Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it. I love the scents, tastes and feelings. It makes me want to curl up in a warm fuzzy blanket, with a cup of coffee and loads of yarn upon my lap.
Some of my fondest memories are in the fall. I remember when we first moved to Washington. It was like a dream come true! We had lived in Venezuela, San Diego and Miami. All of them have their own beauty but lacked the change in seasons. We came here in late August and by the time October rolled along, we were hooked.
I had never seen so many colors in one place. The red, yellow, brown and orange of the changing leaves blended with the bright and dark greens of the evergreens. Unless you’ve been here, it’s hard to describe.
There are plenty of beautiful pictures depicting fall. Most of them involve trees overflowing with the distinctive colors of fall. It’s breath taking. What made the Northwest even more beautiful to us was the sprinkle of fall foliage amongst the strong and ever-present pines. It appears as if you are seeing the end of life for one tree and the constant life of another. It’s peaceful, powerful and hard to forget.
Every fall takes my breath away as if it was the first time my eyes have seen such beauty. It calls to me and reminds me to slow-down and see the painting God has made for us.
This fall is going to be more special. My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday. To celebrate this big event, we are headed to a huge cabin we rented on Orcas Island. It’s right on the water, and all of us kids and grand kids will be spending two wonderful nights there. We will be enjoying each others company, telling tales of past events and just loving how close we are as a family. If it wasn’t for their wedding 50 years ago, none of us would be here. It’s going to be beautiful.
I challenge you to look around. See the paintings around you and take it all in. While our lives are so busy and complicated, life continues without a hitch. It flourishes and changes, constantly. All we have to do it open our eyes and let it in. You won’t regret it.