Fall Is In The Air

My White Dogwood Tree Oct 2013 It won’t be long until my Dogwood is this bright and colorful once again

Autumn. Don’t you just love the smell of the weather change? “Fall is in the air” my dad would say when the temperatures begin to change.

Although autumn doesn’t start until Sept 21, for me it starts with the first day of school. My children are grown now but it doesn’t stop me from feeling the excitement of seeing back to school supplies, children shopping for school clothes and the memory of a class room on that first day. Do you remember the smell of the first day of school?

With the coming of September I welcome the change from the slower pace of summer to the hustle and bustle of church and school activities.

It is interesting how each season has its own distinct qualities.

Winter is a time to curl up with good books in front of my fireplace (it is an electrical one but still a fireplace!) while enjoying a hot cup of British blends teas. Winter is also a good time to get caught up on all those sewing projects I have lying around. Who can resist that first snowfall that blankets our world?

Spring refreshes my world with hope as I watch earth’s slumber awaken with the signs of spring; new growth, spring flowers, baby bunnies and all of the birds returning from their southern journey. Spring is also the opportunity to indulge in spring cleaning as I clean out my closets and freshen up the house. Don’t you love the smell of the house that has just been scrubbed with Pine Sole as the window curtains flutter in the spring breeze?

Summer is set aside for vacations, working around the house and lazy days on the deck. The dog days of summer brings relaxation and enjoying good old-fashioned southern ice tea in front of my air conditioner. Who can remember laying down on the grass, watching the clouds float by and daydreaming of your future?

Oh but Autumn ~ my favorite time of year. The air is not only cooler after the lazy hot days of late summer, but it is brisk, fresh, and clean. Our mountains come alive in the colors of autumn, gold, russet, brown and orange. The smell of chalk boards and freshly copied paper from an old mimeograph machine permeates my mind. To this day I still enjoy buying new clothes in August and enjoy opening up a new notebook just waiting to be filled. Who remembers the anticipation of the first day of school?

Today as an adult my routine in Fall takes a different direction. Instead of getting ready for school, I prepare for committees and activities after a restful summer. My office is also busy as the committees of the Presbytery return from their summer breaks, new pastors move in and other pastors move on. The Presbyterian Church is also ready to start-up doing what they do best – helping others.

And that is where the next chapter in my life is taking me ~ helping others ~ as I anticipate the new challenges God has called me to.

I will be serving on a mission committee at church. We will have our first meeting next week as we find ways to help those in need both locally and in different parts of the world.

Then there is my term as the Historian for the Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the Trinity. This year I will also serve not only as Historian but on their mission board. In addition I will also be undertaking the job of webmaster of their webpage. This is a story for a different time, because I did not see that one coming and walked right into volunteering to take over! But it is a challenge I welcome and will enjoy. I look forward to working with the person who set it up. (If you are reading this A.T. I thank you for this opportunity)

The biggest challenge has been to accept the responsibility of a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) group leader. I have been in leadership for a few years but not as a group leader. We had our first class night and God has blessed me with a wonderful group of ladies. I look forward to not only seeing where God will lead me but where He will lead the class as we study about Moses together.

Regardless if I buy school supplies or office supplies or if I purchase clothes for work instead of for school I will always anticipate the new challenges that autumn brings.

What do you look forward to in autumn?


35 thoughts on “Fall Is In The Air

  1. You are certainly making good use of your time!! I do remember that anticipation of the first day of school – and the looking forward to the last day! 😆 Someday I’ve gotta find a BSF here locally that meets when I can go. I’ve heard good things about that study.


    1. I hope you can find one – the studies are so in depth and opens that door to a closer relationship with God. Letter coming I promise…all my busyness is done (for now) and things should be back to normal in a few days. Had a great time at my two day meeting though and working with Presbyterian Women. Blessings and hugs!

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      1. I think I’m the one behind on the letter-writing!! I’ve got one right now peeking over the edge of my email list with big doleful eyes, wondering when I’m going to acknowledge its presence. Yours is sitting right there beside it, reminding me that I need to pay attention to my email!!


