This blog is all about the things in life so many of us need to slow down and enjoy, such as, family, the seasons, food, music, and whatever else causes inspiration. I hope to write as often as I can and it is my desire for you to be able to take a break and enjoy my entries with a cup of tea.
A Poem for Fall…
I love fall poems. I especially like them when there’s a crispness in the air and I can settle in with a good cup of tea in the morning or evening. September’s cool, as we know, can be a hit or miss in Oklahoma, depending on the stubbornness of summer, but at least you know relief is coming soon. One of my favorite memories of our Oklahoma autumn is that of the Monarch butterflies. Before my husband went to heaven we would often enjoy them as they migrated during this season. It was something that was very special to us and still is to me today. Another thing I love about this cooler weather is it seems it's the perfect time for reading poems with a cup of tea.
Here’s one I found called September. It’s by Helen Hunt Jackson. You may have heard of her. She was a great poet known for her rhythmical sonnets and powerful images. When you read it, think of the breathtaking sights and sounds of autumn and God’s wonderful miracle in us all—the gift of His life and hope.
I pray blessings on your life this wonderful time of year and hope you’ll remember to enjoy the colors this fall.
The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.
The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.
The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,
From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.
But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.
‘T is a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget.
With the summer heat, you know the kiddos will be clamoring for some cool and refreshing summertime snacks. Try these ideas to give them something you know they’ll love.
Ice Cold Drinks
Try lemonade with a cup of cranberry juice and some fresh fruit like cherries or lime. Orange smoothies are also good with orange juice concentrate, milk, water, sugar, and ice. Just blend and serve.
Cherry Fizzes are also a favorite. All you need is sweet cherry juice and ginger ale. Mix it in a pitcher and enjoy.
Popsicles are the perfect treat idea for summer. Plus, they’re easy to make. Pour fruit juice in popcicle molds or ice trays. Prop sticks up with plastic wrap for ice trays. Let freeze and you’re done.
Frozen fruits also make great treats. Wash some grapes and pull them off the stem, put in baggy and put in freezer till frozen. Kids love them—plus, they’re healthy.
And, what’s better than watermelon? Use some cookie cutters to make cool looking shapes and watch your kids enjoy.
Snacks Even Kids Can Make
Make your own trail mix. Mix together cereal like Cheerios or Rice Krispies with gold fish, crackers, raisins or pretzel sticks. Then put in baggies for the kids to take on the go.
Another idea—Smores. Put some graham crackers on tin foil and put chocolate chips and marshmallows on them. Wrap them up and put in warm toaster oven for a few minutes or just out in the sun. The’re done when toppings are melted. Pretty yummy.
Just a few snack ideas your kids will love. Try them this summer and enjoy.
It’s funny how certain tastes will bring back memories from the past or certain seasons of our lives. I call these memory foods because they stir up so much of the emotions that we associate with them and lead us back in our minds to a different time and place.
Take the taste of watermelon, for instance. For most of us, it’s synonymous with summertime fun and the carefree days of childhood. There’s no other food I can think of, that so captures the heart of summer and its refreshing and relaxing vibe.
I can remember as a kid having to go outside to eat it because it was so messy to consume. You probably do too. Remember mom booting you out to the backyard? She had a good sense about the physics involved and the probability of the sticky juice getting everywhere.
But, that’s the great part about eating watermelon. You don’t hold back. There’s no etiquette. No rules to follow. No care for appearance. No criticisms, except from mom. Nothing...just pleasure.
You just devour it with gusto and enjoyment, and try not to hit anyone spitting out the seeds.
So often, I think our approach to life should be the same way. No holding back. We should just live life with gusto and enjoy the simple pleasures God has given us.
I think we forget how short life really is and that tomorrow quickly comes and goes. There’s no better time than now to enjoy the moment with the people we love and care for.
Remember, life is a gift from God to cherish and enjoy, but it doesn’t last forever.
Savor the here and now like a sweet, refreshing fruit you remember from childhood.
Enjoy it with gusto…and always remember to spit out the seeds.
One day recently I sat down and starting thinking about all the gifts we give in our lifetime that people soon forget.
Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, gifts for weddings and new born babies. Sure, they’re exciting in the moment as we try to show the person how much we care…but how often do they quickly forget what we’ve given and go on to something else?
I then started to remember the gifts of myself that I’ve given over the years…and how they’ve meant so much more to people. Whether it was giving time to a friend or caring for a someone who needed help, the gift was special because it involved meeting a need and sharing God’s love in a real and personal way.
I believe when we give of ourselves and love others we’re doing God’s will for our lives. It’s the kind of gift that is eternal because it touches people in a personal way and extends His love greatly through our caring.
If you want to give a gift to others that will have an eternal impact…let me encourage you to save the coupons and store bought items.
Try listening to others and giving of yourself.
I believe you’ll find there’s no better way to be a blessing to others…and to show the love of Jesus to those who need it most.
Have you ever wondered where all the precious moments in your life go?
I often do, and I wonder if I’ve taken life for granted or I’ve savored every good thing God has given me. Sometimes we’re in such a hurry, running around from activity to activity, that I think we fail to stop and enjoy the here and now.
Psalms says “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.”
And, nothing could be truer…we are all just a breath that will soon vanish. God has given us a life to fill with what we choose and just a short time to make the most of it.
Question is…how will we spend it? In busyness and stress or in deep appreciation to God for His gift of life and for giving us the love of others?
As I go through my days, I want to appreciate every moment in life and the ones who make it worth living. I encourage you to do the same.
Today, thank God for your blessings and for the gift of life. May you make the most of your days and honor Him by savoring each moment that you live.