A New Season

I ended my summer of preaching at South Salem Nazarene yesterday, visited with new and old good friends at the church potluck, had a late lunch with some more good friends, and then celebrated Tricia and Tim’s birthday.  Grateful.

For me, today, Labor Day, marks the end of  summer and the beginning of fall.  I’m a big fan of fall.  Actually, I’ve always enjoyed the changing of every season, celebrating what each brings.  But.  There’s something about fall, as the trees’ leaves transform the world with their brilliant red, gold and orange, temperatures begin to cool giving reason to put on sweaters, and  yes drink a pumpkin spice latte.  I’m one of those.  In fact, I’m on a road trip today and will definitely be treating myself to one.

I am not sure what is ahead for me this fall and beyond.  It’s clear a new season is on the horizon.  It all comes down to choosing to trust God for what more is coming my way.  So, I’m waiting with anticipation for God, the God of more.

Take the words of Isaiah 60:1 in.  The Light of God had broken through the darkness and difficulties the people had lived through.  A new season of life was on the horizon.  Isaiah reminded the people that God’s dawning light was upon them:

Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see.
    For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. (Isaiah 60:1, NLT).

Anticipate a new season dawning on your horizon of life.

It matters–Kerrie

By the way–Madelyn learned to tie her shoes, ride a bike, and bought school supplies for kindergarten this last week.  Her new season has begun!

Yesterday’s celebration with family–a beautiful party of every season:

(We missed Drew, Tiffany, Ellie, George, Becky, & Andrew, my brother, Kevin and his family as well as my sister, Shelley and her family.  Gregg and I did not get in any pictures.  Nancy was in one with only a side view. Troy is only in one–behind mom and dad.  We’re due.)

Mom & Dad
Mom & Dad–Troy in the background!

My brother, Kelly, and I are in a bit of a competition.  He posted a picture and wrote a complimentary note about our mom and dad on Facebook.  So, I put mom & dad’s picture at the top–because they are amazing, over-the-top, incredible, parents!  (Of course, I’m their favorite–just sayin’–Kelly!)

The Birthday Kids--A Decade Apart
The Birthday Kids–A Decade Apart

It’s a tradition to celebrate Tim and Tricia’s birthday together.  So much fun.

Kevin & Tieryn August 31
Kevin (Troy’s brother) & Tieryn
Great Uncle Kelly and Great Aunt Nancy--Sydney stood under Kelly's armpit--apparently she was okay with that.
Uncle Kelly and  Aunt Nancy–Sydney stood under Kelly’s armpit–apparently she was okay with that.  They are watching the video of Madelyn riding her bike for the first time.

Tricia organized all of her books and categorized them on her book shelves as a little girl.  Sydney found one of Tricia’s cards in one of the books that I kept for the kid’s room.

Tricia organized August 31

 

Tim & Madelyn august 31

Madelyn and Uncle Timmy are always funny together.  Apparently it’s what they do.

Tim & Madelyn doing thier traditional funny facesAugust 31

Birthday Candle Blowers Team Tim & Tricia August 31
Team Uncle Timmy and Sydney/ Team Mama and Madelyn–battle for the win in blowing their candles out.

Tricia & Tim's team candle blowers august 31--Madelyn

 

stickers on Great Uncle Kelly august 31

Madelyn decorated Uncle Kelly’s nose with “hello, Kitty” stickers.  That’s the kind of wild and crazy parties we have!

Follow . . . a radical way of livingHere’s to endings and beginnings, Today Is One Of Those DaysA Story of Firsts and LoveEnough . . . Helping Others To Have EnoughBefore and AfterWhy, WordsDefining, Challenging, Life-Changing Words, There’s More To the Story, Praying for you, Leaving the Impossible BehindPraying hands . . . make me strong.

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

One Comment Add yours

  1. Susan Wiley says:

    I love following your family but especially enjoyed seeing all of your family in their celebrations. You have a true legacy under you and it is truly a joy to see.

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