Fading Into Fall
Forgive me if the title of this post has all of my readers who are clinging to the last remnants of summer a bit frightened, but I absolutely LOVE fall. Fall is such a beautiful season, it is so full of color and beauty as life transitions over to hibernation. I can't resist the feeling of the crisp autumn air and a beautiful day outside enjoying the leaves changing. It always feels like such a short season, so I drag it out as long as I possibly can. You can look at the glass half full or half empty, but than thinking of August as the end of summer, I like to enjoy it as the beginning of fall. I was looking back on some old pictures from last year with Kenna and realized I already had fall decorations out around this time last year. So, technically I am behind!
Whether it is the end of summer or beginning of fall, we are making sure to enjoy the last bit of warm weather as much as possible. If there is one thing I dread about winter, it is the isolation indoors. There are so many things we can do inside to occupy our time and minds, but it just is not the same as watching my two year old run free through the yard in shorts and t-shirt, or just in her toddler undies and barefoot dancing through the sprinkler. I know she will love sled riding and making snow angels even more this year than last, but mommy likes the grass a little better.
This weekend we spent a lot of quality time with my grandparents. Having a family member be ill can be a bit draining emotionally. Then yesterday, after a beautiful visit with my grandparents, I had a bit of clarity realizing how wonderful this time actually is. We are all on this earth for a very short period of time. We could leave at a young age or an older one. No matter how long we're here, it is so important to look at the glass half full, enjoy the beginning of one phase of life as well as the end of another, run barefoot through the grass every chance that we get, leave a legacy of love and understanding, and spread the word about our faith and our God. I loved watching my grandparents do that, and continue to do so. I love watching McKenna learn how beautiful this life is and am forever grateful that she has such people in her life to look up to. As fall comes, I look forward to more love, learning, patience, and making the most of life.