I love autumn!
Today, this quote below inspired me and spurred me on as we endure this season of change in our lives.
“We humans have a lot to learn from autumn trees. No one of us wants to be so surrendered, so vulnerable to winter as the October trees. Yet each of us, if we are truly open to growth and change, will experience this in our inner lives…New growth means change.”
• Joyce Rupp, Fresh Bread
Our neighbours tree:
JC’s Autumn Blaze Maple
*CC’s hasn’t changed colour yet and we haven’t planted OC’s yet.
A tree in front of JC’s pod at school.
A tree on the playground in front of CC’s preschool.
I love my man! Usually when I talk about ‘be a man’ (see here), I am talking about Sexy Neck.
In the midst of cleaning, moving and digging out trees, I had to add a guest “man” to my banter with my man.
Papa Bob or Baron Bob as we lovingly call our dear friend, is a great man.
He came to dig out our boy’s placenta trees. Trees we had planted with our boys placenta’s underneath. Strange, I know, but really interesting. JC has an autumn blaze tree because of the colour and CC has a plane tree because of the size. OC will get his tree this fall when he turns two.
Since we were moving today, the boys requested that the trees come with us. They also asked if we could bring the bathroom mirror, but we left that behind.
Our Papa Bob, was busy digging a humungous hole in our heavy clay soil, but when the boys arrived he had them digging with him, avoided hitting them with his sledgehammer and looked like a superhero when the roots finally gave way.
Here is Papa Bob in action. Let’s remember it is easy to get our heads down in a hole, but it is the people that God has placed around us that really matter. Thank PB for reminding us of this!
Every single place I have lived and loved has had fabulous trees! There is something about old gnarled trees with leaves floating along their branches. The beauty of how trees shelter us in the summer and then lose their leaves so that we can get more sun in the winter.
As humans, we try to make things “straight”. Our homes have 90 degree walls, our mattresses, coffee tables, shelves and chair have them too! We like things smooth and straight.
I often do this with my situations and relationships, I like them to go in a particular way, I don’t enjoy any rough edges. Sometimes, I feel very uncomfortable.
But, God created the things of this earth crooked, bend, gnarled and beautiful. I need to strive to be more like our trees in our backyard – knowing I am God’s creation, perhaps “imperfect” in the world’s eyes, but beautiful! I need to trust Him more.