Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Wondrous Walk through All Things Fall

There's nothing like a walk through fall

with crunchy leaves beneath your feet

to make you grateful for the call

of nature, with her gifts so sweet.

A crisp green apple in your hand,

the crunchy blast of nectar tart,

the joy of feasting from a tree

instead of fruit bins at the mart.

The hunt, the choosing, and the pride

of gathering (held deep inside)

is ancient as an autumn rune

and full as any harvest moon.

Tradition is the purest fun;

once families worked till day was done,

preparing for the winter nigh

beneath a fading autumn sky.

And when their labors were complete,

they thanked the Lord for food to eat

and took each offering from His hand

with gratitude for life and land.

(My grandchildren love their traditions.)

=)

Happy birthday to our son, Matt, who also happens to be the 
father of these great kids and the husband of the photographer!

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35 comments:

karen said...

As always, your grandchildren range from incredibly cute, to pretty girl in the middle, to handsome tall boy at the oldest end. You must have lots of fun with them!

Leovi said...

Stunning photos. I love the exquisite radiance.
Saludos.

Darlene said...

I still am stunned every time I read one of your poems. You compose them so easily and they all turn out so well. Both Dick and I are totally awed by your talent. I am so very proud that you are my daughter. Those kids are getter cuter all the time and that is saying a lot because they were all just darling from the moment they were born. We are so fortunate to have them as grand and great grandchildren. I am getting anxious to see them again and think that one of these days when I feel a little stronger we are going to have to up the hill for a little ride.

Gail said...

Another blue ribbon winner in this poem.

I love how every thing blends perfectly.



Cheryl said...

This is incredibly poignant. Your grandchildren are adorable.

Stacy Crawford said...

I love the grandchildren poems. And all the beautiful fall pics and picks.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Just lovely!!!

lorrainefort said...

Wonderful! And I love "We Gather Together" as a backdrop. Your poetry is good, too! Happy Awe-tumn!

Karen Mortensen said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...apple picking...what fun...and wonderful pics of the little ones as well...your write gently and beautiful of your time with them....

jen said...

They are getting so big, I can't believe it!

And your music--acoustic guitar? Perfect. I love that song any way it's played.

Eva Gallant said...

Nice poem and lovely photos.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Thankful for family traditions! Lovely poem and very beautiful photos to illustrate your verse.

Blessings & Aloha!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What br=eautiful grandchildren you have, Sue, and your poetry to accompany the photos is perfect!

My children always looked forward to apple picking time -- it was a family activity.

Karen S. said...

What an absolutely perfect walk through autumn with lovely words, and such adorable grandchildren...this is such a wonderful time of the year to go out and pick-up nature and it's harvest and take a tasty bite of it too! Great W post! Great fun too!

Leovi said...

Your grandchildren are really lovely.

Gattina said...

What a wonderful walk with your grandchildren !

Noodle said...

What a relaxing post! Your evocative photos and poetry reminded me of those occasions when I was young and we picked the fruit of the harvest. I adore Mother Nature, and am feeling grateful now for those times I've been close to her with my family.
It is wonderful that you have these traditions in your family, and the strength the children get from them is reflected in their trusting, confident eyes.
Thanks for sharing...*sigh*

Lola said...

Great *W* post – what a wonderful walk!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend and look forward to *seeing* you again!

Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday

Dixie Mom said...

What a sweet way to show gratitude for this glorious season. I am in love with this year's fall. I love seeing these darling grandkids of yours too!

anitamombanita said...

Happy Bday Matt. Cute pics of those adorable kids. Apple Hill? I used to take my daughter there every fall when we lived in the Sacramento area...lots of great memories.

Judie said...

Sue, I love this piece! and the children have just the sweetest faces--so fresh and wholesome and happy!

EG CameraGirl said...

Love the words and rhythm of this poem, perfect for a tradition shared with grandchildren. The photos are fantastic!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Oh Sue what a marvelous walk. These pictures and poem are delightful. So glad I came by today.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend.
Love
Maggie

Ames said...

What fun! We were supposed to go to the Pumpkin Patch up at the Methodist church this evening but Hurricane Sandy is making it a miserable day.~Ames

Jen said...

Fun fall pics and those pumpkins...oh my.

Pondside said...

Just beautiful! I have missed the crunch of leaves underfoot, but am becoming accustomed to the soft padding sound of fir needles under my hiking boots here in the Pacific northwest.

Karen Sue said...

this is wonderful! I worked Thursday and Friday, which were nice days and today is cold and wet...but I'm ok with being inside with a fire and some puttering around...
My pumpkins are on the front steps and apples are in the kitchen...life is good and fall is nice... hmmmmm...

Diane Forsythe said...

Beautiful pictures of a picture perfect family! Your fall tribute is lovely and really pretty. This really made me smile, thank you!

Terra said...

oh Sue, you know I think nothing compares to a trip to the apple orchard! What a fantastic way to spend the day - the photos are great, the kids adorable and well...perfect!

Cathy Kennedy said...

My in-laws have a small orchard and picking apples was a favorite treat for our kids each fall. We haven't done this in a quite a few years and I miss those simple days in the autumn sun gathering God's blessings from each limb and enjoying the sweetness of each delicious bite. Thanks for visit and encouragement my friend!

Grandma Honey said...

Your grandbabies are all growing up so tall! I very much enjoy seeing pictures of them. They are your best posts of all.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

What fun pictures and perfect prose to go along!!!

Jenny said...

Oh Sue! They are wonderful!

Just wonderful!

The poem was fabulous, but it was the happy expression on your Grandlittles faces that just made my day!

Thank you for sharing this wondrous blessing with us.

A+

Amy said...

Those are wonderful fall traditions, and if it were mine, I would love it too! Those grandkids of yours certainly are handsome.

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