Friday, October 25

Hello, friends.

Autumn drops her veil of color on our lawn and we relish in it, spreading out quilts by the trampoline while kiddos play and radiant leaves flutter up and down with each bounce and leap of small feet. Apples chomped, cider sipped. I close my eyes and tilt back my head into the fading sun, trying to catch each slipping ray before they hibernate for winter months.
I catch myself thinking of writing again and the reasons why not to instantly pile up in my left brain and reasons why I should type themselves out on eager feet in my right.  So many, many sweet messages I received from many of you when I folded closed my laptop and fell into the silence God called me to. It was a sacrifice I did not think I could give but babies grew, seasons moved in, the earth did not stand still, and life moved on as ever it did, perhaps a little more contemplatively on my part. 
Meanwhile, between fading summer days, lessons with children, a kitchen full of steam from canning and all the waves of life - I hashed it all out before the Lord.  My meager offerings, His will, the very character of God.  I threw my hissy fits at life not being as I would wish it, resigned some hard unbending steely things to His capable hands, and let go. (This practice of letting go is a daily thing.) Life went on. Pens scratched out thoughts again.  Refining fire burned those things too sacred to me and I fell into trusting again.
I suppose I can now say, when God calls you to silence in any season, whether it is waiting through a storm holding securely to His capable and weathered hand, or falling silent into trust - whatever silence He calls you to, He is capable of leading us in such a way, so tenderly and lovingly, as to have our best intentions close to His heart.
Thank you deeply for your encouragement to write again.

17 comments:

Aaron and Amber said...

Oh! Your back! I pray your time away was just what you needed, but have to say I so missed your stunning blog and wonderful words! :)

Annie said...

Welcome back Hannah. :)

Kim said...

It is a challenge when God calls us to do hard things for Him; but in the end we are so much better for it!
I'm so glad you are back to share your days with me and others. I missed "seeing" and gleaning from your walk with the Lord while raising your children and being a wife.
Have a great weekend!
By Grace Alone,
Kim

Blondee said...

Welcome back, Hannah. I have truly missed your offerings of day to day life, your passion for faith, your quest for simplicity and your beautiful stories of babies and your exquisite photos. I hope your break was nourishing to your soul.

Momma Bug said...

I missed you.

Joy said...

I missed you...but I'm thinking of leaving, too. I keep wondering and praying about blogging. Should I continue? Deep inside I wonder if I'll be glad for the time I spent online during these years when my children were with me. It goes by so fast. My oldest is 14 now. There are so many voices, so many blogs, so much information. I'm still praying about it.

But glad to see you back! :)

Dawn said...

Love the autumn banner.
Nice to have you back.

Brittany Smith said...

Welcome back...you were missed <3

Lynette said...

Welcome back!

Roslyn said...

So very happy to see you back, Hannah! Those quiet times are important for growing our hearts. Happy Autumn!

Love,
Roslyn

~Kristin~ said...

Happy-Happy...
This is lovely to see...
Welcome back.

Kathleen said...

Thank you for returning to blogging. I have been following your blog for years and have only commented once or twice, but I would like to say thank you for writing it and sharing your inspiring life with the world. I think it is a true testament.

Pamela Graham said...

My heart leaped with joy to read your words...all I could see from this end was Google Reader to Feedly and your blog was private with no way to contact you. I am so happy to once again here your kind words and hear about your fabulous family. God is so good....he guides us in many different ways. Sometimes I pray for the silence ways....God Bless you and welcome back! Pamie G.

Michelle H said...

Yay! I've been checking in periodically, and am so glad you're back, I have missed you and would have missed you even more over the fall and winter. I do know what you mean about the necessary quiet, I'm still finding my "groove" in my own blog again, after changes in my life. I find your blog and family to be such a sweet blessing and encouragement. (Big Hugs)

Unknown said...

So glad you are back! It was so nice to type in your website "just to see" and have something actually pop up! I hope your time away was just what you needed, but you were missed.

Anonymous said...

So happy for your return!

Mrs Cookin said...

Hannah - I'm glad you're back! I've found much encouragement in your posts over the years. While you were taking a break, I was praying that the Lord would lead you back to your blogging or help me find another site for mothering inspiration and respite - I didn't find one, and you've started posting again. An answer to my prayer - I hope you know that! Thank you for sharing!