This has been a week of tremendous transition. Some of it was obvious. My wife has worked for Sisters for many years and has grown very close to the sisters that own the business. They have been very kind and generous to us. It was a fantastic place to work and because of their kindness to us we were able to travel on several mission trips and come home to have that job still there. Now we learned that the store will be closing it’s doors. This was a real shock to Lovely. I haven’t seen her cry that much in a long time. They will hold final sales next month and that will be it. It’s not that we won’t still see the sisters or that they won’t be our friends but it’s an end to an era. Remember them in your prayers and remember Lovely please. Other changes aren’t as obvious. We can feel big changes coming. The Bible mentions baptisms…they often involve great struggle and then a breakthrough to something that’s a higher level where God wants us. I can feel this in a big way. This isn’t a feeling that I sometimes have that is a calm before a storm…it’s big change, change is in the wind that I’m convinced will effect us all. I’d say into the hands of God but reality is we never left.
Lovely had a wonderful birthday…I enjoyed it very much as well. Part of her day was about the flowers we got her. I don’t know about you but I love Snap Dragons! Lovely hasn’t been fond of the smell of the blossoming trees around here since her last pregnancy but for me…oh man, it’s the best smell in the world! It’s been dry and record breaking hot. The farmers behind us had a field burning the other day…I admit that I look on these with concern sometimes. My ritual these days has been to start the day off enjoying the sound of Western Meadowlarks and Red Winged Black Birds, catch some grasshoppers and/or crickets for our salamander and soak in the awesome weather and amazing blooms that are everywhere I look. The path to our mailbox is tunneled in small white blossoms that carry a fragrance that can only come from heaven. These glory days of spring…when spring reigns supreme I see a lot of white flowers and of course the standard Daffodils and Tulips but there are other colors of the more delicate variety that catch my attention. This bush is enjoying the weather as much as we are I think…what a delightful cluster of flowers! Sometimes on the mild evenings there can be a sunset that defies what I would think naturally possible! This is a celestial pallet far beyond the norm. Fact is I hate to go inside until the whole spectacle is donebecause just when I think that the best is done something changes that makes it striking in a whole new way! Our little neighborhood is a spec under the Big Sky but I love it so much! I’ve been all over the world and have seldom seen any sky to match these! The new day brings a whole new sky to enjoy. April is all about the march of the clouds and the endless battles between white and blue. Sometimes it looks that blue will win the war once and for all and then the cotton ballmanages to turn the tide and get reinforcements. All in all it’s just another spring day in April here in Montana.