- The crisp, fall air and the beauty of the leaves as they change color.
- All things pumpkin; pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin decorating, visiting a pumpkin patch while my son picks out his pumpkin.
- Finally needing a blanket at night and cuddling underneath its warmth as the air is cool around me.
- The beautiful colors of fall; the deep oranges, reds, browns. So rich and lovely.
- Baking all different kinds of treats; cookies, breads, etc. Using the oven freely.
- Catching glimpses of various migratory birds we rarely get to see.
- The melodious honking sounds as the flocks of Canadian geese fly above on their migratory journey.
- Curling up on the couch with a blanket and reading a good book.
Over the weekend, we celebrated my husband's 50th birthday. I have to say L is one of the most nonchalant people I know. When I asked him how it felt to turn 50 (he is 8 years older than me), he said "It's just another day." I tried to make it special for him. We had a nice visit to Devil's Lake in Baraboo on Thursday and then took a lovely walk in our local Arboretum on Saturday.
"To prepare our children to fully live out God’s plan for their lives, as parents we must: intentionally pour into them God’s precepts and truths, fill their hearts with grace and love, expose them to beauty and mercy, and whisper into their lives principles that will guide them when the world gets loud and distracting."
When L's summer schedule doesn't allow very easily for this, we see how important it is for the health of our marriage. When we seem to be drifting apart or not getting along, we know we are in need of this special time. Right now, we are going through a book by John Piper called This Momentary Marriage. John Piper has become somewhat of a mentor in my husband's life; we even traveled over 250 miles this summer to meet him and hear him preach. We are looking forward to how the Lord will be working to strengthen our marriage and continue to help it be a signpost to others.