apples, please.

11 Sep

Saturday was beautiful, such a nice break after our week of rain.  I was desperate to get outside to enjoy the sunshine, so we decided to find a place to pick apples.  For almost all the years we lived in Charlottesville, we were only one mile down the interstate from a wonderful apple picking place.  Evie was so little during apple picking season last year, I was very happy with the apples Joel brought home from the grocery store.  This year, however, we wanted them from the tree.  The older girls ran free in orchard and asked for applesauce.  Eva ate the apples right off the tree.

Miss Eva Joy decided she wanted to walk this weekend.  No steps Friday.  Five steps Sunday.

My Ella is starting preschool.  She is ready.  I think I am ready.

On Friday, we went to visit school and to help her find her classroom.  Ella walked away with one concern.  Friday is the first show and tell day.  Favorite books.  “Mom, I love so many. How will I be able to choose just one to bring?”

For these moments:

  • both Joel and I seeing Eva’s first steps together
  • her big grin – the Evie grin.
  • Ella’s excitement about starting school
  • her trying to memorize books so she can read to me
  • pesto pizza
  • anticipating applesauce
  • knowing that means fall is on the way
  • figuring out the knitting pattern on Eva’s dress
  • seeing old friends
  • the conversation that picks up as if it just left off
  • the peace after they leave of just enjoying them
  • mini- dinner pies in flaky crust w. mashed potatoes and gravy – comfort food in all it’s glory

For these moments, these pauses, the grace of God in the moment, I am so thankful.

13 Responses to “apples, please.”

  1. Kelly September 12, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    the peace after they leave of just enjoying them. yes. what a gift that is! He is too good to us. blessings, from Uganda

    • theladybird September 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. It is always so encouraging to see which part of a post someone notices. Your pictures from Uganda are wonderful. I only just begun to look through them this evening.

  2. toshowthemjesus September 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Those first steps are so precious! And apples in an orchard! Only a dream for me in S. Florida. Sounds divine. Enjoy the applesauce! Visiting from Ann’s today.

    • theladybird September 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      Yes, but then when all is brown here you have lovely, lovely oranges ….. Thanks for stopping by today!

  3. Stefanie Brown September 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    What incredible shots. So sweet, delicate and GREEN! Here in TX, the color green is all but absent.
    I enjoyed your story and your list.
    Have a joy-filled day…

    • theladybird September 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

      Thanks so much, Stefanie.

  4. Erin @ Wild Whispers September 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    First steps and apples in the same weekend? All is well indeed! Great shots!

    • theladybird September 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks Erin! I hope your week goes really well!

  5. Addison September 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    The steps video has made it’s way around the fam! SO GREAT!

    Question: Where do you pick apples in C-ville? I think that would be a fun outting for C and me.

    • theladybird September 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

      Oh yay! I am glad you guys could see her shining moment! Hope the start of school is off to a great start.

  6. Rachel September 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    I have such fond memories of apple-picking. Wish we had an orchard nearby. Thanks for sharing your moments!

    • theladybird September 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      Coming back from the orchard, I told Joel that when we own a house a lovely present would be my own apple tree.

  7. Jennifer September 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Apple picking… and eating… yes please! Love it! Such sweet photos. Makes me excited for our family ‘apple day’ of making pies and applesauce! 🙂

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