Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall Comes in All Colors

What a long time since I have written a post! My life has taken some sharp turns over the past few months and my faith has been challenged, but strenthened. As a family we are beginning to feel our rhythm again. We are traveling our own paths as God sees fit to lay them out before us. Paths to a new beginning, new experiences, new friends, a new vision for our future; these can all describe what we are feeling. And the seasons, "they are a-changin' ".

Autumn is officially here, yet in south Mississippi, the days can still be hot and humid. This weekend has been dreary and gray, and my task has been to tackle mountains of laundry, not my favorite way to create memories. My favorite things to do are garden, read, and create. One part of my life is to have a vision for my future when I retire. I don't know how much longer I will work at my present job, but I do know I have big plans for when I am free to do as I please. So big, in fact, I am praying for the Lord to give me a vision for what exactly to do so that I can enjoy my life more fully and find new ways to live in His presence and bring joy to others. Change is sometimes EXACTLY what we need! This past week I found time after school to begin to change out some seasonal color in my garden. Love this kind of change...take a peek!

The vinca planted this spring have come to maturity and will fade with the cool weather, if it ever gets here.
              Dianthus will take their place and enjoy the cool weather and say Hello, there, autumn... look forward to getting these in the ground soon!

Whether it's the beauty of a flower planted by my own hands, or

one planted by nature, they both bring joy and wonder by their diversity of shape, color, and design.

And, with the changing of the seasons comes the changing of the mantel. There are so many beautiful displays of varying colors on favorite blogs that I view, not to mention, Pinterest, but since I have imposed upon myself a monetary budget (yuk and ouch!), I decided to use things that I had and not spend any money. So I pulled out some old books, which I love by the way, some tin cans I had upcycled to use in my craft space, an old mirror my Daddy gave me, some lamps I 've had for years but haven't quite figured out what to do with, (am thinking they would look great painted white and distressed) and some little pumpkins I had on hand that are now akin to Casper the Friendly Ghost (I know I am showing my age here, as some of you have no idea who Casper is...) thanks to a quick coat of our favorite change medium. 

All the brown and burnt tones say fall to me and the white is just enough to keep it from looking sad. The little stone bird reminds me of my Mama because she loves them so and is quite the bird expert. When I have one appear in my yard that I don't recognize, I call her, give a quick description, and sure enough, she knows the name. I love  still being able to call my Mama and yes I know I am blessed!

I like what it says on this tag: "Always dream in vivid color." I like that because it reminds me that I am never going to be too old to dream dreams and if I work hard and stay focused, those dreams can and will come true. Yes, I did watch Cinderella when I was a little girl, and  yes, I believe in glass slippers.

Well, it is time to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer one more time! As we enter the fall of the year, I pray that you will find just what you need from the giver of life for this season in your life.  Never give up on your dreams because your break-through may be just around the corner! Here's wishing you peace, love, and joy in all you do and blessings from this Mississippi Sunshine Girl to you.