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elijah and i were looking at these darling illustrations and sweet verse earlier today.
we thanked god for each month, and named things we love about each.
obviously, elijah was playing dinosaurs right beside me,
only looking over a few times, but i wanted to do this activity all the same :)
i've always thought myself to be a summer sort. the beach oh, how i miss the saltwater!,
shaved ice and fresh produce. the late setting sun, cricket songs and grasshopper chasing.
we love the summer here, especially since we've so many awesome playgrounds in town.
surprisingly, summer isn't my top favorite anymore.
fall now takes the gold, and holds more comfort for me than any previous year.
school will be in full swing, giving elijah lots of opportunity to grow in learning,
and me have some time to recharge.
autumn scented candles will be glowing,
coffees with pumpkin, spice, caramel and vanilla will be the norm.
pumpkin patches will be visited and pumpkin treats of all kinds will be made and shared.
our local candy shop will stock an abundance of caramel apples.
trick or treats and thanksgiving feasts. and pies.
we'll have quilts in heavy rotation and extra cups of cocoa.
we're looking forward to soups and stews.
and maybe best of all,
amazing respite caregivers will make it possible for us to attend church next month.
there's just so much to love about the season of crisp air, changing leaves, cozy boots and football.
what i am loving most is greater than those wonderful things.
fall marks a turning point for me, i think. a new season. in my heart.
of growth, acceptance, gladness and hope.
trusting more fully, embracing my now and being content.
it feels good, to be rested in my heart.
when the cares
of my heart are many,
cheer my soul.
and all the sweet temporal treats that autumn brings,
they raise my spirit in thanks to the creator of all things.
and it's to him i cleave today. in this fresh new season.