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Our Family Trip to the Pumpkin Patch from October! 🙂   Titan + Me

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Ryan + Titan <3

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Family Photo at the Pumpkin Patch!

Hi friends! I hope your November is full of crisp, cool air and crunching leaves.  My November has been filled with Florida humidity.  It is this time of year when I truly miss Alabama and living somewhere that has more than two seasons. I am so happy we found a cute little pumpkin patch this season.  This was Titan’s second Halloween and first trip to a pumpkin patch.  He was so good! We were very worried he would try to lift his leg or pop a squat on some pumpkins.  Luckily, it only happened once on the haystacks above and I caught him before he could do anything.  Oh, puppy.

Last night, we carved our last huge pumpkin to get the seeds out and Ryan cut me off 3 huge pieces so that I can figure out how to make some pumpkin puree for soup.  I am not the chef around here, for sure! Ryan has been in school 4 nights a week and clinicals 2 other nights, so it’s time for me to be the one to have dinner on the table.  I like it.  It makes me feel like a girl <3  So, I’ve been researching some recipes for things that we both like and tabbing up the Crock-Pot book.  I love pumpkin anything, so I’m going to give it a go!

As I was pulling out the seeds and again when I put the pieces in the refrigerator, the smell of pumpkin kept tugging at a memory I couldn’t quite recall.  Finally, it came to me.  It wasn’t anything new.  I missed the cool weather and sweatshirts and the childhood novelty of Autumn.  I loved growing up with crunching leaves, crisp cool breeze, and layers of clothes.

I have this one memory of the time our heater broke and my mom took us to Wal-Mart (No Target back then.)  and we stocked up on a Kerosene heater, sweatshirts, fleece blankets, and made chili.  The reason our heater broke probably had something to do with money, but I don’t remember any of that part.  My mother was always so good about getting us what we needed no matter how much money she didn’t have.  For all I know, we might not have even had power.  What I do remember is the coziness and warmth of our house created by that Kerosene heater and my mother’s love.

I am a sensory girl.  The simple scent of raw pumpkin can evoke such vivid images.  What about you?  This season is full of scents! Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie, Apples, what scents pull at your heart this time of year?



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  1. Jessica, I loved reading your blog. Your writing is really beautiful and inspires my heart. I know you take after mom in your creativity and love for doing things for others, but you and I share our love of teaching children. Blessings, Aunt Sharon

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