Although the thermometer says just 18 degrees, I am thankful that the sun remembers that it is March 23rd. The sunshine feels magnificent today as we find a little something of this and that to do outside - it is actually not easy as the snow is nearly 4 feet deep now. So I shovel a little more here and there, empty the barn buckets that are filled when we clean out the goat barn each day, and check on all the animals. The children bring the ducks over to the overflow and watch them swim (today they unearthed a frog from the mud and had a treat), throw snowballs, and hang out with the chickens.
While we are all ready for spring, this extended winter has given extra time for handwork and indoor projects. Mike continues to work on the siding in the living room. I am finishing up with painting the girls' room.
There is time to make vegetable soup and to bring a quart with our own eggs (feeling very grateful for this abundance!) to a friend that has been very sick.
Yesterday we had all of the children home. Thomas and Sam came for a visit from college and spent the night. It was such a feeling of fullness with tears of joy, just listening to the talking and the laughter of everyone together - feeling full of gratitude for each one of them and all of them together.