I started this week by discussing seasons after someone sent me a Dear Sarah question. So I thought I’d continue that discussion by mentioning my books, The Amish Seasons.
One of my favorite verses in the bible is To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… (Ecc. 3:1). Life is so full of seasons, isn’t it? And, like the weather, the seasons tend to repeat themselves.
When a baby is born, they are in the spring of their infancy. As they grow, they passed through a summer (discovery), autumn (mastery), and winter (end of their infancy). The same can be said for toddlers, preschoolers, young children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and the elderly. It’s a continuous cycle. When one season ends, another one begins until our parting day from earth. I find that a reassuring thought in my own life. So many of my peers tend to compartmentalize their lives in four stages: spring, summer, autumn, winter. They look at their life as being the tail-end of autumn which, to me, is a dreary thought. I must prefer looking at my life as a continuous series of springs, summers, autumns, and winters. I might be in the autumn of raising my children (since they are almost adults) but I am in the spring of my dancing and painting lessons and the summer of my writing career! However, since I’m starting to write new genres, part of my writing career has shifted back to spring!
See how that works? It’s much nicer than just thinking middle-age is the beginning of the last part of our lives. YUCK! Of course, I remain perpetually 23 years old so that doesn’t really apply anyway. 😀
This novel follows Drusilla Riehl over the course of a year, perhaps one of the most important year for any young woman. She comes of age in the springtime of her life and by the time winter rolls around, everything has changed. She learns to balance faith, family and friends, even when things don’t always seem to be working out in her favor.