Sang the sunrise on an amber morn —
‘Earth, be glad! An April day is born.
‘Winter’s done, and April’s in the skies,
Earth, look up with laughter in your eyes!’
Then, the sound of growing in the air
Rose to God a liturgy of prayer.

– “An April Liturgy” by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

March was miraculous: a much-needed marriage summit for our 18th wedding anniversary, a surprise proposal from Ari, strides in surgery recovery, and a soul-changing trip to Charleston for me. March 2023 was a month of healing from the Lord in many ways and areas. It was the month the first half of life officially broke off into the second. I’ve felt mired in the middle for the last year and a half, and this month brought the breakthrough. More to come as I process this second-half journey!

Also in March: finally getting our Garage Gym Makeover up for you, an energizing three days at Ethos, and the start of a spring break in D.C. with the kids – where I’m typing to you from now in our hotel. The marriage summit, in particular, was needed and a turning point for our marriage and family. I may write about it soon if that’s of interest.

This is a short update this month, as this mom needs a spring break, too—off to enjoy a quiet cup of tea and contemplative prayer while the kids settle in for bed.

My April PowerSheets goals grew from my 2024 Goals here.

Your turn! What habits are helping you so far this spring? Any new things you’re trying? I’d love to hear!

P.S. Looking for my favorite healthy things? I’ve gathered them all for you here.

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  1. happymama on at

    I would love to hear about your marriage summit. I’m looking for ideas for my marriage.

  2. Caley on at

    LOVE this April for you, sweet Lara x

  3. Julie on at

    “mired in the middle” I think that is a perfect way to describe how I am feeling right now. Feeling the pull between aging family members, adult children, and homeschooling an 11-year-old.

    April feels like a good month to begin anew. The sun is shining more and the temps are getting warmer.

    I am thankful for your bright ray of encouragement each month. You have been a huge encouragement to me as I strive to make changes in my own life.

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