To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…….Ecclesiastes 3:1
BFSO readers, do you love Autumn, Fall and Winter as much as I do? As the leaves begin to fall and change colors and the air gets crisp, I reminisce with myself about growing up off of the George Washington Parkway in Alexandria, Virginia, walking along the Potomac River with my sister and playing in the freshly fallen leaves. I then begin to yearn for the seasons fabulous flavors. The first thing that comes to mind is sweet potato and pumpkin pie, hot beef stews and yummy warm casseroles. Did I mention that this is my favorite time of the year? Well, as you can see, it is!
While some folks are fretting over the arrival of Jack Frost, I am reveling in the anticipation of family gatherings, holidays, comfy warm sweaters and pajamas and fun-filled snowy days. I even like to do a little day traveling during this season. I love to explore quaint little towns like Nashville, Indiana, where you can walk along the old- fashioned sidewalks, watch candy-makers craft their magic and eat in old-fashioned country restaurants. It makes me feel as if I stepped back into time. It’s really a treat and the kids love it.
I look forward to every season that God blesses me with. I can’t wait to see the little ghosts and goblins in October. I, again, am taken back to a memory of Halloween and my mother dressing me and my sister up as Gypsies and my brothers up as Ghosts. Those were the days! We didn’t go to the store to buy our costumes usually, we had to be creative and make them! Then, I am taken to thinking about Thanksgiving and the wonderful memories I have of my grandparents visiting, all the yummy food and reflections of blessings we have received despite any disappointments that may have happened during the year. I actually picked the beautiful month of November to get married because I absolutely love the ambiance of November. THEN…HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS!!! I absolutely adore Christmas. Not because of presents (I have actually stopped requesting them) but because of the time I get to spend with my husband, children and now my beautiful Grandson! I call it “making memories.” Some of our family traditions include enjoying craft time every weekend leading up to Christmas where we paint ornaments, Christmas village houses, birdhouses, etc. My children look forward to this time and so do I! I also look forward to being able to look back at their crafts in years to come and enjoying them over and over. Oh, have I mentioned football yet? Well, I won’t go on and on but football is HUGE in our home.
Autumn, Fall and Winter bring all kinds off great memories back to life for me and I wanted to share a few of the above with you readers. In the next few weeks, I will be providing you readers with some great Fall recipes and fun things to do. BFSO family, take advantage of this beautiful time and season that God has blessed us with. I promise, you will surely find lots to be thankful for. Remember, Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower.
Peace and Blessings Abound,