March Reflections

When I was a child, my siblings and I would sometimes get scolded for coming in and out of the house too often. We didn’t have central air conditioning until I was halfway through high school, so my parents weren’t concerned about letting cool air out or hot air in. But the frequently open door let in mosquitos and flies. Plus it was probably irritating when the door banged shut so often. We were told to decide what we were going to do and do it–either stay in or stay out for longer than a few minutes.

The entrance of spring reminds me of my childhood self. It’s as if the season can’t quite decide whether to settle in or retreat for a while. Or maybe winter is the culprit, setting out to leave, but coming back with, “Oh, and one more thing . . . “

We have a few more nights in the mid-30s coming up next week. But hopefully after that winter will stay out and spring will stay put a while.

March has been a pretty balanced month—not overly busy, but with a few fun things on the calendar. We celebrated my husband’s birthday early in the month. One Saturday we visited Fort Loudoun, a pre-Revolutionary War settlement, and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. We enjoyed several family times with dinner and games or just chatting.

Our church search has finally brought us to one that seems very promising. Over the next weeks we’ll explore Sunday School and some of the other get-togethers. I have high hopes.

I can’t recall watching or listening to much of interest this month that I’d want to recommend, so I’ll skip that section this time.


I just made one card this month, for Jim’s birthday.

The numbers are puffy foam stickers.


Last time, I had just finished Dakota Dawn, Dakota Dream, and Dakota Dusk by Lauraine Snelling, a novella series about Norwegian immigrants who settle in North Dakota in the early 1900s, but hadn’t had a chance to review them yet. They were packaged together in one audiobook.

Since last time, I finished (titles link to my reviews):

I’m currently reading:

  • Be Joyful (Philippians): Even When Things Go Wrong, You Can Have Joy by Warren Wiersbe
  • Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson
  • Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice from Aristotle to Zinsser by Roy Peter Clark
  • The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon by Linda MacKillop
  • All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese
  • Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. White, audiobook


Besides the weekly Friday Fave Fives, Saturday Laudable Linkage, and book reviews, I’ve posted these since last time:


Finally, after a lot of prayer, motivated writing time in order to present to my critique group, and their very helpful and encouraging feedback, I’ve made major headway with my “problem chapter.” I wish I could stop everything and just write for a week. I guess most writers feel that way.

As we turn the calendar page to April, we look forward to Timothy’s birthday, Easter, warmer weather, and more blooms.

How was your March? What are you looking forward to in April?

11 thoughts on “March Reflections

  1. March was filled with medical appointments and tests. Yet, with all that, there were still wonderful times with family and friends. Also, lots of writing time. 🙂 April will be another busy month. We’ll be celebrating Christmas in April with family from Virginia. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  2. It sounds like a good month, and I’m happy for you that you have a church that’s a good potential home! Like yours, our spring has been less than impressive. We’ve had a lot of cold weather. I too am ready for warmer days so that the landscape can start greening up. April … I’ll begin with spring break when I will visit my parents for a few days and then my mother in law over Easter weekend. Happy April, Barbara!

    • I was glad I read Surprised by Joy just after watching The Most Reluctant Convert. Even though they covered a lot of the same material, hearing it both ways close together helped reinforce it.

  3. It is always interesting to see what you are reading. I love book ideas. I need to read that Dakota series, as some of my ancestors were Norwegian immigrants who settled in the that area. I hope you have a good April! See you again soon!

    • Lauraine Snelling write a lot about Norwegian immigrants, though she writes some modern fiction, too. I’m thinking her ancestors might have been Norwegian, too, but I am not sure.

  4. Sounds like a productive month, Barbara. I’m glad you’re making headway with that “problem chapter.” 🙂 Your intro reminded me of a phrase from my childhood … “In or out!” is what my mom would say when she got fed up with all the door slamming in our kitchen. I’ve actually written down some writing plans for April and I’m slowly making progress, which definitely feels good to me!

    • I remember hearing “In or out,” too! I wish you well with your writing plans. It’s hard to make plans when I often don’t often know how much quiet solitude I’ll have in a given day. But pray, make plans, and be flexible seems to be the ticket.

  5. You’ve had a busy reading month. I used to be an avid reader, like I preferred reading over TV. But I’ve been in a reading funk for months now. So I start a book, put it down for a while, then pick it up again. Sometimes I’m concerned about my reading funk because I love reading.
    Thanks bunches for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month.

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