It seems as though when September is finally ushered in, that crisp mornings and crunchy leaves should quickly follow. Though in my neck of the woods, that never happens. Autumn is something that has to be invited in and sought after. If you don't take the time to notice the shifting of the sun, the different colors in the sky at sunrise and sunset, and the ever-so subtle change in the air - you just might miss autumn in Texas.
The weekend lows are expected to be in the high 60's. And you know you're from South Texas when you get that excited about the first official "cold snap" of the season. I might even make chili and cornbread to celebrate. And maybe - maybe - even a pumpkin pie.
It's my favorite time of year. It marks the beginning of a season where there is more togetherness. More parties and events. Festivals and fun pictures to take. Exciting things to go do as a family and with friends.
Last night, I kept my dinner down and had enough energy to finally put up my fall decorations. Tommy was excited to help and kept placing pumpkins in random places. I noticed one missing later that night and ended up finding it in his room. When I brought it back out he said, "But mom, I like that punkin. It's so bootiful." And if it wasn't the breakable kind I might have let him keep it there.
Decorating brings out my planner, my anticipator, my excitement over fellowship and community with the people I love most. I feel most like me when I'm creating beauty and celebrating a season that isn't just special - it's life-giving and life-celebrating.
Happy fall decorating!