We're well into March now, and perhaps it is purely psychological, but the air feels different to me.
With less than a month to go to my due date, my energy is returning, and I suddenly feel an urgent need to organize the house even more than before! I have already washed and sorted all the baby clothes, and I have even laid out an outfit for either a girl or a boy. (We are expecting a girl, but hey, you never know.) It's nice that we have a collection of newborn clothes and receiving blanekts stored away for either gender, so I don't have to buy anything new for this baby.
Seeing those little clothes sitting there on the change table, I can't wait to meet our new little one.
I've gotten extra organized with homeschooling, so that things won't fall apart when the baby arrives. I have been working hard planning out the reading schedules for the rest of the school year (we use a literature based curriculum), and I have even planned out the booklists for next school year, so I won't have to do this in the summer. Yesterday, I popped into my favourite used book store, Juniper Books, and picked up a stack of children's books for a good price to add into our studies--some Newberry books, a lovely old illustrated book of Bible stories, and a bunch of science books. (I also got myself a really cool old cookbook, but I'm saving that for another post!).
Owen has already read all of these science books over and over. I wish now I had gotten more, they were so cheap. He's just a little sponge and soaks up all the science facts he can. It's so much fun to watch him grow into such an inquisitive little fellow.
Another thing I've done is ordered some herb seeds from Mountain Rose Herbs. I can't wait to get them and start some seedlings in our back window like last year. I'm ready to see some greenery!
It is not only the impending arrival of spring and of a new baby that has put a change in the air around our house. I haven't talked about it much, but we've really been struggling financially lately. And we cannot qualify for government benefits because we own a small business (I guess they figure that makes you wealthy, har har). But earlier this week, just when we were feeling that our situation was truly hopeless and that we might have to just shut down our beloved family business in order to qualify for assistance, a phone call arrived that changed everything. Chris is going to be starting a new job on Monday! After months of looking for employment with no luck, this is wonderful for us. Not only is it a job, but it's with a growing company that we know has excellent benefits, so if he does end up getting hired permanently it could be so good for our family. Please everyone, keep your fingers crossed for us that it works out.
I'm sure we'll get more snow, and spring isn't quite here yet. But today a gentle rain is falling, and I feel content about all the changes that are coming.