I love the change of seasons.
I love the colors of spring, the fresh start, and everything coming back to life.
I love the crisp air, hoodies, colors, snuggles and smells of fall.
I love the long days of summer with picnics, pool days, drive in movies, and LOTS of extra family time.
I even *gasp* love some things of winter. I love the first few blankets of white snow and the bundling up by the fireplace.
Seasons changing bring about changes and different scenery. It can renew and bring energy. It can even cause you to slow down (as winter does). Every season has something special about it.
We've been experiencing lots of changing seasons in our home. It's definitely been a time of STRETCHING me as I realize I'm in a new season of life. I dreaded these days, but now that I'm in them....I'm finding beauty and excitement in them. OK---I definitely have moments of panic or possibly a few tears----but all in all, I'm finding that these new seasons are embraceable.
Just this last week (Hey, God----maybe we shouldn't combine so many at once!):
Our middle son went away to his first summer church camp alone. No family members or long time friends to watch out for him. Kevin and I grew up with church camp being a STAPLE of our lives and we were thrilled to finally have this opportunity for Peyton. However, being in an area without family and being in a new church environment for us....he was starting fresh. IT was amazing for him. Yet, sending him off was a reminder of how much he has grown up on us!
Everything has been a reminder of how rapidly things are changing and how we are "aging" and moving into new seasons.
Yet, as emotional as it can be, it's really beautiful.
We are entering new seasons, but we are growing and changing together. We are living and seeing life as God intended.
With new seasons is new growth and new experiences. New open doors. New opportunities.
This week we also reached a milestone that we can't help put praise God over. It's been a lifetime in the making. It's been through many tears, frustrations, heartache of DARK times. We've dreamed of this day. We've pleaded with God for this day. We've fought for this day. We prayed for God to redeem us through some hard times of our own making and many hard times out of our control. He was faithful.
We are no longer in debt to a lender. We are debt free! The commitment was worth it. Debt chains us in bondage and it did us PROFOUNDLY. It caused more stress than I can ever express. The freedom that comes from the chains being broken is beyond what words can describe and I PRAISE God for that!
New seasons are continuing to come our way. We are soon to say goodbye to dear friends, goodbye to one of my precious littles as her family moves. We are soon to welcome a new little to care for and a new grandchild. More changes around the corner. More growing up and moving on. New opportunities to welcome. New school year with incredible new directions.
Seasons are changing, but God is with us!