Girls Night In

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A Few of My Favorite Things

on November 13, 2015

It’s already starting to feel more like winter than fall, so if I’m going to share my favorite things about this time of year, I’d better do it now! And since it’s been a rather rough week, I thought it would be nice to focus on what makes me happy. Enjoy!

Fall Hammock Anne MemeMy favorite month—Anne of Green Gables said, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” This expresses my feelings exactly! And with my birthday right in the middle of the month—on the 15th—how could I not love it? The only thing I don’t love is that it’s another 11 months before I can experience October again.

My favorite season—the beginning of fall means the hot, humid days of summer are over and the cool days are just beginning. The trees blanket the earth with an array of bright, warm colors against crisp blue skies. I sleep better and, usually, exercise more. And it means Christmas is but a heartbeat away. Yay!

Birthday 2014My favorite smells—from the apple pie-scented candle I’m breathing in right now to the campfires and harvest parties I share with my family, the aromas of autumn stir my spirit and encourage me to breathe deeply. Ahhh.

My favorite clothes—near the end of September I pulled out my bag of slippers in anticipation of cooler weather. Yes, I have a plastic bag full of fluffy, cozy slippers in a variety of colors. Then there are the soft, long-sleeved shirts, the thick, snuggable sweaters and a beloved pair of comfy, pink boyfriend pants—like sweats only better. And cuter.

Perfect Fudge 2

A pot of fudge, halfway through the stirring process.

My favorite food—since Thanksgiving lands into the middle of fall, even if it feels like winter by then, it still counts. And I enjoy the typical Thanksgiving feast of turkey and all the trimmings—plus my family’s tradition of homemade noodles—more than anything. But autumn also includes big pots of chili, S’mores around the aforementioned campfires and my famous fudge. Yum!

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. I always feel like the year starts off so slowly with January being a bit of a cold, barren letdown after the holidays. But then time moves faster and faster until we hit autumn like a locomotive and, before I know it, my favorite time of year is but a memory.

How I wish life would slow down! How I wish I could savor the moments more thoroughly. So many wonderful things happened over the last month—my sister’s fall barn dance, participating in Trunk or Treat with my family while dressed as Granny from Once Upon a Time, staring at a neighbor’s oak tree because the bright orange leaves contrasted perfectly with the graceful almost-black branches and the brilliant blue of the sky coming through it all. I’m still mad at myself for not getting a picture of that.

A Moose-Reindeer Christmas 2And now it’s all in the past. The leaves are on the ground, and all the Halloween-related decorations and costumes have been packed away. Though I have much to look forward to with Thanksgiving and Christmas to come, I know in a blink it will be over.

So … Lord, help me to enjoy and appreciate every moment of my life, and not be content to let it passively slip by me. May this day be one that glorifies You—whether it’s full of my favorite things or not.

What about you? What do you love about this time of year? Is it your favorite or do you prefer another season?


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