7 Best Things About FallMy favorite season is Spring. However, every year about this time, my favorite season becomes Fall! So here are my 7 best things about Fall.

Fall, or Autumn, of course, has 101 analogies connected to it as do all four seasons. For instance, there is the harvest, letting go, change, slowing down, reaping, warm colors, preparing for change, aging, embracing the seasons of life, and more.

There are spectacular colors and changes which are felt more than seen. The clearing of fields with farmers looking toward quieter days after that last huge burst of harvest. Leaves of every color and shape, shifting into a riot of color on the yet green lawn. Birds whose inner alarm sounds and they fly away on cooling winds. The promise of rest is shouted out silently by all of nature. Clothing not seen for months returns in the mornings. The search is on for soft, warm blankets to wrap yourself in.

 

There are beautiful words written about Fall. Poets wax eloquent about this golden season:

John Greenleaf Whittier (Poet) 
Once more the liberal year laughs out
O’er richer stores than gems or gold:
Once more with harvest song and shout
Is nature’s boldest triumph told.

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Autumn’s Majesty by Patricia L. Cisco

Sun with his artistic touch,                                                   Birch and Hemlock, purple and gold,
streaks skies of blue with rosy blush,                                  apples, pumpkins bright and bold,
trimming Oak and Maple too,                                              burns by day and cools by night,
crimson reds with yellow hue.                                             cloaking trees in fiery might.

Wispy winds and tumbling leaves,                                      As spiders spin their tapestry
cypress scents within the breeze,                                       and crickets sing in symphony,
starry eves and harvest moon,                                            their final song of destiny,
sets the stage for crickets’ tune.                                          it’s clear for all the world to see,
Autumn’s vibrant majesty!
Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/autumns-majesty

Then there are quotes:

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower,” Albert Camus
“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” Victoria Erickson
“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street…by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.” Hal Borland
“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” Percy Bysshe Shelley

So what are my 7 best things about Fall?  All of the above and what’s below. There are far more than 7 best things about Fall, but this would be too long if I listed them all!

1. Walking in the shiny, multi-colored, fallen leaves on a crisp, sunny fall day – #1 of the 7 Best Things About Fall.

Projecting ahead – Fall has arrived and I’m wearing jeans, boots and a light jacket and the breeze is lightly crisp carrying the scent of the leaves, the freshly cut hay, the dirt being turned by the farmer next door. Nature scenes like this fill my soul. Fall is about jeans, boots, jackets and all the things I’m sick of when Spring finally arrives. But, when Fall comes, I’m ready for them again.

Fall is usually felt before it is seen - a light breeze on a sunny day with a tiny bite of cold stirs you to remember where you put your jacket at the beginning of Summer. Click To Tweet

“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22

I live on a farm near a small town. Tractors, hay-stackers, plows, and swathers are abundant as are all the wonderful smells of fall. Burning leaves, freshly cut mint, cows, hay, cider, chimney smoke, the fertilizer being spread on freshly plowed fields, and a hundred other smells are all part of the best things about Fall.

The geese honking overhead as they prepare to leave are reminders of the migrations of Fall. It’s not just birds, it’s people too – headed to other corners of the world seeking warmth.

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2. Watching the wildlife around me.

I can spend hours watching birds. Their grace and beauty is spectacular. I have a small hawk who spends lots of time hunting and I watch. He can hover for an incredible amount of time and then dive so quickly I lose track of him. The hawk masters the wind – taking it into his feathers and wings, making it his servant to carry him wherever he needs to be.

I have a turkey family living on the farm I absolutely love (you might recognize them in the image above!). They are neither graceful nor beautiful, yet to me they are amazing. Did you know that a newly hatched baby turkey can walk, run and find its own food within one day of hatching! Turkeys can fly up to 55 mph! They sleep in trees. Today, my husband and I watched as Mr. & Mrs. Turkey played king-of-the-hill on a freshly created bale of hay. It was so funny to watch them jumping up and down, awkwardly going after each other to be king-of-the-hill. Then the kids got involved and Mom and Dad found a new bale of hay. Then, all 5 made their trip to the orchard next door to partake of fruit and bugs.

