A Good Day: Just Exploring and Being A Mom

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Today is a good day. It’s a day I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything. I can just be and do what I want.

So today, I was a mother, teacher and explorer with my kids.

We left early in the morning with clouds looming in the sky and I took them to a place they’d never been too, but is just a five minute drive away. Then we just started walking. We talked, the boys raced, we identified plants and clouds. We talked about hydroelectricity, nature and geology. We just kept walking until the sprinkles grew to a drizzles and then headed back. We made it back home before the rain really began to fall and sipped hot cocoa to warm up.

Now as I write this, rain is pattering the windows and the trees are bending in the wind. We haven’t had rain in a really long time so this is a welcome sight.

And, it’s a relief for me. I love the rain.

This is always a hard time of year for me.

Even though I absolutely love the fall, I think the lack of sunlight affects me more than I’d like to admit. The cold keeps me inside and the early nights are beginning to depress me. Add to that the annoying busyness of this time of year that makes it difficult to enjoy the season. I fall short in so many ways of what I’m “supposed” to be doing, but I’ve just had to not think about it. I’ve had to let go of so much and sometimes it’s hard. I feel so limited, but I just don’t have energy -mentally, for any more.

If I could have more days like today though, just walking in nature with my kids, I think I would be a happy camper all the time. It wouldn’t even have to always be raining. 🙂

I just prefer the outdoors.

When I think of my future dream home, I don’t imagine the inside of the home. Half the time I don’t see a house at all. What I do see are the trees, creeks, hills, mountains, wild flowers, birds in the air, warm sunshine on my face or brilliant fall foliage. Just as important to me as the space my family will dwell in, is the feel of the area around us. That’s probably why when I am looking at houses for sale on zillow, I am drawn to the lots of land more than the homes.

Even though I am a cooler weather person (I do not do well in the heat), I am looking forward to the winter solstice tomorrow. After tomorrow, the days will grow longer again and there will be more light in our part of the world. I’ve always marveled how at a time when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, who IS the light, it is also at a time when our days begin to have more light. There’s a renewing of hope and a promise of relief. It makes me so grateful for the timing of certain things. There really is a plan.

And, I am so grateful for days like today. No pressures. No obligations. Just happy little moments with my kids, building memories and having fun.

So what have I been up to lately?

Well since my last post (which was the last time it rained), my oldest won a golfing championship, my second son was a student of the month and had a birthday, I won NaNoWriMo, we had a craft show and we’ve had trials galore. But, at the moment, life is good and I am grateful for that. I’m hoping to write here more frequently soon.

Now it’s your turn. What would be your “good day?” Who would you spend it with and what would you do? I’d love to know!

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Autumn: I Stand In Wonder

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Today is the first day of Fall.

Autumn leaves have already begun to drop and the air has become crisp and delicious. It’s the perfect day to launch my new blog. My first blog post, This Mountain Girl Speaks, was written about a month ago as I began setting up this site, and I encourage you to read it. It talks about my reasons behind starting a new blog and what I want to do with it.

For now though, I just want to breath in the fresh air and soak in the earth’s sigh of relief.

This is my season.

This is when I feel most alive and connected. Spring has her place in my heart, but Fall is where it’s all at for me. I thrive on the coolness.

Autumn has always been a time of renewal. New school years when I was younger. New pencils to create with, new notebooks to write in. The changing season always brought color back to a dull summer backdrop.

Autumn also means new life for me.

My first child was born just a few weeks before the first day of Fall and after a record breaking summer, in a very pregnant body, in a house with no air conditioning, his birth was a relief. A relief from the discomforts of pregnancy, a relief from the summer heat and the relief that all was well with my little one as I started my journey in motherhood. I feel blessed to realize that this most significant change in my life happened at the beginning of my favorite season. What better way to start a new life?

That’s what I’m hoping for on this first day of Autumn.

New life. A clear mind and a healthy body. A renewed sense of purpose and greater ability to be present. Truly present.

I stand in wonder at the hope of it all, and the beauty of both of the earth in this changing season, and of the possibilities the future holds. Everything happens for a reason and to everything there is a season. This . . . is going to be my season.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me your thoughts on Fall. Or, what is your favorite season? Is there a significant change that happened in your life that you associate with a season?

 

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