Monday, April 1, 2013

Welcoming a new season; bidding 'adieu' to those past.


This winter was a tough one. (It was even recorded as one of Germany's darkest on record.) For myself personally, it hasn't be as terrible as it could have been. And as I sat here thinking today I realized that the reason for that was mostly because of the whirlwind of a romance I was lucky to experience from January through March. Because when things were good, they were wonderful. And so I find myself feeling especially thankful today for that season of my life, even though it ended abruptly and with so much hurt. Without those winter adventures and snow-filled kisses, I sincerely have no idea if I would have made it through the long, dark months alone. (I would have probably been long back in the states by this point...)

Even though the pain is excruciating at times; even though it ended; and even though I am still struggling; It was all part of the The Plan. And for the joy and the pain, I am in someways thankful. Grateful for that oh-so-complicated season.

Am I excited about this new season? Oh yes, very much so.
Am I terrified about this new season? Abso-freakin-lutely.

But here we go.


P.S. I hope you had a beautiful Easter. 
I think this quote captures this Easter, for me at least, especially well.


“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” 
― Pope John Paul II


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11 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. Strangely enough, I too had a whirlwind romance starting in January & ending this past month both abruptly and painfully....I share your same sense of a fresh new season, a new beginning in Hope & Joy. Keep you in my prayers!

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    1. Oh girl, that is strange! But know that we'll heal, sometimes soon. And I'll keep you in my prayers, too!

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  2. I love this Pope JP II quote :)

    As for your whirlwind romance, there are people that come into our life just for a season, but all of them teach us something!

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    1. Oh girl, brilliantly said. Some lessons are just harder than others, I suppose. xo

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  3. Romance is a scary thing, and it's hell when it breaks. I try to stay away from it because I'm too fragile.


    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com


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    1. It is scary, but also beautiful. And you know what, I feel like every time I pick my heart back up off the floor, it's become even a little bit stronger. Keep your head up and your heart open, darling! xo

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  4. It's been a tough one in Scotland too, and with the snow still falling it doesn't look like it's ending anytime soon. Sorry about the ending of the whirlwind romance, but I'm sure it's a memory you'll treasure in years to come.

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    1. Oh friend, I am glad we are almost to summer! We are so close--we'll make it! And thank you for the support. xo

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  5. I always love to hear your positive, encouraging take on things. Thanks for sharing, Anna!

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  6. The oil painting is beautiful!
    Loved to read about your winter. That's awesome how you have a positive perspective of everything. Because in the end, the perspective is all that matters. :) I'm greateful.

    Xoxo

    Debora

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  7. So much love to you- I know how awful the heartbreaks can be, but the idea that it is part of The Plan is exactly what kept me going. And at least it made the winter months more bearable :) xx

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