Homefires and holiday….

Hello,  you great big beautiful
blustery,  generous,  appreciative, rich-hearted
season of harvest and hay and holiday,
with your thankful, engaging way.
Welcome,  with your early firelit evenings
and deeper sleeps beneath the blankets,
your uncanny gift for drawing children home
and chairs up closer around the table.

I love what you do to my heart,
stoking homefires and sending me tumbling again
head over heels in delicious,  grateful, honest love
with those I love already but focused in stronger somehow.
Celebration….that’s what you churn up
in the hard business of living
and I honor the way you send me swooning
over stuff I sometimes forget to see and count and savor

So now here you come again with your easy,  humble way,
the gathering season.

And I’m gathering treasured moments from the year
and making art in celebration
for the hearts that encourage mine
to thump grateful and dig deeper and laugh louder and live truer.

That includes,   of course,  you,  dearheart.
I’d love to send each of you something that I make up  special
just for you personally but the hours won’t have it
so I’ll do a little drawing for one name each week this month
from the comments
….just say hello
and you’re in the drawing for some handwritten,   homemade love.


And please knoweach of you,  how very rich and beautiful
and nourishing you help make my journey.
I’m honored and thankful to share the road with you.

“Thanksgiving.  For the uncomplicated happiness of babies
and friendship and food.
And for the complicated joys that come from loss,
from failure,  from reaching the bottom and pushing back up
to the light.”
-Shauna Niequist



  1. Elephant's Child on November 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    What a glorious celebration of one of my favourite seasons. The vibrant colour, the changing light, the sound of leaves to crunch and shuffle through, and the snuggling it brings.

  2. Julia Bourque on November 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    You paint such a lovely picture of November. It has been one of my favorite month of mine since I was little girl. Every year marked a new milestone in my existence when I woke up feeling older and closer to my goal of being mature. Wondering how would I know when I’ll be mature. I’m not sure that I still feel as excited about being matured, lol, but it happens every November, right on time and I say to myself Thank you God for another year on your beautiful world.


  3. Susan on November 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    and it’s a wonderful road, indeed! I’m ready to tumble into this month and this season … you make it all sound so incredible!

  4. Relyn on November 2, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    OH, I love this month, too! Have you ever read In November by Cynthia Rylant? I think you would LOVE it!

  5. Lynn W on November 3, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Each time I read your blogs I feel as though you and are sharing a similar view through a window into the world somehow. Your words speak to my heart, they encourage and build me up as if God Himself has sent these words just for me to read and the images for me to see. THat is why I know when you sit to write and do YOUR work your heart is pure and living in love and honestly and straightforwardness. I love your blogs and I love your art work. I love hearing from you, but I know how days take away time that we wish we could spend doing only those things we truly want to do, rather than those things that we need and are required to do to maintain health, peace of mind, and to, yes, survive. Please know that I love your work.
    I hope, with all prayer and supplication that your month quiets and you find your days are able to be spent in the joyful work of your craft… and in the loving companionship of your family; that your body is infused with a great deal of strength and healing and those bones and muscles get a healthy supply of rest under the weight of the heavy blankets of cold nights.

  6. rachel awes on November 3, 2013 at 4:40 am

    those sweet animal eyes! the beautiful light! your words! you!
    happy november, gorgeous xox

  7. Suzanne McRae on November 3, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Jennifer you are giving me a new appreciation for Novembers. I feel your heart overflowing with love in everything you are doing and with everyone who comes across your presence, even if countries apart it is like I am there with you. Blessings and Happy November. xoxo

  8. Sue on November 3, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Jennifer, I just love your photos – reflections of the seasons. It warms my heart on these chilly days.

  9. S. Etole on November 3, 2013 at 7:28 am

    A perfect riot of color abounds.

  10. Maryse on November 3, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Honored and thankful to share your journey, Jennifer. Gathering season indeed. Collecting memories, joys, reasons to be grateful. All this is a vibrant display of colors. Love it! ♥

  11. jeanie on November 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    What a gorgeous post! And when I say gorgeous, I mean the words are eloquent and graceful, so heartfelt. And the photos simply dazzle. I, too, love this harvest season, especially days like today here or the one you showed. I’ll be out walking soon, camera in hand. And so very happy and grateful.

  12. Lynn on November 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

    You are beautiful.

  13. Donna on November 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    While I love this season I mourn for the light that is now so reduced. I think I am saddest because we cannot go home this year. What an uplifting and generous post Jennifer!!

  14. Donna on November 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    While I love this season I mourn for the light that is now so reduced. I think I am saddest because we cannot go home this year. What an uplifting and generous post Jennifer!!

  15. Bren on November 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    You always manage to inspire, with your words, attitude and hope. This photos are amazing, vibrant,- love!

  16. Barbara on November 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    November – “the season of harvest and hay and holiday”. Love it! Here’s hoping your November is full of love and light!!

  17. Wanda on November 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Jennifer, reading your words always brings a smile to face. Thanks for being you dear!

  18. Kathy on November 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Jennifer! I know I haven’t been around as much lately, but I JUST FINSHED a big project…and now am back. I am so happy to come visit you here and find such abundance and beauty! Love your words and thoughts and your gorgeous photos. Your new blog banner is awesome!! Hello autumn!

  19. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on November 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I have to be honest here, October is my favourite month and somehow this year November is nudging at my heart as if to say…Hey you can love me too, I will be fun, I promise…So far I love November and how knows it might even make it in the list of the months I am looking forward to in the calendar. I love your gorgeous light and colours as always. xo

  20. kathryn on November 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    your beautiful words and photos makes me miss my favorite time of year! in SO Cal, autumn is so minimal, you hardly notice the change! altho today is over cast and chilly…a nice switch to feel those homefires!!

  21. Judy Hartman on November 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    And I’m grateful to share the road with exuberant, loving, eloquent YOU!! Thank you for reminding me just how much I love November!!

  22. Dagmar on November 7, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Hi there Jennifer, you’re tribute to November makes me reach for my blanky, the warm fireplace and cuddle with my boys……hmmmmm.
    Thank you so much for these warm words in my wet days (rain for over 3 days now).
    The stew is on the oven, the dog lays in his cozy corner and still…..life is good.
    Wonderful hugs from here to there.

  23. Linda on November 7, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Jennifer, I love your entry to November! You make me appreciate all the warm, happy things about the month. Yesterday, I read a poem by Rebecca Durham on Drew Myron’s blog, Off the Page. It is lovely and evocative also. Last night at my journal group, we used Rebecca’s Letter to November as our prompt, and we came up with some good entries, along with possibilities for future letters. Today, in a moment of synchronicity, I read your letter to November! I shared your post with Drew, and thought you and your readers might enjoy checking out Drew’s entry also. Here is the link: http://www.drewmyron.com/off-the-page/2013/11/4/this-is-a-letter-to-november.html BTW–I would love to win a piece of your artwork! Thank you again!

  24. Nonnie on November 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

    wow, oh wow! You were able to express with delicious words all the things I love about autumn, A friend discovered your blog and passed it on to other friends and me. She knows me so well, that I would appreciate your work.
    thank you, I will be back.
    happy fall season to you

  25. Drew Myron on November 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    “in the hard business of living”
    Wow – you craft great gratitude! So many great lines in this beautiful piece.
    So glad I found your blog (via Linda). Thank you.

  26. Relyn on November 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I love donkeys, have I ever told you? I LOVE donkeys! I love them so much, I have a friend who texts me donkey pictures nearly every day.

  27. Bren on November 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Your words and photos always move me

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