Happy Fall Ya’ll!
Can you believe it’s already here? Thursday, Sept. 22 marked the Autumnal Equinox and Friday was the first day of FALL! Who is ready for that pumpkin spice life? Pumpkin spice pancakes, pumpkin spice bread, pumpkin spice cake, pumpkin spice tea, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice granola, pumpkin spice candles………PUMPKIN SPICE CAKE BALLS!!!! If you missed these at the mom’s night out, you missed a THING and we missed you! This is your public service announcement to go to Sam’s (back left corner) and find the pumpkin spice cake balls. You want these in your life – they are TRULY change your life, pumpkin spice.
All PSL (pumpkin spice life) jokes aside, fall really is my favorite time of year. The Canadian poet William Bliss Carman expresses my feelings perfectly when he writes,
“There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.”
Fall sets all my senses alive and causes the wanderlust to stir deep in my heart. I tend to want to run for the mountains at the first hint of chilly air and not come back. Fall reminds me to pay attention to the changing of the seasons – the ones we can see in the created world, and also, the changing of the seasons in our own lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I find myself in a new season of life this fall, just as I’m sure many of you do. We’ve had one more leave the nest and the leaving is always hardest on those left behind. So this fall gives us a chance to try on new rhythms and routines like the changing of the colors of the leaves. We are busier than ever, and yet, fall calls me to live right here, right now – engage my senses and make the most of the moments. My body calls, take a deep breath – inhale the crispness in the early morning air or yes, the pumpkin spice candle aglow on my table. My eyes call, take a look – don’t miss the things right in front of you – the ways the fields change as well as the stars. My heart calls, take a moment to play with your people – make a memory together because you won’t pass this way or experience this season in quite this way ever again. I can grieve that or I can lean into it knowing we aren’t promised any more than this moment. Let us make the most of the moments this fall.
I’m praying we find a way to be present to our children and ourselves in new, life-giving ways this fall.
So truly, happy fall ya’ll!