every single year there is a day or two in fall that we spend apple picking. this time, we decided not to wait until the weather got a little cooler and instead went the day the orchards opened for the season. the sun was out and we enjoyed the lingering warmth of summer as we picked.
the apples were plentiful and we picked over 20 pounds in a matter of minutes! we bought some apple cider in the orchard's store and then brought everything home to start making pies, applesauce, and our favorite baked apple pancake for breakfast.
the music was going, the windows wide open; she peeling apples and running in and out, he painting the porch, and i making soup for dinner, cupcakes for someone's birthday, applesauce, and biscuits. the smell of cooking, summer sun, and the fall breeze filled the air. i could hear giggles from her and periodically got kisses from him as he passed by in between coats of paint.
it was the perfect afternoon. the perfect welcoming of fall. i looked around me and realized, once again, how very grateful i am for everything.
someone i just met the other day asked me where i lived. i told them i lived in a church. they remarked, "oh, you must be rich." it struck me as such a funny thing to say. rich? ha. i laughed at them. laughed at the fact that just a little over a year ago i was wondering how to afford to put dinner on the table. i worked so hard to get here today; did so much in so little time. but rich? HA! right. so i did, i laughed at him. then i went home and thought about it. and i said, "damn it! i AM rich! i have happiness and strength and a good life and a good home and a happy daughter and a loving relationship. i'm so rich it's nuts. i'm rolling around in the richness of a happy life!" why i can't think more on my toes, i don't know.
but it's days just like this that make me realize indeed how fortunate i am. we laugh together and love together. she does her thing, i do mine, and he his. all with a smile and a whole lot of love. it doesn't get any better than that. i have a rich life, for sure. and i never take a single second of it for granted. ever.
and all this from an afternoon of apple picking. who would have thought?
what are you thankful for lately?!
(oh, and excuse the inbetweenness of my blog appearance. i'm revamping a bit....)