Here in east Tennessee the weather has already cooled down, just a bit for me to get excited about the new season in the hills of this place I call home. You have probably heard me say that I think east Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places in the world (in my limited world traveling, you must know this is a purely biased statement!). We live here among some hills or maybe you could call them mountains, and we are close to the Smokey Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains; there are four or more beautiful lakes within an hour of my house; and God’s beauty is abundant in the surrounding valleys.
The other reason I like October is that it is the month my daughter was born. It always reminds me how blessed I am to be entrusted with her life for a short time and she always makes life interesting. Right now, she is in the final weeks of her volleyball schedule, and volleyball is one of my favorite sports that I have ever played. We will be busy with games and tournaments in the next few weeks, and then at the end of the month we will celebrate her 15th birthday. Maybe I’ll make her wait until Nov. 1 to get her driving permit so October will remain a good month. Sure, right!
The colors in the trees, the bright hues of pumpkins and scarecrows all contribute to making October so special. Did I tell you Orange is my favorite color? The crisp fall air and surrounding beauty seem to invigorate my soul! God certainly is the master in providing us changing seasons to enjoy.
The only other significant landmark in my life occurring in October is that 6 years ago, I made my first visit to a neurologist for some physical problems I was having. I had just turned 40 two months before and life was good by anyone else’s standards. I am grateful my diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease actually came in November and not October, so that at least my favorite month is not scarred by that. Halloween is also this month….not that I ever enjoyed the dressing up, but I love getting FREE chocolate!
I hope you have a great month and will enjoy God’s special blessings this time of year. I found this link to this guy’s photography of the area around east Tennessee..I thought you might enjoy it… http://appalachiantreks.blogspot.com
Ok, I’m off to breath in some October air…..ahhhhhh!