Every year when September rolls around, I begin to feel my most happy sense of self. The weather gets a bit cooler and the leaves begin to change colors. I get to wear some of my favorite clothes, which means great boots and lots of layering, with warm sweaters. Evenings are so much cozier with candles lit in the house, soft, fuzzy pajamas, and curling up in a blanket with a good book or snuggling with my little boy and watching a movie and eating popcorn. And pumpkin everything. Fall is by far my most favorite season for so many reasons, and it’s like the gateway for all the best holidays over the next few months.
Also, don’t you find it’s the best season for cooking your favorite comfort foods? Oh my! Out comes my big stock pots and dutch ovens and the smells of homemade soups, pies, breads and roasts fill the house. The smell of food is comforting, and one of the best triggers from memories of your past. I can smell a certain food cooking in my oven and be transported back to my Omi’s kitchen, and go back to a precise memory of her warm home, holiday parties around her table and the incredible meals she prepared for our massive family. It makes me tear up just thinking about it.
Food brings people together like nothing else. It’s the common denominator in life that makes us sit together, enjoy each others company, laugh and connect, and continue creating those same special memories, now for our own children.
(Fall is when I make pies. Lovely, tasty, homemade pies, of every kind. It’s one of the desserts Rob loves, and I don’t like to eat dessert alone, so this is a winner for the both of us.)
In our house, suppertime is the meal where we all sit around the table, eat good food and we talk. Now that Judah is getting older he is such a joy to talk with and engage in our conversations. He’s a thinker, and encouraging him to express his opinions, likes and dislikes and tell us stories or thoughts about his day are such a highlight for us. I’m thankful that my husband has a job where he can be present with us, every day of the week, and we can make so much time together as a little family.
(Did I mention I enjoy making pies? Mmmmm….blueberry pie is one of my favorites!)
For us, it’s also a time to spend lots of time with friends and family, and celebrate holidays. As much as I have never cared for Halloween, it’s so much fun with Judah to rediscover it again. Letting him pick out his own costumes is always hilarious and he likes to dress up, so it’s a lot of fun. We take him to a great Trunk or Treat event at a local church every year and it’s such a fun environment, and so well planned, not just with candy, but games and things for the kids to do. (If you live near us, it’s the Life 360 Church in Arlington).
(For Judah’s first Halloween we dressed him up as a bear. The cuddliest little teddy bear I ever saw!)
(Then my sister bought him a second costume, so he was also a honey bee! Oh my heart. I can never get enough of that smile.)
(His second year he picked out his own costume and wanted to be a puppy. I have never loved an animal more.)
(And last year he picked a duck costume. He also made me dress up with him, so I did the obligatory “Cat ears – Mum costume”. Hey, I tried.)
Then we get to have two Thanksgivings. One with my family, up north in Canada in October, and then a second time with Rob’s family here in the States in November. Why wouldn’t you eat a Thanksgiving meal twice, right? Stuffing. Two times. Yes.
I suppose more than anything, I’m one of those cheesy people who begin to feel thankful for what, and who, I have in my life. Yes, I am thankful all year round, but the holidays really bring on “the feels” for me.
God has blessed us so much with what we have. And we don’t take any of it for granted. Whether I think back through my life, or even just today, I can think of so much that we have been given, and I make a daily point to be thankful in prayer.
Verses that come to my mind on an almost daily basis:
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
So, no matter what season is your favorite, whether you love the heat of summer (I will never understand those people, but I love you all regardless of that craziness!), or the cold of the winter months (I understand you people much better!), be thankful today. Whether you are going through a hard time, or life is treating you well, remember that if you look around, and look hard enough, there is always something that you can be thankful for.
– The Homesteaders Wife