The sun begins to make an increasingly early descent toward the horizon. Shadows lengthen. The first leaves flicker gold, and our maples cast amber prisms. This is the season to brew more pots of tea, bake sweet pumpkin loaves and some spice apple cakes. This is the season when the world turns cooler, dusk comes sooner, and we shelter in the comforts of home. We seek to make a safe place of nourishment and joy, filling our family’s and friends’ hearts with all manner of beauty.
Home takes center stage as we gather early for night-time read aloud, spending longer evenings piled on the couch with heaps of blankets.
The last kiss of warm afternoon sun beckons us to the orchard. Pears and apples are brought in by the bushel! Harvest is the time to recognize home as a place of abundance. Reveling in the bounty of fellowship and rest renews and replenishes those we bring into our homes.
Autumn gives us so much opportunity to create a cozy-warm dose of generous love. We remember to stock the pantry, keep the soup pot simmering low, and have stacks of wonderful books; not to prove curated homes, but to provide goodness for little souls – a resting place to find Christ. Our hearts overflowing with His grace will beget more grace.
“Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird,
I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
– George Eliot, 1841
with love, Damaris