Today it feels like Fall. We bundled up this morning to go for a nature walk together in the woods. We walked quietly, listening to the sounds of life around us, we found Chantrelle mushrooms and plucked bright red maple leaves from the ground. Dave showed the kids how to find tracks and identify them.

Today also felt like a turning point in my heart. I have struggled with the challenges of being a working, homeschooling mom. I have struggled with my role as a wife. I have struggled with the death of my own mother. I have had a year in which I felt overwhelmed and burdened by my sadness, my sense of failure, my faith. Today I felt the fog finally lift. We spent the morning together as a family, teaching, learning, living. It feels like a rhythm has returned to our home.