The season started off tragically with the loss of my grandfather; a man who did not have to call me granddaughter but loved me fiercely as such. He taught me so many things; things about nature and life and how the best things in life aren't really things. Our family is grieving and devastated at his sudden loss. It's been hard to enjoy my usual Fall traditions because they seem obsolete in the midst of my grief. Nevertheless, I've committed to enjoying my one wild and precious life.
We also lost Josh's sweet grandmother Memaw earlier this year as well. Although our hearts are learning to live with the grief, we are determined to make time for memories that matter and to create a culture of adventure and joy within our little family. If you've hung around us any amount of time, you know our son Daxon oozes a spirit of fun. His smile lights up his entire face and he finds joy in the simplest of gestures. He has been incredible medicine for our pain. With his irresistible desire for fun calling me out of my sadness, I created a Fall Bucket List for this season. This year's list was pretty much just in my head, but I anticipate it becoming a tradition and editing it as our family grows and changes throughout the years.
To celebrate Fall this year, we crossed of the following from our list:
Decorate for Fall Go apple picking Make apple crisp & apple pie DIY Fall crafts Go to a football game Decorate for Halloween Visit a pumpkin patch Carve a pumpkin Make Dax's Halloween costume DIY Halloween crafts Watch Halloween movies Bake Halloween cookies Trick or Treat Decorate for Thanksgiving Drink apple cider DIY Thanksgiving crafts Make yummy treats for Thanksgiving
- Make s'mores with a fire in the fireplace
|Click here for the recipe! I swapped pumpkin for sweet potatoes & pecans for cookie crumbles.|
With only one thing left to cross off of our list, we are so excited for the Christmas season and a chance to teach Dax about Jesus & His birth! This year has certainly had its challenges, but it has also been chock full of sweet moments and God's comfort. I can't wait to share more snapshots of our holiday season and the fun memories we make as a family.