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Chasing Leaves

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The winds are blowing in great gusts. The leaves falling by the masses. We run fast, trying to catch them mid-air. We cannotΒ grab a single one. They are too quick, the wind scattering them in all directions. No matter. You laugh and squeal until the wind takes a moment’s rest.

“Momma!!!” You point to the new bunch suddenly taking flight. We turn course and chase again. I am breathless with love for you. The thrill in your eyes, the joy in your voice, the leap in each step. You, my dear girl, have made this season better than anything I could have ever imagined.

I had mourned the end of summer. No more. Nothing compares to this moment, chasing leaves with you. Fall is here and I have embraced the chill.

What about you?? What is your favorite thing about this season? I would love to hear it!

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63 thoughts on “Chasing Leaves

  1. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have fall in the Philippines. But then again, fall signals winter so I’d much rather have my hot and rainy “seasons”.

    But, among the four seasons on that side of the world, autumn is my absolute favorite – with all the colors and that easy, chilly weather.

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    1. Nel, I would take a rainy season to the brutal winter here any day!! I try not to think about the brutal cold soon to come, and instead soak up every last moment of this beautiful season. πŸ™‚

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  2. So beautiful, Sasha! I agree, this season is turning out to be filled with warmth and wonderful memories all because of my little family. Halloween was filled with wonderful memories this year, even though it usually isn’t my favorite, all because of my boy. The wonder and awe of this season is real! Thank you for sharing your sweet memory! πŸ™‚

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    1. Marla, isn’t it incredible how much our outlook changes?! I did not look forward to Halloween in the least pre-kids. I think I was the most excited person around this year! πŸ™‚ I know I am going to be a complete emotional wreck this Christmas. πŸ˜‰

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    1. We were down by the river today. The colors were so vibrant and beautiful I didn’t want to leave. My kiddos were definitely okay with this, so we wandered and explored and soaked up every last breathe of fall we could. πŸ™‚

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  3. Sasha I love how you write!!!! We love apple pie and apple butter this time of year that we make from our apple tree. But my very favorite is watching squirrels climb up on our porch and nibble away at our pumpkins. Love your photo too.

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  4. That is a wonderful picture!! I just love Thanksgiving. I feel like it gets lost between Hallowwen & Christmas. But it is such a great holiday to teach kids about thankfulness. πŸ™‚ And adults too!

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    1. I am becoming a much bigger fan of Thanksgiving than Christmas here lately. Although the message of Christmas is good, it is so quickly swallowed up in everything materialistic. Thanksgiving’s message seems to still be heard strong. I am loving this opportunity to teach my kids about begin thankful (and reminding myself as well!).

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  5. I absolutely love Fall. It is my favorite season. I was born in late September. But aside from my birthday, I love the color of the trees, the fashion, the beautiful reminder everyday of the holidays getting closer, and just the crisp air and smell Fall has. I seriously love everything about it. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I do love Autumn, even though I love summer I am ready for things to change by October. It’s a beautiful season with it’s colours and crisp feel to the air. Although my favourite season is spring. It’s new and fresh and signals the start of long days and more hours spent enjoying the outdoors.

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  7. Love the gorgeous colors of the trees in your picture. I remember when I was in NC last year during Fall…the trees were gorgeous! The leaves falling from the trees…makes me want to go back. We’re in FL, and there’s really nothing like this here…it’s HOT, scenery stays the same…the only things I’m enjoying are my family and the thought that the holidays are just getting closer. πŸ™‚

    ––Soph from http://www.sophiacoleblog.com

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    1. Oh but you are sooo lucky to skip out on the brutal cold! We are actually heading down your way for three weeks this December/January, simply to escape the freeze! β„οΈβ˜€οΈπŸ˜ƒ

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  8. Gorgeous photo Sasha! That’s the thing about children – they haven’t decided this or that is good or bad, so it frees us from those decisions as well. I love autumn, but we don’t head into the kind of brutal winter that you guys have so there isn’t the sadness/dread (that’s more spring 😳). All of our birthdays (partner, children and me) fall in our autumn!

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  9. I love that we can go outside in the middle of the day and be active, because it’s not 100 degrees. Love the falling leaves too. =)

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    1. I am guessing you live much further south than me. 100 degrees–I thought I was melting in some of our high 80s here. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy each moment of this cool relief!

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  10. Oh I love fall…if only we had like at least 50* weather like when I was a kid and could enjoy it. The colors are so beautiful. I want Little Man to be able to go out and stomp through the leaves but it’s been so chilly here in the Midwest. He did find a ginormous maple leaf yesterday and was pretty stoked about that.

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    1. Oh how precious!! Growing up we would collect our favorite leaves and lay them between wax paper. If you use a hot iron to seal the paper together you have a great piece to hang on the back slider or window! You two may really enjoy this mostly indoor activity. πŸ™‚ It just dropped here today and looks like it may stay on the much cooler track now. Good thing I got my sweet taste of it while it lasted! πŸ™‚

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  11. Beautiful picture! I love fall also. I love all of the vibrant colors and the way the falling leaves look against sometimes gray skies. I love to watch my children jumping in the leaf piles and throwing the leaves up into the air, seeing their pure enjoyment of it.

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    1. Their enjoyment truly is pure magic to observe! Before kids I absolutely despised the coming cold. Watching their excitement in each new season has helped me to not despise it quite so much. πŸ™‚

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  12. A beautiful post about the truest delights of autumn, Sasha. I adore this time of year. The racing through the leaves, the slant of the autumnal sun, and the smell of leaf mold. When I think about it, it makes me a little nervous as to how much I adore the smell of the earth dying. But maybe that’s something I should have kept just between me and my therapist. πŸ˜›
    Cheers!

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