Sunday, September 12, 2010

Changing seasons...

            To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.Eccl.3:1.
As I sit here, looking out the windows, I see the changes occurring. Not just outside, but inside as well.
I notice the sun is climbing in the sky, but it's a little farther south each day. The droplets of moisture are still clinging to the spruce tree that will be used as our holiday tree this year. The blue jays, crows, and geese are the ones singing now...not the robins, or the finches.
The leaves are turning.... giving me the feeling that something is ending.
A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to reap.Eccl.3:2.
I don't know why, but I am hanging on to summer with a vengeance this year. As much as I love the Fall season, I am extremely sad to see summer go.
It's kind of like the seasons of my life. I hated letting go of my girls. That first day of school, graduation, then college. The weddings, and now the grand babies. So many blessings with each change...yet still wanting to cling to those times of holding them on my lap and braiding their hair.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.Eccl.3:4
I am thankful for the harvest! All of the vegetables and fruits we are reaping. The warm colors, and crisp air. The sounds of whistles at football games, rakes scraping against the ground, and the rustle of the leaves as the kiddos jump in piles of them.
Realizing the changes in nature coincide with the changes in my life. Hubby retired this past that has been a BIG change for us.
The change in relationships.....where did that "young love" go? When did we become so comfortable with each other? When did staying home in front of the fire become more fun than going out on a Saturday night?
How did we get to the point where "picking our battles" means more than "being right" all the time?
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.Eccl.3:8.
The longer I sit here and contemplate, the more I realize that "change" is good.  Letting go is the hardest part...but if we don't, we lose the joy HE has in store for us. Autumn is knocking at the door, I'll be ready.  Or......I'll slam the door in it's face and run screaming for the suntan lotion.


  1. I can so relate to this post. Change is hard and letting go even harder. I miss having my boys around. I love Fall too but it's taking it's time getting here. No changing of the leaves around here except for the brown ones on the plants I killed this summer! Have a great day Debbie!

  2. Wonderful post. Change is not always easy - but a part of life. What amazes me is how quickly time passes...makes me remember that I have to stop and smell the flowers...

    Love your tablescape...looks beautiful!!

  3. Hello, I'm Dawn from Wisconsin! I to feel so mixed about the changes in our lives. I think for me I dont like it, because i know each season brings age..and age means closer to our departure. While I beleive in eternity, I cannot deny the not knowing disturbs me. Even though life can be so hard and sad at times,,,we all have times where its so beautiful.

  4. Very sweet post...I can tell you are thinking deep thoughts again. I feel the way you do about change. I often want to go back in time to experience all that love again with my children. And feel the passion instead of comfort in my marriage...sometimes we need those old sparks! Sometimes changes are abrupt and take us by surprise, other times we just float into them without much notice.

    I want summer to last because the seasons and time are going by too fast. My kids growing too fast, changes coming too fast.

    Thanks for such a sweet and beautifully written post.


  5. What a beautiful and thought provoking post. I've made so many changes in my life over the past 5 years and am now wondering if I made the right choices. I know better than to live in the past...there is no future in that. I also know that there are many changes that will be happening in my near future. I pray that I make the right choices. Change is a good thing...sometimes. Thanks for this post.

  6. I have never been one for a lot of change..guess it really depends on what kind of changes..Iam not a big fan of the HEAT of Summer, so that change will not bother me at all....Iam ready for some cooler weather!!

  7. I don't know if I have ever been reluctant for change far as the kids go I always eagerly awaited their growth and adulthood etc. It was always exciting to see them maturing. I think I am always moving furniture because I like change. But there are some things I don't like change in for sure. ...I like a certain pattern to my schedule.

    But I have enjoyed the change in our relationship---hubby and I. It has gotten better over the years and that has been most wonderful.

  8. Wonderful post. Life has a way of moving on whether we want it to or not. The winters here seem so long anymore. I don't think they have changed, its me and getting older. I don't do the cold well at all...or the hot hot weather either.
    When both boys were gone, it was so different here. My husband and I have been together a good long while now, and we would just sit in silence and it was good. We can talk but we don't have to. We just like being in the same space, without words. I
    wait and watch the clock for him to come home. He can't wait to get here when he punches out. It's deeper and it means more. I had always thought that older couples who didn't speak to each other were not happy. It's not that way at all. LOL- they know each other's thoughts...without words.
    Hugs- Tete

  9. Hi Debbie-I'm so glad you came to visit me because I found your blog and love it. Love your post today, because I have three daugters and the last one just graduated from college and I'm going through another change! That's why I love the word "bittersweet". I'm now a follower of your blog.

  10. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I've already been a follower of yours for a bit, and have your blog in my sidebar for new updates.

    A lovely post! As I watch my boys grow into their early teen years, I am amazed at how fast time goes. My nieces and nephews that I used to dote on before children of my own, now have three and four kids of their own.

    Your photos are so pretty. I especially like the table with white chairs and accessories.

  11. What a great post! I don't always like change very much either. Usually, I hate to see summer end, but we have had some crazy things happen this summer, so I am actually glad that we are turning the page. I am so ready for fall and new beginnings! Have a great night!

  12. Hello there! I see you're a Michigander too! You're not that far from us - we live in Cedar Springs! Nice to read your posts, and love the photos. I adore antiques too - small pieces of history to hang onto, and to appreciate.

  13. I love your table decorated for fall and all of your glass jars. I am looking forward to fall and cooler weather. Good thoughts to ponder!

  14. Letting go is the hard part. I love summer too and hate to see it go. I love that verse from Ecclesiastics I read it often. Season of our lives move gently one into the other and I'm approaching Autumn with hope.

  15. What a wonderful post today, Debbie. You wrote it so beautifully. Just so perfect with the change of the season. Summer kissed the day today with it's sunshine and warm temps. And I love being out in it with the changing leaves falling down around me. But, yup --- I'll be slamming the door in Old Man's Winter's face to be sure and turning around to slather that suntan lotion on.....all the while counting the days til Sanibel.... :)

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk