There is something wonderful about rainy days in the Fall. The colors are still bright but are almost watercolor like when there is a screen of rain in front of them. We have a metal roof so the sound of the rain is intensified and takes me back to my childhood where the rain was always welcome to cool off those tropical Hawaiian days. Days like this are a blessing and make me feel safely tucked in and protected in my cozy little home.
Our rain barrel in the backyard has been refilled and is over capacity so the raindrops are dancing on the surface of the water that pools in the lid. In some ways the rain barrel is a reflection of my life at the moment. There is a part of my heart that has been feeling empty inside. The part that was once filled with a close and loving relationship with my mother in law and father in law. All that has been stripped away with the ugliness that has happened and us being shut out of their lives through no fault of our own. My husband and I have finally come to a place where we just have to step back and accept it for what it is. There is nothing we can do to change a situation that we have not created. When one door closes, God opens up a new one and He has done that for us. God has sent us a precious gift and one that is filling my heart to overflowing. :)
As I am wrapped up in my fuzzy warm robe while eating some hot homemade soup that is soothing my scratchy and sore throat, I am so thankful. I'm thankful for the life giving rain that is washing away the dirt and making everything clean again while nourishing the winter wheat that is laying dormant in the ground in the fields that surround us. I am thankful to God for providing us a cozy home that will be paid off soon. I am thankful for the amazing, kind and loving husband that I have been blessed with. I am thankful for my children and grandchildren who are my true treasures here on earth and for the close relationship that we all have. I am just so thankful for it all.