I am learning so much living on a farm. As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in a military family (and then married a military man). I lived in two main places over and OVER until I was 30. Texas and Hawaii. (I also live in Japan, California and Florida but those were minor compared to the amount I lived in Texas and Hawaii.) These states are not known for their changing seasons. Two of my military man’s last duty stations were in Kansas and New York. Heaven to me!!! I LOVED the change in seasons.
As a child, we learn that the four seasons in a year are spring, summer, fall and winter. Each season is known for something. To me, spring is the awakening of the earth after the long winter. New babies born, flowers and trees budding. Summer is the season of explosive growth and activity on the land. Crops growing, bees gathering pollen for honey, baby animals growing to full size. Fall is bringing the harvest in, butchering of animals and giving thanks to God for all that you have to keep you through the winter. Winter is rest.
Where we live, I am able to look out my windows and appreciate each season. Our family is immersed in the lifestyle. My oldest worked for a dairy to help bring in the harvest in September/October. Any window we look out of our hours can be spent watching the farmers put the fields to rest for the winter after working so hard all spring, summer and fall.
I am going to take the time to learn and appreciate each season in my own life. We all experience different seasons of growth and learning. After spring, summer and fall, I am exhausted like the earth. We worked so hard on the kids’ 4H projects and animals, canning for the next year and helping love on our church camp up in the mountains. Now is time to rest and replenish. Sleep more in the longer nights and grow our brains during school in the day. And enjoy our family and friends as we celebrate the holidays.