Snow Flurries + Thoughts On Winter

We had snow flurries on the farm this morning. If it were Christmas Day, I'd be excited. But in November? Nooooo. I haven't had my fill of fall color and sunshine yet. Please don't let it be winter!

Just 10 days ago, this was the drive home.
After today's blustery wind, it will be much more bare.

I confess that I've been dreading the change in seasons this time around. Last winter was rough on me. Lots of gloomy, downcast days…and it lasted way too long. There were snow flurries over Spring Break for crying out loud! I learned in college that cold and dreary days affect my mood. Every time January and February rolled around, I was done with winter and wanted to transfer from Vanderbilt to the University of Texas. Funny that I'm back after all these years.

The view outside our front door today.
{Can't see the flurries, but see the dogs?}

Buddy and Bella were made for this. They love the cold.

Surely this winter will be different. 10,000 milligrams of Vitamin D + lots of warm beverages + reaching out to friends instead of crawling under the covers should help. But still…I'm not ready to say goodbye to fall glory.

Our tree went from looking like this a few weeks ago…

…to this today. 
{Most of those leaves will be gone by the end of the day.}

Since I'll eventually have to embrace winter, here's what I do like about this season: crackling fires, lots of warm beverages, cozy blankets, roasted root vegetables, sweet potato pie {a new favorite my husband has started making}, reading and writing. There's a quietness about winter that matches the quietness in my spirit. I just have to be careful not to be so quiet that I disappear.

Winter is a season where we need each other more than ever. I've decided fellowship is one of my best prescriptions for depression. It may sound simplistic, but it's actually very healing. When you're depressed or feeling blue, the last thing you want to do is be around others, but it's the very thing you need. Isolation makes depression so much worse. I tried that last winter. It wasn't good.

If you're one who battles a downcast spirit or depression in winter months {or any month}, my encouragement to you is this: reach out on the days when you feel like withdrawing. Let at least one friend know you need her today. I'm an introvert at heart and love my alone time, but too much of it is a dangerous thing for me in the winter months.

If you're a friend to someone who suffers from a downcast, depressed spirit, my encouragement to you is this: press in…even when it's uncomfortable. {Especially when it's uncomfortable.} Don't be afraid to show up, to call, to keep reaching out even when she doesn't seem like she wants it. The truth is, she needs you. And you need her.

This is what authentic community is all about: pressing in when the rest of the world wants to bail out. Maybe winter is a season for pressing in more deeply. And if we dare to press in, we'll not only feel better during this season, but we'll reap the rewards for many seasons to come.

Blessings to you on this blustery day,

P.S. If you're battling the blues, maybe this post will be helpful. I'm not suggesting you sit in your blues forever {and certainly not all alone}, but there are seasons where allowing yourself to feel deep sadness instead of avoiding it can bring healing and glory in the end.


  1. ...so very true...bot ooh that moment when my bubble is being pressed; right before bursting...

    Thank you for this post

    1. Oh, that's the worst moment! But so needed. xo!

  2. Great advice. Three years ago we had a bad winter. It seems like it snowed and the the sky was gray every day. Plus colder than usual. I was trying to diet for our daughter's upcoming summer wedding so no hot chocolate and winter comfort foods for me. As I was reading my Bible one day the verse Psalm 118:24 "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" really stood out to me. God spoke to my heart that I was to rejoice everyday whether cold, snowing, gray, raining.....So, I would add praising the Lord to your helpful tips. He is the same everyday and most worthy of our praise! :) Today is our first day of blustery cold and snow in Virginia too!! :)

    1. Great advice about praising, Renee. Yes to that.

  3. I grew up in Northern Michigan, where we have winter into the month of May. . . . really into MAY!! Full spectrum lamps are also a huge help, and can make a big difference in the winter blues battle. Combine that with the vitamin D, a few pairs of SmartWool socks, and warm beverages and those rough dark days seem to get a little easier.

