Can you believe it is already mid November? Aside from the cold, I love this time of year. Around here, in Moses Lake it is a season of harvest, which simply reminds me of how much we have been blessed with, ushering in a season of thanksgiving. You may have noticed a lack of activity here on my blog, but it there has certainly not been a lack of activity in our lives these days!
We are finally hitting a bit of a stride in our schedule with Joseph in school and despite being the “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal that I am, it has brought some much needed and unexpectedly welcome structure to our lives. Please don’t have a heart attack when you read this mom, but I am finally becoming a woman that wants to keep a schedule just for the sake of being organized and allowing ourselves to more fully enjoy our lives raising children. I tried to keep a schedule when we first had Joseph but as baby’s schedules are ever changing and we’ve had 3 of them so far the unspoken mantra quickly became “schedule-schmedule.” Yet now with Joseph in school and the others who will soon follow a steady schedule has been refreshing and helpfully efficient in maintaining a bit of sanity.
Speaking of Joseph he celebrated a birthday yesterday. It seems only yesterday we brought him home from the hospital and welcomed the blessing of children into our lives. Yet 6 years has gone by and here we are watching him learn new skills as a student and be a good big brother. It was so fun to take cookies to his class and see him be celebrated by his classmates. School is still fresh and exciting to him, he loves homework and making new friends and it is exciting for us as well watching him as he continues to grow into a young man.
The bounty of harvest has left my kitchen wanting of a good scrub down and yet still wonderfully smelling of cinnamon and nutmeg with each loaf of fresh pumpkin bread. In the last few weeks I have made homemade applesauce, apple chips in the dehydrator, and boiled down all our pumpkin to freeze for later baking. I also brown bagged the remaining green tomatoes from the garden and chopped up herbs to freeze for cooking later. It is nice to enjoy a garden grown heirloom tomato even in mid November-what a treat!
Over the next few blog posts I will share a bit more about some of these things complete with new photos. I’ve been enjoying a lot of still photography for this blog and it’s nice to do something different that I still enjoy even though as a business we are not taking on any new clients for the time being. I haven’t really minded either and I haven’t had much time to spend in the office on design projects. Cooking, homemaking and documenting it in photographs has been rather fulfilling and I am enjoying the daily contentment of simply being a mom and enjoying this family God has blessed us with.
As winter settles in and we enter this season of thanksgiving it is such a reminder of all I’ve been blessed with. Even the simple things among the bounty of harvest are evidence that God finds delight in us being joyful and finding pleasure in life. A bright and cheery apple, rosy with the last kisses of summer sun-crisp and sweet, toasted pumpkin seeds as we savor every part of fall, the changing leaves displaying the last of their glory and my favorite a fall sunset enjoyed with the my boys as they gaze in wonder at the spectacular colors. Whatever it is that makes you smile, remember it is because you have been blessed with much by an extravagant God who takes delight in providing for his children. I am thankful to be a part of his creation and grateful to celebrate with thanksgiving!
Hi, I'm Sharon
...and these are my adventures as a mom, as a musician, and as a writer using my creative abilities to navigate this life. It is my hope that in some way my life is an encouragement to you. Come join me as I strive to embrace contentment and gratitude amidst this busy, exhausting and wonderful life.