Friday, October 3

Seasons change quickly and drastically in upstate New York. Last weekend we took the small ones to the Adirondack Museum, nestled in between mountains and lakes, and fully enjoyed the brilliance of the changing season firsthand.

As I sorted through the photos from our beautiful day, I could appreciate the beauty that the changing season has brought. A world of endless greens turned into waves of oranges, red, and golds. The air crisp and fresh with change.

These changes of season in the natural are being mirrored in our lives. In many aspects this has been a season of loss and a settling in our hearts that God is so good even when His people are not and even when the economy is not.

Like the autumnal changes, I see God making way for a season of rest before restorative growth.

Reminding our hearts that He is the Restorer and He who makes all things new, God's Word in this season brings strength and peace.

As a family, we have so much to be truly thankful for. I am endlessly sentimental and in this season of change, I am so thankful for the true friends God has planted in our lives.

I am also endlessly practical and find myself rejoicing in small things, like finding a bushel of pears to can at 39 cents a lb. The jars hot and steaming filling the kitchen with moisture, children playing nearby with quirky British accents and lots of old English words - it all fills my heart with joy.
The writer of Psalms speaks of turning to praise and worship in times of hardship and so we turn this way too.
A husband who brings me a hot cup of chamomile tea while I blog, a friend lending us his dozer so we can close up the back of the yard before winter, a freezer full of good meat,

friends to sit and talk and pray with, a load of kids to squirm for room under our covers early in the morning, a soft baby head to kiss, a sewing machine whirring away,

needles clicking with new wool - reminding ourselves of the unchanging, the good, the beautiful, and all our lives are blessed with.

"One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD
And to meditate in His temple. ..

...Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

...For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the LORD will take me up.
Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a level path...

...Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD."


Karen G. said...

Beautiful pictures Hannah! Great scriptures too..... Words to live by.

Katrina said...

Thanks, Hannah, You "paint" such a beautiful picture of family life. I love the close up of your boy with hat on!
I, too, am counting my blessings over at my blog. Thanks for your inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hannah, I just love reading your blog.
On a side note though, what kind of camera do you use? I think you can see that I frequent this site- as I am always looking forward to checking out some beautiful new photography. I check both your website and my wedding photographer's ( website daily. Yes, I confess sometimes more than once a day :)

Andrea said...

Thank you for sharing your blessings, and reminding us to be thankful in times of hardship. Beautiful.

Farrah said...

What a neat time you seem to have had! The pictures are neat as are the scriptures. Great find on the pears too! Blessings for your week.

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