(A few photos from Halloween)
I remember sitting with a good friend (for whom I'm posting right now instead of working on lesson plans) at a park years ago with our young daughters and toddler sons wishing October would just END already. It's just a hard month on mothers, isn't it? The last bit of fall gardening included a minor overhaul for us. Both older children had a full schedule and we're still trying to figure out how to peacefully homeschool with a toddler in the house.
I am looking forward to enjoying this month a bit more. A quiet month with more read alouds and candlelight, swinging the baby in the garden while knitting. A few more family dinners would be nice - the time change brings about an end to baseball practice which makes family dinners an actual possibility. I missed my chance for a big fall garden and instead of feeling sad about that, I'm relieved. I am craving a bit of a fast. Subtraction. I'm hoping to clear a bit of mental and physical clutter to make way for a more peaceful Advent season but more than that, I just want the quiet of November. Bare trees and restful spaces.