celebrating the season


Give a nature lover a camera in New England and that person will take endless photos. 

I have a lot of pictures to share with you today; hoping that the very small glory of them will grow into a deeper delight into the very magestic glory of our awesome God-creator of all.

My friend Mary takes myriads of photos of the California sea, each one breathtaking. 

From the other side of the USA, I will show you pictures of the leaves.  heart

 “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  l.m. montgomery, in anne of green gables

On Friday, I met my friend Kathy at Old Sturbridge Village (a history reenactment place).  The drive there was pleasantly distracting.  After days of rain, on this morning the sun was out beautifully.  By the time we arrived, I was seriously craving a hot apple cider.

With hot drinks in hand, we strolled through the village chasing our toddlers over carpets of crunchy leaves.


“The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like
they’re falling in love with the ground.”   A. Gibson


When we got back home, I put Seth and Sarah to bed for naps and went outside.

I sat by the pond and enjoyed a pumpkin muffin and pumpkin spice coffee with my new friend crawling around in the leaves under the picnic table.

Celebrating the season with books;

Even my chickens have beautiful red leaves to look at.

At this moment, they were more interested in the prospect of a treat.  Alas, I don’t share coffee or muffins.

(A glimpse of our house)

Ordinary riches can be stolen,

real riches cannot.

In your soul are infinitely precious things

that cannot be taken from you.

Oscar Wilde


My children have another day off from school today.  If it’s anything like yesterday we will be eating apples, tossing the football around, baking cookies, digging in dirt, hanging off the monkey bars, collecting leaves, drinking hot chocolate, and playing games.  All with just enough sibling rivalry to keep things interesting.

Happy day, friends!

0 thoughts on “celebrating the season

  1. I’m so happy you live in New England and that you love taking pictures because I love looking at them! Good memories being made, a home filled with love… it doesn’t get any better than that :)PS~ You look so lovely Shanda!

  2. Thank you for this, SUCH a treat! One of the things I miss most about my time spent living back East is the fall…all those beautiful colors. Love the quotes—>I am always reading along, even if I don’t always comment 🙂 xoxo

  3. Beautiful pictures! Love the shot of the chickens 🙂 what a wonderful place to raise a family. I’ve always wanted to visit that area. I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life – but someday we’d like to visit New England.

  4. This post filled my heart. Such beauty, and your words, and the quotes express it all so well. The village looked fun, and Seth is KING of that woodpile! You look wonderful, and I like thinking of you eating your muffin, drinking coffee, and reading those books. I want to peek in the Tasha Tudor one I was reading a catalog yesterday and saw a yummy sweater I thought would look good on you. It was a happy thought.

  5. Yes, I too had to do a double take with the photo of you – thought it was Grace for a minute 🙂 For some reason, I’m savoring Fall and all the rich colors more this year – sometimes life’s circumstances can(or we allow it to) blind us to the beauty around us in nature.Your home seems so full of love, laughter, fun – oh, I pray for more of that in ours. I sense your enthusiasm for life, nature, your children – it’s contagious. 🙂

  6. @purpleamethyst76 –  I might just have to send you the pic from the catalog. I couldn’t find the sweater on-line. It is kind of pear colored with flowers and seed beads on it. It is from j.jill. They have some other embroidered sweaters that are pretty too, but this one just made me think of you

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