For me fall seems to be a reminder of all God’s gracious blessings to me. It’s so easy to get lost in the minutia of the day with refereeing kid quarrels, figuring out what to fix for dinner ONE more time, same dishes, same dirty clothes, same old me. But I absolutely adore the cooler weather and the leaves changing and blowing in the breeze. I am blessed. In the battles for the hearts of my children I often forget this. I have a husband who loves me, unconditionally, and believes in me usually more than I believe in myself. I have my firstborn daughter who knows when I need hugs and always calls to see if she can bring me something on the way home (like french fries and milk shakes!) I have my firstborn son who is a huggie guy who still embraces me in public and comes to see me no matter what he’s doing or who he’s hanging with. I have my daughter S who is full of potential and is learning to believe she deserves the best in life. She knows her mama loves her all the time, no matter what. That’s huge! And I have my youngest,M, who is a challenge and a joy at the same time. He is full of life and energy and is learning to channel it into compassion and empathy. What a blessing! I am blessed. Through the heartaches and overwhelming days of despair in the past, I am blessed to know the God who is the giver of all good things. I deserve so little, yet He gives me so much. His mercies are new every morning. Thank you God for loving me and trusting me with all these people who rely on me and fill me with all the good “stuff” every day. I am blessed!