I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
September 25, 2011
We are now smack dab in the middle of my favorite time of year.
After a long, hot summer, my family comes alive in the fall, along with the rest of our city. Tennessee is especially beautiful right now as the leaves change, and we fill our weekends trying to cram in as many festivals, farm visits, and special activities as we can possibly manage.
Of course this being Nashville, fall always includes a healthy dose of bluegrass music. We’ll use any excuse to get back to our roots.
When the leaves turn, I also get to baking! This is my Applesauce Nut Bread, a family favorite.
And of course, fall is a time for costumes. We buy our costumes early and let the kids wear them to events for a few weeks in advance so that we can get the most bang for our buck. By the time Halloween itself rolls around, it’s pretty anticlimactic!
If we seem to be trying to squeeze every last memory-making opportunity out of this time that we can, well there’s probably some truth to that. Two things have happened that have made my husband and me all too aware that these days with our children are short. For one, we’ve already raised my stepdaughters to adulthood, and we know all too well how quickly childhood flies by. Before you know it, these moments really are gone forever. For another, we’ve lived through a health scare with my husband. Several years ago, an allergic reaction to medication caused his liver to temporarily stop functioning and for a time, we didn’t know how that was going to turn out.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow,” James 4:14 tells us. “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
I am well aware that this time won’t last forever. The seasons will inevitably change. My children will continue to grow.
But for now, it is fall.
The air is cool. The light is golden. My heart is full with the joy of family. I write about this time and take hundreds of photos and do everything I possibly can to remember these days forever.
Because I believe in my heart that these moments right now are a little taste of heaven.