Liquid Amber Turning

When I see the leaves of the liquid amber turning, I know that Autumn is really here. I know that the changes of Autumn that I anticipate so much are upon us. It brings happy feelings to my inner core.

For some reason, Autumn is the time when momentous milestones have occurred in my life. For example, I kissed my husband for the first time and fell in love with him during this season. Maybe its because my birthday is in the Autumn that life-changing events happen at this time of year for me. I don't know.

This year we are experiencing change in our lives in a very different way. My father-in-law has just spent the last two weeks in a Bay Area hospital 3 1/2 hours away from his home with my mother-in-law lovingly by his side as he has gone through the life-altering experience of having a cancerous tumor surgically removed from his esophagus. As I have had the privilege of caring for him many times during this past 2 weeks, sitting by his bedside, we have talked about things that we normally wouldn't talk about. He will be heading home in the next day or so to continue to regain his strength so he can then face chemotherapy in order to win his battle with the cancer that came out of nowhere only a couple of months ago to invade his life as he and Mom knew it.

I admire Dad for his courage, his tenacity, and his faith during this ordeal. I admire my husband for being a stalwart son and giving beyond any capacity I thought possible and having energy that seemed endless. I admire my brother-in-law and sister-in-law for making sacrifices without hesitation to form a support system around their father and mother that is strong and firm. I've witnessed so much love, devotion, and sacrifice the past few weeks. It has been awe-inspiring and has permanently changed my heart.

Yes, Autumn is a season of change in so many ways.
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  1. Firstly I love your blog, your photo's a beautiful.

    Secondly I wanted to say how hard things must be for you right now with your father in law ill. I do have some understanding of what you are going through. It's great to hear what a wonderfully supportive family you have x

  2. I hope everything goes okay for your father-in-law. I think having loving, supportive people around you at a time like this is truly a blessing - for all of you.

    Your photos are pretty - things are beginning to look more fall-like here too.

    Hugs to you and your hubby - Kris

  3. Autumn is a both sweet and bittersweet time for me. We were married in the Autumn on a beautiful October day, nearly 11 years ago. It was a beautiful beginning to our life together.

    Then, I lost my dad on a beautiful Autumn, October day nearly 5 years ago. It was difficult to see his earthly life end. But, just as the natural seasons change, so do the seasons of our lives.

    Your perspective is beautiful.

  4. Hi Cindy, thinking of you in this time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I always thought that liquid amber is such a beautiful name for a tree and judging by your wonderful pic, it is really living up to its name, don't you think?

    I hope that everything goes well for your father-in-law. This must be such a scary and worrying time for you all but it is great to know how supportive you all are. This is something to treasure IMO.

  6. Beautiful insight - and I am sure you are a strong link in the support system as well.

    Take care and keep that beautiful faith.


  7. Beautiful -- both your picture and your words.

  8. Very beautiful photos, and sorry to hear about your father in law. Anna :)

  9. I pray that your father-in-law will remain strong and that things will go well.


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