It's been sometime since I could blog but I've got a hot cup of coffee next to me & two little boys quietly playing blocks together, so let this post begin.
I generally can find something to love about any time of year, but I have to say that Fall is my very favorite. There's something extra special about this season, starting with the chill that enters the air and brings about extra snuggles at home, and the atmosphere leading up to the holidays that somehow seems to bring our family just a bit closer together. I'm not sure why fresh apple cider and mums on the doorstep create so much joy for our family, but I think after a busy summer everything seems to slow down (just a little) in the Fall, and it's a welcome change. We still are running around with family & friends this time of year, picking apples, pumpkins, etc., but we are also enjoying lazy hours watching football together and cuddling under blankets.
Our family, I imagine like most, can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life - keeping up with house chores, tending to all of our responsibilities and obligations, and societal pressures we sometimes find ourselves beholden to - but this weekend as I watched two dear friends get married I was reminded of my own commitments made - and not just to my husband, but really to my family. Weddings have a way of doing this for both married and non-married people. I feel watching two people commit to one another reminds us of our own promises we have made, whether we've made them to a partner, a friend, a child, or even to ourselves. For me this wedding meant so much in watching two very special people join their families to start their own, but it also rekindled a focus on my own family - and what perfect timing for this season of gathering and togetherness.
I've been very focused on book work (obviously), and have lately felt stressed and overwhelmed in many of the roles I play: mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, protector of the realm...you know that stuff :) I wanted to use this post to share with you my love for Fall and love for Family. I hope you are inspired to rekindle a commitment (big or small) in your life that maybe has been sidetracked. I also encourage you to drink a hot cup of apple cider and warm your soul because soon the holidays will be upon us & a little part of you may die if your family holiday season is anything like mine (j/k)...sort of :P
So, as a good 'ol Virginia girl would say, Happy Fall Y'all!!
Take time to stop and smell some leaves burning this season and keep family close to your heart.
Here are some photos of how our family is enjoying Fall so far & a couple wedding pictures from this past weekend celebrating the new Mr. & Mrs. Kent! <3