Finally Fall

One of the best parts about living where I do is that I truly experience all four seasons. One of my favorite, and certainly one of the most beautiful, is fall. I’ve only seen a few trees around town with leaves that have begun to change, but the temperature has dipped and it’s starting to get darker earlier at night. And – stay with me – it smells like fall. It just does! There’s a crispness in the air, and it makes me want to throw on jeans and a sweatshirt and head out to a local football game.

Aside from being a beautiful season, there are so many fun things to do during the fall. I’ve already started to create a list of things I’d like to do with my family, and I would love to hear from you about your favorite fall activities!

  • Go apple picking
  • Attend the fall festival that my family has been going to since I was a little girl – complete with hay rides, festival games, rides, and pumpkin picking
  • Catch a football game
  • Play with my son in a pile of leaves
  • Bake a pie – probably cherry, my husband’s favorite
  • Drink warm apple cider
  • Watch my favorite fall/Halloween movies
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Paint my nails a deep, fall color
  • Decorate the front porch with mums and pumpkins
  • Bonfires in our backyard

 

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Five children’s books that I love

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to read. Some of my favorite memories as a child were of my family making the trip to our local library. I loved seeing the shelves full of books, and would run my fingers along the bindings until I found a title that caught my eye.

Reading opened up my world in such important ways – offering windows into other worlds, other lives, and other perspectives. Reading provided me with an escape when the world seemed too tough, friends when I felt lonely, and adventures when I was itching to do something bigger than I was actually able to.

As a mother, one of my biggest hopes for my son is that he loves to read. When he was born, I knew I wanted to fill his nursery with books! Each night before bed, we read two books together as we sit in the rocking chair that used to belong to my husband’s parents—the rocking chair that belonged in his nursery. I like to think that they used to rock him and read to him before bed, too.

It’s my favorite part of the day, and I hope that this tradition we’ve created instills in him a love of reading. We have a variety of books in my son’s nursery, but below are a few of my favorites.

On the Night You Were Born – Nancy Tillman

I’d Know You Anywhere My Love – Nancy Tillman

Love You Forever – Robert Munsch (my mom used to read this to me, and made up a melody to the song in the book… which of course I now sing to Sawer J )

I Love You Through and Through – Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

The Jesus Storybook Bible – Sally Lloyd-Jones

These would make a great start to your children’s libraries, or a great baby shower gift! I can’t speak highly enough of the Nancy Tillman books — I usually include one of her books with any baby shower gift.

-Ashley

Welcome!

Welcome!

I’m a wife, mama, bookworm, and a true homebody. There’s nothing I love more than being at home with my family.

My husband and I have been married for 2.5 years, and we have a 9 month old son – Sawyer. We also have two cats, Rory and Draper.

I live in a small town in central Pennsylvania, with plenty of country and mountains nearby. My husband and I love to hike and kayak when the weather is nice. And when the weather isn’t so nice… we like to read, catch a movie, or watch one of our favorite shows on Netflix.

I’d love for this blog to be a source of inspiration and comfort, full of ideas on how to enjoy life, family, and the comfort of your own home.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Ashley