The lawn and surrounding pastures of the farm, brown now for many months, have a mossy-like tint to them, caused by almost imperceptibly tiny beginnings of new growth.
The month of March just came striding in, bringing with it the first tender shoots of a green spring.
The ducks and geese, chickens and chickadees, are all acting increasingly "twitterpated" to use some old Bambi-speak, and I'm so enjoying their antics.
Crocus, hyacinth, and hellebores (Lentin Roses) are in bloom, with daffodils and tulips coming up right behind. Which can only mean one thing, spring is springing itself upon us!
Soon there will be baby goats arriving daily, and other farm activities to keep us busy from sun-up to sun-down.
I. CAN'T. WAIT!
Book Club | Lakeshire Park
by Megan Walker
Nothing goes hand-in-hand with spring better than romance…
Lakeshire Park, my book pick for this month, is a lovely little romance set in Brighton, England in the year 1820.
Two sisters, Amelia and Clara Moore, are about to find themselves without means or home… so what’s a girl to do back then but conjure a white knight - or at least a suitable bachelor - to sweep her off her feet and into stable circumstances?
If only it were that easy!
Here’s what the publishers have to say about the PROPER ROMANCE ® line:
Join the sisters on their quest, while rooting not only for them to find a roof over their head but, (dare we suggest it?) loving partners as well!
These books don’t have sex, swearing or graphic violence. They are ‘books your grandma would read.’
Step into a world of clean, smart, and engaging romance stories with a strong, relatable heroine and a devastatingly handsome hero! Our series seeks to tell stories filled with intrigue, flirtation, and that much anticipated kiss that will never embarrass the reader. These stories feature wonderful characters, obstacles to overcome, and happy endings.
I loved reading romance novels when I was young, and I'm glad my girls can pick up a book like Lakeshire Park and enjoy the historical details, the interesting characters, and the "happily ever after's" without being subjected to much of the graphic nonsense that's floating around these days.
Just to make sure, I’ll give them a read myself, perhaps with a picnic, on a blanket spread under a tree full of cherry blossoms… Ah, romance!
Lakeshire Park, the 30th book in the Proper Romance line, is available to pre-order now before it's April 7 publish date.
Get your copy HERE.
Spring Forward | Sunday, March 8
Apparently we're still doing this clock-setting thing, so get ready to "spring forward" one hour this coming weekend!
Hands in the air if you're looking forward to more daylight when you get out of the office in the early evening (me! me! me!)
Lighter, longer, afternoons and evenings mean I can be out of doors hunting for signs of spring and so can my kids! So can YOUR kids! Hip Hip Hooray!
So remember to set any remaining analog clocks in the house ahead one hour before you hit the hay, Saturday, the 7th... or you just may be late for church on Sunday, the 8th!
Recipe | Tasty Lentil Coconut Curry
Warmer days are on their way, but we still have some chilly ones to get through. Fill up on this flavorful dish that has just enough spice to make you feel like you've been transported to the near east, if only for the amount of time it takes you to finish your evening meal!
The star of the show is the humble lentil. Inexpensive, easy to prepare, and chock full of fiber, minerals, and protein!
Click on over to my food blog at Delilah.com for the full recipe, ingredient list, and directions!
New Movie | I Still Believe
There's a new movie hitting theaters next Friday, March 13th; "I Still Believe" the true story of Christian music legend, Jeremy Camp.
I got to watch a screening of the film before it's release date and can tell you, it's incredible, as is the music! The soundtrack will be available via digital download on March 20th, shortly after the movie debuts.
To find more info on the movie, it's star-studded cast, and Jeremy Camp, VISIT MY BLOG at Delilah.com!
Go to www.IStillBelieveMovie.com for tickets and to watch the trailer!
Podcasts | Dani Shapiro, Elizabeth St. Hilaire & Daniel Francisco Platillero
The last three podcasts to drop are not to be missed...
- Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance and podcast host of Family Secrets was my first guest in February. I talked about her amazing story in last month's newsletter; how she discovered, quite by accident, that her dad wasn't her biological father. I won't say any more, but you should definitely give that one a listen!
- Elizabeth St. Hilaire joined me for my Valentine's special. Elizabeth is an artist, teacher, and innovator who has gone through some dark times. She was an instrumental figure in helping navigate my own loss, and we have a heart to heart discussion about how art and creativity can help soothe emotional wounds in my Art For The Heart episode. You won't want to miss it!
- David Francisco, a young, handsome, talented, music artist was living his best life when IT happened. T-boned by a distracted driver while he was on his bicycle, David was gravely injured and told he would never walk again... He surprised everyone with his tenacity, faith, and will to overcome. He's told his story through music and an accompanying book of the same title; Lionheart.
Lionheart was also my book club pick for last month. Check out my blog HERE, and then go to David's web site to keep up to date with is life, his progress, and of course, his incredible music at www.DavidFranciscoMusic.com! But before you do any of that, listen to our conversation that includes David's beautiful bride, Kristi!
Are you ready for spring? For longer days and warmer weather? After a particularly rainy winter, I'm all for this change of seasons!
Alas, I must pause for just a moment to recognize that with the passing of another winter, my children have shot up several more inches outgrowing last year's warm-weather clothing, and many of their childhood ways.
Blessing is already looking at colleges (not for a few more years tho!), Briar has settled in like she's been a member of the family for her entire 15 years, Delilah Jr.'s interests have taken on a decidedly pre-teen angle, and BaePauls vocabulary has exploded!
Ah yes, spring is a time to say goodbye to the past and look FORWARD to what each new day will bring. I am looking forward to spending more time with you, taking your calls, keeping you company at night, and encouraging you to Love Someone!
(And, may the luck-o-the Irish be with ye!)