Thursday, September 27, 2012

What is it about this time of year?

What is it about this time of year?
 It seems to pull at my heart strings and make me really giddy all at once. It's a sentimental reminder. 
Slowly, it pushes me.
Suddenly I am following random paths in woods that I've never been.  
I'm catching myself breathing deeper this whole time. The crisp air seems to fill me up so much faster. 
It just smells cleaner and fuller and I can always smell the faint waft of smoke rising up into the evening. 

The sun filters through all the trees with their leaves displaying a kaleidoscope of color. 
I want to wear the coziest knit sweater I can find. 
I want to drink steaming hot coffee 24/7. Watching it's steam float up into the atmosphere.
 I suddenly want to get lost in a book. 
And with the plucking of a guitar on my radio, I could drive down random country roads for hours. 
Eventually, I am sure one of those roads would lead me home. 
To my parent's house. 
I find myself clinging to my husband's hand even more. Undoubtedly for warmth and the comfort it brings all at once.  

What is about this time of year?

 A pumpkin becomes a welcome mat. A dying tree becomes a symbol of beauty. A brisk evening becomes the promise of change to come. 
And somehow, all these things, wrapped up together become the tug on our hearts to head home and take a walk in the woods, all at once.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

when you're grateful

 In the evening, somewhere in my evening, in the midst of sitting on an old brown sectional in this familiar apartment and listening to my husband snore, I had an overwhelming moment of gratitude. 
Overwhelming gratitude to my loving and faithful God who has blessed me with life
The ability to live and to experience all the unique things around me.
When you're grateful you have to tell someone. 
And so, I tell you.
I am grateful for these quiet moments at home with my husband, my closest friend, not doing much of anything.
 An autumn evening.
 And even though I might not live a life that some would covet.
 I wouldn't trade it's simplicity. It's smallness. 
For anything bigger. 
It suits me. It suits us. 
And I'm so grateful for every little part of it. 
Because it's a gift, perfectly designed for me to live, and to be grateful for. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blogging comeback.

Hello. It's been awhile. 
I can honestly say to you that I have needed this time. That "awhile." 
Time gives me encouragement to refocus. And that is exactly what I've been doing.
 Refocusing why I write. Refocusing this blog. Refocusing my priorities.

The first entry back almost seems like the most awkward to write. I often begin typing out this tangent of explanations as to where I was and what I was doing....and then I realize I have a novel on my hands. 
And not a novel that really has much of a point or focus. 
So, this entry is definitely made possible today by the "backspace" button.

I have concluded in my time away that I need to be writing more and thinking about all the extra stuff that goes along with blogging.....less. 
That, for me, is where the loss of focus and purpose comes. 
So, speaking of no focus, here is a plethora of photos from our trip to northern Michigan this weekend. 
Fall is definitely upon us here.
The leaves are turning.
The cool breeze is making a comeback. 
And I am celebrating my favorite season by taking way too many pictures and drinking more coffee than usual.

Can I just say, I'm glad to be back?
Because, I am.

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