Today, we’re excited to share our simple spring porch tour as part of the Easter’s On Its Way Blog Hop hosted by the always creative Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.
If you’re coming over from my sweet friend, Julie of My Wee Abode welcome, we’re happy to have you here. Didn’t you love her Easter placecards? She’s so talented!
An Opportunity To Rise…
Given everything that’s happening right now, I was really on the fence about whether I should even bother celebrating Spring on the front porch this year.
Before we started social distancing, we had already started sprinkling a bit of Spring around the house with projects that were all quick and easy.
I’ll freely admit, it’s been hard to feel motivated and creative as of late, which is really not like me at all. Most of the time, I have a list a mile long filled with goals to reach and a constant fire to get as much accomplished as I possibly can.
After dealing with the loss of my grandparents and S’s accident back to back, I just knew this year was going to be different. I believed we were finally going to have the freedom to do and enjoy those things we had been putting off for years while recovering.
And yet, here we are again.
Another opportunity to rise to a challenge we never saw coming.
Gratitude During Social Distancing…
Like most of you, we’ve been finding small ways here and there to celebrate our home and our time social distancing. It hasn’t always been easy, especially the second week.
But we’re making the most of it with bucket lists, teatime check ins, interesting meals and lots of calls to our family and friends.
Every morning when I wake up, I try to start the day with a grateful heart.
I know that might sound kind of woo-woo but I’ve literally trained myself while I’m still in bed to think of things I’m grateful for before my feet even hit the floor.
My gratitude list used to be big things like reaching a specific financial goal, finalizing new contracts, or receiving blessings I had not even asked for.
Lately though, they’ve become so small.
Tiny things I had not even taken the time to notice before because I was so caught up in the big things.
Things like the way the leaves on our oak trees are donning the prettiest spring green right now. The night we had a bad thunderstorm and woke up to unexpected chilly temperatures the next day.
How my nephew called to play an April Fools trick on me this week and the sound of his voice speaking so enthusiastically the words tumbled out of his brain faster than he could get them out of his mouth.
The funny memes my baby sister sends me, and the pictures of her stress breakouts followed by pictures of a DIY mask treatment she found on Pinterest to try.
Such small mundane things I would have brushed aside before, now feel like golden nuggets of sunshine that lift my spirits daily.
Simple Spring Porch Inspiration…
The weekend before we started self-isolating, we drove to Lowes to pick up a few plants for the front porch.
As I’ve shared in the past, we love all kinds of plants and flowers but struggle with horrible allergies. So, we usually have a mix of real and faux flowers around the house.
Still, it was the beginning of March and I was so excited to welcome Spring. I envisioned a simple Spring porch with lots of pink and white plants.
It seemed kind of frivolous at the time. But being able to potter around the porch has been more life giving than I could have imagined.
I know we’re all trying to navigate a new normal and to find ways each day to keep our spirits up.
And as someone who thrives on routines and goals, I know firsthand how the constant uncertainty, distractions and interruptions can easily knock us off our game if we let it.
But the thing I keep reminding myself is that this time of social distancing is going to pass no matter how we choose to spend it.
Spring has arrived at our front door and its given us all an invitation to welcome it in a fresh way.
Finding The Things That Make a Difference Each Day…
So, as you embrace the new day to day think about those things big and small things that are making a difference in your life.
Then do more of them.
Maybe it’s a bubble bath each night that’s helping to keep your sanity. Or baking bread for your friend and neighbors.
Perhaps it’s setting up a work area that will help you feel more effective each day.
Or maybe it’s taking the time to dream about a project you’ve suddenly had to put off.
Your home and wellbeing have never been more important than they are right now. So, cherish the time you’ve been given.
Afterall, Spring only comes once a year and hope can always be found on the horizon.
Even on the days, it feels hard.
Simple Spring Porch Tour & Easter’s On Its Way Blog Hop…
Let us know if you plan to create a simple Spring porch this season and the things that are giving you joy!
Be sure to check out the fantastic Kelly of The Tattered Pew who is up next on the Easter’s On Its Way Blog Hop. You’ll love her meaningful Easter ideas for families.
And don’t miss all the other fabulous and creative Easter inspiration the rest of the ladies on the tour are sharing too…
A Few Other Spring Inspired Posts You Might Enjoy…
- Simple Spring Grapevine Wreath
- Spring Dough Bowl Centerpiece
- 18 Quick & Easy Spring DIY Projects
- Spring Flowers Inspired Tablescape & Blog Hop
- Spring Inspiration: Mini-Coconut Bundt Cakes