Sunday, November 10, 2019

A Collection: Simple Joys of Autumn

There are so many joys this beautiful season that sometimes can get swallowed up in Christmas preparations. I just love autumn! The colors, the scents, the comforting soups, and so much more.

Here are some brief little glimpses into a few of the things that have given me joy this season ...

The joy of essential oils! I am continuing to learn more of the many uses of essential oils, and am loving the process! My little collection has been growing since I received a Young Living starter kit last year for Christmas. 

My recent purchases have been from REVIVE, and besides the health benefits that essential oils provide, I love the scents that fill our home as I've been diffusing some new autumn blends.

My five favorite blends for my diffuser this autumn:
4 drops orange + 2 drops clove + 2 drops immunity boost
4 drops immunity boost + 3 drops orange
3 drops bergamot + 2 drops orange + 2 drops cedarwood
6 drops immunity boost + 4 drops lemon + 2 drops stress easy
3 drops immunity boost + 3 drops orange + 3 stress easy

The joys of coffee! And more importantly, the joy of having coffee with someone we love!

The photo above represents a miracle! One of our daughters had a day off work in October, and invited us to meet her for coffee at a cute little coffee shop! We had experienced a long season of difficult years in our relationship as parents and daughter many years ago, and I will never get over the miracles that God has done! Such a very sweet coffee date with a precious daughter! 

The joy of fun little gifts! We brought home a few little souvenir gifts with us after a sweet little getaway to Lied Lodge in Nebraska City last month (see the photo below) and after a visit to the Arbor Day Farm while there.

The joy of a special autumn getaway together as a couple! Our six (grown) kids gave us a gift card last year for Christmas for a stay at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. And autumn was the perfect time of year to schedule our trip! 

The fall colors were perfect, and our three-night stay was just wonderful ... extended devo times, walks in the crisp autumn air, time away together, away from the busyness of life.

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It's so good to pause, to express thanks for God's many gifts to us ... this month of November, and all through the year.

Gratefulness isn't hard.
Forgetting to be grateful
is what makes life hard.
(Ann Voskamp)

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