‘Tis the Season
I am thankful for my faith, health, family, friends, part-time job, our home, and all the freedoms we enjoy in America. These freedoms came and are preserved at a price. Many men and women have put their lives at risk, some losing all, to protect them. I am thankful for their service and worthy sacrifice. May we never forget this.
There are advantages of hiking trails in late fall and winter as opposed to summer. First, of course, there’s the lack of sweat-producing heat…no cooling scarf or ice water required. Then, there’s the enhanced view. Fewer leaves let us see the creek or the hillsides from many places where the views are hidden by summer foliage. To top it off, the earthy smells and satisfying crunch of fallen leaves give one a unique seasonal experience. On the ridge overlooking the Missouri River at Weston State Park
Stretching, Kristen stepped out of the car and glanced around. The house looked exactly as she’d left it–except for the bright yellow leaves shimmering like sequins on the aspen in the front yard. She couldn’t help but smile. All around her, colorful fall had burst into full swing.