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True happiness is an elusive thing indeed.  We are a society driven to discover the right path to contentment.  We spare no expense in an effort to satisfy our hearts and squander our fortunes on this car, that house, or those clothes.  For what?  Inevitably, it is never enough.  In the end, the stuff is meaningless.  We can’t get no satisfaction.  **nods to The Rolling Stones**

Not to go all preachy on you but the Bible talks about this at length in Ecclesiastes where a wealthy king (who we think is Solomon) finds that nothing quenches his thirst except the gifts from God: blessings, a.k.a. the holy harvest time.

What does this have to do with pictures of a pond, pears, and some meadows?  Everything.  Recently new friends shared their harvest blessing with us.  The day began with a golf cart ride (just try not to smile on a golf cart) and an escort by two deliriously happy dogs.  The view… well, it’s Prozac for the country soul.  Rolling hills with lavender-tipped grasses dotted with flowering plants reminiscent of goldenrod and wild mustard and a pond shaded by low-hanging branches and sun-bleached timothy cause one to think that they have climbed into a Monet.

My new friends divided — one shimmied up the trees and passed down the blushing Bartletts and Boscs while the other caught them and filled five five-gallon buckets with gorgeous chemical-free pears.

And were we content?  Well, I cannot speak for my friends (though I feel sure they would agree) but even if we hadn’t taken home such wonderful pears… we could not have wanted for more than simply to soak up the beauty of the countryside and loll about in the rich end-of-summer colors.  The generosity of our friends?  Icing on the cake.  Our cup runneth over.

And we didn’t once wish that we drove a fancier car or wore better clothes.  True happiness is a glorious thing.

  • Julie at Elisharose - Oh, I have a special place in my heart for pears. My grandmother had a huge tree in her backyard. She would always make pear preserves and pear cobbler. Fond memories of my youth. One of the things I want most on our farm is a pear tree.

    This hurricane has brought a lot of people back to a simpler life and I have heard many comments on how much they have enjoyed it. There is not a lot of gas to go around, so people are hanging around the house more. Few stores are open, so there is nowhere to go. We have had 3 of our neighbors over in the last week. That never happens around here. Yes, it’s a mess. Yes, we are all disrupted. But you know, it’s not all bad and I’m kind of enjoying the closeness in the community. Everybody has a story to tell.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Moments of true happiness come in such simple packages, don’t they? And almost always, those moments have to do with nature, animals, family, or food – just the basics! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Lacy, you should have been my daughter…so I am adopting you!
    I so enjoy your thoughts, your words, your visions…because they have been mine…over the years, That is why I’m in this glorious space and time here.. I’ve had nothing, nor wanted…(sometimes *wink*…a a camera would be nice) I have walked many fields and roads to enjoy the gifts God have given me…like your pictures!
    This is such a pleasant way to start my day, Lacy..with my newly adopted daughter, a cup of coffee and your words, your pix , your love of life!
    Have a wonderful weekend, You and Josh!
    {{Hugs & Prayers}}
    BarbReplyCancel

  • Laurie - How kind of your friends to share their bounty. The photos are lovely!ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Amen! =D
    Since we left the city almost ten years ago, I’ve found that “things” I used to think were soooo important simply are not. I feel blessed constantly now. The simpler things become, the more peace I find. Strange, that….ReplyCancel

  • Linda Sue - Paul wrote in Philippians “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. ” Wanting so doggoned much stuff makes most people miserable – our friends in third world countries have so much more JOY instead of worrying about happiness. Joy being a condition of the heart and happiness being about circumstances. Looks like on this day – you had a beautiful convergence of both -joy and happiness. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Lynnie - Being outdoors makes me sooooooooooo happy and content! Whenever I’m in a bad mood indoors, I have to remind myself to just step outside and into the bounty of the world. It doesn’t even matter what the weather is!

    By the way, I like your Solomon 6:3 quote to the side! Has it been there awhile or did I just notice it? Very sweet.