My turkeys are definitely one of the 7 best things about Fall. I pray for them, feed them, and watch for them every day. For whatever reason, they bring me great joy. They don’t know or care, but I do and God does. He sees the sparrows and He sees my turkeys.

3. Riding my motorcycle through farm after farm – definitely on the list of 7 Best Things About Fall!

Near where I live, there is a road that winds for miles through farm after farm. In the Spring it is my first ride and in the Fall, it is my last. It’s my private ritual every year. I can smell and feel everything around me. There are seldom any cars but there are cows, sheep, horses, goats, dogs, cats, and birds everywhere. I watch the seasons change the fields from dirt to Spring green, to Summer’s deep green, to Fall gold and then back to dirt. In some places cornfields line each side of the road and the temperature drops considerably as you ride through. The smells are incredible. There is nothing like riding near where a mint field has just been cut. It is awesome. Year by year, I watch the seasons of life pass through the same places and yet, for me, it is new each time.

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Then there are the colors – every color you can imagine in the leaves and the fields. The mountains are only about an hour away and the change of seasons there is just as spectacular on a far grander scale.

4. Slowing down.

It’s funny how we tell ourselves that things slow down in the Fall. Is that true? Yes and no. The work on the farm slows down but life still remains busy. Young families are no more rested! School and sports start and the race is on to see how much we can pack into one day. In fact, when the holiday season arrives, schedules go crazy. Still, somewhere underneath it all, there is this sense of slowing down and knowing that it’s ok to do so.

Kids who were off to school slow down when they come home not feeling good. That usually slows down either Mom or Dad as well, since you need to be home with them. How about making something? Here’s an idea for Sick Day Salt Dough! Unless my boys were really, really sick, they liked having something to do and doing it together was even better. Erin’s recipe might be just what you need to slow down and enjoy your kids. Even better – how about something for you – like spending time with Jesus, giving thanks and having some Pumpkin Spice Latte!

But then it snows! The first time it snows, there are lots of accidents because somehow everyone forgot how to drive on snowy roads. By the second snow, everything really does slow down, even if it’s just for a day. When it’s snowing, I don’t want to go anywhere. I want a blanket, a warm drink and time to just look out the window or go outside and enjoy the flakes.

5. The Holidays.

In my little town, we have an annual Harvest Fest the first weekend in October. Three blocks of Main Street are closed down, vendors set up booths, food trucks arrive, stores stay open, and entertainment abounds. I look forward to it every year. People are selling everything from keychains to clothing to oil paintings and there are lots of familiar faces. The fruits of summer are for sale. There are strangers and familiar faces walking slowly, looking, eating and smiling as edges of the world show the golden touch of Fall. I love it! Definitely one of the 7 best things about Fall.

Hunting season is its own event. Churches are devoid of male faces! They are all hunting. Here in Idaho, lots of ladies hunt as well. Hunting season requires a great deal of preparation and is quite the event. Food, clothing, horses or pack animals, food for the animals, hunting supplies, maps, trucks, trailers, and more food are all required. Then, if you actually bring home a deer or an elk, there is more work involved. It’s a ritual enjoyed by many.

Then comes Halloween. Since I don’t have kids at home anymore, this is just another day for me. Plus, I live on a farm with a dark, gravel lane that is almost 1/2 mile long! Really not many kids who are going to make that hike in the dark. But I enjoy it just the same. Churches with their Harvest Festivals and Trunk-or-Treat parties are my favorite. Seeing little ones, dressed up and excited about candy. Their little faces can make your day.

“Celebrate the Festival of Trumpets each year on the first day of the appointed month in early autumn. You must call an official day for holy assembly, and you may do no ordinary work.”  Numbers 29:1 NLT

My favorite holiday comes next – Thanksgiving.

