I spent some of today pulling up dead flowers, rearranging my closet -- moving summer clothes out and making room for Fall clothes, and yes, even putting up a little Autumn decor in our home. Overall, I enjoy the change of seasons we have here in Utah (if winter could be a little shorter that would be nice :D) There are definitely things I will miss about summer and also events, plans and activities that we didn't get to do -- I can't believe we have only had four (I think) barbecues at our home this summer and haven't enjoyed sitting on our deck and enjoying the summer evenings near as often as I'd like.
I began to think of the seasons in my life ... they come and go so quickly and although I am trying to embrace the one I am in ... at times I find myself reflecting back and missing something about a previous time. I realize that what I miss is more time with those people I love in the different seasons. Could I just go back and hold my kids again ... get another day to greet them after school... I am reminded that anything I have done with my career is so secondary to the joys of being a wife, mom, daughter, and friend. Overall, this season of 'near empty nest' is a joy and now I have plenty of time for the career path (which I am loving). It is a season of working, wonderful time with husband, and enjoying any chance to see our kids, parents and others. Also, the new season means a chance to wear the beautiful Fall colors. Plum, olive and grey are some of my favorites this year!