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The Color of Joy

Fourteen years ago, I spent a semester in Oaxaca, Mexico. It was a rich time of learning, exploration, and growth. But holy buckets, was I homesick! I missed my family, my friends, my comfortable routine. And as October rolled around, I missed fall color.

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The beauty down the block.

So imagine my surprise and delight when I opened a big envelope from my friend K and a pile of fall leaves spilled out. I can still see them: vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds, a simple gift that brought me a surge of comfort and joy.

Back at home in the Midwest, I get that surge of joy every time I see those colors on a tree. Every. Single. Time. Truly: the tree next to our driveway, the trees we can see through our living room windows, the glorious reds and yellows down the block, the views on Highway 60 coming into Mankato. I get a jolt of happiness every time I look at them. The delight of fall color just never gets old.

Now: if only we could say the same about raking.


Honestly, the photo alone makes me pretty happy, too.

Where is your surge of joy today?


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Pumpkins, Please

Pumpkin in the trees at the Nelson Farm.

Well, it’s 83 degrees in Minnesota today.

Blue skies, sunshine, a gentle breeze, and leaves crunching under foot.

Because despite the summer temperatures, it’s fall.  There is something magical, if slightly surreal, about walking through fall leaves in sandals (because it is really sandal weather, not because you are a tough Midwesterner who wears sandals year-round).  Here are my favorite fall pleasures so far:

That trip to the Nelson Farm, where Zoe picked out a pumpkin to take home (and this year, we may actually get around to carving it):

Driving home on Highway 12 through a corridor of red and gold and brown and green leaves.

And, my new favorite fall treat: frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts!

You heard me.  They’re limited edition.  They’re a good source of 7 vitamins and minerals.  And they are way more delicious than you could possibly expect them to be.  Pop these babies in the toaster till they’re just warm and enjoy them, my friends.  No matter the temperature, fall is for sale at your local Target.  Buy up, eat up, and embrace the magic.

As you may know, I have been slow to post this week because I attended Luther Seminary’s Celebration of Biblical Preaching.  I will have some things to say about that later this week.

I just thought the Pop Tarts were pretty important.


Filed under Taste and See, Thankful Hearts, Your Moment of Zoe