“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with it’s last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale”. – Lauren Destefano
This morning while walking at the park, I was stopped in my tracks more than once, by the trees with their bright pinkish red, orange, and golden-yellow leaves. Even with the grey gloomy clouds above the bright colorful leaves were nothing short of spectacular.
For me there is something extra special about Autumn, the cooling of the weather, sweet treats and savory soups, cheering on your favorite college football team, pumpkin patches and of course the beauty displayed on the tree branches all around. This season is full of potential and possibility.
One truly remarkable attribute of fall is that it reminds me how beautiful change can be. We often get so comfortable in the known, the idea of change can be scary. Last year I experienced some huge changes that began to peak in the fall. It was during that time that I had to travel from Bend up to Portland several times and I came to love the drive, it was breathtaking, the mountains, the winding river, the evergreen trees but most of all the lessons that God taught me on the drive with the glorious display of fall colors exploding on the trees and bushes from the roadside up the hillsides and along the river. I was reminded that change, growth and transition are beautiful.
Today is my momma’s birthday and it so perfectly coincides with the season. If someone could portray a season, she would be Autumn, with it’s beauty and strength. She has weathered more change, struggles and storms than most and through it all she looks for the silver lining. She sees the beauty and opportunity in the changes and challenges before her. The hope that fall displays in the colorful leaves can be found in my moms smile and the sparkle in her eye. Happy Birthday Momma, thank you for being the loveliest of all the seasons.
Happy Fall friends and champions, I hope you enjoy the season, the bursts of color, the hay rides, apple cider and cute boots. I hope you enjoy the beauty of whatever season you find yourself in right now. And if you know my momma, give her a birthday shout.