A few rainy days earlier this week brought a hint of the coming autumn. Although the roses and zinnias still bloom brightly along our front walkway, and the garden still yields bite-sized delights, I feel a new season tip-toeing in.
It is a time for gathering and drying herbs, restocking spools of threads for wintertime stitching, preserving produce, taking restful Sabbath hikes in the woods, and collecting stacks of books for curling up under quilts.
I unfolded the flannel sheets this week, freshened up our stacks of homemade quilts (with the summer scent of lavender!), and discovered our little ones have begun outgrowing their “footie pajamas.”
We savor the warm, sun-toasted winds during the day, observing the occasional yellow and brown leaves landing upon the new mud puddles down the lane. We soak in the cooler evening breezes, lulled to sleep with the windows open to catch the fresh, rain-washed mountain air.
It is a time of new babies in our community, of a fresh start for schooling and ministry, and dreaming for the future.
Gen is delighting in her new kindergarten homeschool “projects” (as she calls them), discovering the joy of the numbers God has created, the awe of combining sounds to attempt reading words, and forming concepts on paper with a new pencil. She takes her “eldest daughter” role quite seriously, bustling about to “gotta do my chores,” and “take care ‘o the baby” with a precious “mommy instinct” emerging. My little girl is growing up.
Calvin calls Enoch his “wingman,” as our little boy insists on “helping” at our feet, emptying and closing drawers, exploring new heights of tabletops, and tagging along on adventures with Daddy, then settling in for a doze in his favorite spot- the Ergo.
God continually speaks to us of His provision, calling us to trust Him for our daily needs and the days to come. He calls us to rest in His peace, choosing generosity instead of worry. He is faithful.
It is a busy time, full of new pursuits, hospitality to drop-in visitors, and caring for our family. But it is blessed.
How are YOU savoring these last weeks of summer? What is on your “to-do” list?
Join me each Thursday for our Simple Living series! This is post #102.
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