Thursday, November 12

when the great leaves blow

"When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand." ~ William Shakespeare

Over the past week we have been blessed with some incredible weather which has departed from the the typical cool gray days known to be November. The sun has been shining and the temperatures have even risen into the 60's. We were given a second chance to get outdoors and work on yardwork which had not looked very inviting during the weather of October.

It is on days like these that I'm thankful to be a homeschooling family because we can work hard in the mornings and have the flexibility to take afternoons off for some outdoors working time. Fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of exercise does make everyone happier and healthier!

The wind fully cooperated by disappearing which kept our piles of leaves easy to build and pick up. The yard was beginning to look so nice and neat once again. Life was good and worthy of a break when we were done. Keeping up with this task will make the yardwork in the spring soooo much easier.

Leaving the house early this morning in the dark to go walking at the local high school, I noticed that the wind had picked up.

Leaving the high school to come home an hour later, I noticed that a red sunrise was up over the horizon. "Red in the morning, sailor take warning" immediately came to mind.

Leaving the garage in the daylight to walk up the path to the house, I noticed that the mighty oaks had finally dropped many of their great leaves which had blown all over the nice neat lawn.

Yup, our smooth sailing weather was taking a turn and with it would be the return of a messy yard. And how could it not be? Our yard is placed in the middle of a great woods!

Parenting has stretches like that, doesn't that?

Sometimes it feels like things are moving along quite smoothly. Life is nice and neat and we feel like we can take a break. Then some of those great leaves start blowing all over in our lives as our children challenge us with character traits that definitely need some cleaning up. And how could it not be? Our imperfect children have been born into the midst of a world full of sin! Once again we need to pick up the tools our Heavenly Father has provided and lovingly correct and discipline where necessary. Being consistent on this important parenting task will make our job much easier as our children mature and leave home as young adults.

It's a comfort knowing that the Lord is with us during the long season of parenting and that He will help us when the winds blow....

"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." ~ First Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, be encouraged!

Tammy ~@~

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