Last evening I made my first homemade applesauce of the season. It seems hard to believe that we are at that time of year already. Here in Pennsylvania we have been having pretty warm temperatures. Next week Fall starts. My eldest son gathered apples that had fallen on the ground before he and his brother mowed the lawn. It was enough to make applesauce, so last night you would have found me standing in my kitchen peeling apples. Then taking a quick break to walk with my youngest son while he did some popcorn selling for Boy Scouts. After my oldest son finished up work on a college paper, he joined us so he could also sell popcorn. I returned home to catch up with a few emails and peel some more apples. By the time the boys were in bed I finally got the apples to the stoves. Shortly afterward, the aroma of homemade applesauce filled our home.
I love the sight, smells and sounds of this season. The cool crisp air smells different. It is a time of homemade applesauce and apple pie. Soon we will have leaves crunching under our feet as we walk. It also usually is a time that I start burning candles again. I also start listening to Christmas music. In fact there is some playing right now. I happen to love the Christmas season so I always start enjoying the music early. We still have a strand of Christmas lights hanging in our dining room. From time to time when I'm feeling blue, my kids will plug those in and surprise me.
What a blessing to have the seasons change and to have new things to anticipate. God truly has blessed us. Why don't you whisper a prayer of thanks to your Heavenly Father after reading this.