Sunday, August 21, 2011

Seasons - Autumn Reflections

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fall outdoor decor

To Every Thing There is a Season
To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

fall decor

As the kids prepare to return to school early September, I've been itching to Autumn-ize and Fall-ify my home surroundings.  Yes, they are real words (at least here on my blog they are).  There is something very refreshing about Fall for me.  A cool crispness fills the air. Leaves begin to turn; a fiery pallette of 'look at me' beauty, their colors so rich and breathtaking.  Cravings for cinnamon and spice adorned foods return as thoughts of the upcoming Holidays dance in my mind. 

Every season has it's own unique attributes all worth embracing and enjoying; the passing of each also brings a touch of sadness.  I welcome this Autumn Season as a time for comfort and reflection.  Adding welcoming touches to my home is extrememly important, especially this year.  My family has undergone many changes this year, some good but many troubling.  A dear family friend has shockingly been diagnosed with incurable cancer with little warning that she was even sick.  A reminder that the seasons of life pass so very quickly.  So as nature begins it's wind down to slumber with an incredible display of colors and scents for our senses,  I will also fill my home and life with love.   I will rejoice and enjoy every moment.   I'm striving to beautify my home, not in the typical 'look at me' fashion, but to express a feeling worth passing on.  My hope is to make each and every visitor feel at home.  I pray for my own and I pray for you too... that as we journey through the seasons of our own life, we treasure ever moment whether good or bad and remember there will come the newborn Spring!


Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

I must admit that although fall is one of my favorite seasons, I'm not quite ready to let go of summer. We didn't get much of one here in Oregon, I mean yesterday was our first day that got above 90 degrees, but I think toward the end of September, when autumn is actually here, I'll embrace it

andie jaye said...

wow... brought tears to my eyes. beautiful words lady...

Sara said...

I have always loved that scripture! And fall is my favorite! I am in the south and today the weather is cooler...high of 93! haha! Come on fall!

Praying for your friend to be comforted in this season....

Grandma Bonnie said...

Thank you for the inspiring post. Fall has always been my favorite season.
New follower stopping by from the Creative Blogger hop. Hope you stop by for a visit.

Pamma said...

A lovely post...and thank you for commenting on my blog. I am your newest follower. My best to you and your family and all our journeys through life.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Dollar Store this afternoon and browsed the fall isle. My little brain was running on overdrive with all the ideas of the goodies I would like to make.

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. My prayers go out to you, your friends and family.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful! I love your thoughts on the changing seasons. I'm sorry about your friend, too! ♥

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