I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to go to the pumpkin patch with the husband since the beginning of October. I am not even kidding a little bit-- Michigan decided to rain this entire month so far and there have really only been maybe two or three days that were nice enough to get out and do something outdoors. The few days we had that were nice well, I was doing family photo sessions and senior sessions and capturing all this fall loveliness while its here to capture.
Finally, after church yesterday I met a sweet family for a photo session right down the road from us. There were pumpkins, tractors, hay, barns, everything you could want and afterwards we stuck around and carefully selected our pumpkins. My new problem is going to be finding a time when Jonathan can sit down and carve them with me. He is working out of town and commuting over two hours a day now, add that to his already long shift (minimum 9 hours) and well, I probably won't be seeing him at all this week. Speaking of time, how is it going to be November next week? Seriously, where has this year gone? I feel like I have been chasing it since this spring and I can never quite seem to catch up. Ah life....it really does seem to speed up the older we get. That, or its the world we live in: there is always SO much going on, so much to do, facebook updates, twitter, instagram, blogs, tv, real life, social gatherings, ahhhh! Sometimes I just want to shut it all down and re-focus on the here and now. The people who are right here in front of me.
This week I am trying to be more intentional with my time. For me that means I have been putting an alarm on my phone to signal morning prayer time. Prayer has always been a thing I have struggled with and I am tired of just saying that all the time and never really doing anything about it. I started the "Love To Pray" 40 day devotional by Alvin Vandergriend this morning and I really enjoyed the Day One lesson. Since I have really started setting aside time just for praying and am actually sticking with it I have experienced a few things. First, an overwhelming peace. Decisions have come easier and I am generally much happier. But also there has been this sense of being attacked. This past weekend my emotions were everywhere, and even though we have had a lot going on in our lives I just felt unsettled. I snapped at Jonathan and just had this tension that I couldn't quite shake. I am convinced its the devil trying to attack in a sneaky way like he always does and discourage me. I am going to talk a little bit more about that later this week--- I read a great story in Isaiah that I want to share. Until then, here are a few more photos from our fun day at the pumpkin patch!
I also always have y'all asking me to post something of my singing---- well, Jonathan recorded a snippet of church service (in the clip I am leading a Glenn Packiam song called Everlasting God). The quality is poor and the the mic cuts out a few times (we are working on a lot of things at our church right now)... In the future we are hoping to record some quality videos and take the time to have those available to church members to learn new songs, etc. But here it is, so don't say I have never shared anything with you!