Usually the weather is relatively nice, at least not much snow yet and family get-togethers. It can also be a tough holiday. This is a perfect season to create memories with special times for families with kids at home like Erin at Lullaby Lark does. But, I love it because the focus is giving thanks, which is an extremely important practice in my life. Even if it’s a quiet day, I love turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce with gravy – all in one big bite!

Then Christmas – which I also love. Even though it is horribly commercialized, we just ignore that and celebrate the true reason for the season – Jesus!  What could be better. For about two weeks each year, churches are filled with people singing familiar hymns and there is a sense of hope. It is beautiful. Christmas Eve candlelight services are wonderful traditions bringing strangers and friends together in the gentle light of Christ.

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Somewhere in between all of that, Fall becomes Winter.

6. Embracing the “Fall” Season of Life.

My season of life is Fall. I am retired and, even though I haven’t slowed down much, various areas of my life inform me it is Fall. Things start to literally ‘fall.’ It’s funny and you just have to accept it and go on. My outlook on life is much softer and, to me, Fall seems like a softer time of year. The brightness of Spring has passed, the intensity of Summer is gone, and the colors themselves morph into softer, deeper versions of themselves. I hope I have done the same.

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I am quite content with my season of life and have so much to be thankful for. While I live with the aftermath of cancer, I am grateful because I am alive and cancer-free. While I tragically lost my first husband, I have remarried a kind and gentle man and we share a deep love. I nearly lost everything I had, but God has given it back to me multiplied many times over. All my loss has been gain. In addition, during the walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I gained a whole new outlook on how to live each day in peace and gratitude.

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT

I don’t want to be a different age than I am. There are times when I would like to have the benefit of a younger body, but I am healthy and content. I have embraced the season of my life.

7. Enjoying the Season and the 7 Best Things About Fall.

I am also enjoying this season of life – #7 of the 7 Best Things About Fall. Sometimes you embrace (accept) a season, but you don’t enjoy it. I will be 70 very soon! It sounds odd even to me. I still ride a motorcycle – 3 wheels instead of 2. Living on a farm, laughing, remaining active in my church, still ministering and serving are just a few of my favorite thing!. I take pictures of blooming weeds and turkeys, write a blog and make it a point to enjoy each day and be grateful while spending time with friends and family.

Some seasons of life are hard to enjoy and that’s normal.

When you are stressed over money, health, family, work, and children, it can be hard to enjoy at times. Stress robs us of so much. There’s no reason to feel guilty about it. It’s just a fact that those trying seasons are no fun. One good thing about them is when you get to look back at them and realize you survived and learned some great lessons!

If you’re in a season you are not enjoying, just relax and don’t pretend. However, don’t let it become the norm. Seasons like that are meant to have a beginning and an end. It may be up to you to put an end to them.

Some Seasons Are Like Hurricanes

Some seasons, like Fall, come in gently and beautifully bringing softness and a feeling of quiet peace into our lives. Others are more like Hurricane seasons. We endure the second and love the first. However, the second one is what makes the first one so special! Life is filled with those dichotomies. Pain leads to peace. Forgiveness banishes hate. Chaos forces us to seek peace. Laughter breaks up sorrow and makes it bearable. The intense heat of summer make us long for the cool, gentle breezes of Fall.

Since you can’t change the season, it is best to look for the blessings in them and hang on. The blessings of the darkest path are there, you just have to look for them. No season, event, person, tragedy, or emotion is meant to be our master. We are meant to be the master of all of those things because we are seated in heavenly places next to Christ who is the Ultimate Master. The only way to learn to be the master is to fail. Each time you get up again, you are stronger. No matter how harsh the winter is, Spring will come. Nothing can stop it. Nothing can stop you except you!

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Enjoy Nature’s season of Fall no matter what season your life is in. These are my 7 Best Things About Fall – what are yours?

While yours will be different, I pray that much of it is the same. That you experience the power of gratitude. Find at least one beautiful thing each day. I pray you master each season and don’t allow it to master you. I pray you laugh as much and as often as possible. And, that you let the softness of Fall fill your heart like a big feather pillow!

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