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Tomorrow is September 23, 2014-Official First Day of Fall and a Mother’s True Confession!

24 Sep

Tomorrow is September 23, 2014-Official First Day of Fall and a Mother’s True Confession!.

Tomorrow is September 23, 2014-Official First Day of Fall and a Mother’s True Confession!

24 Sep

Tomorrow Septemeber 23, 2014-Official First Day of Fall and a Mother’s True Confession!

Caleb and Colin Fall 2006

It is amazing to me that a few short weeks ago, we were enjoying the swimming pool and looking forward to the July Fourth fireworks! My children and I were going to the summer movie festival at our local cinema every Tuesday and Wednesday and milking every minute of summer that we could as we knew that the “dreaded” Fall season was right around the corner!

We love the season of Fall for all of the obvious reasons which include the cool crisp air, the beautiful foliage, hot cocoa, pumpkins,hay rides, fall festivals, hoodies, football, and for my boys Soccer and Basketball! Our dread comes in ending our summer vacation with no home school and moving forward to the work load!  If you’ve been following my blogs then you know that I am a home school Mom.  There is nothing like having my children home and watching them become who they are going to be. I love having the freedom in playing a vital role in that process! However, there are always flip sides to every coin and for us it is really getting a mindset to plow through the work load as it becomes heavier every year, especially for my oldest son who is now in the Ninth grade.  His home school curriculum is pretty intense, so of course, it is more time-consuming and more involved than my Fifth graders schooling.  As I encourage my Ninth grader every day to press in to finish his day’s assignments, we talk more and more about life and responsibility! We talk often of him driving, which I honestly do not want to think about, his first job, etc.  In saying all of that, I have a true confession to make!  I think somehow with each summer that passes that in my heart of hearts the real “dread” of going into another fall season, is not the season itself, it is also not the work load of home school,  but it is that I know that my children are getting older.  Yes, they are not little babies any longer and with each passing season they are growing older and seemingly further away from home!

Now this is not an excuse, but I waited twenty long years before I could conceive children. When I finally got to hold that first little bundle in my arms, I couldn’t believe how much love my heart could hold!  Four long years later, I finally got to experience that kind of love again. I have never found more satisfaction in anything than I have in being a wife and a mom.  I was and still am smitten with these two boys! Even though they are fourteen and ten now, I still stand in the doorway of their bedroom as they sleep and feel hot grateful tears fill my eyes! I have cherished every precious moment with them.  Yes, even the times when it felt as though we were at war. I am being real, there are times when we go at it like junk yard dogs! But…… We’ve learned valuable life lessons in those times as well. We’ve learned to quickly forgive and move on and to keeping loving, no matter what!

Like any loving parents, my husband and I, of course, want only the best for our children.  Our hope is that they will become the people who God has created them to be. Our prayer is that they find out while they are young what their passionate about, so that they will not waste time pursuing wrong avenues that will cause them frustration and pain.  We want them to enjoy life with a passion, not simply muddle through life while wishing that they would have made better choices! I, however, as their home school Mom, am being taught a few lessons about trying to live in the moment while still letting them go.  This blog is my confession, so that I can put this hidden season sadness behind me and snap out of the “dread” of what is to come and enjoy the time with them now, this very day!  After all, I will always have the precious gift of being their Mom, regardless of where they are or what they are doing, that is one thing that will never change with any season!

Take No Thought!

17 Sep

Take No Thought!.

Take No Thought!

17 Sep

Take No Thought!

dogwood berries

Dogwood Berries!

Psalms 138:8 (KJV) The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

I experienced such a beautiful morning in Georgia!   It was a typical refreshing fall morning in Georgia with low humidity and 69 degrees but I felt that someone needed to experience it with me!

A sweet breeze was gently blowing to cause my wind chimes to softly ring. If I closed my eyes and just listened I let my imagination follow the sounds. I felt as though I could have been standing on some of the hilly peaks of Ireland or Scotland because of the chimes relaxing Celtic like sounds. I always say that I live in a jungle as I am surrounded by many trees, especially dogwoods.  When I let my eyes span over my front yard , I couldn’t help but  notice that the dogwood leaves had already turned colors of rusty oranges, golds and reds and were loaded with bright red berries!   As I continued to sat ever so quietly on my front porch, I had become so inspired. I simply didn’t want to move, but remained still and watched and listened.  I watched as a ruby necked hummingbird and a hornet spar many rounds over the hummingbird feeders that I have hanging on my porch.  The other birds were exceptionally loud this morning!  They sounded as though they were singing in unison at times! The Cardinals, Wrens and Chick a Dees especially flew into the branches of the trees that were close to a bird feeder filled with sunflower seeds. Perhaps they anticipated what they were going to partake of!  In the distance I could hear a woodpecker obviously on a mission as the constant pounding sound of his beak and his loud holler rung out from a distance.  I also noticed a couple of very hefty squirrels eating on the dogwood berries and acorns from the massive big oak tree at the edge of our drive. A smile came across my lips as I continued to watch and saw a little chipmunk scurry quickly under a pile of chopped wood. The chipmunk’s little jaws were so full that it seemed as though it should have been too top-heavy to even walk not alone run!

Matthew 6:25-34 (KJV) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

When I simply observed the behavior of the smallest of God’s creatures, on this glorious day that He let me enjoy, I just settled back into the sweetest level of His peace! I mused at how He provided for and took such wonderful care of His creation! I hope that as you have read my attempt at describing such a glorious start to my day, that somehow you were encouraged with the same comfort and peace that I have.  If the God of all Creation would talk such care of the few little creatures that I witnessed this morning, how much more will he take good care of you and me?

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