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To everything there is a season

Autumn leaves are falling and the colors are turning again.

near Kingsley, MI

near Kingsley, MI

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The yard down the street

Frankie loved Fall

Frankie loved Fall best.

Yesterday was a long day – a day of laughter, a day of tears, a day of sorrow, a day of cheers.

But … there was a time for all of it and this passage was of comfort to me as I woke on this day, the first day of a new season.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. –ย  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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24 thoughts on “To everything there is a season

  1. In our transition this certainly resonates. Thank you for such beautiful pictures and scenes.
    btw It’s 66 degrees here this morning after the rains. There’s change in the air.

    • Would you believe it’s 39 here this morning? Fall is in the air. I stayed in yesterday and roasted a chicken AND a small ham. Hubbs was smiling when he walked in from golf – in his wind gear. MJ

  2. It’s been a rough week, hasn’t it, MJ?
    Your photos are beautiful – fall is falling sooner for you than it is for us. We’re still green!
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
    Sending you a hug, my friend.

    • Yes, and a long one. Would you believe those photos were all taken with my smartphone last fall? That burning bush Frankie’s in front of is about mid-way through it’s turn. another week and it will be bright red ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for the hugs, and some back to you and your family as well.
      MJ

  3. The photos are great. We woke up to 53 degrees here in Huntsville, AL.
    Yes, there is a time for everything…and I think of Leonard Cohen, Anthem.

  4. It has been a difficult month for you, yet you soldier on. Your pick of scripture is perfect. I lean on Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Love the photos. Take care of yourself!
    R

    • Thank you, RR. Would you believe that Jeremiah 29:11 that you quoted was read at her funeral on Saturday? Yes it was… There were many surreal moments, and she let us know she was there .. leading the party. MJ

  5. Beautiful! I want to transport myself into that first photo.

    • And would you believe I took that photo on my cell phone? I was driving to a meeting and saw that little market, just had to pull off, buy apples and snap photos ๐Ÿ™‚ MJ

  6. I’m guessing it was the funeral for your friend who just passed on. My eyes caught the words “laugher” Laughter amidst the tears. There is something very healing for me when i laugh in those times of heartache and angst. I did it @ my aunts funeral dinner a couple of years ago. Long lost cousin and I were catching up, talking about old family reunions, our aunt, her mom who had also died and the good memories we had of that generation. Side note- Fall is my favorite season.

    • Absolutely — laughter and tears comingled as one. I’ve never been to a funeral where microphones were passed around the church like it was a talk show -=- people stood and shared their stories, censoring themselves because we were in church!~ Big fun and more fun than angst, which we all needed.

      Agreed, Fall is my favorite season, too.

      MJ

  7. Sending you hugs as you work through your grief.

  8. The photo of Frankie made me want to cry–what a sweetie to love such a beautiful season. Dogs are wise.

    The trees in your neighborhood are stunning. Makes me miss the change of seasons we don’t have here on the equator. It’s fall there–and in the southern hemisphere we’ve moved into spring. Feels kind of turned around.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    • I know, me too. He was such a handsome & dignified dog … that’s my wallpaper on my PC right now.

      The trees are magnificent — 1/3 of the way turned (these shots are from last fall) — but I love it all – the cool air, the fresh apples picked off the tree, windows open, a soup simmering on the stove … ahh!

      Must feel odd to have spring coming at you ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hugs back to you in Ecuador my friend!
      MJ

  9. Like you, I adore autumn. It is my favorite season too. Yours apparently arrives a bit ahead of ours, but the air is less humid and the temps are lovely in the seventies. Ahh!

    • It’s chilly here this morning but yet warm in the afternoon — these photos are from last fall and that red Burning Bush Frankie was posed in front of is about 1/2 way to it’s full red glory!!

      Love this weather ๐Ÿ™‚ MJ

  10. The change of seasons here in southern California is so subtle that it’s taken me years to know their rhythms. I love autumn — always has been my favorite.

  11. Ah, colors of the season, pumpkins, and your faithful friend. Sweet to see! ~ Sheila

  12. I sure miss the change of seasons. Love the fall colors most of all…

    • When I lived in Texas, as much as we loved the lifestyle there, I so missed the change of seasons, especially fall. Fall’s a big reason why I wanted to live in MI (true story!) MJ

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