Life Lately: Spring Edition

Life Lately: Spring Edition_Ashley Danyew.JPG
Life Lately: Spring Edition_Ashley Danyew.JPG
Life Lately: Spring Edition_Ashley Danyew.JPG

I’ve been thinking a lot about seasons lately - how they shift and change, pulling us into something new, yet familiar, inviting us to change right along with it.

There’s something so reassuring about picturing your life this way: “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

This past season (since my Winter update) has been full of new things: new places, new friends, new challenges, new house projects, new habits.

This is life lately:


Life Lately: Spring Edition

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  • Walking through the woods without a coat on. 🙌

  • Remembering how to ride a bicycle (“to keep your balance, you must keep moving”). 🚲

  • Washing dishes in the laundry sink, learning about countertop installs, building a breakfast nook(!).

  • Moving the orchid to a new sunny window.

  • Flying above the earth: watching ripples across the blue surface, a sky that melts into the sea, and a string of headlights strung across the curving highway.

  • Planning a gallery wall, organizing frames (practicing patience).

  • Traveling to new places, going on adventures, learning a new family game. 🃏

  • Seeing the cherry blossoms in Vancouver and Highland Park. 🌸

  • Finding a new little free library in our neighborhood (reading more memoirs, contemplating writing my own someday).

  • Hosting an end-of-year piano recital for my students (celebrating a year of learning).

  • Eating apple slices with speculoos (a healthy dessert?).

  • Researching pedestal tables and French doors, flights, and almond biscotti recipes.

  • Listening to Renaissance music in a beautiful space.

  • Planting the garden: tomatoes and basil, of course. Lettuce, kale, cilantro, mint, and flowers for cutting. Eggplant, peppers, oregano, chives, and perhaps a petite lemon tree? 🍋

  • Making travel plans (practicing our Italian). 🇮🇹

  • Reading Everybody, Always (Bob Goff), Building a Story Brand (Donald Miller), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows), and The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade (Virginia Smith).

  • Rearranging the china cabinet.

  • Enjoying our first cup of Pistachio-Pineapple custard from Abbott’s on a sunny spring day (an annual tradition).

  • Practicing the piano after dinner (reacquainting myself with F-sharp major). 🎹

  • Wandering around a sleepy lake town one afternoon (discovering a few dog-friendly wineries on the way home).


What about you? What does your life look like lately?