I love this time of year. I love the crispness in the air and the turning of leaves. I love the smell of wood stoves burning and apple cider simmering. I love baking all things pumpkin (really, this is pretty much the only time I like baking) and sipping hot teas and cider. I love pulling out my sweaters and donning my gloves. I love seeing my breath in the air and the way the frost glints off the grass when the sun hits it just right. I love fall. And the holiday season it ushers in. And I love most what it all stands for: the ending of one season and the beginning of the next, the joy found in spending time with family and the peace remembered in the birth of our Savior.
I try to make the most of these few short months, and not drive my hubby crazy in the midst. For example, he hates Christmas music. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word, but he only likes it in minuscule doses. So we compromise. I can listen to all the Christmas music I want-but not until November, and preferably after Thanksgiving. But I usually sneak a few in early. 😉 I love the way it makes me feel. Songs like O Come O Come Emmanuel and A Baby Changes Everything instill me with new hope for this crazy world we live in, and the new year to come. I love running at night, under the stars with a little Silent Night cheering my on in my ear buds. (That and once the weather turns and it gets colder, the jiggle freezes and I don’t notice it as I plod along on the pavement!)
|Last year the kids and I made a Thankful Turkey|
So as we head into November, my goal is to celebrate every day of Thanksgiving month by sharing something that I am thankful for. I did this last year and I was so blessed by it. Even on days when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, truly searching for something to be thankful for reminded me of all the ways I have been blessed. Some days my Thankfuls were serious, sometimes they were silly-but they were always true! So on this first day of November, I’m going to start the tradition again. Today I am thankful for all the candy I didn’t eat last night! I know, it sounds silly-but it’s true. Momma doesn’t need any more jiggle, even if it does freeze when I run! But I have another one-I guess it’s a two-for Thursday! This one I can’t take credit for, I read it in another blog by Ann Vonskamp. She wrote the reminder that God doesn’t ask us to be perfect, He asks us to praise. How simple and beautiful is that? Love it. So here we go, headed into the rush of holiday season, praying for peace and a reminder to be full of praise.