On my monthly editorial calendar I had planned to have a post all about getting the most out of the pumpkin patch. However sometimes our best laid plans don’t actually come to pass.
This past weekend my family and I had planned a day to visit a nearby pumpkin patch together. My husband had time off work, we had it written in our calendar and the kids were excited (OK I was excited too!) But you know what happened next?
It rained, or rather I say poured, for two straight days. When it wasn’t heavily raining it was lightly misting. Plus it was windy and cold outside. Not exactly the ideal temperatures to visit the pumpkin patch. We would have went if it was just cloudy but the rain never ceased so we were unable to go.
I’m a little disappointed that we weren’t able to go when planned but I’m even more sad that I don’t think we will be able to go at all now. Our days are pretty busy from now until the end of the month (will someone please tell me how we are already smack dab in mid-October?) It isn’t looking like we will make it there as family this season.
I know there are worse things happening right now but when you love fall as much as I do and our specifically spending October trying to savor it, it’s hard when things don’t go according to plan. It’s just like I was telling my disappointed 3.5 year old the other day when I told him we wouldn’t be able to go, “Sometimes our plans are not our own.” Because ultimately our fulfillment comes from God, although I’m so thankful that He gives us fun, family opportunities to enjoy one another in His creation.
Now I’m trying to convince my husband with me to come to our nearby grocery store with the pumpkin display out front so we can get a few family pictures with pumpkins. There’s no shame in that 🙂
How do you overcome disappointment when things don’t happen according to your plans?
Despite having a little disappointment this season and given how much work I have been doing behind the scenes on writing, preparing for Simply Dressed release next week, and planning ahead for baby #3, I have actually been able to get a little reading in too!
On My Kindle
Peace in the Process: How Adoption Built My Faith & My Family by Kristin Hill Taylor
Today my friend is releasing her eBook about the journey she went through from infertility to adoption. I was so moved by Kristin’s story and so encouraged my her unending faith in God through her hard road of becoming a mother. This is so much more than just a book about adoption, this is a story about God’s love for us, and as Kristin mentions, how God adopts us into His family. I had a chance to pre-read it before it’s official release and I have to tell you I read it pretty much in one sitting over the past weekend. I couldn’t put it down. There also might have been a few, happy, tears shed but these days I can cry at a drop of a hat thanks to my hormones.
While this book is about the story of Kristin’s adoption, it’s not necessarily just for parents who are looking to build their family. This book is for all women who think that they have a plan in place but are able to surrender “their ideas and plans” for what God has planned. There is so much wisdom, truth and encouragement in this book. You can grab a copy here but you should also check out Kristin’s blog today because she a super fun giveaway going on to coincide with the release of her book.
On My Night Stand
Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
I shared here about starting this book and my plan to read it throughout the season as I focus on cultivating a thankful heart, both in myself as well as in my children.
I have also received three books from Revell to read and review that I am very eager to jump into. I’m making it a priority to start this weekend now that I have most of the eBook release work behind me (fingers crossed!) 🙂
Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor by Katarina Rosenblatt, PhD
I have become aware just how close to home sex trafficking is and what a danger it is to our youth. I don’t plan on this being an easy read but I can’t ignore the problem, especially in my home city, anymore.
Breathing Room: Letting Go So You Can Fully Live by Leeana Tankersley
Doesn’t the title alone draw you in? And if that doesn’t entice you enough, than this book is endorsed by both Emily Freeman and Shauna Niequist, two authors who I adore and enjoy reading.
A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son: Praying for Every Part of His Life by Rob & Joanna Teigen
I love prayer books, especially prayers that are targeted towards praying for our children every day. I also think I am drawn to books about praying for my son since I have absolutely no experience of life for boys. It’s easier to pray for my daughter because I have a frame of reference of the circumstances she will most likely encounter as she grows up, but I’m at a loss for my son. This is another grace-filled book filled with Scripture and prayers to pray over every area of my son’s life.
Why yes… I am including this on the list of books I have read or am currently reading this month because I have literally read through my own book a gazillion times through the writing and editing process.
I’m also fairly certain that I have it memorized and could recite it upon request! Releasing next week, Simply Dressed will be available in both Kindle format as well as PDF here on the site. Monthly newsletter subscribers will be getting a very fun email by the end of the week you won’t want to miss out on! Hint, hint: That’s probably a good reason to sign up if you haven’t already! 😉
So what have you been reading this fall?
This post is part of the 31 Days of Savoring Fall Series. Click here to see all the posts in the series.
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