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November 17, 2006

Autumn

Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #7 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a comment here before 11/24/06.

This week's FFFF challenge is Autumn.   

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I love Autumn.  I love the yellow and orange and red leaves and the way they crunch under my feet when we take our afternoon walk.  I love the cool long nights and warm wool sweaters.  I especially love the way the air smells when everyone has a log burning in their fireplace. 

Autumn is my favorite season!

We have some wonderful walking paths around here and the girls are finally old enough to get out of the stroller and walk along with us as we take our daily stroll.    It takes hours just to go a mile or so since they want to stop and pick up leaves and sticks and rocks.  They have to touch everything!  In the picture on the left, they're racing to the water puddle up ahead!

The poem I quoted in the picture was written by Helen Keller when she was only 13 years old.  I remember reading a book about her when I was 6 years old (I still have the book) and it seems I've admired her my whole life.  You can read the poem in its entirety here:  <click>

Blind and deaf since age 18 months, HK learned to speak by observing the way "sounds" felt on her teacher's throat.   Can you imagine that?  Her first word was "water".  She grew up to do many amazing things. 

We're having some speech issues in our house too.  Gwen is 28 months old and has been with us for 14 months now but her language skills are not quite where we think they should be.  In many ways, Maddy (one month younger and home only 2 months) is grasping spoken English more easily than Gwen.  We're looking into speech therapy to help her communicate a little bit better.  She's such a easy-going little girl but I can tell that she really would like to be able to be understood more often.  She does try to speak but she sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles.   Lots of our friends in the adoption community have used speech therapy for their for their children and the benefits have been remarkable.  We hope it helps our sweet babies too! (Maddy will also very likely need it since she was over 2 when adopted).

Some people have commented that they can't participate in our FFFF challenge this week because they don't live in a place that has colorful trees.   My picture wasn't the colorful spectacle of Autumn that I wanted it to be so I morphed two photos together to get the one I wanted (using FotoFusion by Lumapix). Truth is, we *do* have gorgeous Fall colors here.  I just didn't have my camera and my kids all together in the right place to capture it.  So I did it on the computer and I think that's just as good! 
I love having an excuse to be creative and I hope these FFFF challenges can really challenge some of you too!

This week's FFFF participants:

From Here to There...
My Cup Runneth Over
For the Love of Libby
The Smith Family's Adventures
Bicycle Built for Three
Red Thread to Katelyn
Just Keep Swimming
Chou Chou Shu (Stinky Mouse)
Mei Mei Journal
Mikala Yin Born in Our Hearts
The Life & Times of Chloe & Pearl

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