“It was November-the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind, songs in the pines.” – L.M. Montgomery
The trees ringing our backyard are mostly bare, the green grass a mottled carpet of red, brown and orange leaves. There’s a chill in the air, we reach for our woolen hats when we go for a tramp. I light the candles by late afternoon, especially when the fog rolls in. Soup is back in regular rotation, much to my delight, and I’ve made up my master list of autumn meals.
I’ve been more aware of the changing of the seasons this year, probably because I’ve been changing along with them. Autumn has found us quietly getting ready for hibernation and this next season of our life. We’ve been slowly finding new rhythms for this new house and it feels like home now.
I wanted to write all about that, the settling into a new house, about writing lists when life feels frantic and how an hour outside each day is saving my sanity right now. But I haven’t yet and I probably won’t more then that little sentence. This pregnancy has been my most challenging one thus far- physically and emotionally- and any spare time I have finds me napping, reading or in a burst of energy, batch cooking.
We started homeschooling this fall and while it doesn’t look like how I envisioned it, it has been a sweet and stretching adventure. Lately we’ve spent our mornings on the couch with books and crayons and notebooks piled around us. In spite of late pregnancy discomfort and my body needing a lot more intentional rest, I’ve been savouring this season with my two girls before their little brother joins the family circus.
My priorities have shifted a lot in the last few months with physically not being able to do what I anticipated this fall as well as settling into a new house with new routines taking more mental energy. It’s been a good shift but a hard one for me as I’ve had to say no to things I would love to do and focus on very few things this season.
As much as I love blogging and the community around it, it’s taken a back seat and will continue to do so for a few months until our little guy is here (I’m due shortly after Christmas!) and I’ve found a new groove. Life needs to be slow and simple right now and I’m embracing it for the gift that it is. I’m always on instagram (@breannemosher) and sometimes on facebook , let’s connect there!
I’m in full preparation mode for baby and Christmas so let’s talk about your favourite ways to prepare for this next season!