When August was winding down I found myself feeling a bit down...... thinking about how the bright, warm, and sunny days would soon just be a memory. No more carefree summer days, where all you have to do is slip on a pair of sandals and walk out into the brightly colored world, and instantly feel rejuvenated. No more that I would get to see my kids' rosy colored cheeks and golden highlighted hair, proof of the joyful days they spent outside swimming and running barefoot through the grass.......a whole year would have to pass to enjoy these little things again.
It wouldn't be long before the trees were bare and gray.........but then I began to see the suddle signs of the coming season. The leaves on the trees started to change, the nights began to get a little cooler, the little pumpkins in our garden ripened. Then my thoughts shifted .....to the reminder of the hope ahead...... the many blessings that the autumn time brings. The brightly colored trees, pumpkins, apples, and winter squash.....the smell of the autumn air. My gloom began to disappear & I have begun to look foward to autumn & winter.
I think of all the baking and cooking I can do. Apple & pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, bowls of warm and soothing soup for those cold days, Thanksgiving & family, Christmas time with all the festivities and twinkling lights, going as a family to choose and cut down our Christmas tree, the smell of pine in our living room from the freshly cut tree ..................... the reminder of Christ's humble birth.
The cold winter days where you cuddle up on the couch with your little ones and big ones : ) .....reading a story and enjoying a cup of chamomile tea, a cozy fire in the fireplace, warm comforting foods. The joy of taking the kids to the sledding hill and knowing you have a warm and comfortable home to come home to . Then when the winter seems to loose it's luster ....... there is the hope of Spring. Buds on the trees, brightly colored flowers begin to bloom, the grass begins to come alive to a brilliant green and before you know it the carefree days of summer have arrived again. God is good! Look at all the wonderful things He has given us.....how He has provided & the hope and blessings He brings with each new season : )