Marching into spring

I feel like I just posted about winter’s arrival, and now spring begins this month. Technically the meteorological spring began on March 1st, but most people consider the astronomical March equinox, which begins on the 20th, to be the official start of spring.

Enough of my nerdy weather research, though. I am ready for this new season! Not that winter has been particularly bad in Pittsburgh this year. I just love a fresh start.


To me, spring symbolizes growth, and growth is a wonderful thing. I’ve been working hard on my goal of knowing what I value and keeping my priorities straight. Along the way, I’ve been learning a lot and having fun. A win-win in my book.

I’m learning that most of the choices we make in life aren’t between good and bad, but between good and great. I am trying to choose great every day. When I focus on what’s truly important, I feel a sense of purpose and true joy. I feel closer to God when I am being who He created me to be.

Looking forward to this new season, I want to continue to serve, grow, and learn. Here are some things I’ve learned lately…

Mountain Pie Date

Mountain pies are delicious. Have you ever had or heard of a mountain pie? Basically, you make a sandwich (I made peanut butter and jelly), put it in a mountain pie maker, and stick it in a campfire. A few minutes later, you have a melty, warm sandwich!

While mountain pies and campfires are lovely, spending time with Jimmy is what really fills me up. We ate our mountain pie dinner outside and then went to the movie theater to see Zootopia on Saturday. The movie was great, and I was so glad I got to have a date night with Jimmy. We like to stay busy, but the times when we just relax and hang out really strengthen our relationship.

Windowsill learning

Learning something new is gratifying. Jimmy has been making the windowsills and trim for our house and I’ve been helping as much as possible. He taught me to use a sander, and I’ve been painting like crazy. I really enjoy learning how to use tools to create things. The work we do together on our house is something I will remember and cherish forever.

family 1

Time spent with family is time well spent. It’s not always easy to get together with family when everyone has busy schedules and lives in different areas. When we do see each other, though, it’s the best. Being there for my family and knowing they are always there for me is one of the biggest blessings in my life.


Dogs make everything better. No matter what kind of day I’m having, it always gets better when I spend it with Lola or a dog I’m pet sitting. I would love to do something full-time with dogs for work one day. Ultimately, I think I’d enjoy running a kennel, but you never know! We’ll see what God has in store for me. There are so many things I want to do, but I’m leaving it all up to God and prayerfully following where He leads.


Taking time to soak in a beautiful sunset reminds me that God is so good. The sun rises and sets every day, and we can count on God every day.

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2

As we march forward into spring (get it, March… ;)), I am looking forward to many things. Getting outside as much as possible, hearing rain, starting a garden, more sunlight, and another season to grow, serve, and love.

What do you love about spring?


  1. Spring does feel like such a fresh start. More so than any other season, I think.

    That’s so great that you guys are working on your house together and he’s teaching you some of those tools. That really makes your house special and YOURS.

    1. I couldn’t agree more! And I love it.

      Yes to the teaching!! Jimmy is so patient with me (not just with tools, but everything haha). It feels wonderful to be working on our house and making memories together 🙂

  2. I do agree that Spring just feels fresh. A new and exciting start.

    I think Winter flew by as well. I feel as if I blinked and it’s all gone.

  3. That mountain pie looks delicious- I’ve never heard of that (must be a regional thing), but it looks like a cool idea. I could see doing a grilled cheese that way too- how yummy.

    Our winter here was very short and not very cold at all. I like the warm weather and living in the South, and I don’t want it to snow or blizzards, but it would be nice to sometimes have temperatures cold enough for coats, gloves, hats, etc. We didn’t even have that this year!

    1. I did a little research and I think mountain pies are a regional thing! I bet grilled cheese would be amazing as a mountain pie, too!

      I can’t believe it wasn’t cold enough for you to pull out coats, gloves, hats, etc.! That’s crazy!! We had a very mild winter, but still had a couple of single digit degree days!

      1. My gloves are the cheap little ones from the Target dollar bin. We pay for it in the summer with heat though. Speaking of heat, it’s already gotten to 80 here.

  4. “I’m learning that most of the choices we make in life aren’t between good and bad, but between good and great.” <– this is SO true! This has definitely been my experience in life!

    I've never heard of mountain pies, but your PB&J one looks amazing! I need to try that!

    Love that you guys are working on the house together! It's so satisfying to look around your home and know that your own two hands created so much of what you see around you. Plus all the quality time together while you work is fun too! 🙂

    You would be so great at running a kennel! Not only do you have great organizational skills (as seen by your current job), but your love for dogs is so huge. You'd be great at that, friend! 🙂

    1. Sometimes I think the choice between good and great is harder than the choice between good and bad! Probably because good vs. bad is very clear and easy, whereas good vs. great isn’t always black and white!

      I’m sure you and Christopher would love mountain pies! I’ve made pizza ones before, and I think you would enjoy that!! You would just do bread, sauce, cheese, and whatever pizza toppings you like. Then you put it in the mountain pie maker and it would come out like a hot pizza pocket 🙂

      Amen to working on the house together! When we bought our house and knew it needed a bit of fixing up, I was actually semi-excited for it because we could have the opportunity to make it “ours” and make memories as we worked on it!

      And thank you! It means a lot to me that you think I would be great at running a kennel!! When I read your comment, I had the biggest grin on my face! Maybe some day!!

  5. Great post! I feel spring is a new beginning too~ and I also like cool nights and warmer days. 😎 The pic of Lola is gorgeous!! She’s such a sweetie. Your home is coming along so well, and I love that you and Jimmy work on things together. You’ll appreciate your improvements so much more! Love you baby!!

    1. Thanks, mom! I just love a new beginning. And yes to the cool nights and warm days. It’s always a nice change from winter ;).

      Thanks for the compliments on the picture of Lola and our home! It means a lot to me! I love you so much!

  6. The best part of Spring is WARM WEATHER!!!! Hands down, no competition 🙂 And then races, tis the season to run!

  7. This spring is giving me all the feels for some reason. In retrospect, I was in such a funk all winter. I feel so much more optimistic about my job and my life in general for some reason now!

    1. I feel ya on all the feels with the changing season! I think it’s easy to get into a funk in the winter–at least it’s easy for me to get in a funk in the winter, ha. It probably has to do with less sunlight and the cold weather. Anyways. I am so glad spring is arriving! Also, so glad you’re feeling optimistic about your job and life now! Woo! 🙂

  8. I feel the same way about spring! 🙂 It makes me feel fresh and alive… I always get really excited when I see the first Robin looking for worms on our front lawn, because – to me – that means spring is officially here. 😉
    I really want to see Zootopia, and I’m trying to convince Nate and my sister to come see it with me. Ha, ha.
    And I’d never heard of a mountain pie, but now I want to try it. YUM!

    1. Isn’t spring the best?! I love seeing all the birds, too. Jimmy and I took a walk yesterday and I took some time to just be quiet (for once, ha) and listen to the birds chirping and it was like music for my soul!

      I think you, Nate, and your sis would LOVE Zootopia! Kids movies are my favorite, haha. They aren’t full of violence and bad language and usually have a positive underlying theme. You just can’t beat that these days!

      I think you would really enjoy a mountain pie!

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