Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumn's Arrival~

"Every leaf a miracle" - Walt Whitman

~Happy Autumn to all~

Fall is my most favorite season, and I have been eagerly anticipating it's first 'official' day. And so, this morning  I pulled out my oldest, and most treasured mug to celebrate the day's arrival.

Filled it up with steaming English Breakfast and sat quietly for the beginning of the day.

Read. Prayed. Sipped.
(if you click on the picture to see it larger, you'll notice the quote from above is on the bottom of the mug. Love it!_

 Watched the room go from dark and flat . . .

. . . to sun-filled and glowing.

Oh, how much I love the light!

' The LORD turns my darkness into light '

A fitting reminder, as I've been struggling inside all week. 
But, I'm not alone, and I know it's for my good. So, there you go.

Later in the morning, when it was time for the 'hard stuff', I whipped out this baby:

I absolutely love all sorts of leaves, and then to have one to find at the bottom of your coffee mug is simply perfect. 
Here it is full of tasty wakefulness.

Aaaaaaaaahhh! Now the brain is finally clicking- or, I suppose, creaking in my case.

One last thing I want to share is a little brainstorm I recently had. (yes- the brain does work on occasion)

As much as the Fall is my favorite time of year, it seems the older I get (and my kids get, let's be honest), there seems to be less opportunity to enjoy the moments of the season. 
I have already intentionally taken this entire semester of school off from any volunteering positions or extra 'groups'  or responsibilities other than homeschooling, in order to be more available to my family and to the things I need to let grow for myself. 

So for me, this is a season of home, which is really where my heart is anyway. And in this time set aside right now, I want to be making a point of enjoying this season and making good memories within it.

What I'm leading up to is this: each day (or as often as I can), I am going to post about the joys of fall- from now, until Thanksgiving. I'm calling it 'All the Autumn's Joys' and I'm hoping it will be keeping me watchful and grateful as each day unfolds. I plan on having all sorts of pictures, poems, memories, recipes, crafts, traditions and ideas to share that give a glance into what fall is like here in the Pacific Northwest, and specifically for my family.

 And throughout, I would be so happy to hear from anyone who wants to share any nuances of what Fall is like in their neck of the woods. 
I'm hoping you'll be inspired to celebrate these simple things with me!

~ a beautiful day to all~


  1. What a beautiful room to sit in! Wonderful way to welcome Falls arrival :)

  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog!
    You have a lovely home and a beautiful family.
    I look forward to hearing about your joys of autumn:)
    I love your autumn mugs, how beautiful!
    I am now going to be on the look out for autumn mugs with leaves on them, that is something I need.
    I agree, autumn is the season of Home and Hearth.
    Have a great weekend, my new friend!

  3. i love this post! what a beautiful room and the light looks so pretty coming in through the windows. thanks for sharing the quote "the Lord turns my darkness into light" on my blog. i am totally gonna make a necklace that says that! i'll make sure to send you a picture when I'm done. :) blessings, lora


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