Thursday, August 6, 2009

Summer's End

I've been hearing the Cicadas in the trees. Their bursts of chatter remind me that fall is on its way. I delight in hearing the noise these bugs create. It reminds me to grasp hold of the warm days remaining and relish them. Their song tells me I need to take the last few free days and spend them with my children. It stirs in me the joy and excitement I always feel when the seasons change. And reminds me of the awesome God who created the beauty all around me.

For me, there's nothing quite like the end of summer. It's a mixture of nostalgia and hope. I begin to feel the stirrings of longing for an extension of the freedom of the long summer days, yet I also feel a yearning for the comfort and structure that comes with the cool autumn days.

Yesterday, as I was sitting on the front steps of my house I got to experience one of my favorite end of the summer activities...


husking corn with my daughter!

She was so funny! She was determined to help get the husks off the corn, but they were stuck fast. Finally, she decided a better job for her would be removing all the "hairs" from the corn!

Pretty soon I will be picking enough corn from my garden to fill my laundry baskets and I will gather all my children around me to help me husk the corn. It brings back precious memories of my own childhood when my sisters and I would gather around my dad and help him husk the corn. To me it isn't a chore, but a joyful time full of laughter, working together and knowing I am helping to provide for our family.

So there you have it...I am enjoying and cherishing the end of summer and looking forward to what autumn has to offer!


  1. What a face! Will she be starting school this year ?? She's so cute :)

  2. What a precious animated face your helper has and what a sweet, sweet mama. I just mowed my acre thinking of summer soon coming to a close. You all have a great day and enjoy that corn.

  3. Oh Jenn,I loved this pic. She is so cute!Hope you have a great day, Blessings, Faye

  4. takes me back when mine were small, shucking corn and "napping" beans.
    your daughter is adorable! and there really is something in the voice of the cicadas, that say's "relax and appreciate the last days of summer"

  5. My husband and I were talking just the other day about how we both remember snipping green beans in the summer. Him with his grandparents and me with my mom and aunts. Snipping the now sure is a lot more fun that it was way back then. I love being able to provide some fresh veggies/fruits for my family.

    That's a great shot of your daughter. :)

  6. Totally adorable pics in both these last posts! I too look fwd to the schedule of Fall-and warm insides, and crisp outside days:)

  7. So adorable! I wish that I could say that I was enjoying the end of summer...but it's just too hot. I'm ready for fall!

  8. Precious picture! And it also reminds me that I have not had corn on the cob ONE time this summer - can you believe that? A travesty! :)

    I cannot wait for fall, and that nostalgic feeling that hits me every single year.


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