Things I love:
1. Decorating for fall. Without doubt, fall is my favorite season! I love it when the kids go back to school, when the mornings become cool, when the days begin to get a little shorter. Every year, I look forward to watching the leaves change, using my crockpot, and listening to those old crooners that I love so much (Frank, Dean, Ella), which, for some reason, always seems most appropriate in the fall!
2. My amazing husband! Because, even though every year I start to get ridiculously excited about fall - and subsequently Halloween and Christmas, because my brain never stops where a normal person's would - WAAAAY earlier than I should, he always puts up with me, and even supports me. Even though I decorated for fall early. Even though I have been begging to watch Halloween episodes of our favorite TV shows since July. Even though I have been searching bhg.com and frightcatalogue.com for Halloween decorating ideas. Even though I drug him to the Halloween store - which had only opened that day - two weeks ago. I don't know how he keeps from laughing at me! He's a very strong man!!
3. Pumpkin Spice lattes (half-caf, of course!). As with so many other of my favorite elements of fall, I wait all year for these delicious treats! Today was the first day they were available, and guess who had one waiting for me when I got home tonight?! Yep. One more reason I love him!!
4. Chinese food. Enough said.
5. "It Won't Be Like This for Long" by the artist formerly known as Hootie (now he's minus the Blowfish). This song made me absolutely sob all the way home from work today. Not that that's particularly unusual - the same might result from driving past a blue Honda or a really cute dog on the side of the road. Especially if it's a day ending in "y." I'm just saying...
6. The fact that I'll be pregnant over the holidays. Everyone should be so lucky, seriously. ALERT: another crying story lies ahead. You've been forewarned... I was in Hobby Lobby on Friday, and they have all their Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas stuff out already. As I was walking through the aisles, I felt such an overwhelming sense of contentment and joy it brought me to tears.
On another note, it is kind of incredible to me that, after all the crying I've done in my life over things that are truly sad and tragic, I now - and haven't for some years - shed nothing besides tears of joy. What a remarkable turn around! After all the death and sadness, I am actually carrying life - literally! I get to wake up every day and feel my little belly, and know that a miracle is happening. What an amazing blessing.