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Five Minute Friday: Fall

As a child, fall meant harvest time. My parents grew up in farming families and so it seemed natural to them that we should grow and preserve at least some of our own food.

Close up of clusters of ripe zinfandel grapes

We plant our values in our children and realize the harvest when they mature into adults.

As our family worked to harvest vegetables from the gardens on our acreage in the country, the farmers around us worked to harvest thousands of Iowa acres of corn and soybeans. Continue reading

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Springing Forward

Wednesday, March 20, is the Vernal equinox, the official start of spring in the northern hemisphere marking the time when nature’s life cycle begins anew.

crocus and oak leaves on early spring ground

Embrace the promise of the spring to come but don’t ignore the present

For many of us, it’s a time for renewed or fresh intentions to get in better shape, lose a few pounds, make plans for the summer. It’s time to finish the projects around the house that we put on the list back when it seemed winter would stretch on relentlessly, and we had nothing but time.

Now we have to hustle to get them done so that we can tackle the springtime projects.

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That’s Bloomin’ Gratitude for You

We have a lovely garden at our home. It is my refuge year around, the place where I go for peace and restoration. I am grateful for my garden because it draws me outside

Bloomin' Gratitude, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Yellow and black butterfuly sucking necter from a purple butterfly bush.

When you stop to smell the flowers, you may also nurture your soul.

and away from my work for a brief time each day. From March through November, it’s pleasant to walk among the plants and admire the blooms while soaking up the heat of summer or feeling the invigorating chill of spring or autumn.

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