Pumpkins







The cold breeze makes me feel quite alive and this time of year holds a million treasures unfolding and overflowing so quickly. I am making sure to take a moment in the busyness of life to watch as the trees change. I don't want to miss a single leaf falling to the ground or crunching under my feet. It has been fairly easy accomplishing this so far since Elspeth's current favorite thing is to lay down in the grass and roll. I'll take it.

I'll never forget when we first moved here and found this treasure of a place. Petting the animals, picking out pumpkins, and exploring the maze... all good things.


"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
   Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
   With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
   And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
      To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
   With a sweet kernel; to set budding more."
                                              -John Keats

Annual orchard trip












The festivities of the year are in full swing over here. Pumpkin patches, birthday planning, and orchard visiting. Over the weekend, we went to our favorite orchard that we have gone to every year since we've been here in sweet Pennsylvania. Driving up to find it nestled away in the mountains this time of year is quite something.

More pumpkins than anyone needs (is that possible?), hot apple cider, and enough crimson topaz apples to feast on for months...

Happy fall.

Details of the calm and not so







Days...

Days when I am on top of the world and getting all things done. 

Days when little ones run around shirtless and the kitchen floor is unrecognizable. 

Days when I'm so grateful to have a community–a village–of family, friends, and neighbors who act as both. 

Don't worry if the floor is a mess. Don't worry if a single task spreads over days instead of mere minutes or hours. 

One day I will look back and remember the way my children looked at me. I will recall discussions over new seasons and tiny pumpkins and spreading dirt all over the walk. 

That's all. That's it.

Happiness - always



Seeing this little one happy is just about the best thing ever. She teaches me some good lessons on how to see life. She is unbelievably glad when we fully understand something she says or when she discovers something new. At times, it's as simple as handing her a spoon to play with or a pen and paper to draw. Her eyes widen and she smiles, so delighted. 

That's life, right there. Nothing big. Nothing expensive. Nothing perfect. Just choosing to find happiness in seeing life as a pile of tiny, sometimes nearly missed, adventures and discoveries: a hot cup of tea on a chilly morning, a flood of sun into a room, a strangers smile.

And, if that's not enough, we've been a little addicted to Pharrell's 24 hours of happy over here lately. Give it a go!

September








We've made it through the first week of school and are welcoming in the wonderful month of September. Saying goodbye to warm days and slower-paced schedules isn't easy, but it just means the welcome of so many other amazing things. Here's to September and the coming goodness.

Chilly mornings and evenings
A cup of coffee on the back porch
Open windows
New school friends
Fall garden blooms
The thought of holidays
Everything pumpkin
Changing leaves
Apple orchards


And, messy-haired, baby bed-heads are welcome always.