I can hardly believe that it's nearly mid-October. We've been busy remodeling a camper, traveling, and trying to find rest whenever possible. We often laugh about how we couldn't imagine life being anymore full--full of joy, chaos, busyness, and obligations--but the truth is, all of that makes life so special and worth while. It's the bustling of engagements, dinners with family, work, and travel that makes this beautiful life wonderful.
But I feel like I've missed fall. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Finally some reprieve from the South's obnoxious heat. Only, this year, that hasn't happened yet. With temperatures still in the upper 80s, it seems like the whole region is missing fall.
Last weekend we went camping in upstate Georgia to see the fall leaves, which we booked last year!
FYI, leaf watching is a serious business. Campsites are booked a year in advance, so it's not just us! HA!
But guess what? There was very little foliage change. It was disappointing, but that didn't stop people from decorating with beautiful orange pumpkins, gourds, and mums. That's when I realized I had been chasing fall when I should have been creating it.
There's a reason why we all love autumn so much. It's the harvest season--full of pumpkin pies, lattes, cute boots, comfy sweaters (let's pretend here, my fellow southerners), yummy smelling candles, and quiet nights at home snuggled up with a good book. It's the comfort of it all that we're so drawn to. We crave quiet moments, and fall promises those--time with family, good food, delicious smells, carnivals, and peanuts for us down south!
So how can I fall into fall when there is no sign of it ever coming my way? I have to create those quiet moments. I am in control of the beauty of my life. That's something I've been realizing lately. I must make the time, put in the effort, pack the car, have a picnic, grab the camera, and capture every moment I can. Life is so short and precious that we must never waste one minute of enjoying it. So I bought a pumpkin, and I sat it on my fireplace. And once this hurricane blows over, I plan to visit a pumpkin patch and maybe even put out a few decorations to welcome that autumn feeling.
Let's fall into those peaceful, scrumtous moments by intentionally creating the atmosphere we all so desperately want.