Saturday, September 13, 2014

~WHEN AUTUMN COMES CALLING~

When Autumn comes calling I shall be ready...I will greet her with arms wide open as one would greet a  long lost friend... 
Fall is my season...my favorite season...bright cool mornings now replace the hot humid summer air...shades of orange and gold begin to dot the countryside...farmers now reap their final crops of the season...flannel shirts and wool socks once again become a common staple to ones daily wardrobe... 
Spring in New England was cold and wet...July provided one perfectly lovely week which fortunately for me was spent at the family camp in Denmark Maine...August, well... it was over in the blink of an eye...
September has given our family a challenge one that we are meeting head on...My 33 year old niece Darlene, of the blog "missthesea" has been diagnosed with uterine cancer...It has been a difficult three weeks, but Darlene is out of the hospital and staying here at Dog Trot Farm until she is well enough to return to her home. She is a wife, daughter, teacher and much loved niece...Her parents are bunking in with us too. They have up rooted themselves from warm sunny Florida to spend the long, cold winter in Maine...Now, Mr. Winslow Homer is enjoying all the extra attention and treats, Birdie Mae and Mrs Tweedy are thankful for the extra laps to cozy in, and me I'm grateful that my sister in-law is such an excellent cook...We all face challenges in life and we are determined to see this challenge through...For those of you who have inquired as to my well being I thank you...I have missed you all...Over these next few days I hope to catch up will many of you, I look forward to learning what you have been up to.  If you could find it in your heart to say a prayer for Darlene, I would be ever so grateful and I know she would be too...I believe there is power in prayer...Thank you and God Bless...

18 comments:

Farm Girl said...

I have kept you all in my prayers. Darlene is never out of my thoughts. She is the same age as my daughter.
I love your photos as always.
Sending a hug to you from California.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Autumn oh how I wish it was here. It was 106 today in San Diego county . I am so sorry about your niece and will add her to my prayer list. There is so much power in prayers , God bless cheri

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Absolutely sending prayers and well wishes for your sweet niece.
She is surrounded by loving family and delightful critters.
Sincerely, Susan

Kim said...

I'm sending prayers for Darlene that she can overcome this challenge quickly. How lucky that your whole family has rallied around to support Darlene and each other. That's what family is all about.

Orange Sink said...

Julie I have been wondering too how things are at Dog Trot Farm! I will keep your niece in prayers and sending big hugs to you and all of your family! Glad to hear Mr. Winslow Homer is doing well!
Stay strong and keep us posted!
Cathy G

Earlene L. said...

We missed you.
Prayers for all of you at this time in your life and especially Darlene.
(((((Hugs))))
Earlene

ps I hope Winter this year is not as bad as the last one.

Primitive Stars said...

Sweet Julie, I have missed you so. I also welcome Fall, such a glorious season, enjoyed your beautiful pictures.....Sorry to hear about your Niece, will keep her and you all in my prayers. Sending Big Hugs, Francine.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Prayers on the way Julie!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

so sorry to hear about darlene...i will keep her in my thoughts. i am enjoying every second of this wonderful fall!!! your pics are gorgeous!

Michelle said...

Prayers for Darlene. Wishing her a complete recovery.

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

I am an October baby so I think I was born with Autumn in my soul.
So wonderful to have family support in hard times. Not everyone is so fortunate. Prayer being said for your niece and your family.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Julie,
I was just thinking about you and hoping all was well. I am glad to know things are good with you but it saddens me to hear of your niece's illness. I will keep her in my prayers. How lucky to have you for an aunt.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Prims By The Water said...

Saying a prayer for Darlene. Sweatshirt weather here today..guess the cold is here to stay. Not much of a Sumer here, but do love the Autumn colors. Janice

Jacque. said...

Wow...soooo good to see you here! I've been missing you. So sorry to hear of your niece...and will definitely say a prayer (or two).

Vera said...

Haven't visited with you for a while, so I hope you are well. I shall put Darlene on my absent healing list because I also believe in the power of prayer. Vx

Ginny said...

Praying and sending warm healing thoughts to Darlene, and all of you at Dog Trot Farm.

Pondside said...

I've missed your posts - life has been crazy and I haven't had time to look for more than my favourites...and there you are.
I will hold Darlene and her family in prayer. I good friend went through this three years ago and is doing very well. I pray the same for Darlene.

Denise said...

Glad you are well, I will add Darlene to my prayers.