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We LOVE Fall…

12145119_1691364757753297_558587174_nWe love Fall. I use a hashtag with this phrase {#welovefall} because I truly love it! My family has gotten on board because they don’t’ really have a choice. So when I say “we” it may truly be “me” who loves it.

In light of this love of a season, that comes and goes so quickly, we have enjoyed the pumpkin patch, a corn maze, dressing up as a family for Halloween, Trick-Or-Treating with our neighboors, a Costume Bash with Quest {a ministry of young adults at church that we just LOVE} and school parades and crafts. It was super fun to dress up as the Incredibles family. We are just the right cast of characters to reflect this funny cartoon fam. And while everyone I saw that night thought I had cut and colored my hair I assure that my loyalty to a costume does not run that deep.

We have been busy and were totally sick of the heat until this past week or so. I got to tap into my creative outlet by making a funny Nutella costume for our favorite babysitter {and friend} Shawna. And of course a Halloween party is just not complete without a puking pumpkin…right? I’ve also enjoyed a few PSL’s {pumpkin spice latte’s} and planning for a few events at church.

We are always at work around here but loving our silly, crazy little life {well most of the time}. You will find me posting most of my creative adventures and family photo’s on Instagram {you can follow me at: everydayvalentine}.

So as the cold weather and time change are settling in {they sort of collided all at once} I’m thankful for a chance to hunker down a little and stay warm under piles of cozy blankets every evening.

What do you do this time of year to celebrate Autumn?

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november {ten on ten} a full HARVEST

 

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We had a simple & quiet Sunday. Grant was sick again and so we had a lazy morning and afternoon full of crafts and some garden work {I cannot take credit for garden work…only enjoying the fruit of Aaron’s labor}. We had a delicious dinner at Grammy’s with Fifi and Uncle Drew and walked home late knowing we would get to sleep-in today. This month’s 10 on 10 had a prompt {A Full Harvest} that I loved. Here is how Rebekah explained the concept behind a full HARVEST: The idea that during the harvest we work relentlessly harvesting and celebrating the things we have been cultivating throughout the year. Now I don’t mean to get to deep on you here but I have in mind the idea of capturing the things around you that make your heart so full because of the work and toil and faith you have put in. What bounty are you most grateful for because you have committed to the deep, for the long haul work?

In my photos taken yesterday I noticed a theme: HANDS. We have worked hard in our marriage and to raise kids who love each other and God and to cultivate a happy family life with our extended families. I love all the HANDS that it takes to do that. Little hands that work together {brother and sister who are best friends}. The hands that love to make creative beauty in my home and all  around me. The little hands that love me even when I yell, that are growing too quick and will not make little Turkey crafts forever. My hands that love to create and love to be wrapped around warm drinks on cool days {in sickness and in health…in grief and celebration}. Hands that work and cultivate a small bounty in our tiny yard. The hands that have stayed faithful in marriage and that I have held tight {through hard fights or long nights with sick babies or tears of joy & of pain}.  My mom’s hands that have prepared so many meals and poured out love upon her kids and grand-kids for so many years. I am so thankful for our little family of helping HANDS…our harvest is FULL indeed.

And today I have such a full heart!

Thanks Rebekah.

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{a love letter to autumn}

Dear Autumn,

Welcome back. I hope 2013 is treating you well. I have said it before and I will say it again…I love you! Thanks for being that Sweater Wearing, Boot Loving, Cider Sipping, Back to School, Pencils Sharpened, Count Our Blessings, Apple Picking, Trick or Treat, Give Thanks, Pumpkin Cooking Time of Year! I love your rainy days as much as your sunny & crisp afternoons. The smell of fires burning, the flicker of candles and the taste of candy corns & pumpkin pie make me gush! I love the crunch of your leaves under my feet and the sound of kids running around your pumpkin patches. And who can forget our “Fun Fall Dinners” each year, our Pumpkins Spice Latte love-affair and our Instagram hash tag {#welovefall} that I will continue to update until the sweet sips of egg nog  & Christmas bells begin. But lets not talk about that yet…lets just enjoy the season! XO

Sincerely {and lovingly},

Your Biggest Fan

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