1. Pumpkin carving
There is something relaxing about removing the guts from the inside of a pumpkin. Feeling the slimy texture run through my fingers releases many precious memories of my childhood years. Carving pumpkins also invites us to tap into our creativity, as we decide what kind of face will sit on our front porch for the next month. Not to mention that all those pumpkin seeds make an excellent snack when toasted!
2. Hot cocoa
No one will ever be able to convince me of a more soothing moment than wrapping up in a warm blanket and sipping on a cup of hot cocoa. I love feeling the heat crawl from the mug onto my fingertips and inhaling the sweet smell of chocolate. Every warm fuzzy that lives inside of me awakes as the first sip trickles down into my stomach.
Tip: add vanilla flavoring and cinnamon for a sweet kick!
Admit it, we’ve waited all summer long to blow the dust off our favorite pair of boots and fall is the time. Whether you pair them with jeans or a dress, boots will always stand the test of fashion time.
Fall is prime time for fabulous fairs and festivals. One of my favorite local festivals is Mountain Heritage Day in Cullowhee, NC. It perfectly displays many of the aspects that make Western North Carolina so unique. From corn husk dolls to hand-carved furniture and instruments, visitors witness the intricate work of many local artists. Each time I look at all the beautiful displays I’m reminded that God provides each of us with special talents and when we use them, we can make someone else’s life a little bit better.
Change comes with every season, but I think it’s most visible in the fall. The leaves change from green to vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds and the change in temperature causes us to break out our favorite scarves, hats, and gloves.
Fall is also a time of death—death that brings the crisp winter months. While the bone-chilling weather of winter can take a toll on our bones and chap our lips, the season is part of the natural cycle that brings us the first kiss of spring.
This process is much like our journey through life as, we too, experience good and bad seasons. We experience the death of loved ones, as well as die to things in our lives that keep us from moving forward. But each season is necessary and eventually brings beauty.
What are some of your favorite things about fall?