Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Few Autumn Happenings

I hope that you've all been having a great week thus far!  On Monday evening we returned home from the Gospel Centered Marriages conference.  Our time away was a true blessing, and I plan to post pictures as time allows. I know that I also promised pictures from Emily's bridal shower, so those will be along shortly too.

For those of you who are wondering, the conference was really wonderful!  Though I didn't get to hear as many talks as I would have liked, I'm looking forward getting the MP3 in the near future.  There was much wisdom shared during the weekend and abundant fellowship was savored with many old friends.  I enjoyed getting to make some new friends too, an easy thing to do with over 2,000 conference attendees!  I'll share more conference details in the coming days, but you can click here to visit Six Angles and view the collage I put together.

We've been enjoying some lovely Florida weather these past days.  It's the kind that makes you want to be outside all the day long!  I was able able to spend some time preparing the ground for our winter garden this afternoon after my work was done.  There were weeds and vines and leaves and branches to be cleared out and the soil was in desperate need of tilling. We were called away to my grandparents' for dinner before I was halfway done, however, so I might try to wake up early tomorrow morning so that I can finish getting it ready to plant.  Anyway...

Are you looking forward to Daylight Savings Time?  I know that I am!  I prefer it to be lighter earlier in the morning, although it's a bit strange shifting into earlier darkness in the evening.

So what kinds of things have you been up to this autumn?  Have you been harvesting?  Have you had your first snow? I'd love to hear from you!  :)


  1. I wish I would have been able to talk with you and Joseph more at the conference! I'm glad that your time was blessed. Get excited for the MP3's, every single session I attended was overflowing with wonderful truth. Oh, and gorgeous pictures by the way. ;)

  2. Hello Lauren! So nice to read your update! Our family wasn't able to attend the conference, but we are really looking forward to listening to the CDs when we get them.

    We had our first snow (8 inches!) last Saturday, and as the little bit of flakes amidst the rain became thicker, and then started to stick to the ground and accumulate, there was a slight panic around our house - we still had plants outside that needed to come in before the first "frost" (which we found out had actually happened the night before... oops). Muddy footprints wound their way through the kitchen and down the basement steps as pot after pot was carried to the basement with snow already blanketing their leaves.

    And then on Monday and Tuesday we processed the last of the Kale from the garden. We had been holding out on that because we'd read that Kale likes a touch of frost. I'm sure it got that over the weekend! But the soups we had with it on Monday and Tuesday were wonderful! It was tender and not really bitter. Now we have some blanched in the freezer, too.

    Okay, one last thing. :) Though the leaves have been less than spectacular here in this area, the ladies in our family (meaning everyone besides Daddy) have been going for walks every few days at a local state park. It's been so interesting to see the season's changes happening right before our eyes as things wilt, turn brown and yellow and red, the leaves drift down into a carpet, the carpet turns crunchy, etc. And the exercise has been nice, too.

    My younger sister walked up as I was typing and said, "you should just write an email." hehe, sorry about that!


  3. Lovely photos, Lauren!

    We heard about the conference too late to attend, I'm afraid... and we'll be traveling to several homeschool conventions this year as well.

    My Autumn so far has been lovely here in Georgia, an hour south of Atlanta. :) The trees have been changing colors in waves, the reds first and then the yellows... the oaks will be following up shortly with rusty brown. :) We've been making pumpkin spice muffins with the pumpkins from our garden... mmm, delicious! :)

    Have a lovely week!

  4. Almost all the trees are bare here in IL, and all the farmers are harvesting. No snow yet (though I think that we did have a few flakes on Sunday) but they have snow in NY where my aunt lives.

  5. Your photography is always so beautiful, Lauren! I am happy to hear that you had a blessed time at the marriage conference, and I look forward to seeing photos and hearing more about it!

    Many Blessings,

  6. What beautiful Autumn photos! I love the deep reds and I can almost feel the crunch of the leaves among the ground as I tread upon them.... :)

    I am glad that you had a blessed time in NC, and that this cool Florida fall has been refreshing to you as well!

    May the Lord bless you and your family!

    In Christ,

  7. It was so good to see you all again, and I'm glad we got go on a bit of a walk/hike, too (though I think you ended up getting more hiking in!). Wasn't that a great weekend?? Wow. Things are getting back into their regular routine of housework and business over here. Can't wait to see more pictures!



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