We are in the midst of a beautiful New England fall week. The leaves are breathtaking this year. It's almost hard to drive right now and stay focused because the trees are so bright and distracting and perfect that I would much rather be paying attention to them than the road. I think it would be safe to say that my children have heard "Look out the window at those trees, kids!" about a thousand times. Like clockwork they pause, look and dutifully comment..."Yeah mom, they're great. Pretty for sure."
Someday they'll understand that the vibrant, crisp beauty of Fall gives us a glimpse of the creativity and artistry of God, and that He graciously chose our world as His canvas. How fortunate we are to live in the midst of His masterpiece!
Yesterday afternoon we went to our favorite local "park" which happens to be a working dairy farm. Two spontaneous hours alone with my four darlings flew by and watching them play was more than refreshing. In the middle of a busy school year with many subjects and schedules of multiple people to keep, I find myself yearning for a little less structure and a little more free time to spend with my four before they go and grow up on me. Even as a homeschool mama who spends most waking hours with her kids, I still miss out on many opportunities to enjoy them because I am too busy frantically trying to "check things off the list."
But this beautiful week, I'm striving to take these lovely, just-about-perfect days a little bit slower and let our play time last a little bit longer. These times are the ones we remember.
Hoping you are enjoying your own Fall colors, my friends!