I used to hate winter.
Everything about it.
The cloudy days.
The short days.
The long nights.
The coats, mittens, hats, scarves, snow pants and boots.
Now...I like winter.
I look at winter as a time for rest.
I think one reason that God gave us winter was to rest.
Just like all of the animals that hibernate or all of the trees that rest in the winter.
The days are short and cold and the nights come all to quick. We have had a lot of "resting" or down time lately that I have been enjoying. Time to just hang out together, go to bed early, wake up late, or not worry about how much we can fit into the day. When I think ahead to spring and summer I get stressed out because they are so short here in Minnesota that I try to pack so much into each day. Waking up early, getting the kids outside, taking them on a walk to the park, making sure the dog gets walked, going to the beach, then a game of kickball, then off to baseball, next a bike ride around the neighborhood, a bonfire, night games, finally baths and a late bedtime of course not at least until it gets dark which is around 10pm.
Don't get me wrong I do love summer and I love all of those fun summer things it's just that now I am starting to also enjoy winter. Yes, the snow and everything but especially the time that I get to hang out and "rest" with my family, not always on the go, go , go like in the summer months.
Check out some of our winter pictures: