The Daily Grace
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all the leaves are brown

Nov 20, 2018 | god & grace | 15 comments

WE’VE COME TO THE MOUNTAINS for a long, slow holiday week. My sweet Eliza is here, a glorious treat, along with Ellie, the dog; Little Bit, the dog; and Tim, husband extraordinaire. We’d hardly gotten the groceries put away (this took a minute–there was a car load) when Eliza announced she was headed for a walk with Ellie and any takers were welcome. Of course I grabbed my boots and coat and off we set, we three.

We didn’t talk about anything in particular. There has been time for that lately, my adult child making the difficult decision, recently, to move on to a new job in a new city. There are new priorities. How grateful I am for the honor of helping her work through that process; what a gift that is to a Mom.



Ellie ran. And ran and ran, in the cold crisp air. We marveled at her strength, her excitement and spirit.


two sweet girls



OF COURSE WINTER has come to this high ridge. The trees are bare, the colors are browns and greens and grays. We were making our way back toward home when I happened to glance right, down the old Ogle Meadows Trail. It’s a view I’ve seen a million times, a trail I’ve walked a hundred. But in this moment things seemed different, somehow, the offering something new.



It called to mind a blessing I hadn’t considered in a while.

How lucky we are that seasons change.

That leaves fall and light shifts and a new view opens before our very eyes.


yes, how lucky we are


It’s something I want to remember as we move through these last days of November. As we approach the reverence of Advent, and December with its sparkle and expectation. I want to notice as the world offers itself anew in a thousand different ways, large and small, grand and ordinary.

I will keep watch.




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  1. Julie

    Beautiful words for a beautiful season. Thanks for sharing. I do miss the changes that those mountains exhibit each year. Palm trees are nice, but boring after a while.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. Sharon

    Happy Thanksgiving,my friend! Thank you for the reminder to pause………much love!??

  3. Rosie Locke

    Thank you for reminding us of the blessing that changing seasons offer. A unique view each day, and all we have to do is look and see. (Two simple verbs we learned first in school.)

  4. JC

    Sending you and yours love and light. Thank you for your beautiful insight and your amazing grace.

  5. Melissa Larkee Linda Larkee

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful for your posts!

    • Cathy

      This fills my heart. Thanks so much!

  6. Jean McElroy

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Sending you love and hugs and blessings. Thanks for sharing your thoughts of changing seasons. As I age I am so aware of the change and I think God each morning as I awake.

    • Cathy

      So beautiful, Jean! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  7. Anita White

    So beautiful ??

    • Cathy

      Thank you, friend! Love having Ellie here!

  8. Pat Stubbs

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Eliza will do well in whatever she chooses. Blessings to her.

    • Cathy

      Oh, Pat. Thank you! XXOO

  9. Courtney Melendez

    Beautiful reminder. Much love to you all! Happy Thanksgiving. <3

    • Cathy

      Happy, happy to you, sweet friend!

  10. Colleen

    Joy, peace and grace.

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Hi. I’m Cathy.

This is a blog about writing, creative living, and grace in the everyday. It’s my hope this little spot on the internet will be for you a place of quiet and reflection, a source for inspiration, and a reminder there’s beauty all around—we simply need to keep our hearts open to see it. Thank you for being here with me.

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