Things to Love About Autumn

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Autumn is in full swing here and I am excited to finally share a list of things that make the autumn-time simply delightful! Let me know if you, too, like any of these things down in the comment!

Things:

Thick-Knit Sweaters

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Gloves and Mittens

Warm Hats 

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Scarves

Cozy Socks

Soft-Glowing Candles

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Nature:

Trees Changing

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Corn Mazes

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Mini Pumpkins

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Crunchy Leaves

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Apple Orchards

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Forest Nature Walks

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Pumpkin Patching

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The Harvest Moon

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Cold Trickling Streams

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Crisp Winds

Bright Yellow Mums

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Food:

Steamy Tea

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Sweet Pumpkin Pie

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Warm Pumpkin Bread

Hot Chocolate

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Homemade Soup

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Buttery Dinner Biscuits

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Hot Noodles and Bullion

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Rich Cinnamon Buns

Warm Blueberry Muffins

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What are your favorite things about Autumn?

Which fall food do you wish you were eating right now?

Do you have any special autumn traditions?

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Megan Joy

P.S. Victoria, over at Ruffles and Grace is hosting a giveaway for her new book release
“Bound!” Go check it out!

Quote of the Week // 41st Week

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Mickey Rooney was a great American actor born in September of 1920. He grew up performing in vaudeville, and soon found himself on the stage, and later on the big screen. In a career lasting nine decades, he appeared in over 300 films, continuing to act until the last year of his life in 2014. He was best known for his long-running role as “Andy Hardy” in the famous series of seven movies. In 1944, he co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor in the film, National Velvet, and later, in 1979, in the The Black Stallion, with Kelly Reno, both of which are two of my most treasured movies! To me, he will forever be that funny young man with two charming eyes and a dashing smile!

We all have ideas and dreams of our future success. We envision what we hope to achieve and how we might get there. While we contemplate our dreams and hopes, we may try to decipher a trail that will lead us to where we want to go, The Wonderful Land of Success. We want to choose the easiest and fastest route to get there, a route that cannot fail us.

It would be lovely if this path actually existed. As it turns out, it doesn’t. In every journey to our great accomplishments, shortcoming will turn up somewhere along the road, because “we, as humans, are not perfect.” We can’t expect to live out our entire lives without failing at something. As we drive down that highway, with the wind whipping through our hair, sporting sunglasses and a hopeful smile, we are inevitably going to drive through “Failure-ville.” No matter which route we take, there will always be a Failure-ville. This certainly doesn’t sound very inspiring or motivational. It may even sound depressing. However, it’s not always healthy to sugar-coat the route to success. Way too many calories! Just kidding. . .

What I’m trying to say is, we can’t be afraid of driving through Failure-ville. It can bog us down for a while, but it’s not like we are stuck living there forever. There will be a time when we can just fill up the tank, high-tail it out of there, and hit the highway toward our great accomplishments! We can leave Failure-ville in the dust and get back on the road again! We just have to keep driving, keep dreaming, and especially keep depending on God’s strength and love, because we’ll never have to drive through Failure-ville alone.

Psalms 73:26 – “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” KJV

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Have you ever driven through Failure-ville?

What did you do to get back on the road?

Which Mickey Rooney film is your favorite?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 35th Week

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Fred McFeely Rogers, more commonly known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host of the 33 year-long running children’s show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” which aired for 895 episodes. He taught his viewers so many important things about life, the world, and how to live in it. His kindness towards people, especially children, made an impression in millions of lives, making his viewers feel special and loved. He explained to children things like divorce, bullying, disabilities, and death in a way that would help them cope with these things with a positive viewpoint. I consider Mister Rogers the most impactful person in the history of television. I grew up watching his show, and still today I enjoy watching it when I can!

The idea that we all can be loved just the way we are wasn’t exactly new when Mister Rogers first introduced it in his show. Since Rogers was also a Christian and a minister, he took that idea from the Bible and incorporated it into his show’s content.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” KJV

It means that God loves us even though we have sinned and He will continue to love us no matter what. We don’t have to live in a certain place, look a certain way, or do certain things like do good deeds and give money away for God to love us. He loves us just the way we are.

This doesn’t mean that we should do whatever we want and think it’s okay because He will still love us, and it also doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive to be better. It does mean that we don’t have to meet the world’s (or any church’s) standards in order to receive God’s love. We are loved just the way we are, and no can make us think otherwise.

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Have you ever watched “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?”

What do you think about God’s love for us?

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Megan Joy