Reclaiming Autumn

Re-posting this from last year, I loved it so much, and I couldn’t think of anything better.

As I walked into Lowes’ Hardware last week, I was completely stunned. I felt like I should start belting out a chorus of Silent Night and passing out the egg nog. There was a parade of shiny new Christmas trees reminiscent of the Charlie Brown Christmas. And of course, my three princesses liked the white sparkly one the best.

“Oh, Mommy, we want the white one!”

“We always cut down a fresh Christmas tree, girls.”

“But …but real trees aren’t white.”


I love the Christmas season. But I began to feel a little bit cheated out of my favorite season: Autumn. Autumn is all about transition, gradual change, literally unfolding before our eyes.
Yes, it’s about withering, dying back, nature losing it’s glory. It’s a little depressing watching the prolific vegetable garden that fed us all summer produce it’s last juicy tomato. Cutting back the fading flowers that brought the hummingbirds and butterflies.

But Autumn is really about preparing for Spring. Replenishing the soil with nutrients needed for new growth. Retreating under the healing blanket of decaying leaves and snow. It’s beautiful, really. There’s vibrant life under the cover of death, just waiting to burst forth at the appointed time.

So it is with us. As people, women and as mothers. We are constantly in transition. The question is, will we rush through it, ignore the beauty of change? Or will we embrace the retreat, and cultivate the soil, getting ready for the new growth to come?

This summer, as we prepared for Princess to start school for the first time, I was apprehensive. The tension between all the girls was high, and I found myself wishing for the day they would go back to school. When that day came, I realized I had wished away the time, the transition ignoring the process of change before my eyes, until it was past.

Let’s not wish past Autumn. This season, savor the majesty of the colors of change. Take care to replenish the soil of your heart, and seek after the tools necessary to cultivate your new garden in the Spring. When the autumn and winter are past, what will burst forth in your life?

How to reclaim Autumn? Read 7 Practical Ways to Reclaim Autumn With Your Children


About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. mom_of_3sparklyprincesses says:

    I completely agree with you on the autumn thing- Too often we rush right past it – right into the festivities!!! hmmm- Time for me to go out with my 3 lil’ girls and look at the leaves!!!! Keep writing; I just stumbled onto your blog but will keep checking back! I loved your past blogs!


  2. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    I do love autumn and think this was a lovely post!


  3. Makes me think of the classic song from Fiddler on the Roof:
    “Sunrise, sunset
    Sunrise, sunset
    Swiftly through the years
    One season following another
    laden with happiness and tears.
    When did she get to be a beauty?
    When did he grow to be a man?
    I can’t remember growing older.
    When did they?
    Sunrise, sunset…”


  4. i remember this one…
    yes… I’ve noticed it isn’t quite the case this year. I’m yet to see one Christmas thing, HALLELUIAH!


  5. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. We do need to take each day and live it to the fullest. This is a beautiful post. Blessings.


  6. I love this! I’m so glad you re-posted it.


  7. templework says:


    Thank you for reposting so we newbies could benefit too!


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