"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven"
Seasons change and it's time to get rid of the flip flops. The summer clothes are put away until next year and out come the coats, sweaters, mittens, boots, etc. Every year and through every season we go through this. By the end of summer I look forward to no more grass cutting and getting out the warm cozy sweaters. At winters end or sooner I look forward to no more snow shovelling and carrying water down to the horses and no more winter coats. To each season there I things I look forward to and things I don't.
As much as this is true for our weather seasons it is true for the seasons of life. Each season has it's mixture of emotions, some of joy and happiness other's of sadness and pain. Yet I think in each season there is goodness, even in the very tough seasons of life. Often it is in the very tough seasons that our very being is tested and we have to make some of the hardest choices we will ever have to make. And often times that choice is the simple yet profound choice to live even in the midst of pain. And in walking out that choice we find life and goodness even in the midst of our pain and sorrow.
Our kids are pretty much all grown up their ages are 21, 19, 18 and 16 and time has gone by so quickly. And I love this season of life, though it comes with it's tough times too. You walk your kids through some painful times in growing them up and that can be hard, but it's also a privilege to be able to be there for them. You get to see them venture out into the world and it's exciting to see where they will go and what they will do with their lives. And yet there are those times when I miss my little kids. I miss hearing their little voices and seeing their innocent smiles and seeing them experience joy and delight in the simple things of life. Just thinking about that can bring tears to my eyes, but I will always have the memories and images of those times and for that I am thankful.
It's funny I have lots to do today but I snuck out quickly to get this picture. I went out into the woods to our little pasture by our cabin. It was beautiful there this morning with the frost and sunshine. As I was taking some shots I hear my husband calling "T I N A", his voice carries through the woods out to where I am. And I am caught in a different place and a different time. Times when little girls run out into the woods or out into the field to play and in the distance they hear their parents voice call them in for lunch. And I ran home through the woods camera and tripod in tow smiling...