Soaking in grace,
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. L.M.Montgomery -Anne of Green Gables
I love fall, y’all!
I enjoy aspects of all the seasons and would not want to live anywhere that I couldn’t have seasonal changes. But, fall is hands down my favorite time of year. Spring is a near second, winter is a distant third and summer is dead last. Summer is actually the one season I could easily skip, other than I do like the slower pace and when I was a teacher, having summers off was pretty cool. And, definitely necessary. Enough said.
I think I came to realize that fall was my favorite time of year when I lived in Florida and it just wasn’t the same. You miss what you don’t have. It made me appreciate it all the more when we moved back North. (But, then I missed the ocean, so there’s that. But, really I’m more of a mountain girl. I digress.)
Here is my list of reasons I love fall:
To me fall says that I am a homebody, a lover of quiet evenings in front of the TV or with a good book. It is a slowing down to enjoy time with family and friends. It speaks to the part of me that loves a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove. It sparks my creativity and allows some of my best photo shots and writing. If I am being totally honest, it also brings on a bit of melancholy that I have to guard against, but it still gives me some of my best moments in life.
I see fall as both a little bit spicy and practical. It is no-nonsense, but serendipitous all at the same time. It is a warm hug as well as a brusque nod in passing. It is a steadfast heart that loves without condition, but won’t be trampled. It is chaotic and fragile, but stands strong in the storm. It is a little rough around the edges, as well as gloriously beautiful in spirit. Like me.
What about you – what is your favorite time of year?
Falling in Grace,
This is part of a 31 Day series for the month of October. I chose not to write today, but rather, post some pictures of beautiful fall color. The color this year is still coming on and I have not taken many pictures yet. These were taken on various excursions in Tennessee and Kentucky in 2006 and 2011, as you will note by the dates posted. Enjoy and God Bless!
Fairhaven, Roan Mountain, Tennessee
a few from Cherokee park in Louisville:
and finally, this one from the seminary campus in Louisville, Ky.
Falling into grace,
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Last Friday we took a little drive to see some leaves. My husband had been out a day or two before and had seen a little grove of trees on a farm that were turning red. He knows I look for the fire red leaves when we are out so he told me about them and out we went, camera in hand.
We pulled off the road in front of the farm and started snapping pictures. Then, I told him to pull in the driveway so I could get a better shot. Since there wasn’t a house there, I figured it didn’t matter. So, there we were sitting in the driveway, snapping pictures, when a truck turned in and waited.
Waited for us to turn around. We were caught. On the way out we stopped and told the gentlemen we hoped he didn’t mind, but we just loved the way his trees lined the drive and had to get some pictures, red is my favorite fall color and so forth. He smiled a knowing little smile and said he didn’t mind. We left and he did as well, which is how I know he was stopping by to see who we were and what we were about.
We were on his property and we were taking pictures of trees he planted (they were too small to have been there for long), but I still feel like trees and the beauty of the earth belong to all of us as a gift from God, so I took my chances on getting caught.
I have the evidence to show you my trespassing ways:
Trespassing in Grace,
Teresa (Sadie Grace)