I don’t know what the weather is doing where you are at right now, but here in South Carolina, it is PERFECT. And this beautiful, beautiful weather has me in the most creative, romantic, childish, joyful mood.
There’s just something about the chill in the air that automatically puts a smile on my face. It makes me think of falling in love. Truly, it does. This time two years ago was the early days of our relationship, and the majority of our dates took place lakeside, with a cup of Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate and a bunch of blankets.
This time last year, we were six months married and living in a fresh new apartment. We had just started our business, but our self-control and discipline was lacking. We spent many nights drinking hot tea on our balcony, dreaming about life and babies. We would play board game after board game, and sit on the couch watching King of Queens for hours. Yes, hours.
And now. Fall has finally arrived again. We’re a little bit more disciplined, I would hope, but still carefree, I like to think. Right now, our air is off completely and the windows are all open. It smells like bonfires and fresh paint. Fresh paint because Hubby has been motivated recently to do some final fixing-up around the house, and can I just say it is wonderful.
I get all giddy inside thinking of how much our Tiny House is going to change in the fall and winter season. In five weeks, a baby is going to arrive. Our home will be overtaken by pink toys and dirty diapers. Shortly after that, Halloween will take us and (since we’ll have nothing to do except feed a child) candy and pumpkin pie will be scattered everywhere. Thanksgiving will come to our home, adding spice and gravy and sugary things to the aroma of upcoming winter. And finally, wonderfully, Christmas.
Yes, I love this time of year. I love what it means to me in my past, and I love what it means for our future. I struggle to keep my focus on the wonders of today instead of the romanticism of yesterday and the dreams of the future. Those will come soon enough.
But today, today is equally as beautiful. A fresh breeze from the open windows flows inside of our house. I’m surrounded by pillows and blankets, despite the fact it’s not quite chilly yet! My husband is preparing chicken for dinner (he’s cool like that) and gentle folky music fills the air.
This fall, I am oh so grateful.
What are you grateful for this upcoming fall season? What can you do to get rid of unnecessary distractions in your life to focus on the small, beautiful things?