to our attention creatures we overlook in other seasons. The beauty of such small and humble things is an especially important expression of holiness for us, who are so easily impressed by size and ostentation. ~David Rensberger (No, that's not a blue jay. No, I'm not color blind. I live in Indiana, so I'm representin' with a cardinal.)
When the bold branches Bid farewell to rainbow leaves - Welcome wool sweaters. ~B. Cybrill
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell (No, I don't have a fireplace. Yes, I dearly wish I did. It's a long held dream of mine to get to frequently use a fireplace. Sigh...)
There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout (Quiet stretches? Maybe she doesn't have children. Maybe I should go to the country.)
"I'm not a bit changed--not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME--back here--is just the same." -Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables/
I am married to a strong and handsome Mexican-looking Japanese guy. Our four children are as adorable as all the kids in high school said they would be. I love to sing, play piano, take pictures, read, and be outside (when it's not too hot OR cold). Sometimes I write. I love it when it's quiet. I'm thrilled that God is showing me how to love, obey, and praise Him.