Thursday, October 22, 2015

My Favorite Week of the Year

Dear mid-October,

Thank you for turning aspen leaves gold and the sky pure blue

Thank you for giving us weather unmatched by any other time of year
More than enough reason to come together, all of us

And bask in Autumn's crisp, clear air

And brilliant light

How blessed are we to fill our arms with children

Our hearts with their memories young and flourishing
To watch them grow in wonder
Pure delight

Thank you for giving us pumpkins big and round

For cornstalks and barrel rides

For savoring these days as precious gems

 Rejoicing in the gifts of harvest

And the magic of creation all around

Each year I'm touched by your warmth; held captive by your sights and smells

I cannot imagine a more perfect time to count my blessings
and give thanks to the One who made the seasons and all their changings

Humbly loved and celebrated,
I delight in my birthday week and welcome 28 years
(and 7 months pregnant)!
May the joys of this season carry on
Lingering in my heart and soul
Reminding me to give thanks in all circumstances
Rejoicing always
And again,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Welcome Fall!

Oh, Summer
What a season of change you were!
We embarked on a path of many unknowns

But as the days grew shorter and the temperatures finally cooled
We found ourselves walking familiarly again
We are finally feeling at home

Miss Nollie will be a big sister in just two months!
Sweet baby brother we are so in love with you already

You are bigger and more active than your sister was
And we marvel at God's handiwork as from within you continue to grow
Such a mystery, a miracle even, that we can hardly wait to behold

And how truly blessed this pregnancy has been! 
I can only give utter thanks from a humble heart
He knows exactly what we need

But this season is also for cherishing the fading babyhood of my precious girl
And how quickly such a big girl you are becoming every day!

At sixteen months you have more than 30 comprehensible words and 
countless babbling phrases that you use in the most darling ways

You are an outdoor explorer and a mulch digger (much to my laundering dismay)
An acorn hunter and a collector of all things smooth and round 


You love music and clapping and playing silly games
Your sense of humor continues to blow me away, such a joy girl!

You adore all things soft and cuddly 
You are a true comfort-seeker, like your daddy

And he loves you more than anyone in the whole world
You are his princess, his treasure, his very heart

As we look back on you, Summer, with mixed emotions, sighs of relief and prayers of thanks
We welcome Fall with open arms and hearts full of hope

For who knows what adventures are about to unfold!