the first frost has arrived. the pumpkin vines have dried up, the last of the apples have fallen from the trees and the ground is frozen solid making us steady ourselves for the winter ahead. we've lived here now for a whole year and what a wild ride it has been. our move here forced us to be quiet and listen. in a sense, we didn't expect a season of healing, i think i had expected the honeymoon period to last longer. with the extreme financial burden lessened (compared to our past southern california life) we had time to dig deep. we faced hard truths and i'm convinced that if i was the maple tree outside my window and you peeked inside my trunk, i'd have added twenty rings just this one year. i am doing a lot of personal writing. i've never been a blogger that feels she needs to share her every moment and blog everyday. i need time for all the jumbled thoughts and emotions need to settle a while and i need time to allow God to speak to me in the stillness. saying, "does this bring me glory, Joy?" sometimes that is a difficult question to answer and so i grow in the waiting. the visibly short seasons, however continue to fly by at lightning speed reminding us of the bittersweet reality that life does keep going on and on, no matter how hard we try and slow it down with simple living. the kids are losing teeth and learning multiplication, and forming strong opinions that make me laugh and cry every single day. we blast the music loud in the mornings and then we deeply crave time in nature. it takes a lot more bundling up now but, taking in that first big breath of cold mountain air, well, there's nothing like it. we practically lived outside in our garden all summer; digging, planting, pulling out the bad stuff and adding as much nourishment into the soil in hopes of future harvest. we are huddled inside now by a roaring fire and it feels so comforting, and i know needed, but i am sure missing my view of the sunflowers.
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*music licensed from the music bed: darling by handsome and gretyl & adventures by holley maher