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Just one day after Labor Day, Autumn is clearly making her presence known. The Black Hills in my home state of South Dakota have received several inches of snow after temperatures in the nineties there over the weekend!

Here is West Texas, Fall’s arrival is much more subtle. There are no brilliantly colored leaves to tumble and dance in my yard, and sweater weather is typically still a month or more away. However this is 2020, so I keep in mind that pretty much anything is possible.

I am enjoying the cooler early mornings in the seventies, but note with some sadness that the sun sets much earlier with the Autumnal Equinox just two weeks away. My sisters in the Midwest talk of making soups and stews for supper, while here I’m trying to decide what to make that won’t heat up the house by turning on the oven, since it’s now 95 degrees out!

The weather people are forecasting rain for the coming days, and since we’ve had almost no rain this summer, it would be such a blessing if that was to happen; everything is very dry and the risk of wildfires is high. I don’t think I’ll hold my breath though, because we’ve been promised rain before. That being said, I am thankful that we have had no really bad storms here this summer, and I pray that our winter is mild like it usually is.

A few months ago we eagerly started making arrangements for an autumn vacation to Florida, but with Covid status being what it is, we felt it was wiser to postpone that idea. Instead, Papa Bear came up with the wonderful plan to purchase a small camper that we could take on trips in the area.

I’m excited to say that we now have said camper, aptly named “The Bear Cave”, and God willing, in a couple weeks we will be headed to the state park at Lake Brownwood for a week of camping and fishing, and then in late October to Galveston Island on the Gulf Coast for a week of camping at the beach. Anyone who knows me, knows how excited I am about that! Camper life is going to be a wonderful new adventure for us!

This is been an unusual summer, and certainly a difficult year for most people, there has been so much sadness, struggle, upheaval, and frustration; but I’ve learned that the secret to surviving life and maintaining inner peace is to take it as it comes… to ride the waves and place less emphasis on plans or dreams that might be changing.

I have no idea what the rest of this year might hold, or even tomorrow for certain; but I am content to place my future in God’s hands and live life one day at a time, knowing beyond a doubt that the universe has good things in store for me.

I hope you’ll join me in being thankful for the blessings we have experienced this year amidst the confusion and chaos, and in looking forward to the new season as a time of hope and promise.

Sending you love and light,