The crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet, the distant honk of geese making their way south, the cool crisp temperatures, the colorful array of leaves as they carpet the path you are walking, and the beauty of the frost outlining a beautiful Fall leaf. Apples, pumpkins, colorful leaves, apple cider, pumpkin pie and apple and pumpkin desserts are just a few of the things I love about Fall. I eagerly anticipate the arrival of Fall.
This year it has crept up on my suddenly. This weekend my husband and I enjoyed a trip to the local orchard for apples. We even picked up some pears, honey and salsa as well. We have been eating ever since! :) Fall gets me in the mood for baking - apple pie, apple crisp, pumpkin pie, cookies, etc. It also is a time that I enjoy starting a soup in the Crockpot and bread in the bread machine.
Yesterday we invited some dear friends to our home following the evening church service. Before they came we spent a couple hours getting the house presentable for company. As I cleared off our dining room table I decided to go ahead and pull out the Fall decorations as well. We don't have much, some leaves, pumpkins, fall place mats and table cloth as well as a door hanging. We don't celebrate Halloween, but I have always decorated for Fall.
When I was pregnant with my youngest son we started an annual tradition of going on a Fall hike. The mountains are fairly close to us, so each year we travel up them to a spot where we can walk through the woods. We usually have a picnic supper together and trek along the path looking for the most colorful leaves. We each have bags to collect leaves. Many times we have returned home and used those leaves to make a place mat for the season. This will be our last year to go as a family before my oldest heads off to college in Florida next Fall. Sigh.
Fall can be a time of new beginnings. A time to decide to change and be different. Is there something new that you feel God is leading you to do, or perhaps you can use these next couple months as a time to draw closer to your Heavenly Father. May you enjoy this first day of Fall as well as the season.