A u t u m n

Alaska is a beautiful place.  I know I always say that- but wow.  Fall is here, and it’s pretty incredible!
Yesterday morning we woke up to snow on the mountain peaks, but there are still lots of fall leaves out- and that contrast is just beautiful!

I love the change of seasons for all kinds of silly reasons….like baking with pumpkin, wearing layers, candles, coziness, etc. (read my fall favorites here).  But I love the change of seasons too because of the incredible things that each season teaches us about God’s character.  Each season has something beautiful to offer and to teach us.

This weekend was totally fall!  Adam and I got out and did some hiking and were just blown away by the beauty!  Something about the crisp fall air, seeing your breath in the air, and bundling up to get outside is a really good feeling!

Adam and I were able to go to a small group last weekend that was actually such an answer to prayer for us.  We had been feeling slightly discouraged and in need of some community over God’s Word- and it was amazing to have something so out of the blue pop up and be such a blessing.  I stand in awe of God’s care in our lives.  It seems like sometimes the problems that I deal with, or the everyday struggles I face are so insignificant in light of the problems going on around the world.  But the beauty of our God is that He cares about  b o t h
He knows each of us intimately, the things that we are dealing with, the hopes and fears we have, and the desires of our hearts…and He loves us deeply.

We studied in Ephesians last week…and these words have been speaking such life to my heart:

“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:4-7

Such hope we have friends!

How has God been answering prayer for you recently? 

You may have missed:
Thoughts on starting Traditions
October Goals
Psalms 107:8-9

Other Good Reads:
The everyday French twist
Pretty little outfit
Steeping Tea

This post of part of Chantel’s Jack of All Trades Link-up

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New Beginnings || Traditions

Traditions are fascinating to me.  I love that they are part of our culture, but also what helps to make each family unique.  I love to hear how people celebrate holidays, birthday, or anniversaries.  Hearing about special things that families do throughout the year….or things that have been passed down through generations is really special.

I love traditions, and even as a tiny person…they were always important to me.  I think it’s because life is always changing so much, and so few things in this fragile life of ours are really sure.  Growing up, our family had lots of precious traditions and things we did that were really sweet and fun.  It gave us lots to look forward to throughout the year, and I loved that.

There were 8 kids in our family growing up, and I have such fond memories of my childhood.
From my mom reading to us, making us our favorite meals on our birthday, and surrounding Christmas and Thanksgiving with delicious meals and treats that were special, to my dad always filming us looking for presents on our birthdays, to dressing up as a shepherd named Azer at Christmas to tell us the Christmas story.  From sharing a room with my baby sisters and insisting on breastfeeding our dolls, to playing family games of kickball and croquet, going on family walks, and promising my big brothers I would never get married.  From playing golf on the 3 hole golf course my dad made on our property, to eating pancakes cooked in bacon grease over a fire on a cast iron pan made from a washing machine that was my grandfathers while we were camping.  From throwing fits about homeschool math, to having “Camp Coyote” with my siblings (an at home camp we made for ourselves each summer).

Good days.  As Adam and I are just starting out our marriage and our home together, I am so curious what our traditions will be.  What will our traditions be with each other, what things will we do with our kids someday?  Where will our favorite places to go be? Our favorite Holiday meals?  What things will we take from his family and from mine….and what things will be all ours?

Traditions can’t be contrived or just thought up, so I am anxious to see what things we will look back on and realize have become traditions for us.

I would love to hear a fun family tradition that you have- so please share in the comments!

And if you are newly married- have you found this to be a fun process as well?

You might have missed:
A Happy Handmade Home
My October Goals
Just a Glimpse (thoughts on blogging)

Other Good Reads:
31 Days of Simplicity

A Month of Nesting with Treasures and Travels

Mulled Cider Recipe

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A Happy Handmade Home || Review

I have been reading Elsie and Emma’s blog for years now.  I think A Beautiful Mess is such a storehouse of fun ideas, photography inspiration, craft projects, and recipes.  I love their lifestyle photography and the positive outlook on life that they display on their blog.  I have been wanting to read their newest book called “A Happy Handmade Home- Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space”

I recently received this book in the mail and couldn’t wait to sit down with it and a cup of coffee!  It has actually proven to be a book that I just love to  L O O K  at which is really fun.  While having the aethestic feel of reading their blog, or a beautiful magazine- it is also packed with great ideas and fresh inspiration on how to decorate the spaces in your home, how to keep organized, diy projects, and ideas for fun parties with friends and family.

The book is filled with such fun ideas and really great thoughts on making your home a place that you can rest, feel comfortable in, and be inspired by.  The section on “Small Spaces” was probably my favorite, as we live in a very tiny home.

If our house were big enough for a coffee table– I would keep this book on it for sure- because it’s just so pretty!

What are your favorite coffee table books?  
Have you read Elsie and Emma’s blog before?

*I received this book from Blogging for Books, but all opinions expressed are my own

 

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Hello October

Hello October- and hello FALL!  :)  
It’s official!  At least here in Alaska- we are full on in fall weather!  Our mornings are crispy as I like to call them…and we have been having beautiful sunny yet brisk afternoons for hiking, which I have been loving!

It’s a mere 27 degrees this morning…..and our days are getting shorter and shorter!  Sunrise is at 8:24am, and sunset at 7:49pm.
Brrr!

October has to be one of my favorite months!  It’s all fall to me, and such a good kick off to the beginning of the holiday season!

This last month was definitely good– but seemed to totally fly by!  It was my first month since summer not working again…but it felt pretty busy overall.  Lots of time to catch up with people that I hadn’t seen much through the summer, and a good time to work on a new routine.  I have done tons of hiking- which is always awesome….and it’s beautiful friends.  What a blessing to live in a place with such gorgeous scenery!
Another highlight for us has been kayaking this month!  Some people in town are graciously letting us borrow their kayaks…and we LOVE it!  Such a beautiful way to get out on the water!  Sorry for all the instagram pictures of kayaking…but I can’t help it- it’s so pretty!  :)

September photos:

O C T O B E R  G O A L S :

– LOOK for the Northern Lights
 Make a festive fall brunch (a group of friends and I had a “fall brunch” a few years ago- and it seems like a wonderful tradition to me!)
– Be outside lots
– Write letters to friends/family
– Make time for/seek out ways to be creative
– Be a good friend (I am challenged in remembering that this sometimes takes work/time/care/thought)

Favorite Posts from September:

September Goals

Fall Muffins

Just a glimpse

What about you….what does YOUR October look like?  Corn mazes and apple picking??
What is one thing you want to be intentional about this month?

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This post is linked with Chantel at A Harvest of Blessing

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