Falling for fall in 7 quick takes

What I've been up to lately: places, people, books, podcasts, music, links & more for your weekend downtime.

(1) poem for your weekend

I taught my kids the  entire poem  when they were in preschool & kindergarten. I can hear their voices saying the words. sigh...  You can download this  free printable here.

I taught my kids the entire poem when they were in preschool & kindergarten. I can hear their voices saying the words. sigh...

You can download this free printable here.

You can see digital versions of some of my favorite poems on my Poems board on Pinterest.)

(2) Phoebe Wahl illustrations for Autumn

Apple Picking by  Pheoebe Wahl

Apple Picking by Pheoebe Wahl

Cider Pressing by  Phoebe Wahl

Cider Pressing by Phoebe Wahl

(3) books I'm reading right now

The End of Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner

(4) photos from this past week

(5) blog posts from this week in the archives

2015 - Waiting for Our Next Step (In the words of Eugene Peterson, "We were ready for a congregation. But where?".)

2011 - Becoming Petition & Intercession ("...on one particularly troublesome day it dawned on me that we were holding back our requests for fear of asking too much...That to make fuzzy, vaguely spiritual requests of our God and through our prayer community was a form of unbelief.")

2010 - A Place for Rest ("Now, we come back to this Place after a long absence.  We find that we can take naps  any time we want.  It is a major difference and one that pleases us greatly.")

2009 - Study [disciplines for the inner life] ("Imagine, then, my delight at discovering that someone as wise and austere as a Wesley brother would connect trifling with a lack of reading!")

2007 - Good Medicine (One of my favorite posts I've ever written. We're all scattered now, but that sure was a fun weekend. )

1st day pumpkin chip cookies.1.jpg

2 years ago

Milk & cookie party on first day of Natalie's senior year (at our house in Austin).

(7) Autumn-related links (My favorite time of year!)

See more beautiful ideas for fall at my Autumn Holidays & Occasions board on Pinterest.

10 Things to Do in Connecticut This Fall (No pressure!) - If you're new to Connecticut like us, this will be one of your favorite blog posts of all time. If you've lived here awhile, you might still might discover something new. If you don't live in Connecticut at all, you'll still get lots of ideas from this post. (Thanks to my friend Monica, for telling me about this blog!)  | via The Size of Connecticut

2017 Farmers' Markets (CT) - Alphabetized by town | via Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Farm Stands and Stores Listings by county (CT) | via Connecticut Department of Agriculture

5 Autumn Activities to Build Stronger Neighborhoods - #4 is an especially thoughtful idea! | via Strong Towns

Why Are There So Many Types of Apples? - Did you know there are over 7,500 known cultivars?!? A TedEd video for all ages. | via The Kid Should See This

The Best Spots For Apple Cider Across the Country - Is your favorite stand listed?  | via Country Living

Applesauce Season - I love these kinds of posts from my friend Erica. | via Liturgy of Life

May your weekend include shiny red apples and a good laugh, friends. Peace...

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