    LynnieReplyCancel

  • Robin - It’s really hard to top true happiness that is gotten by immersing oneself into the beauty seen in late summer & autumn. While I enjoyed harvesting fresh veggies all summer long, I LOVE being outside during late September & October.

    We’re hoping for a bumper crop of fall snow & garden peas!! 😀

    Have a wonderful weekend, Robin :mgreen:ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Your atmospheric pictures are really beautiful! Those are the real things that we should cherish!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Dear Lacy,
    It is always such a Blessing to see how you live, think about life and the joy you share with all who are willing to open their eyes and see the beauty around them. You give agape style for sure and I am sure He will continue for you truly are giving and showing His Love. Keep up the great work. lol Love AlwaysReplyCancel

  • Valarie Lea - Beautiful Land 🙂

    One thing I truly love is riding around our property. I don’t get to do that often enough though.ReplyCancel

  • earth heart - Prozac for the country soul indeedy! Lovely post and I couldn’t agree with your philosophy more. Sounds like a perfect day…and my oh my, those pears look delicious!ReplyCancel

  • tipper - Just a beautiful post Lacy! You are so right!ReplyCancel

  • Robbyn - Hi Lacy! Oh, this is a wonderful blog post for the soul…isnt God incredibly good?? He makes such beauty, and it’s FREE, and it’s so very very fulfilling. How beautiful to celebrate the ingathering of the harvest this way …what great friends 🙂 I hope you guys have a wonderful high holy days coming up and a bountiful Sukkot. We love you!

    Yes, I’d love to swap contact info with you anytime, but only when you’re not busy, and I know that’s time that’s hard to find. Thank you ALWAYS for your encouragement and for thinking of us and praying for us…you’re in our prayers and we’d love to know how the adoption process is coming along…I’m not on the internet much any more, so am behind in all the news. Just stopping in to say thank you for your encouragement, prayers and support for our family since J lost his mom recently. You’re an awesome woman of YHVH 🙂

    RobbynReplyCancel

  • CC - Stunning and gorgeous! I was just calling farms today trying to find apples. Can’t find anything open. Sniff, sniff.ReplyCancel

  • Laura-Jane - Funny that you should write “Why haven’t I been here before???” because I’m having the same feeling about your blog. This is such a great site, it’s beautiful and right up my alley.

    I love what you’ve written in this post. It’s so true that to look at pears, meadows and ponds is to see…well, everything. Very well put.

    I’ll be a-reading!

    Best,
    Laura-JaneReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: A very insightful post on your sharing of the harvest and the freedom of nature.

    BTW: I golfed (riding in a golf cart) in an outing this weekend and the name of the course was Rolling Hills. No pears but some beautiful views for the camera. It was to benefit Special Olympics.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - And you don’t consider yourself a photographer… pfft. Take it from somebody who spent a lot of money on the classes – you ARE a photographer, Lacy. I love your pictures. =)

    I have to agree that true happiness comes from the simplest things. I am always happiest when I’m enjoying Mother Nature; whether that’s hiking in the woods, walking by the river or just hanging out in the back yard with no shoes on watching all the animals and the clouds roll by… that’s happiness.

    I have a super busy week ahead, getting ready for my brother’s wedding! It’s hard to believe that it’s wedding week already! There is SO much that needs to be done – I can’t wait for it to be over so I can relax again!ReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - How pretty! It is great to see God’s blessings in the land and beauty of nature! And those pears look great! I bet fresh pears are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • YDavis - Very lovely post!
    Those pears look delicious! Are you going to can some up to enjoy at a later time?ReplyCancel

  • The Cotton Wife - That reminds me that I don’t think I ever wrote my post on canning pears – duh!!ReplyCancel

  • marky - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Contentment. Aaah.
    Lovely post again.

    What may I ask are you going to do with all those pears? I have a box full that needs attention.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - What wonderful descriptions and such a blessing in harvest. The pears look great.ReplyCancel

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