Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Autumn Blessings~ Enjoying the Last of Warm Weather

Dear Friends,

We've been spending as much time in nature as possible these past days, while the weather has been fine. We had a light freeze the other night, but thankfully we'll be warming back up into the 70s for a while, before Madame Winter comes on the scene.

 (Photos from a recent nature excursion to Swope Park, the largest park in Kansas City)

Every year at this time we feel a longing to stay in the embrace of the sun for as long as possible, to listen more closely to the crickets and cicadas, and to drink in the sights and scents of green, growing things just a little bit longer. We feel as one feels after a nice long visit with a friend who is going away for a long while, and whose leaving will leave a space in our hearts that only he can fill.

As much as we love the cozy layers of winter with its daily hot soups and baked goods, fresh from the oven, we always miss the freedom of open windows, line-dried laundry, and feet who love the feel of the earth.

May we learn wisdom from the trees and animals around us, and gracefully embrace the changes that are inevitable as the daylight ebbs and darkness once again stakes its claim upon the earth.

"Nature is forever arriving and forever departing, forever
approaching, forever vanishing; but in her vanishings there
seems to be ever the waving of a hand, in all her partings a
promise of meetings farther along the road."

-- Richard Le Gallienne

Love and blessings to you,



  1. Beautiful autumn photography!


  2. How wonderful that you were able to truly enjoy these Autumn 'warm' days :) by the way, I saw your You Tube videos and they were wonderful! I truly enjoyed them :)


  3. Beautiful words and beautiful photos!

  4. Beautiful words and beautiful photos!

  5. Beautiful pictures thankyou for sharing Happy Autumn Love Heather

  6. Such a beautiful place to hike...the pictures are just lovely...blessings

  7. Dear mama, I loved going to Swope Park and taking all of the pictures of beautiful nature, but I didn't like it when the camera batteries died!! :O I love you! Love, Audrey

  8. Such a lovely day you had. Fall is here as well such lovely days it is so hard to stay inside and work on school work when the outdoors are calling us to investigate. This week we have made a roost for the chickens, moved the pigeons to the quail pen, worked in the barn with the doors open from and back, and visited with all the animals they love having us out with them.

    Have a wonderful day!


  9. Autumn blessings to you also, dear Marqueta! I love your jacket. I see from your previous post that Evangeline has inherited your lovely hair. I'd like to do that with my hair, but it always ends up sticking out everywhere like a porcupine. Enjoy your autumn jaunts, this year fall has been glorious!

  10. Seriously--you should sell your photographs--you are that good. Hey--where's my letter? I need a pen pal fix!

  11. It is so beautiful where you live (even w/ the drought). There is fall color, crisp air, wonderful parks (I went to two of them). I can see why you would want to enjoy these last days. It sounds like it can get cold fast in your neck of the woods. Enjoy while you can xox Clarice

  12. Marqueta, such a lovely pictorial stroll with your sweet family. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  13. It looks like you are enjoying the lovely days of Autumn! What beautiful photos ~ P.S. I am sending a letter your way today! :)

  14. Gorgeous photos, your words completely resonate with me. As I scrolled down and saw the photo of you facing the water in the hat my mind immediately started scrambling to place the painter who did it! Renoir, maybe? It took a few seconds to register that it was a photo!


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