2011 Gratitude challenge - fall

     Seasons aren't as extreme here (well except for summer) as other places, but they are distinct. I enjoy seeing the changes in the trees as seasons change. I am thankful for Fall filling all of my senses. The smell of fire from the fire pit drifting through the open windows,
perfect weather for enjoying our pets 
or a nap, 
sunlight rays through leaves changing colors, 

the crunch of a pine needle carpet under my feet,
and morning glories with purple tinged edges still blooming on the arbor.

I'm enjoying this Fall.

     Luci Swindoll shared this thought provoking poem at the Women of Faith conference:
It was spring, but it was summer I wanted,
The warm days, and the great outdoors.
It was summer, but it was fall I wanted,
The colorful leaves, and the cool, dry air.
It was fall, but it was winter I wanted,
The beautiful snow, and the joy of the holiday season.
It was winter, but it was spring I wanted,
The warmth and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child, but it was adulthood I wanted,
The freedom and respect.
I was 20, but it was 30 I wanted,
To be mature, and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged, but it was 20 I wanted,
The youth and the free spirit.
I was retired, but it was middle-age I wanted,
The presence of mind without limitations.
My life was over, and I never got what I wanted.
~Jason Lehman

     I am thankful for this season of my life. I want to make the most of every moment in whatever season I am in.

     Philippians 4:11 (NIV) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

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  1. Fall is my favorite time of year. What a great poem and sweet picture of your young lady. I love my animals and enjoy their company!


  2. I love fall as well...though not so much in my personal life. Yet, each season is needed for us to be truly beautiful and growing inside.

  3. Great poem... really makes you think. I love fall, it's my favorite season. It's almost over, so I'm enjoying the last moments before the snow comes :)

  4. Being grateful for the season we are in is a lesson some of us learn far too late. Thank you for sharing the poem.

    joy & blessings,

  5. Wow, what a beautiful post. I just discovered your blog and think it's wonderful. The poem is so true - we need to really appreciate the times and seasons we are in, with all their wonderful stresses! :-)

  6. What beautiful pictures! I love fall!


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