So, it is October. But we live far from apple orchards, corn mazes, fall leaves, and chilly weather.
We won’t let that keep us from enjoying fall, though! By celebrating fall here, we are also celebrating the place where God has us for now. We may not be able to jump in the leaves or wear hoodies but we can go to the beach!
I have been learning the importance of celebrating with my kids the places we call home. The more I celebrate, the more our kids celebrate as well. The more we all celebrate, the more we are aware of God’s goodness in bringing us here. It also opens our eyes to the specific beauty of this part of the world. (I am discovering the desert also glorifies God…Who knew?!)
Another reason to celebrate fall is that it helps to root our kids in their passport culture. We don’t want them to grow up unaware of the seasons or the holidays that are important to us and part of their heritage.
Lastly, in celebrating together, we enjoy belonging to this family. God has us in a bit of a nomadic journey. Our greatest comfort in that journey is that we belong to Jesus forever. At the same time, one of the unchanging blessings we have from him for this journey is belonging to each other. Keeping traditions and making memories are two of the ways we get to savor God’s goodness to us.
Today, over lunch, we made a bucket list of things we hope to do this fall here in the Middle East. One of the exciting things about the change in weather is that we can finally enjoy going outside. We get to do fall fun in summer weather. Wohoo!!
- Make and eat apple pie a la mode (a gluten – free, dairy free recipe, of course!)
- Write a fall song or poem
- Explore the Green Mubazzarah here in AA
- Go to the beach
- Watch a fall related movie
- Go to the pool
- Make pumpkin spice pancakes
- Early morning PSL at Starbucks
- Bake pumpkin choc chip muffins
- Go on a picnic lunch
- BBQ in the dessert (bonfire, maybe?)
- Make a thanksgiving tree
- Decorate Maia’s and Zoie’s bedroom with homemade leaves
- Buy fall-scented candles
- Put on PJ’s, lit up candles and read fall themed books
Would love to hear any other ideas from you!
Photo credit: Breanna Galley (Unsplash photos)