Saturday, September 5, 2009


Come on and have a seat. It's GREAT to see you again. One of my favorite places to chat with you is right here on the back porch. The sun is setting and there is a slight autumn chill in the air, but it is never to late to visit. And we have a little catching up to do! My schedule has changed a lot. Our family has transitioned to a new phase of life and we are adjusting. We've experienced loss of a close family friend. I still feel claustrophobic when I think that she is really gone from...her children...her husband...her parents and those she loved. Our son is doing great. We're happy he has this opportunity. Sometimes it seemed impossible. Each day we just keep putting one foot in front of the other like everyone else. There are no options. Our children here at home are adjusting to our new way of being.
So like many of you we've had highs and lows this summer. If we seek peace and joy, we will find it. It is strange to me how it is there mixed with pain and sorrow. But still it is there.
I wanted to tell you how neat I think this plant is with the purple flowers rising from the center. I've never seen one like it. And I love the tiny acorn.
The ants love our new brick sidewalk. One morning I was amazed to see that they had build two ways to come and go from their ant hill.
With summer sun comes the arrival of gorgeous Morning Glory blooms.

I love to drive the country roads in the early morning and see the cheery blooms that have climbed their way towards the sunshine using cornstalks for support.

Horses grazing in the field ...ah it seems so peaceful...the scene is grand...all is right with the world.
These are just a few of the things that I've been wanting you to know. And I surely want you to know how sweet I think you are. Thank you for your loving comments and emails and all of your kind words. I'm so happy you dropped by. How have you been?

xo rachel


Claudia said...

Hi Rachel! It is so good to hear from you again! I've been wondering how you are. I know the loss of your friend must still be so hard to bear. I wonder if I missed something about your son and his opportunity?

I hope your weekend is wonderful, my friend.

Carolyn said...

Hi Rachel,

It was lovely to be able to drop by for a visit again.
Glad your son is doing well.
your porch looks like an inviting place to sit and see all the beauty around you.
I love the shot of the horses in the pasture.

Take care,


Anonymous said...

Your prch looks so beautiful at night. A perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea at the end of the day.

salmagundi said...

May the new month and the new season bring many blessings to you. Sally

kayleeg2005 said...

Hey Rachel, i have a plant like the one above, in my flower beds i love them, i don't know what their called exactly, lol! but mine blooms in white flowers, sorry for your loss, i will think of you in my prayers tonight. have a wonderful rest of your weekend, much love. kaylee g.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Your porch is lovely. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend and the moving on for your child. Peace to you, step by step.

Esther said...

How inviting your porch is! Beautiful! Enjoy it for me!

Love, Esther

Traci said...

Hi Racheal we have alot in common. I just lost my very young cousin and my son left for college. So I totally understand it's a big transition.Take care hugs. Traci

P.s. You have alot of beauty all around you. Your photos are wonderful.

Kathy said...

Rachel... Just found your sweet blog, ( Those ants are masking me crazy with all the sidewalk ant hills)!!! Hope your long weekend is a restful and happy on, xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...Drop over!!

Claudia said...

Of course, your son went to the University - I'd read about it and then it just slipped my mind. I hope he is doing well - that is an exciting time for a young person.

Amy said...

What a lovely back porch you have! You inspire me to create a lovely sitting area on my back porch.

I'm also sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I wish I had words to help encourage you but I don't. May God be with you as you strive to move forward in this journey.

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Rachel, so hard to get back on track after the loss of someone so close that you love.
Great to hear that your son is doing okay away from home

Stella said...

Glad to see you back and taking pleasure in the small things in life. Stella