signs of life

April 17, 2013 |  Category:   life





Such a relief to see magnolias and cherry blossoms finally in bloom. They’re a welcome sight of color after so many months of bare trees, so much so that we can’t stop looking at them on our walks to school. Finally, some signs of Spring that we can hold onto. Over the weekend, the girls and I counted off all the things that we’re looking forward to in the coming months of warmer weather. Yesterday, I put away all of our heavy winter stuff, taking stock of the items that the girls may need for the summer. Setting aside the clothes that they have outgrown is such an undeniable way to mark the passing of time.

A few days ago at dinner, Mark and I commented on how life can be tedious sometimes. I think we were both overworked and tired and not in the best of moods. The tasks and the grind of every day life can be taxing and it can be easy to get mired in the doldrums of just getting through the everyday. So we grasp onto the small things that brighten our days – looking forward to summer travels, the cherry blossoms on the trees, hugs and smiles from the kids.

Today I woke up to hand made cards and presents and a chorus of happy birthday singing from the girls. I’m taking the day off and spending it with my cousin. We’ll walk around the city and eat and meet up with the rest of the family after school. Early morning clouds have cleared from the rain overnight and the sun is out now. Onward to another year…

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  • Linn Maria April 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Happy birthday, Jenna! May it be filled with joy 🙂

  • red April 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Happy Birthday, Jenna. Wishing you a year full of love, happiness and personal satisfaction.

  • Pam April 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday, Jenna! Thanks for always sharing with us!

  • Bobbi April 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! Happy Spring! 🙂

  • Renita April 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday!

  • Noelani April 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Happy birthday! Wishing you a lovely day 🙂

  • RebeccaNYC April 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    So glad your birthday is being celebrated with JOY! many happy returns…

  • Marie Hansen April 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Dear Jenna: Have a wonderful birthday! You deserve it. You do work hard and a day off is well deserved!! Aloha, Marie 🙂

  • MCC April 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Agnes April 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jenna! I just love your blog, photos, and thoughts on life. Have a beautiful day!

  • Anne April 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Happy birthday! You deserve the best – thanks for all the beautiful words you share with us!

  • Clara April 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I Wish you a wonderful year… full of project and rewards !!! I hope continuing reading you from NY or elsewhere…. ;-)))) my best from Quebec

  • Sora April 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jenna! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photography and the very honest peaks into your life through your writing. Your work is very appreciated. Enjoy this day!

  • Sarah April 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Happy Birthday! Sometimes it does feel like work to find the bright spots when you’re overworked and overtired, but I agree that the colors of spring are a welcome sight and do wonders to drive away those crabby feelings.

    Onward to a fabulous new year! Hope you had a beautiful birthday……

  • Naomi April 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope it was special.

  • Leila April 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Coming out of lurking to say happy birthday, Jenna! As others have said, thanks so much for sharing all that you do — your photos, words, and insights are all so inspiring. Hope you had a lovely day.

  • Katie April 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Happy Birthday! (the cherry blossoms are gorgeous!)

  • Camille April 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Birthday wishes! Hope you had a great day. I know just what you mean about the tedium of getting through the daily grind. It’s so important to have special things to look forward to… even if it’s just something small like trying that new cafe down the street.

  • Jennelle April 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Dee April 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Happy birthday, Jenna!

  • victoria April 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Have a wonderful day Jenna – birthday wishes from southern lands!