We have received a lovely cold front these last few days that has made it downright chilly. And I must say, I am loving it. It started to warm up again today, so I don't know if it's going to last much longer, but it's still a sign that fall is coming. And fall is my favorite! I love the turning leaves, the gorgeous blue of the sky that happens only in autumn time, I love pumpkins and apples and cinammon, and my whole house is pretty much decorated in fall colors. Much as I loved living in Arizona, this season was the one thing that I truly missed.
I don't know if it's because of the season itself or because of school starting, but I am always so much more productive these last few months of the year. It is truly a new beginning for me. It has been lovely having Chloe gone to Kindergarten in the afternoons (does that make me a bad mom that I enjoy my time away from the kids?). Since Sophie is sleeping at that time I have been able to get an awful lot accomplished. It's only Friday morning and I have already accomplished more since Monday than I probably did the entire summer!
I believe that all the simplifying I have tried to do this year has helped my disorganized self so much. Of course, I am still trying to simplify things. This month I focused on my schedule. For the past two years, fall has been so crazy busy that I don't have much time to actually enjoy it. I'm still busy, but I worked out my schedule in a way that allows me to really spend time with the kids after school. It is so much better! I also have a lot less students, due to the nature of the economy right now. Voice lessons are an extra, and I understand that. I decided I wasn't going to stress out about what that means for us financially. I'm just going to enjoy the time I have with my family and trust that the Lord will take care of us.
After all, He always does.