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PINListen!  The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves.  We have had our summer evenings, now for October [November] eves. – Humbert Wolfe

Seasons.  Oh, how I love the change in them.  Spring brings a freshness, a revitalizing to the earth we walk on, a clarity to the soul, and a promise that warmer days are coming.  Winter shows off crystallizing beauty, regals itself by forcing you to slow down to notice it, and brings out the warmth of layers and people’s hearts – especially around Christmas.  Summer is defined by some of the best food cook outs, the infinite sunlight that allows for the sweetest of gatherings and memories, and a big loud shout of FUN!  And Autumn, my beloved Autumn, you always outdo yourself with the way the sun almost gets to it’s brother winter’s lateral state (up here in Alberta, at least) and it is hot by 2 in the afternoon, yet the milder evening temperatures make for perfect fire gatherings.  The quizzical reality of it being ‘the start of the year’ (even though I haven’t been in school for years!) and the way that reality inspires a full throttled jump into projects and new/old things to get back into the groove of … Sigh, it’s probably just the perfect season.

Side note: I know not everyone will agree with me, but I actually love when we no longer are on daylight savings time.  The sun sets earlier, but the mornings are that much more glorious – and enjoyable.  It’s really the “springing” ahead that throws me off.  For me, “falling” back is definitely another plus to this autumn season.

At one point in my life, I was convinced that I wouldn’t live here in Canada.  But rather, I would live somewhere where it was hot year round and maybe I’d take up surfing and open or work a coffee shop and paint and write in my spare time.  It was during this time when I would loftily dream of these things that I DID travel and see many different cultures.  And as much as I loved going to different places (and would still like to continue to make my way through different countries and some repeats) it became very evident to me that I knew so little of my own backyard.  These other countries inspired me to learn more of my own, like in Australia, almost everyone I’d come in contact with knew their flora and fauna like it was their ABCs … in Ecuador, the locals wouldn’t just let you eat anywhere,  you had to go to the place where that food was originated/served the best … in Switzerland, not only was everyone bilingual (if not trilingual) but they also knew their town/cities’ in and out and could get you to places impossible for foreigners following a map … etc, etc.  If anything, I realized how much I wanted to know Canada, especially my province of Alberta.  I also realized (after travelling and missing almost an entire winter)  how much I loved the change that each season brought – the highlights that come with each part of the year.

He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time … Ecclesiates 3:11

I am just thankful that Autumn was on God’s list of things to keep.  It seriously comes at the perfect time every year.

pic pix: the other morning (all photos unedited), 09.Nov.2016, at home

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PINSo long, one of my favorite months.  October, you were splendid this year … showing off with your beautiful colors and wonderful weather.  Not a month goes by that I don’t learn something, and here are few of the ways I ‘gained’ this month.

1. It’s something I’ve read for years but just started to actually implement it this months.  Coconut oil in my coffee – read the benefits (hoping they are legit) – the newest thing.  Along with the coconut oil + coffee, I’ve learnt another coffee lovers trick, the dirty chai lattes *eyes roll back* so so good.

2. Got my glasses this month.  Totally realizing how little of details I have been taking in from afar.  Hello, world, in it’s clarified glory!

3. We could eat around 6 apples a day if they were here to eat.  That adds up to an approximate 42 apples a week.  Have you ever picked 42 apples at the grocery store?!  If you’re an apple eater, how many apples do you get for your household per person?

4. Something I never knew … mushrooms grow all throughout the year but are most plentiful in fall.  I’m  not at all comfortable picking and eating them wild, my knowledge is just not there, but we have had fun looking for them wherever we’ve ventured out this month.

5. I need to make my massages happen on a monthly basis.  Have to.  It had been too long since I had a massage.  Like a whole year too long.

6. Hosting/partially preparing (Canadian) Thanksgiving Dinner for a guest list of 60 looks more and more interesting as the years go by/the children are getting older.  Instead of a 2 day affair, like 10 years ago, it now takes the whole week to prep.

7. Should be a given, but I can’t always think the icing on a cake will look exactly like the pinterest picture.  Oh, and you should make it prior to having your guests over so you don’t run into having to make cups upon cups of icing for it to be thick enough.  Aka 1/2 way pinterest fail.  Pinterest | Mine (with my sister’s help!)

8. Magical Misty Mornings are up there in my top favorite things.  This month brought so much fog and it was a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

9. I quite look forward to the tid-bits of current news my husband shares with me each day.  I’ve never thought of myself as a ‘facts’ person, but those small quips spark conversation and thinking – good to keep me alert!

10. I’m seeing it more and more, that time truly is a thief.  It’s just starting to settle in … my baby is actually 1 year old.


pic pix: on a foggy drive, Oct.2016, 22x

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PINI’m looking forward to this week as 1. we have no wild plans and 2. (because of reason number one)  we can just go with the wind!  I LOVE hosting and having set events, but there’s something so exciting when you can look at a week and there is promise of impromptu friend visits, surprise play times, and slower days because you have no where to be.  In the midst of our “no plan” week, I still have some things that would be nice to get to.  Like … View full post »

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PINPINPINPINPINPINPINIsrael Rhodes … how did we get here so fast?  With your brothers, I felt like the first year flew by.  And now with you, it seems that time never stopped its momentum.  From the moment you were placed into my arms, I just knew you were going to be a comfort to our family.  Our clearing in the woods.  This past year revealed new things to all of us and the biggest part was how you were so perfectly made to be part of our little tribe.

The way you can go from serious, stoic face to giggling til I’m sure you are peeing your pants makes me laugh – all day, everyday!  You bring joy, the coziest snuggles, one of the keenest senses of adventure (and climbing!), strength and courage for such a young age, and a sensitivity to others that, I feel, is way beyond your years.  The way you have uniquely grown relationships with your brothers highlights such creativity in your love toward them – I cannot wait to hear you express your thoughts with more than hugs and open mouth kisses!  Every day, I thank God for blessing us with you, our sweet boy.  You are wonderfully and beautifully made and I absolutely love being your mama.  I love you very much, my little buffalo bean. xo


pic pix: Isra’s little birthday bash, 12.Oct.2016, at home

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PINIt’s here, it’s here.  It’s finally here … Autumn!

I, for one, love the crisper wake-ups, hot and sunny days and cooler, cozier evenings.  Everything with apples and spice, the more wool the better, fires – all times of the day, so really … just everything about fall makes me quite happy.  With that in mind, for me, summer is a close second (if not at the same level of love).  I actually love all the seasons in their own way, but still, the autumn and summer seasons are my absolute favourites.

Tonight we are expected to get our first deep frost and while I was about to do a post about taking out the plaid + flannels, I got side-tracked looking at some pictures from summer.  If you follow along here, you know that we moved to our acreage and there was a lot of excitement and buzz as we entered summer (literally the first day of summer) in our new home.  Nearing our fourth month of living here with boxes still untouched(!), I can’t believe all the memories we have already made here.  Fruit picking, sprinkler days + nights, ice cream hangs on the porch, getting our new cat, visiting with friends, kite-flying, fires + laughs, family times … our summer was so full of so many good things.

So, before I can plunge into the crispy leafy photos and comforts of the falling season, I needed to give summer it’s last hurrah.  One more little ode, persay. View full post »

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  • October 11, 2016 - 2:19 pm

    Calista - Oh, my gosh…your summer looks amazing! Love all your photos, as always. That one of you and your husband is the cutest thing! <3ReplyCancel