Time with just the four of us is hard to come by. Matt's hours at the hospital have been demanding, so any time we have him home is a time to slow down and simply be together. And how have we been spending that time? Taking the long way home to enjoy the fall colors, bundling up to be outside while it's still warm enough to work in the garden and sit in the grass, playing together, reading together, eating together- almost everything else can wait. Seasons are changing and our girls are getting older, and we know we can't wait for things to slow down because all the little moments will just pass us by.
"Let this be a season of slowing down and revisiting
What beautiful things can come to life in the waiting"
-Morgan Harper Nichols
Since taking these pictures just a few weeks ago, the leaves have already peaked and the tree branches are starting to look bare. We've had our first snow (it was a very light dusting, but still!), and Annie has turned THREE. We've been back to walk along these hidden backyard paths, collecting fallen leaves and finding new trails to explore. The funny thing is that we didn't even know these trails existed until the day we took our pictures, even though it is only minutes from our front house. But now this place feels like it belongs to just the four of us, like these pictures and this little moment in time, and all because we left the paved trail and took the scenic route.