New Growth

When I spend time with friends, I am usually reminded of how quickly our lives are changing. I can usually identify the change happening in my life but it is always highlighted when I am around friends and I see how natural life changes have affected them.

In my own life, my changes include figuring out my role as a wife, learning to live in and commute from my new home, learning to live in that space with my husband, and adjusting to going back to school after having a month-long summer break which included ceaseless wedding-planning. The list isn’t all that long when I look at it, but the changes themselves are huge. One thing I love about these changes is the immense increase in time I now get to spend with my new hubby. We get to eat dinner together on week-nights, and share the same space in the evenings. I can even run to town with him and ride out to the farm with him when he feeds the cows. In fact, I snagged this pretty great shot of him doing just that as I watched. The sunset was stunning. Took these shots with a OnePlus 5, my new phone, which I love.


Something else I’m really enjoying are the beautiful views. Though the drive is longer, I am really enjoying the seclusion of “Happiness Hill” as my (mother-in-law) MIL calls it. As its name suggests, my new home is on a very steep hill. I can sit out on the porch and look out over the rolling hills and see grazing cattle and deer, sun-bathing coyotes, and swooping hawks.


I also have a fair number of tomato and pepper plants that I harvest from several times a week. I refer to the small plot of plants as, The Glass Garden, because when we began digging it up there was a ton of glass. Apparently someone threw their glass in the backyard at some point in the past so now it’s all sitting under the soil out there. No worries, though, it’s not as dangerous as it sounds. And the produce is still quite tasty. Below is a throw-back to when my then-Fiance tilled our first garden.

With all the changes happening around me, I’m staying busy. Settling into a new routine and getting completely unpacked in my new home is mind & time-consuming. I’m enjoying it though because once I get used to the freshness of now, there will be something else that will come into my life that will make things different yet again.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates 


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Megan says:

    I’m looking forward to whatever that something new is 😉😍

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  2. Cathy says:

    This is such a well-written post Clare. It’s so reflective. Love it! I look forward to reading more and staying caught up on your life.

    Liked by 1 person

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