I am making some plans to reinstate writing regularly on my two blogs – granting I have gone through some big changes; I considered starting fresh on a new blog or two but instead will incorporate my fresh thoughts, ideas and ventures into these existing ones – Reflections from Robin and here. One of the biggest reasons for writing again is that I find I stay more resolute and focused in life when I actually ‘record’ my doings, comings and goings. Also, our youngest son – who now is 19, started journaling for posterity. He wishes he could read and learn from his grandfathers who have long since passed away so he started up writing for his own 'someday' kids and grand-kids - isn't that cool? I am undertaking this for our kiddos, and myself but also, I want to welcome you on the journey of – Robin’s Road.
Just for a moment, let’s talk: Seasons ...
I love the seasons of the year!
We returned the States from Honduras the last week of August and thus were
able to enjoy some of the Summer heat. I loved it! Except, the high air
conditioning in restaurants and stores makes it inevitable that I go hither and
yon with a sweater in hand. Brr! I do not like the coldness in summer! I do
love the gardens – fruits, vegetables, and flowers of the summer months. I love
time on the water – lakes, beaches, mountain streams and even pools. I am a ‘water-bug’.
The freedom of kids – they’re a part of so many more activities and I love
their light-hearted company. Ah, the lazy, dog-days of summer. So many slices
of summer bring me happiness. Oh, joy!
Which brings us to Autumn! For years I have loved this fall season with all
her colors and the inherent traits of this time of the year. There’s a new
feeling in the year – a crispness that gets inside of you and quickens your
step and just fills you with a new energy. I was so pleased to be a participant
this year. The fall fruits and vegies are wonderful. Around these parts we have
festivals … the Apple Festival, the Pumpkin Festival and the Harvest Festival –
just to name a few. It seems everyone is filled with thanksgiving and the quest
of celebration. I love the winds of autumn … when it’s still warm enough to
have windows open and the curtains blowing in the breeze … ah, pure bliss!
Now, we’re in the midst of Winter … and I don’t mind a bit! I love the ‘naked’
trees! Up close or far away on the horizon … looking at and enjoying these
brushy foothills lets one appreciate so many trails of lace woven by the hand
of God. Pure, stately beauty! Isn’t the Father amazingly awesome in that He
just gives us so much to enjoy? Winter beauty is unique – the wonders of the
ice, the snow and even the barrenness carry her own elegant loveliness. I
admit, I am ‘solar-powered’ – my heart and soul thrive in the sunshine and in
these winter months I have to work at maintaining a happy, content heart. I’ve
learned that listening to upbeat music, or singing light-hearted praise songs
helps me. I also schedule sit-down time in the sun when we have it. But all in
all, I love Winter!
You’ll have to stick around for the Spring-time
thoughts, but just to clue you in: there will bees, birds, flowers, vegies and
trees filling up my days! Hubby and I are looking forward to a class in
Bee-Keeping starting this week, and will be planting – fruits, vegetables and
flowers in our quest for a simple, sustainable way of living here in our
Which brings me
briefly to another slant on 'seasons' - namely the seasons of life. Hmm,
if I was saying I was currently in a life season I guess I’m in the beginning
of the Autumn years … the harvest is our children with their own lives and the
enjoyment of the grandbaby girls. Also, I love all the experiences we’ve had …
so many vibrant, colorful, and profound stories that we’ve been a part of …
their memories and lessons are appreciated every day but I am content in the here and now.
There are also
seasons of emotions … or of one’s spiritual journey. For this I guess we can go
through these seasons at varied and multiple times during the course of our
lives depending somewhat on who and what is around you. Wow, this can take a
person in to lots of features and/or directions … we may tackle this in some
Isn’t life just
magnificent? Well, it is if you choose it to be so. ;)