Hello September! Hello fall (do you call it fall or autumn??) And, of course, hello pumpkin spice season. I have to make a confession. I want to love pumpkin spice. I fall for all the gorgeous packaging and advertising – whether it is for hand soap, cozy drinks, donuts, cookies, pancakes or even body wash and, of course, candles – and while I do like the scent (winning with hand soap and candles) I just am not a fan of eating or drinking pumpkin spice. It is rather disappointing. I’m always convinced it is going to decadently delicious – autumn in my mouth! – but, nine times out of ten, I am woefully disappointed. I won’t take that lesson or analogy any further – but if you have the winning pumpkin spice recipe…please do share. I want to be a fan. Really, I do!! While I wait, here are some other things “currently” happening around here and in my world. I am currently:
APPRECIATING – the small things…or, more specifically, the ordinary things. I just finished an Instagram challenge (you can see some of my photos on the sidebar) put on by Whitney. There was a prompt for each day of the month. And, honestly, some days I had to think hard about what I could photograph and/or what I would say. Many of those joining the challenge were so inspiring. They were not only grateful for their homes – and the ordinary things in them – but they really enjoyed them. As the month went on, I found myself doing so as well. Noticing things. Rehearsing the memories associated with so many of those things and genuinely appreciating all the little things (and the big ones too) that make my house uniquely my home! I also read a great post yesterday about embracing the ordinary routines of our day (as well as the ordinary things). It put into words so much I had been feeling in my heart and was so encouraging. You can check it out here.
ANTICIPATING – that God is going to do some great things in the coming months. I have mentioned (more than a couple of times) both here on the blog and on IG that change is in the air around here. Our son moved out last week. Moved across the country – which was a huge change. One that has affected us all….especially this mother’s heart! I anticipate some more changes in the next few months. We will see what impact those have on us! Change has its challenges to be sure. But change also comes with so much potential and many possibilities. I have no idea all that God wants to accomplish and all He will do through these changes but, no doubt, it is more than I can even think or imagine! I look forward to it. Am anticipating good things. Big things. Great things!!
COLLECTING – not a lot. In fact, I am trying to uncollect. (Is uncollect a word? Autocorrect thinks not.) I have been trying to be really careful and selective about buying, keeping, storing, and collecting. I have purged every closet, drawer, cupboard, and dark corner in this house….and it feels good! So satisfying. To open a closet or a drawer that is tidy and organized just makes my heart happy. Go ahead, call me goofy! If I collect too many tea towels, cake plates, sheep (yes, sheep) Christmas platters, shoes, hair products – you name it – neat and tidy is impossible and, well, there goes my joy. That being said, I apparently have a weakness for cardigans (they were impossible to purge) and…um, fall decor. Oh my.
STARTING – my Christmas shopping. Shocking actually. I do not typically start shopping this early. There was actually a time when I enjoyed Christmas shopping…even going to the mall during the holidays. That time has passed. Going to the mall is just painful. Shopping is not that much fun either. I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with the above paragraph…I’m just not buying much. I have noticed lots of sales lately though. Some really good deals. And it occurred to me that, although I do not need anything for myself, some of the deals would be great Christmas gifts. And, just like that, I am way ahead of the game. Who would have imagined??
FINISHING – two books from the library. Not finished…but getting there. I am officially a lazy reader. I have the hardest time reading books. So sad, but true. Give me the free time, I will read blog posts or watch YouTube over books any day. I’m just sure when the autumn evenings set in – the dark comes quicker, the blankets are back on the couch and I have all the warm cozy drinks at hand – I will start reading again. Or maybe I’ll just fall asleep!!:)
Currently….I am looking forward to our anniversary – in the middle of this month. Even though we are not able to travel, we will enjoy a great day together. Our daughter has a birthday this month as well. There is a fall revival at church in just a couple of weeks. I always look forward to these special meetings. Our speaker had his flight canceled – so it is Plan B….as has been much of life lately. So far, Plan B has not been a huge disappointment. What do you think? September is my favorite month of the year! There is so much to enjoy this time of year…bring it on!! The rest of the “Currently” posts will be here. Always a fun monthly link-up!