Well it is officially Fall over here. It feels like fall, smells like Fall, and looks like Fall. I have always had a hard time with the change of seasons in September because my heart belongs to Summer (hence my #puckyouseptember I use on Instagram annually). I live for warm days, late sunsets, and nights on the patio. But this year I’m trying my best to embrace it and stop complaining about the dark days, early sunsets and colder, wetter weather. There are good things about it (I’m told) cozy sweaters, fires indoors, warm drinks…. pale skin, fading freckles, my house always smelling like wet dog… 😉
This morning we took a very early drive through the mountains to visit David’s family about 3.5 hours away (or 4 if your Starbucks barista moves at a glacial pace). It was beautiful. All the trees are bright yellow, the sun was glowing in the fog, and crisp cold air felt really good. Nature really is so beautiful this time of year. I always think of the Regina Spektor lyrics “Leaves become most beautiful when their about to die.”
Lately I have taken up a new interest in reading. It has never been my cup of tea, but, this summer I have grown to finally enjoy it. We took a summer off from TV and it has been really nice – forcing us to do more “productive” things for entertainment – board games, reading, writing… talking.
A friend of mine gave me this book Through The Eyes of a Lion after Goldie passed. It is written by a young pastor, Levi Lusko, a dad of 4 girls. It’s the story of his daughter, Lenya’s, life being taken through an asthma attack 2 days before Christmas. He talks about using pain as a microphone, his journey of grieving and how God’s power moved in his life. I also started following him & his wife on Instagram which makes me feel so much connected to the story. It’s extremely topical for us right now so of course I’m enjoying it, but, I would definitely recommend it especially if you have been through loss.