“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 8:15
Autumn is finally here! Well, officially anyway.
As is usual in our part of the world–north Texas, to be exact–true fall-like weather doesn’t come quite this early. October can have some cool, crisp days. But more often than not, our summer-like temps hang around a little longer.
I say this lamenting, for autumn is my favorite season. And some years it’s just too short.
I grew up here, so this should be normal for me. And David grew up in south Florida–they don’t have autumn there (at least not that you’d notice). But God chose to move us up north for a number of years, and we experienced what a glorious season this can be.
The brilliance of the red, gold, and orange trees cascading on the hills of Pennsylvania and New Jersey brought the land to life. And the crisp, cool air would invigorate my soul and call me to come outside and enjoy the beauty of it all.
Every September, I think of the coming season and look for ways to enjoy it. It can be a busy time, so planning ahead is essential if we want to do anything special. I start by going to Pinterest–my favorite place for all things creative and inspirational–and look at Fall/Autumn boards. There are so many great ideas here (as many of you already know)!
Once I get my “it’s-almost-autumn-and-I’m-so-excited-fix,” I make a little list of the things that I would like to do with my sweet husband to celebrate the season. And then, during our Couple Connect time, we discuss them and choose one or two (or however many) and write it on the calendar. Sometimes it takes a little preparation and planning, but we have it scheduled and, Lord willing, we can enjoy the season in a special way.
This year I really wanted to find a corn maze. We live in a big metropolitan area, so they aren’t plentiful. We found one not too far away from us (but it was still in the hustle and bustle of the suburbs). I was determined and David was game, so we headed out for this pumpkin patch/corn maze adventure one afternoon last week
As it had to fit into the schedule, we couldn’t pick the best weather day. Fortunately it wasn’t raining, but the searing sun and 90-degree temps didn’t exactly say “Woo-hoo! It’s fall!” I was not deterred though. And David was such a trooper. (He’s so good to me!)
We made it to the pumpkin patch and…well…let’s just say I wasn’t blown away. It was on a busy corner in the middle of a residential area–not exactly the country-type setting I was hoping for. But, hey, they had a corn maze! A small one…supposedly two acres…on the street corner. And it was green. When I think of corn mazes, I think of rows of dried cornstalks. No. Not this one. (Yes, I guess I knew it would be green. It is north Texas, after all.)
With strategy in hand (always stay to the right, unless you hit a dead-end or have already gone that way), we trudged through the muddy trail between the green stalks, with the sound of heavy traffic in our ears and wasps flying around. And we made it to the exit after about 10 minutes. So now I can say I’ve been through a corn maze.
Actually, it was kind of fun. Well, doing it together with my sweet husband was fun. And that’s the goal, isn’t it? Having fun together?
This wasn’t the perfect autumn outing we were hoping for. And we probably won’t return to this pumpkin patch in future years. But it isn’t about the activity itself or the surroundings that makes the time special. It’s about spending time together, enjoying this life of ours. And that we did. We even bought a few pumpkins to take home for decorating.
We’ve got a few other things still on our list–buying some mums to plant on the patio and shopping for apples at our favorite market. Drinking some hot apple cider as we go for a stroll when the crisp, cool weather finally arrives. We will celebrate the season however we can…and enjoy being together.
Sometimes I think God gave us the seasons to give us a reason to do something enjoyable together–away from the normal activity of daily life. And when we plan those special times, enjoyment is the goal.
But even the best planned activities don’t usually go as expected, and that can cause disappointment or frustration. So here are some suggestions to help ensure your time together will become a cherished memory…
Have you already made a list of special activities you want to do this fall? What are your favorite things about this time of year? We’d love to hear about it. Would you share them with us by leaving a comment below?
Whatever your plans, we hope you’ll go out and enjoy some fun times together–and soak in the beauty of autumn!
Grace and peace to you!
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Photos by Sabra Penley.