The sound of the dancing leaves up in the trees or their crunching as they meet my feet. The wind as it sweeps across my cheeks and the smell of a fireplace burning in a home down the street. The melody that Fall sings is one my heart leaps for. One of my favorite things to do in this season is to go hiking in the beautiful Metroparks I live near so that I can savor every second of its crisp melody.
If you have the privilege of living in a place that gets to experience the season that is Fall, you probably relish every second of it like I do. I enjoy it not only for the fun things to do and cute clothes to wear, but also because Fall seems to be the perfect time to pause and reflect on moving into a new season. Physically and spiritually. The following is a quote that has resonated with me since I first read it.
“We all know that if the seasons were the same, there would be no growth. We know that without winter there would be no spring. We know that without frosts there would be no bulbs and without the monsoon there would be no rice harvest. In the same way, we also know that without sorrow there would be no joy. Without pain there would be no healing. I think that's precisely where the beauty comes in. It comes in through the fruit of the seasons. He has indeed made everything beautiful in its time.” - Naomi Reed
I absolutely love that quote and believe that every season is beautiful when we view and experience it in the perspective of our Creator. But…Fall is still my favorite!
And just for fun I’ll leave you with my top 5 favorite fall activities!
1. Hiking. I love it for the reasons mentioned above, but also because everything is so aesthetically beautiful. God is the master artist and His creations leave (notice the pun I threw in there) me speechless.
2. I also love picking apples. We have a few charming orchards near us that my husband and I love going to almost every weekend.
3. Which leads me to baking pies (and eating them too of course). I have so much fun making a mess of my kitchen while creating something warm and scrumptious for family and friends to enjoy.
4. Oh and I can’t forget picking out a pumpkin and carving it. It wasn’t something I ever did as a child and now that I’m an adult I find it to be such a fun and inexpensive form of entertainment.
5. Finally, my absolute favorite thing to do in the Fall is to sit around a bonfire with my family while eating snacks that aren’t healthy for us and talking without an agenda while simply enjoying each other’s company.
I’d love to read what your Fall favorites are! Don’t be shy. Find me on social media & share with me.
One last thing. Because I’m in the midst of healing from Lyme disease and everything nasty that comes with it, I can’t end without encouraging you to protect yourself from ticks by using insect repellent anytime you go outside. Ticks are still alive during Fall and actually thrive in leaf piles, sticks, shrubs, and heavily wooded areas. They’re even lurking in your own treeless backyards! Be smart and take that simple precaution to protect yourself and loved ones so you can enjoy your Fall without hesitation.
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