Welcome Fall!

23 Sep

“Welcome Fall” I thought to myself on Saturday as it was the day before the first day of Autumn.  Just then I heard a loud thump-thump behind me.  Outside on the deck my husband had just unceremoniously plopped down this year’s pumpkin harvest—5 pumpkins.  I don’t think his harvest has ever been that small but this year’s growing season was hot and not so kind to the pumpkins.  In fact we lost a few plants—something that rarely happens.


Some years the harvest is so large that we invite the neighborhood children in to pick out a pumpkin—other years—and they are rare—the harvest is few and just enough to share with our family of five.  Although the harvest is small, I feel particularly blessed as this year’s harvest yield represents family to me.  I couldn’t help but think though that there was a part of the family that was missing as I did have a miscarriage between my second and third child.


Sure enough didn’t my husband find another pumpkin in the patch as he was clearing the garden for a total of 6 pumpkins–5 pumpkins with stems and 1 without.  I don’t believe it is a coincidence that this year’s pumpkin harvest represents my family in whole encompassing all the generation.  Every part of our lives creates ties of bonding within a family.  It is with this in mind that I launch this blog “All Things Harvest” as a place to talk about and celebrate the seasons and their traditions–especially those that bind us to the land and to the family.  A place to cultivate the harvests of our lives.


What are your favorite fall activities?  Does your family have a fall tradition?  Please let me know as I will be putting together a list of ideas for families to celebrate the fall with.  Perhaps your tradition can help build another family’s tradition!


Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Welcome Fall!

  1. Ann Dunagan

    September 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    In our family, we thoroughly enjoy the fall . . . and the whole autumn season. Vibrant fall colors. Crisp air. Family bonfire parties with cider-making. Pumpkins, squash, and corn-stocks. And fall harvest parties. So much fun. It’s a special thing for us too, because we have a international mission called “Harvest Ministry” — For us, it’s more than a seasonal focus, it’s a life-focus!

    Your new blog is lovely. What a great design!

    • thehistorywithin

      September 27, 2013 at 6:23 am

      Thanks Ann! Love that your mission is called “Harvest Ministry” and that it is more than just a season focus for you. Stay tuned as this blog will be sharing information on all those fall activities you mentioned.


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