    1. I was seriously considering a lamp this year. I visited Northwestern in May and was so cold that I decided to go to Vanderbilt. Yep. I really did pick a college based on weather! :)

  4. You, my friend, have a gift.

  5. Lindsey we all need a nap now and then. Think of winter as the land's nap. Enjoy the peace, it can be hauntingly beautiful. xo

  6. Yes, so true for many of us......I live in Cleveland, Ohio....our winters start very early, and end very late in the spring. The older I get, the harder it is to tolerate because of the constant grey and the gloom. But your advice is spot on - reach out - others feel the same way ! An on the 'things we're thankful for' note - did you say "a new favorite my husband has started making" when talking about the pie !! Wow ! I think my husband has not set foot in our kitchen for over 20 years (except to come and eat what I make !) You go girl !

  7. I'm thinking we really are soul-sisters . . . I have found that looking UP helps me so much during winter. I study the beauty in the stark bare branches--they look like the most intricate lace against the winter sky . . . And I adore the cloud patterns made by the cold, blowing wind. I love the sounds of the crunching leaves and blades of grass under foot. And the feeling of being so ALIVE when the cold air steals my breath! Praying over you, Friend. Keep hunting!! The beauty is there--so different--so stark--and breathtaking at the same time.

  8. Oh no!! I knew this day might come...after years of reading your blog we finally disagree on something :-) You remind me of my Mom she is 84 and loves the heat of summer. She gardens in 100 degree weather with a huge smile on her face. Growing up she never wanted to put the air conditioning on, she just loved the windows open with thick heat and sunshine pouring in. She is passionate about her summers and on scorching hot days I think of my Mom and smile and know that she loving it. I on the other hand LOVE winter. The purity of the season with its crisp clean air and blanket of snow. I save most of my vacation days to nest at home during winter, building fires and taking long walks with no sound but the snow crunching under your boots or the shovel on the driveway. Everything is so still, you can hear God breathe. Winter fills my soul!

  9. I, too, have found myself feeling resistant to the coming of winter. I felt that way 2 winters ago until I read something I had written a few months prior, “It is my personal experience that I don’t get to choose all my circumstances, but by choosing God’s will over my own I get to experience a joy that is beyond anything within my power. By accepting the challenges of life as divine and with purpose I can submit to the lessons and pruning of God’s hand and trust that He knows what is best for me and that He will direct my path.”

    Additionally, I am very thankful for the means to travel to FL to capture summer as a way to better embrace winter. Last year we visited my husband's folks who winter in south Florida near Naples. It was delightful to wear Capri pants and flip flops in January. I forgot it was winter...really forgot. It was cold and icy when we returned to Kansas, but it really didn't bother me at all, I had just experienced summer. We are going again this year and hopefully for many years to come. It's a recommended remedy if it is an option for your family.

    I do agree with the previous comments and love your post. I believe that I live where I live on purpose. The drastic changes in the weather are what I love most about living in the mid-west. Just about the time I get sick of one season, another one comes along. Embracing the changes in the weather help me to embrace the challenges in life as devine and on purpose, to help me to loose myself into the Lord's perfect plan.

    Your posts are likened to spending time with a friend.

  10. so true...
    pressing in when the world wants to bail out.

    you experienced a gorgeous fall there in TN.
    the kids and saw leaves falling like crazy off of one of our favorite trees on the ride to school this morning.....winter makes me sad, too.....
    gotta get ready for it in my soul!

  11. This is so good, Linsey! I'm not ready for a long Wisconsin winter, either. I'll definitely be filing your thoughts away in my brain as we move through the months ahead.

  12. Very good advice, Linsey! I don't mind the cold, but I really don't like the darkness. So when I leave my shop now, it is already dark :( And all I want to do is eat, which isn't bad, but I crave lots of rich and heavy food. Okay, enough about me. Hope you all are well. It's been a while since my last visit. Life has been busy and hectic, and I hope to explain it all soon. Take care, and have a wonderful and warm weekend!


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