What follows Winter?

Spring of course.

I was reading those exact words in a newsletter I was preparing for a client to go out shortly.  He wrote about the economic times and how some will use the winter to prepare for spring while others will just hibernate and do nothing.

dsc_0118_edited-1His message inspired me and then I remembered what I’d seen when out in the garden earlier today.  A tree that was barren only a week ago and looking dead, now has pink blooms growing on it and small green buds forming.  I remembered thinking ‘it’s not spring yet’.

It’s still the middle of winter!  At least as far as the time of year is concerned. And yet, just in these past 2 or 3 days, although we’ve had rain and wind that has been cold, the temperature has actually been higher than it normally is this time of year.

Have the plants become confused or are they following their normal pattern?  I can’t remember what they looked like this time last year.  And yet there is this promise of spring around the corner.

dsc_0122_edited-1Many of you know the turmoil our family have been through in the past 10 months. Life for us has seemed bleak and wintery, and we have wondered if we would ever smile and enjoy life again.  But God has been good and brought many wonderful and new things into our lives.  And friends have become more dear and much closer to us.  Nothing or no-one will ever replace our beloved Miriam but life does continue even if we haven’t wanted it to.  We’ve been in a winter but now there’s the promise of spring around the corner.

Graham and I enjoyed a wonderful 4 weeks away in Canada and Alaska, away from our normal lives, away from everything that served as reminders and, for awhile, we were allowed to be ourselves again in an anonymous kind of way amongst strangers.

Our eldest daughter is expecting her first baby and we’re going to be grandparents towards the end of the year.

Another daughter has bought a home in the country near her beloved horses and we enjoyed visiting her and sharing in her happiness at her housewarming.

I’ve renewed an old passion (photography) that is becoming a consuming obsession in some ways – it’s given me something to get excited about and want to do constantly.  It’s got me out of the house.

And we’re planning some changes in our lives as well and looking towards what will be our future.

Yes, spring is on its way and while winter is still here, there’s a promise of what is to come and what might be.  We can look ahead again.

Because, as my client said in his newsletter, ‘spring will come inevitably.  It always does and it always has’.

Solomon 2:11-12  See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

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12 Responses to What follows Winter?

  1. Paddy Spruce says:

    This is a beautiful letter, Kathie. It is so full of you. I suspect that we all have a role in inspiring each other. We give when we can and accept when we can’t.
    Warm regards
    Paddy Spruce

  2. Chris says:

    Hi mum!

    Too true a post; love the quote and indeed inspiring/wakes you up!

    New theme looks awesome.

  3. Oh wow, Kathie, the ‘new look’ is indeed, ‘awesome’!

    Really enjoyed this post asit opened-up to me, giving me an insight into your world, while adding real depth to your emotion. The photo’s highlight, while also speaking to the reader.

    Your journal-theme, compliments YOU!

  4. Karlyn says:

    Kathie, your site design looks great. Your photos are lovely too. Love the little pink buds..

  5. I’m so very glad that early spring is coinciding with your personal renewal. As a family, you have been through tremendous loss, but the growing sunshine and warmth reflect the love that has surrounded you. Your happiness will certainly grow when the newest member of your family arrives. Congratulations!

  6. Catrina says:

    So glad spring is blooming for you.
    (Love the blog!)

  7. Love spring and the surprises it brings, esp. when it peeks in early. It’ll be fun to watch what your life blooms into.

  8. Pam Archer says:

    Oh Kathie, I love this new look! How did you do this? I want a cool blog like this one.

    It is so good to hear the hope in your writing again. Surely Spring is coming your way and will be in full bloom again soon.

  9. Kathie says:

    Glad you like it Pam but I can’t take the credit – except for hours and hours of pouring through WP templates, which I’m always doing. I wasn’t even looking for this blog but when I saw this one couldn’t resist it and downloaded it straight away.

  10. Betty Lynch says:


    This is beautiful and I love hearing the encouraging and hope that is back in your voice. You are such a special lady and I’m glad to be able to call you my friend.

    Blessings, Betty

  11. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

    Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672), ‘Meditations Divine and Moral,’ 1655

  12. Living Water says:

    As believers, we can be assured there is always hope for tomorrow even when we are faced with surmounting crises in our lives. Let the sadness of our past be a step forward to the future, to understand and recognize the many blessings God has already given us.

    As we see God as playing a part in the circumstances of our lives, let us completely trust in Him as we begin the process of healing within our hearts and minds to put aside our grief and move forward to get closer with God our Savior.

    Dear Lord, bless the Thomases and draw them close to You, that in all they do, Your joy may fill them deeply through, dwelling within and stirring the hearts to touch and heal the soul, covered with love overflow.

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