Yesterday was a beautiful, peaceful rainy autumn day. The girls and I drove up to Michigan for the day to pick up one of the grand-kiddos to come down and hang out with us for a few days. It was a perfect day for driving! The colors were just beginning to turn from the vibrant greens of summer to the softer shades of autumn. We definitely noticed that here in Indiana there isn’t as much color yet as up in Michigan, so it was fun to notice the differences.
We drove along country roads where the corn stalks are now brown and brittle and ready for harvest. We got behind a HUGE farm implement on our way home (couldn’t figure out what it was or what it does but it sure was BIG!) which gave Diva Daughter a chance to practice her patience, and then eventually her passing skills as she is scheduled to take her driving test next week. On our way home we stopped at Mooville, the amazing dairy farm / ice cream shop in Nashville, Michigan. I heard they have opened a store in Ionia, Michigan called “The Udder Store.” We’ll have to visit that one next trip!
On the long drive home it was kind of quiet. Gave me time to think about some of the things that have been happening in our lives, in our country, and in the world. It could be frightening to think about all that is going on around us, but I refused to give in to thoughts of despair and discouragement, fear or negativity, and choose instead to focus on the beauty of the season. And I was reminded that, no matter what it all looks like in the world around me, I know that God is still in control. He is always good, always is working for our best, even when it looks like the complete opposite. I don’t always understand, and that’s a good thing, too. Because if I could figure everything out on my own, then I would be just like God. So I choose to trust, even when the world around me looks quite dark. I believe in the sunshine even on a rainy autumn day!
I hope you are having a good week, in spite of the tragedy that has broken our hearts this week. I pray for our country, and I pray that you, too, will seek the joy and beauty of this season as well as in the heroic acts of other human beings. Let’s not let one act of evil destroy our belief in the beauty of the human spirit. Join us for the party this week – I would love to catch up with you and see what’s going on in your little corner of the world.
PS The mums were only $6 each at Mooville, so I bought three plants. I’ve been wanting to get a few for our front porch for the past few weeks, but wouldn’t pay what they were asking for them at Walmart of Kroger, so when I found them for this price, I broke down and bought them. I might even buy a couple more when I go back up to Michigan next week to return the grand-kiddo to his mama and daddy.
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