"For You O Lord are a shield about me, You are the glory and lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3

"For You O Lord are a shield about me, You are the glory and lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Scenes of Fall

I have a deep love of fall.  I have sweet memories from this season growing up as a child, my mama made sure of it.  The pumpkins, stacked hay bales, corn stalks, she dressed up a scarecrow every year and sat him in a large antique wagon in our front yard.  The house smelled of stews and soups, my best friend Becca lived down the street and I remember loving when our hands started getting chilly on evening bike rides and we played in the dark until it was time to go home for dinner.

I love fall, love everything about it.  Something triggers in my mind and suddenly I want to dump a can of pumpkin into everything I'm making and become obsessed with pansies and pumpkins and candy corns.  
The toasty days are ending and the nights are cooling off.  It makes me giddy.

Okay it makes me slightly crazy because I just love it.  And my kids think I'm crazy.
I can deal.
Fall has come and set up camp at our house.  Cans of pumpkin included.  

Scenes of fall are here and just throw in a trashed house, endless bickering, and plenty of failures on the parents' end...then you have it, a family making their way through this beautiful season.  A rest assured this mama is full throttle celebrating and enjoying every minute, even if everyone does have pinworms, lice, and diarrhea.  It's been an epic month already.

Rallying and with deep gratitude, loving our scenes of fall.

Enjoying...

Night Bike Rides
On this night my girl grabbed her scooter, but the norm around these parts lately is our new found love of piling everyone on bikes and trailers for family bike rides.  To soccer practice, to get ice cream, meet friends at the park.  It doesn't matter, we just need a tiny reason and we're off.




School
I love this time of year.  I love buying school supplies, seeing school buses drive by, waiting in pick up lines to hear about her day, who she sat with at lunch, how was recess.  Field trips, carpool, parent meetings.  It overwhelms and it blesses us just plain silly.
Which brings me to this man.
Fall is my favorite season in part because our anniversary is coming, 9 years.  We're adjusting, we're growing, and we're learning.  Thankful for grace and mercy as we learn.  I'm changing and I'm not sure if it's my age or season of life, but the more we get into this journey the less a bouquet of flowers or a fancy date does for this ole' broad.  But I tell you when that man empties that dish washer and shows up to a field trip with a bunch of grimy kids to hunt for bugs, and he leans down and kisses her face until she cackles uncontrollably, I go weak in the knees.
I like him.  A lot.

A Birthday
My Alice turned 3 a few weeks ago.  Sister didn't want a party, just some popcorn and a few friends at the park.  I found a hilarious recipe for popcorn cupcakes and texted some friends and viola, a celebration was underway.
Our Bunny has a sweet story, one we tell her every year on her birthday.  The truth of how He healed and restored her when she was 8 months old.  How I carried her little body around our hospital room and prayed for her to grow, for a tumor to be benign, and the beginning of an ache and contending prayer for parents who still stand to fight every day.
My girl is fierce, independent, stubborn, smart, and full of joy.  It's a honor to be her mama and celebrate her life.
Another wonderful reason why this season is just so wonderful.
Pumpkin Patch
We met up with some mamas and kiddos for a fun day at the pumpkin patch, I think I could do this every day.  If a crew of fairies would stop by my house and unclog the potty, mop the cup of spilled milk that somehow transformed into a gallon once it fell, and for goodness sake find a pair of socks for someone that actually match, then maybe we would just spend every day out on the farm.  We picnicked, got lost in the corn maze, and played on hay for hours.










Front Yard Play
By far my favorite thing to do right now it this.
Okay maybe my favorite thing to do is just stare at her face and make a complete idiot out of myself to watch her smile and laugh.  But I can also do that in the front yard.


Crafts, side walk chalk, playing with neighbors.


Fall is here and to say we are excited would be an understatement.  We're elated.
We are thankful.



Happy fall to one and all.
Throw a can of pumpkin in somethin' this week.