Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October Blessings

As the garden gracefully declines in this 
beautiful month of October, we are still 
gifted with a few surprises......

These gifts are reminders of what has been, 
and the last bit of sustenance for 
delicate winged creatures preparing 
for the long sleep ahead. 

October brings the first storms of the season,
here in the foothills of the Cascade mountains. 

The push and pull of the long season of sweet comfort,
with the tempering winds of change, is 
a metaphor for life, perhaps...... 

Our hearts gather precious memories
in this golden season of harvest, 

to give us strength to weather the storms ahead. 

Nature's endless cycles remind us that 
Faith, Courage and Wisdom will carry us through
the storms of life. 

Sowing seeds of Love, Compassion and Kindness
 harvest the sweetest blessings of life. 

These last blossoms of October remind me that time 
moves very swiftly and does not wait......

As I celebrate another year older, I realize 
how very precious time is. 

I am now in the autumn of my own life,
and as I reflect on the time now past, 
I understand the value of the gifts I have gathered 
during the seasons that have come and gone. 

I realize now, that it wasn't the quiet, calm seasons of life, 
but rather, the turbulent storms that have tempered me the most. 

I've learned Fortitude, Resilience, and Courage
by standing strong against the winds of Adversity. 

Just as the vine clings, I have learned to find 
support through my Faith, Family and Friends. 

I have learned that Discernment goes hand in hand with 
Integrity. I've realized that surrounding myself 
with those who lift me up, reinforce 
my sense of value, and has allowed me to see 
a higher view. 

I can stand on my own when I use Discernment. 

The garden is a metaphor for all of life.....

I have learned to cultivate and nurture the garden 
to enjoy its lovely gifts. 

Cultivated with plenty of Faith 
and nurtured with Love, 
the garden, as does life, reaps a harvest 
of beautiful Blessings. 


Wishing you a harvest of beautiful blessings, too, 
Sweet Friends. 


Today I am linking with:
Flower Wednesday

Won't you join the fun? 


  1. Such a lovely..... from the heart post, Karen 💕
    You certainly have a way with words...
    Love your late bloomers...
    Linda :o)

  2. I love to come visit you. This is such a beautiful time in Maine, I want to roll with the dog in the leaves. The colors are so beautiful. Every window has red and gold and yellows. I take a ride every day Great to be alive.

  3. Karen, I read your blog post with such a feeling of contentment and peace. Your lovely flowers reflect your gentle words. XO

  4. This is such a beautiful and insightful post, Karen...the garden IS a metaphor for life!
    Your photos are lovely...I especially love the pretty sedum in the fall!

  5. Karen, this is so beautifully written. How true it is that our garden reflects our life. Your flowers are still just gorgeous!

  6. Wise words and beautiful views. Time flies, years pass, autumn comes. We have to appreciate each day.
    Hugs & blessings to you Karen 💕

  7. Deear Karen, my sweet friend, thank you for this wonderful post and wonderful words! Ir is amazing, how many flowers are still blooming!
    Wishing you a lovely and joyful week, sending Love and Hugs and Blessings to you, Claudia xo

  8. One of your very special posts Karen. Oh so true. Have a lovely day :) B x

  9. Oh Karen, your garden is wonderful in Autumn too!
    Have a nice day

  10. You certainly are a talented writer. Your post today was so uplifting, a beautiful post.

  11. Enjoy your special day in your glorious surroundings. Great words of wisdom as always. x

  12. Your post and photos are so beautiful. Your blog is amazing and inspires me. God bless! Carol

  13. Thank you for this beautiful, wise and insightful post, dear Karen!

  14. Deep reflections, on the seasons of life ... I had a cup of tea with a friend of mine today, and we talked as well about this precious life, we're given ... How time goes so fast, the people dear to us ... what matters most.
    Thank you for being an inspiration!

  15. Oh Karen, this is the loveliest post. Thank you so much for your beautiful words and comparisons of life to garden's harvest. Have a blessed day and week.
    xx Pam

  16. Dear Karen ~ This post was absolutely beautiful in thoughts and photos. Very inspiring and encouraging.

    Happy Autumn with love & hugs from FlowerLady

  17. These fall color days are a blessing to the heart.

  18. Thank you for such a heart felt and inspiring post today. We truly need to stop and smell the roses, literally and figuratively.

    One of my favorite quotes: Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. Notice them!"

    I wish I knew the author of that quote because it is so eloquent and so very true.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  19. You have a gift for writing and such a way with words.

  20. Thank you for your wise and lovely words accompanied of beautiful photos Karen!

  21. Your flowers still look wonderful Karen!! Such beautiful words of wisdom to go with the gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing wonderful Friend!! xoxo

  22. Such a beautiful post Karen, both in photos and in words. Much food for thought. :)

  23. Hi Karen, your gardens are still so beautiful and it's those little pop up surprises that bring such joy to see!! Your photos and written words are always such a blessing when I visit.
    I just replied to your comment left to me and then realized it was a noreply like mine. Thank you for your kind comments to me and always bringing such joy when you stop by. Have a great rest of the week. xo

  24. Beautiful words to go with your wonderful pictures, Karen. :)

    Have a blessed Autumn week.


  25. Hi Karen, thank you so much for your wonderful wishes in regards to my birthday and anniversary. I'm so glad you dropped by.

    Your photos are beautiful, it's always a little sad to see the flowers disappearing for the winter months but always exciting to see them reappear the following Spring. I love your words of wisdom also, you are an amazing writer. Enjoy your week, Kelly.

  26. Thank you for all the blessings....I too am in the autumn of my life but I am aware that the only day we each have is today! Isn't the Northwest a beautiful place to live? The Fall season is filled with so much beauty as it edges its way to winter. :)

  27. You mentioned celebrating another year older, I am assuming you had a Birthday recently, if so I hope it was very special, that is one thing about getting older is we start to realize a lot about life and hopefully have learned from what we have been through, this was a beautiful and very thought provoking post. May God bless you with a most wonderful year to come!!

  28. An inspirational and most thoughtful post.
    I loved reading it and seeing your all your lovely photographs.

    May the remaining days in this tenth month be good ones for you and yours.

    All the best Jan

  29. What a beautiful post, Karen, as you have such a sweet way of expressing your thoughts to us. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, for your certainly deserve it! ❤️

  30. your porch is so pretty karen, you have a lot more color lingering around than i do!! such an uplifting post to read today, fall is such a happy time of the year!!!

  31. What a lovely, uplifting post. So perfect for this time of year and for the autumn of our lives (I am there too!).


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