the weather in portland can be moody. especially this time of year.
i know because i've lived here for one year and three days.
and because i can be moody~ so i recognize another like me.

people say that the winter can be rough~ with weeks of no sun breaks.
our first winter seemed mild compared to what i was bracing myself for.

and then february hit. 

it was beautiful.
with glimpses of spring bursting forth.
and my pregnant friend came to visit.

and all i could think about was new life.
and hope.
and redemption.

like new life growing from tired weary soil.
like a neighbor playing their music for the sidewalks to hear.
beauty in all of the unlikely places.

on one glorious day in particular (one of the first of the season), 
a neighbor was walking down the street and we shared our joy over the weather.

and she said something like this:
"days like today make me believe that spring really will come."

and i thought about that. 
a lot.

maybe that is exactly what god is saying to all of us.
as he brings new life forth right before our eyes...
SPRING will come. 
SPRING will come.

i think i heard that today.
and even though it wasn't the most sunny beautiful spring-y easter,
i have hope.

the rains will cease.
death will be dead.
pain will end.
alone will never be again.

we live in a messy world~
and things often aren't the way they are supposed to be.
one day that will change.

i've also been encouraged by reading this:

sorry i didn't put up pictures of plastic eggs and my cute children.
i'm not sure if you all will survive without it. ;)


Jean Joiner said...

our pastor used a quote, "we are easter people living in a good friday world." really stuck with me. i do miss the cute children, but i'll survive.

Dado said...


God's story is all through His creations. Thanks for reminding us to pause and SEE it.

Susie said...

Gorgeous photos! I'm reading, very slowly, Broken Down House by Paul Tripp, which basically conveys the same message.... we live in a world that is broken and needs renovation. Or radical reconstruction!

The pastor we heard yesterday said something that encouraged me as I adjust to being in my 40's: "Your optimal health is not in the past, but in your future!" Amen to that!

Kari said...

Thanks for the post, Katie. I just quoted you. I hope you don't mind. I love how spring reminds us about Christ's renewal of all things that is already and not yet. I have about 25 things in my heart that I would love to order up some instant renewal for...but, as you also said, many times we have to be patient. We must wait for spring and new life to come. And trust.