Monday, October 17, 2011

gifts of fall abound!

my gratitude journal is filling.  {if you have no idea what the heck i am talking about check out this previous post}


if you live in my neck of the woods you have hopefully been basking in the beauty of what i call 'weather perfection'...sunny afternoons sandwiched between cool mornings and evenings.  


joey is out of town and i have been going solo with the kids for the past few days which sometimes results in a frazzled and weary mama.  not this time.  somehow i have found myself unable to keep up with the abundance of 'gifts' that have been jam packed into each day...


::back porch playtime::


::barefoot races in the grass::


::lucy's first biology lesson on the farm - anatomy of a chicken::


::oliver's first horseback ride::


::climbing hay bales::


::bonding with my dad over clemson football::


::family reunions that leave your belly and your heart full::


::successful use of the toilet for my nearly 2 year old {this one has absolutely nothing to do with the season but i had to share because i was just so darn excited!}::


::convincing my brother to participate in this photo op with me and the kids...



i know there will be days when the gifts elude me.  when i will have to dig into the dirt of the day to find them.  fight for them.  for today i am holding open hands as the great giver of gifts pours them into my grateful life.


what are the gifts this season has brought you???