Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
While I love summer, fall has always been my favorite.
I love the warmth, green, and outdoor fun that summer brings, but I also feel that summer in Minnesota tends to breed busy. Like every single thing that everyone has been waiting to do all winter is crammed into three short months. That every single moment must be taken advantage of, because winter is right around the corner (don’t ya know) – so you better make it count!
So plans are made, calendars are filled; everyone’s summer weekends book up before it’s even Memorial Day.
And then before you know it, it’s Labor Day weekend. Kids go back to school (although I know some of you are more than ready for that), flannels come out, PSL’s become the thing, leaves change, life slows back down, routines fall back into place.
Am I relating with anybody out there?
I am not the person you tell to
“Make it count!”
“It’ll be gone before you know it.” or even
“I’m already looking forward to next summer.”
If we’re being honest, that overwhelms me. I gladly welcome every change of season; each has it’s own unmistakable beauty. While I love jumping into the lake on a hot day, I also enjoy turning on my fireplace and cuddling in under my favorite blanket while snow falls outside. I love the crisp, cool air of fall as I pick pumpkins in our patch just as much as I love the first warm rays of spring sunshine on my face.
So I live each season, happy to be in it (except maybe in March and April when I’m just ready for some dang color in my life). I don’t think too hard about what tomorrow brings, because I’m content with today. Honestly, maybe not in all facets of my life, but because I can’t control the weather, I’m going to let God walk me through each day of His creation.
Paul’s been working like a crazy man, and his recent obligations with friends has filled his free time, so this was our first down day in a while. He just flew in from a bachelor party in Denver last night, and has to work again tonight, so today, Paul and I took the entire day and dated each other, and caught up on life.
After spending some time with KB this morning, we hopped over to Lake Rebecca Park and did some hiking. It had just finished raining, so the air was crisp and cool; it felt wonderful. Talk about being in creation – it was lovely to walk through the woods, breathe fresh air, hear all about Paul’s multiple encounters with bears over the weekend, and simply share in Paul’s company.
It was lunchtime by the time Paul and I got back to the truck, so Paul picked a spot for lunch to surprise me.
The Peppermint Twist Drive In!
I couldn’t have picked a better place! It was out first time going, and it was such a treat!
On our way home, we passed Baker Park, so we stopped to hike around again. I had never been to either park before, and it’s incredible the resources these parks have.
We walked through an area of the trail that had an entire field of Golden Rod in bloom – the Monarchs and Honey Bees were everywhere. Golden Rod is one of the last flowers (or weed, really) to bloom before fall, so it’s an excellent resource for pollinators to build their nectar stores before the cold season hits (I mean, look at those pollen sacs!).
Paul and I stood for a while and watched the Monarchs float around, and it was so lovely.