  2. You’ve brought back some nostalgic memories of some of my memories…but mostly of sending our children to school on that first day….. Autumn now though to me means beautiful fall colors and an easing into winter…. Thanksgiving and then preparing for Christmas with all that means both spiritually and celebratory… and yes even looking at the beauty that winter offers with it’s blanket of white snow….. Diane


      1. It’s the beauty and crisp look that tells me winter is more than coldness and shovelling. It’s sitting in a chair curled up with a book or just watching tv and seeing the white flakes falling gently down ..no two the same..at least that’s what they …whoever they are..say. And it’s memories of snowmen with carrot noses and snow forts with snowball fights…the realities of some of the harshness of summer pushed to the recesses of the mind…….Diane


  3. I love and appreciate every aspect of Autumn…. From the coolness to the colors, to the inspiration to tackle new creative projects, baking etc. Taking in all that God has for us during this very special season with much gratitude and thanksgiving..


  4. I used to love the start of term too, the new shoes and the new stationery. I still buy new stationary in September! I’m glad to hear about all your wonderful projects and agree with you about the beauty of Autumn. My Dad used to say, “Smell the Autumn in the air!” too. Thank you for that lovely memory.
    All the best to you. 🙂


  5. Oh, just the thought of it is such a wonderful thing! Fall is also my absolute favorite time of the year. I thank God for the artistry, the refreshing, and just the experience of His beauty. There is so much during this season that makes me smile simply at the thought. Thanks so much for sharing Patty B.

    Be A Blessing!



  6. Hi Patty, yes, fall starts when the school starts, summer means fun outside with the kids, if they are inside the classroom no more summer. Fall is really special, a time for transition, for us and for the Earth. I love all the new colours around, but not much the cold weather. I see that you are very busy! Have a great day!


  7. We are really hoping for a change in season out here in California! It’s been so hot, no rain — fire weather. But I’m thankful to be near the beach. I’m also glad to hear that you’ve taken the group leader role in BSF, a great responsibility but one you’ll never regret. It’s wonderful to see how God is using you in so many ways.


    1. Darla – it is women of faith like you that have not only given me encouragement but strength. Praying for rain soon for you. And yes BSF has been a huge blessing through many years. But little did I know God would call Tom home when I was first asked into leadership (admin team) God knew I would need that connection to Him during that time.

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  8. It’s encouraging to know Patty that your eager to serve The Lord and willing to give your all, you will be very blessed for your faithfulness, as we give we receive.

    I find all Seasons have their own beauty or shining gems, even winter, we are in Spring now and yes it offers much joy in the richness of God’s awesome creation.

    I posted a Power point about the Seasons of our lives it is a wonderful message, I received the story by e-mail years ago and it blessed me but also gave me much food for thought. I’m not sure if you can open Power points Patty but it does have a free download link for a viewer, you can’t make Power points with it but you can watch them.

    Seasons – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/the-seasons-of-our-lives/

    Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne


    1. Thank you for sharing that – I put it up on facebook. It is very beautiful and so true. Each season that God created and each season of our lives offers us much of God’s goodness.


      1. How very kind of you to put it up on Facebook Patty, thank you and I hope those who watch it are blessed by the message like we were.

        I had a few problems with Facebook but at first it was because I didn’t know how to make it secure and later someone hacked into it, how long have you had Facebook Patty and do you enjoy it?

        Blessings – Anne


      2. I started on facebook when our son was deployed, it was a good way to stay in touch with him. He would post a comment in “code” so we would know he was safe and not only us but his friends were able to see it. That was 7 years ago and then old friends from school and military got on and we stay in touch. So yes, I do enjoy it to stay in touch and for sharing recipes, pictures, bible verses, etc..I was going to delete my account after he got home.. yea right!! ;D ha ha


  9. The colors of Autumn are indeed uniquely beautiful. A brief magical season where happy memories of being around family, holidays and nature’s majestic landscape happens. Even more beautiful is the heart to help others which you are sharing through your church. Regardless of season, the warmth of giving will continue to inspire others. Thanks for sharing this post. Have a great weekend.


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