Fall is by far my favorite season, it always has been. As a little girl, I loved everything about it; the crisp autumn weather, the colors, the smells, even the sounds of football games and rustling leaves. I remember each fall, my parents would take me and my brother camping in Branson, Missouri and we would always take a couple of days to visit Silver Dollar City. Just how my mom decorated our house, SDC was filled with vibrant fall decorations; hay bales and cornstalks, pumpkins and gourds. It was so very country. Little did I know, the country life would pull me into it one day.
While writing is my passion, making our farmhouse a home comes in at a very close second. When we built this home in 2014, I had so many dreams of what it would look like as the seasons changed. And I was the most excited to decorate for fall. I wish you could come and curl up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte on my couch and we could talk about life together. Having friends over during the fall for coffee is one of my very favorite things about this season!
While I’ve had my decorations up for almost a month already, it took me a while to get my pictures taken. Between school starting up for the girls and Deacon having a solid week of being sick, they took a bit of a back burner (as they should). Deacon was still sick when I took these, he was actually on my hip the whole time, so if they are a bit blurry or crooked, you can blame him 😉
I think that one of my favorite parts about decorating for fall is the entrance of glitter. Spring and summer aren’t really seasons that have many sparkly touches to them, but once those glittery pumpkins come out, it gives me all the feels.
I was finishing up writing my book the month of July, and one of the rules that I made for myself was that I couldn’t put up any of my fall decorations until the book was done and turned in. Well, that bribe must have worked, because I finished my manuscript five days early! It was the best reward ever to pull out my fall totes from the basement and decorate the house with the kids. They all squealed as I pulled out pumpkin after pumpkin!
As fall is coming closer and the crops are starting to turn, I continue to be amazed at God’s faithfulness in the changing seasons. He has been so merciful to us this year in the planting and growing seasons this year. There have been times where we have been begging for rain, and God has always brought it, even if it was a little later than we would have liked. I can’t tell you how many times we stood on the front porch or the deck and prayed for the clouds above us to open up. And yet, He knew our needs before we even spoke them. Whether it be rain or sun, He has always provided for us. He is just always so faithful, isn’t He?
With the changing seasons at the farmhouse, we have also seen changing seasons in our family. The first year or so after having a new baby can be such a stressful one, and it certainly was for us last year. But as we entered into this last summer and now the upcoming fall season, Eric and I have come to such a beautiful spot in our marriage. God has really blessed our efforts in seeking one another this last year and we are so thankful for the work that He continues to do in our relationship.
We’ve seen so much goodness in this last season with our children, too. With Nora in kindergarten this year and Andi starting preschool this week, we have seen our kids grow and thrive in ways like never before. We have worked through so many things with the girls this summer and we are so proud to see them turning into their own unique people and watching their strengths blossom.
Deacon, too, has really begun to show who he is. He loves to push around trucks and tractors, get into everything he possibly can, and is almost always trying to run away from us when he does something wrong (which is often!). Like the girls, he loves being outside and the four of us enjoyed many days this summer digging in the dirt and rocks.
I’m so glad that you stopped by the farmhouse to get some fall goodness in your veins! Creating beauty in your home is something that brings so much joy and passion when we allow it to, and starts traditions in your family that can last a lifetime.
And if you’re wondering about me, I’m just over here waiting for September to get here so I can officially start celebrating fall with out having to do it in secret 🙂