Thanks to my friend Laurel over at Muffin Dome, I discovered a new blogger this fall: Emily P. Freeman. Her podcast is my new favorite listen in the evening, and her wisdom about “creating space for your soul to breath” is exactly what I need to hear right now. Her seasonal “what I learned” sheets have been working well for me, as I attempt to be a bit more reflective and thoughtful about my life. Joining her linkup for the first time.
Here are eight things I have learned this Fall:
- “When once we begin to form good resolutions, God gives us every opportunity of carrying them out.” St. John Chrysostom
- After attending a Called and Gifted workshop, I will be discerning the charisms of mercy and hospitality.
- I made my first double crust, traditional apple pie.
- As I detached from the frenetic pace of being a work-from-home mom, I have been able to slow down and enjoy playing with my children.
- The power and real graces from the sacrament of Confession, especially to help me forgive those who have wronged me.
- God freely and lovingly can bestow any grace, even unlooked for and unasked for graces. This fall, I enjoyed the season. I was constantly noticing the beauty of the changing leaves, the brilliant blue sky and bright sunshine, and the smells of falling leaves. I have never particularly liked the season of fall, and since the September our daughter died, its been a season of grief. But this year, it was a real and beautiful grace to enjoy the season.
- 10 Year College Homecoming was THE BEST! It was so much fun to see friends after many years. Everyone in my class, whether I had been close friends with them or not, was friendly and kind and interested in how we were doing. It was great to catch up with people I don’t regularly keep in contact with. And the college put on a great weekend, with lots of good food, beautiful dinner, fireworks and a special dance.
- Thanksgiving hosted in our own home, with our parents there, was a peaceful and happy experience.