Posted by: Sally | September 21, 2007

Taking Time for Autumn Tea!

One of our favorite fall traditions in our home is putting away fruit for the cold winters ahead. Now I am not a canning type of person, and don’t know very much at all about preserving fruit or vegetables. Yet, many years ago, we got into the habit of putting peaches and apples up for the winter and we have such great pies and crisps and fruit to have with our homemade soups in the winter because of our fall effort! I even think that food that you have lovingly prepared yourself for special occasions tastes even better because of the pleasure you get out of producing it yourself.

This year, we bought a couple of boxes of wonderful peaches from our farmer’s market. Later next week, we will make a trip to the Apple Farm and pick a couple of boxes of apples to make into applesauce. Yesterday, Sarah, Joy and I each sat on the den floor on a beach towel. We each had our own box of peaches to work from and a bowl to put our peeled and sliced peaches into! We almost always watched either a tales of Avonlea or Anne of Avonlea or Anne of Green Gables–though we have seen it a thousand times, we always do it in the fall. We peeled for a couple of hours and then bagged up the peaches in zip lock baggies. I also made a peach pie for dinner, served with ice cream–that was our whole dinner.

The reward of our labor was to sit with our piled high bowls of hot peaches and cream with a steaming mug of tea. We have been sitting on our porch at nights with our plates in hand for dinner just to enjoy what is probably to be the last of the golden autumn fall evenings. In Colorado, we know that snow is surely coming soon, so we want to squeeze out every lst bit of pleasure.

Do you remember the childhood song “I’m a Little Tea Pot”?

I’m a little tea-pot, short and stout.
Here’s my handle. Here’s my spout.
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout.
Just tip me over and pour me out.”

Remember how much fun it was to hold one arm out straight and the other on you hip and pretend to pour yourself out?
As moms we tend to “pour” ourselves out day-in and day-out. Every single season of a mom’s life is personally and relationally taxing. Being a godly mother demands our emotional energy, our spiritual wisdom and walk with the Lord, our brains, and our time and resource as we focus on investing love, encouragement, and wisdom into our children’s souls. Because the nature of motherhood is to always give out, her mind, soul, and body are always expending resources.
It is so important to take time to be in God’s presence in quietness every day so we can refuel from the one source of true light. Focusing on the beauty and joy of God all around me has been what has kept me going through all of these wondrous and often bumpy years of motherhood.
Take time to refocus your heart. Take time to sit in your favorite chair after a crazy day, with a perfectly brewed cup of tea, a lit candle and soft music playing. Take time to soak up the beauty around you. (The Mom Walk)

***Bread and water can so easily be turned into a piece of toast and tea!***



  1. I so desire to create moments of beauty like the one you shared. Thank you for the inspiration and your sweet words, they were what I needed today.

  2. Sally, thank you for always encouraging us in the Lord! How refresing to be encouraged in the eternal and not the temperal busyiness of this world. Thank you for allowing our precious Lord to use you in making our world more beautiful!

  3. My husband and I were just discussing this the other day. I was telling him that when I take time for myself and take ‘The Mom Walk’ …It allows me to renew who I am. It took me many years to learn this. We all get so wrapped up in what is going on with everyone else that we often forget to take time for ourselves. Thank you for reminding us all to renew ourselves and our relationship with God.

  4. ***Bread and water can so easily be turned into a piece of toast and tea!***

    Thanks so much for the reminder!

  5. It seems like we live on opposite sides of the world–here in Texas, it’s still 90+ degrees, and we’re just holding our breath, waiting for the first days of “true” autumn to come–and by then, you’ll be deep in snow! Do you remember those days, from when you lived here? I was born in Denver, so I guess we’ve switched places!

  6. Oh, that sounds sooo dreamy! We live here in Thornton; where do you do apple picking? I was going to take the kids to the pumpkin patch next week….pumpkins…apples…autumn! I love it!

  7. I’m praying that God blesses you in a special way as the fall season begins around us!

  8. Sally
    I just finished your book…The Mom walk…the last chapter is so beautifully written…it had me almost in tears…you descibed motherhood so clearly with the anology of Joy walking to the hotel…thank-you. It is so good to be encouraged to press on, and also to see the beauty in the midst of tthe strain. You are blessed to have this talent, thanks for sharing.

  9. Enjoyed this post very much. xoxo

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