“The ability to remember details comes naturally to children; a few retain that skill as adults and keep a sense of freshness and contentedness as well.”
Charlotte Mason, volume 1 page 69
I am really feeling the change of the season in my emotions and in my outlook. Autumn brings with it such a sense of melancholy, the end of the summertime sunshine-filled days. So I stay focused on the positive and look for the gifts all around me. Thankfully I have a busy life that still allows me to take time to cultivate my own interests and passions. Still, missing my grown up family seems to be a constant theme in my head.
It’s the end of an era around here. This cutie pie just turned 20 which means I officially have no more teenagers, the last of my children to reach their 20’s. Sad but happy too. Always that bittersweet as each milestone is reached reminding me of my own aging. Mr. B is working hard at learning construction skills as he gains physical strength and maturity. I so enjoy hearing about his challenges and his thoughts about growing up.
I created this page in my art journal (thanks to a Pinterest idea) and I sent a photo of it to him which made him happy. We have been talking about how at his age he is supposed to be trying new things, finding areas of interest, exploring different possibilities to pursue in the future. He feels so much pressure to have it all figured out. It is a hard age as you see the whole world opening up to you. He talks about how money isn’t the ultimate goal in life and that makes me smile.
My oldest son has been unemployed this summer after the start up internet company he was working for decided to take a new direction. Finally, this week he found a sweet new job near his home that will use his skills and talents…what a relief. We decided to make homemade applesauce one afternoon while he is still free to do so. What a great project! The applesauce was so good, especially with a little cinnamon on top…just like apple pie filling! We are already making plans to do another batch in October.
And what could be better than spending some time working on your scrapbook! I have been motivated to get this past year’s photos into my album. My sister made me these awesome die cuts for our camping trip page…perfect! I have about 30 pages to get into the book but I have all the photos printed, the papers gathered, and now I just need to make time to put them in the book. It might have to wait until the weather turns cold because I am enjoying my walks in the early evenings before the day turns dark.
As September draws to a close, my thoughts turn more and more to our up-coming trip to spend time with our three children who are living out of state. It will be awesome to see them and have real family time. Of course, I will share about that in a future post.
Don’t miss the Autumn Paintings Picture Study post from earlier this week!