It seems that at each turn of the season I feel the need to start anew. I think this has become even more of a necessity now that I stay home and homeschool my girls. Because our home is where we work, play and educate, there is a more constant need to refresh, even if it is just a subtle shift.
As a means of bridging our transition between summer and fall, the girls and I have been trying to bring in fresh flowers each day from our garden. It is a true blessing to have this beautiful, natural color in our sights as the mercury begins to dip.
A quick family room face lift has also helped usher in this new season. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to change the entire mood of a room.
As I mentioned a few weeks back, we have an abundance of home-grown pumpkins, so those gorgeous orbs are finding their way into many indoor and outdoor arrangements, as well as into many new recipes.
Our reading material has also been refreshed. With a little help from Ms. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has whisked our whole family away to a magical land each evening.
And after the girls are asleep, Glennon Doyle Melton’s Love Warrior fills my heart in a way no other book has. As I wrote about here, when my mom was ill, her book Carry On, Warrior shone a light on my experience that helped me through those most difficult, excruciating months of my life. But I believe her new novel, although raw and often emotionally difficult to get through, is giving me the tools I need to make it through the next fifty years of my life by imparting me with a whole new outlook on life, love, truth-telling and grace.
I hope each of you feels refreshed as you enter this new season, ready to embark upon many new fall adventures.
Our amarylis stretched her pedals wide to greet 2013 last Tuesday. I couldn’t believe she chose this day to awaken, but it seemed to represent a fresh start for our family. We needed a bit of freshness around these parts, seeing as each of us took our turn with the nasty flu bug that has been making its way through our neck of the woods. My illness and long recovery is the reason it has taken me so long to return to this space.
I am very thankful to be feeling back to my normal self, and to share some holiday images with all of you. Because of our bouts with illness, this holiday season was very low key, but it turned out to be a bit of a blessing. Instead of the constant buzzing from here to there that often takes place around Christmas and New Year’s Day, we were able to nestle in and just enjoy some quality home-time with one another.
I hope each and every one of you had a blessed holiday season, and find yourself filled with the sense of renewal this time of year brings with it. Can you feel it? As I sit here, clad in wool from head to toe, sipping my morning coffee, writing this post, I can feel the uniqueness of this time of year. It’s a stirring deep within me, telling me this is sure to be a year filled with many blessings and a whole lot challenges. I can’t wait to dive into the depths of this newness and get started.
I wish all of you a wonderful 2013!