Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I heart fall




There is just something so enchanting to me about the fall. I drive around in awe at the beautiful leaves and the rolling hills covered in all shades of red, yellow, and orange. I seriously drive with my camera turned on because I don't want to miss an opportunity to capture a breathtaking moment. Seeing a tree with bright yellow or orange leaves seriously takes my breath away. There is just nothing like the fall in the Appalachian Mountains. I loved it when I lived in Asheville and I love it here. There is a unique beauty that is simply irresistible.

As we were driving in the car the other day to go visiting teaching, I listened as my girls ooed and awed in the backseat as they admired all of the colorful trees. As I listened to their excitement, I couldn't help but feel so much gratitude in my heart for the beautiful world in which we live. To me it is a simple yet extraordinary reminder of our loving Heavenly Father who created all things. I felt the need to have Katelund offer a prayer of gratitude. Afterwards, I realized how much more I should be offering those kinds of prayers. Prayers where I ask for nothing, only give thanks for the many many things that I am blessed with. My mom gave a lesson in church last Sunday about gratitude. As she shared her lesson with me, I felt a greater need to show and express gratitude in my life. In the scriptures, Alma taught the Zoramites to live with thanksgiving daily. It seems so simple, and yet so often I find myself looking at all of the things that are not going the way that I want them to be. This month is a perfect month to focus on gratitude, but it is something that I know should be the focus, even the center of my life, each day of the year.

10 comments:

Living In A Tree House!!!! said...

Wow you are so AWESOME!!! I love reading the things you write you make my days so much better thank you for that... ♥

Andrea said...

I ♥ fall, too. Except we don't have any colored leaves. Yet. Maybe by December? (I love the pictures!)

Mandy said...

Fall is enchantingly beautiful!!! I got a bit sad last week when I realized most of our leaves have fallen now. The trees look ready for winter, except for a few in the mountains that are still reddish-orangish-almost brown. :(
Once again, you say it so well...I feel extra peace and joy when fall is here. I'm glad that you get to continue to experience the App. Mtns. They're close to my heart. :)

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Such lovely photos! I came here from the BlogHer Board. I actually thought it was me up there because I wrote a post recently called "I Heart Autumn"! We certainly have this in common. Great to meet you!

deana said...

You are so right about showing gratitude. I am working on that everyday. It helps me so much to get through the hards times that I may be facing. Thanks for sharing.

Harrington said...

Your so lucky you live somewhere that actually has seasons. I love the fall too and your pictures are just beautiful. I am glad you like where you live. Texas doesn't really have great fall leaves either. Oh well.

Deon said...

Those are very beautiful pictures! I love fall as well.

Allison Scherer said...

We are definitely grateful for having a chance to spend one special fall in Chattanooga! Thanks for the pictures to remind us.

Your girls looked awesome for Halloween by the way!!!

Austyn said...

awwwwwwwwww amazing! i really miss that about asheville/that part of the country. there's a lot of that out here too, but you have to drive a little ways to get to it.
the girls are so big! AGH! and so cute.

xoxo

Carrie said...

I do to! My favorite season! I love the Halloween pictures too! I am so glad to have my computer back-I have got to catch up on my blog and everyone elses too!

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