10:29pm tonight marks the equinox, the time when day and night divide equally in half. This morning when I woke at six, the darkness reminded me this is so.
No longer am I waking to the sun already warming the streets I'll walk in silence.
No longer am I trying to put sleepy children to bed with light streaming through their windows.
Fall is my favorite season. I love the slight chill inviting us to wrap in wool and fleece, the rich orange, reds, and browns that decorate our home also decorating each walk we take. I love the smell of wood-stoves waking up, pumpkin everything, and the invitation to make soup every night.
While we try to be outside as much as we can, this past week we've remembered to stop, be, listen, and gather a little more.
Nut shells to craft with, pinecones for the nature table and birdfeeders, basil and peppers, leeks and the last of the beans, fires to gaze into, lakes for one last dip, critters to kiss once or twice more until Spring brings them back our way~ we are loving Fall's reminder to harvest all we can so that when Winter's freeze comes, rest can come with her.
Wishing you balance- light and dark- and harvests full of joy!