September! Do you need time to REFRESH? #TuesdayTea

Welcome to #TuesdayTea…just a bit early! Today we’re celebrating REFRESH, so I’m pouring invigorating chai spice black tea by Stash or a calming herbal camomile by Celestial Seasonings.

September brings the beginning of autumn and the start of the new school year.

As a former kindergarten teacher, I have a collection of Caldecott Award books and alphabet picture books.

For many years, I was a teacher, both in early elementary levels and in preschools. The new school year always brought a refreshing new beginning. A new assortment of unique kids. The smell of wax crayons. Bulletin boards full of color. Shouts and laugher on the playground.

Fall colors along the road to the trailhead.

But now as September arrives, I have a quieter time to breathe in the refreshing cooler air, carrying hints of pine. During the start of autumn, the mountain hiking available near us is special. Colors of fall…reds, golds and maroon…paint the landscape and a chill touches the wind as we hike through forests, passing creeks and climbing hillsides.

Recently, we followed a trail up a mountainside to have lunch on Sharkstooth Pass at an elevation of 12,000 feet above sea level.

Majestic Mount Hesperus stood beside us as we traveled along the path.

Even though we were slow on the climb up, we were refreshed along the way by the little creeks we crossed and by the chilly breeze blowing along the rocky slopes above the tree line. When we reached the pass, we stopped for lunch and marveled at the valley below and how far we’d come.

View from near the top of Sharkstooth Pass

My husband and I both felt the presence of our Lord as we absorbed the beauty of His creation before us. We felt deeply refreshed.

To me, September is a time of refreshment after the heat and busy times of summer. I hope you are able to take time to refresh during this month.

VIDEO OF A REFRESHING LITTLE CREEK WE CROSSED.

SCRIPTURE 

That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. Romans 15:32 (KJV)

PRAYER

Lord, we do get busy, pulled in so many directions. Help us appreciate the season of autumn as a time to breathe deeply, quiet our minds and refresh our spirits. Amen.

 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS to refresh your heart….

Christmas with the Cowboy (Big Heart Ranch) by Tina Radcliffe (releases 9/18 and Kindle releases 10/1)

I’ve loved all the books featuring Big Heart Ranch, a home for forgotten children. Each story centers on one of the three siblings helping to run the ranch. Tina Radcliffe’s writing adds humor, along with faith, to create fun and inspiring romances. This latest book is filled with Christmas spirit. I love this story…and will post a review next week! 🎄

The Sound of Distant Thunder (The Amish of Weaver’s Creek) by Jan Drexler (releases 9/18)

Though I haven’t read this book, I always enjoy author Jan Drexler faith-touched historical stories. This is the first in a new series. From the description on Amazon, it sounds good.

”From the talented pen of Jan Drexler comes this brand new Amish series set against the backdrop of the Civil War. She puts her characters to the test as they struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires while the national conflict threatens to undermine and engulf their community.”

At Home in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne (releases 10/2)

If you like small town stories with warm down home characters, you will like this contemporary romance. This second book set in Wishing Bridge, New York, brings Dr. Ethan Brandenburg and nurse practitioner Thea Anastas together to temporarily bring medical assistance to the small town. They did not plan to be stuck in the tiny rural area, but He has an even better future ahead for these two people. A faith-filled story of leaving the past behind for brighter tomorrows.

WRITING NEWS

After completing an online class titled Monster Revisions, I have many ideas for improving my manuscript as I work through the revising process. In another class, I learned about submitting short stories for magazine publication and find this smaller word count goal may work for me.

Thank you for joining me for #TuesdayTea! What ways or in what places do you feel refreshed? I hope you treasure being refreshed the by the start of a new season.

Blessings and prayers always,

Sherida

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6 Responses to “September! Do you need time to REFRESH? #TuesdayTea”

  1. Ruth Logan Herne Says:

    Sherida, thanks for mentioning At Home in Wishing Bridge…. I’m so pleased with people’s reactions to the first Wishing Bridge book and I hope they love Thea’s story just as much!

    And I got to read Jan Drexler’s “Sound of a Distant Thunder” for endorsement… and loved it.

    Great story, rife with emotions.

    Thank you again!

  2. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Ruthy! I know you are SO BUSY during September with all the harvest fun going on….and of course, writing more heart-touching books! And, yes, I love Wishing Bridge with its charming townsfolk, all being graced with hope and love! I’m looking forward to reading Jan’s book soon. Blessings to you!

  3. Patti Jo Moore Says:

    Oh Sherida—I felt refreshed just by reading your lovely blog post and viewing your photos—thank you! 🙂 I think the hiking you and your husband do is wonderful. Not only are you getting fresh air and exercise, but you’re able to take in such lovely scenery.

    We just returned from a brief weekend visit to east Tennessee (to be with our oldest daughter on her birthday!). Being in the Smoky Mountains has always refreshed me, and this trip was no exception. As lovely as beaches are, there’s something extra-special about mountains. 🙂

    Thank you again for sharing with us—I always enjoy your posts.
    Hugs, Patti Jo

  4. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Patti Jo, celebrating with family is so refreshing and especially nice when traveling through lovely scenery to arrive at your destination. So happy you had a treasured weekend! You make me smile when you leave your delightful comments. Blessings and hugs to you, dear friend!

  5. Tina Radcliffe Says:

    I love Make Way for the Ducklings. One of my total favorite.

  6. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Tina, you’d like Frederick by Leo Lionni about a mouse who gathers words and colors to keep his fellow mice entertained during the long winter. Thanks for visiting #TuesdayTea!

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