Monday, September 23


I can't believe how quickly this summer has gone, and how it seems the weather has changed literally overnight.  I love the way the sun shines through the leaves as they are turning into stunning shades of red and yellow. I look forward to the smell of pumpkin lattes at Starbucks, and everything else that is a reminder of this season.  The air is crisp, and life feels "cozy." Finally being able to pull out sweaters, snuggling with the cats as they warm my lap, and reading to Justin on the big stuffed chair in my bedroom are all things that I enjoy about the fall.

More than anything, I love the this time of year because Justin's Birthday is in September.  He turns two this month, and I have the pleasure of celebrating him!  His Birthday is later this week, but we just celebrated with our family and one of his little friends.  It is so much fun to see him eat his cake, and open his presents.  Before his party, he went to a farm in Bellevue where he was able to see real animals and tractors.

Afterwards, we had pizza and cake to finish off the celebration.  He listens to Old Mac Donald daily, so we went with the barnyard theme for his party.

I can't believe he is 2!  I am so proud to be his Mom, and it is such a treat to watch him grow. Having a son, and growing in love with him everyday feels like a tangible way that God is teaching me about his love for me.  It is the closest thing I have to compare it to. His love is perfect, though, and even deeper than my love for Justin.

I want Justin to know the love of God who "rejoices over him with singing and dancing." (Zephaniah 3:17)  When my love falls short, and it will, my prayer is that he will know God's perfect love.

Happy Fall!


Anne Bickle said...

Wow. Time flies. He's 2 already! Happy Birthday, Justin! xoxo

Darlene said...

Thank you, Anne!




Italy trip

I have been going through my pictures, and have enjoyed looking at this album of Italy. I was able to go over last year to attend a conference. This was the first time I have been back in twenty years. The pictures are made up mostly of places we lived as a family. My brother and I were able to go together, and we were graciously hosted by some friends of ours from language school in Perugia. I feel such a sense of nostalgia when I look at these pictures. I miss Italy so much. It was strange to go back as a tourist knowing I would be returning to the US after such a short time. Tonight I made cookies with Nutella in them, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the simple pleasures. Fortunately, you can find it here! Saturday, we are going up to my brother's house to celebrate a late Thanksgiving, only we will be making homemade tortellini instead of turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!