17 September 2007
This lone leaf is our very first hint that fall is waiting in the wings. We warmly welcome her, knowing she will bring tamed temperatures in her skirts. So, she brings change. Halloween comes next: a queen, a cat, and a stinky(?) witch. Now it's a matter of gathering and making costume pieces. This will be our first Halloween here--bittersweet that Halloween was one of the last "things" we did before coming here to test the waters, returning only to say a brief good-bye and leave our first house.
Halloween 2006--Yes, we grew those watermelon
Our first yard, where we spent countless hours sweating and toiling to beautify our humble surroundings. Ryan and I would put the girls to bed and, though we could hear them outside their windows, they were safe and contained. We would then enjoy one another's company as we weeded, mowed, planted, dug, pruned, and modified the earth around our home. Now the current owners are enjoying bulbs we planted and countless flowers that we sowed, ones that we were sure we would be delighting in. I am saddened, and perhaps only because it was our first house. I wonder if everyone has a certain fondness, no matter what it looked like, for their first. This is now our home. My efforts have gone to the inside of the home, though. We are enjoying it now. We are happy because we are together, and we will always make a home wherever we may go.
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