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Monday, September 5, 2011

Summers End


Today marks the end of summer for many. I am always a little sad when summer is over, have always been that way. When the children were home the end of summer meant school was about to begin and schedules were a little tighter. Since our nest is now empty, this time of year doesn't effect our schedules anymore, but it does mean the garden is changing, and while we have a few more weeks, I know we will be soon be spending more time indoors than outside.

When the hurricane blew through last week we had to prepare our yard. That meant the umbrellas went down, the hanging baskets, patio furniture, yard art...all of it had to be put away. You may think it's silly but I wasn't ready to see everything go. I enjoy hammock time, eating dinners on the patio and sitting watching the hummingbirds dance from feeder to feeder. I just wasn't ready to say goodbye to summer.

Thanks to my husband I didn't have to, he put every bit of that stuff back up, it still looks like summer here, at least for the time being.

Our holiday weekend was probably like most of yours. We had friends visiting, a needed project completed with their help. A picnic with our care group and yet another birthday celebration...more on that in a future post.

It was also a time my husband and I spent reflecting, something we will probably be doing a lot the next couple of weeks. I don't think it's a bad thing, we need to take time to remember what God has done in our life, to speak of his care and mercies, to remind each other of how needs were meet. That's one of the ways we can encourage each other as we walk this life together. If your not in the habit of doing this, might I suggest it. Recounting God's mercies and care is a great way to get an attitude change.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching  Hebrews 10:23-25



8 comments:

camp and cottage living said...

Such a sweet photo of the little one.
Thank you for reminding me to count my blessings and also not to
forsake gathering togather with like believers.

Debbie said...

Oh I know just how you feel. I always hate to see any season end for some reason. I do tend to hold onto to things, haha...But I find myself doing just that....reflecting back dwelling on all that happened and not wanting it to be over. I LOVE that your hubby put everything back up. I am not sure if it is my season in life now or what, but I do find myself quite a bit looking back and remembering all of His blessings along the way. Hope you have a wonderful day! HUGS

no spring chicken said...

What a sweet husband you have. My first thought was that at least it was all put away and you didn't have to worry about it.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. :)

Blessings, Debbie

Sandy said...

Anyone who knows me well
knows I am all about
counting God's blessings!
I love the changing of the
seasons, each one so very
special in its own way.
Blessings!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I am glad to see the record breaking heat leave, not summer....we are now back on a tight schedule.

Yes recounting His blessings, His hand, His provisions...so important and so easy to forget

Now a season for reflecting...doing that a lot lately also

Oh the picture is precious

Camille said...

How sweet that your husband put everything back up!! Joy!

I know what you mean about September...

Blessings to you!
Camille

Farm Girl said...

What a sweet picture. I just love that. Yes, it is true about seasons changing and time for reflection.
Summer is over but I am thankful for the hope that lies within us too.
Have a great week.

Petra said...

I love that picture. So cute! And I think that I too need to reflect more on God's truth, and His merciful and providential grace. Is there anything that matters more? Very good verses at the end!