There is a hint of change on the leaves of some of the maple trees. As I look out my front window or as I drive down the road, I see the subtle change begin. It's my favorite time of year, but I can hardly believe it is Autumn in a mere 19 days.
I have begun the huge task of organizing and decluttering all our storage spaces downstairs. It is going to be a lot of work, but already I am happy to see things clearing out. For some reason the older I get the less 'stuff ' I want, or need.
I have items for Goodwill, homeschool books to give away, lots of memorabilia to let go....
I will not be letting go of the clutch of letters, cards and notes that my husband and I have written to each other over the years - it was sweet to read back over some of them and be reminded of our 'young love' years. I am thankful for Tim and for the years God has given us together. I love that man more now than I did then, for now I truly know what it is like to walk together through hard times, to hurt each other and to forgive. God is good.
I have no idea how long this project will take but I am hopeful with diligence I can get it finished this next week or two at the most. I am still home educating three of our children, after all. I am excited to pare down the stuff. And with the change in season it is a reminder that Winter will be on the heels of Autumn. More time will be spent indoors and less stuff means less clutter, and less clutter means more room and less stress....it's all good!
I am not going to work on that today however. Today is a day of fellowship with our beloved church family. Last week another Mom and I broke out into mushy tears during worship listening to the joyful voices of the children singing. It was a song they knew well, and love to sing and I cried with delight knowing how the Lord must feel hearing us worshiping Him! Bonnie too - she said she felt a little silly until she glanced back and saw me crying too! Happy, joyful tears! Another blessing of having a Family Integrated Church!