What I Learned in October
Newborn Photographer Raleigh
“It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.”
― Luci Swindoll
So much has me thinking lately…One of my favorite things about October has been our annual fall break trip. And though we don’t go far, it reminded me this year of my favorite book when I was a teenager, and still a favorite, I Married Adventure. I could fill up this post with the entire book (so just read it!) but maybe I’ll only add a few quotes here and there. I love adventures with my kids, no matter how simple they may be. I think I’d rather go on 100 adventures than buy new clothes or shoes, or what not. The memories are precious to me. What I was reminded of in October was how much I love these adventures with them, how I also want to foster a love of adventure in them, too. (And fall is perfect for so many adventures – apple picking, pumpkin patch, the mountains, and many more!)
Tin Roof Teas. Thanks to my friend Brooke who took me to a tea tasting, Harrison is now addicted to their organic vanilla honey (which he eats on his pancakesevery single morning) My children love to eat, and every night Harrison gets so excited to talk about pancakes in the morning. (P.S. pancakes take like one minute to cook – super easy! wooohoooo!) Tin roof teas also has an amazing tea selection – we went to a tea tasting which was super fun. Oh, and their honey is raw and unfiltered.
The best time to go to Hill Ridge Farms is on a weekday during the fair week! The boys went down the big slide to their heart’s content. So much fun to do there without waiting in the long lines that can happen on the weekend.
My favorite pumpkin patch hands down is Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farms. I absolutely love that my boys can pick a pumpkin right off the vine – what a great experience. I know it’s a lot of work for them to grow the pumpkins, and I’m really thankful such an awesome place is in the Raleigh area. They also have a super cool corn maze, which is not overwhelming so it’s manageable to find your way out. There’s also some fun things for the kids to play in, (you have to jump in corn at the pumpkin patch, right?) some bunnies, ponies, and goats, and several mazes for the little ones. It was truly an adventure hiking to the field to find our perfect pumpkins right off the vine.
“A life of adventure is ours for the taking, whether we’re seven or seventy. Life for the most part is what me make it. We have been given a responsibility to live it fully, joyfully, completely, and richly, in whatever span of time God grants us on this earth.”
I have been reading and loving The Lifegiving Tableso much. (Anyone else reading it with me?) I think my boys have definitely loved all the new recipes I’ve been trying, and I’ve been so encouraged about teaching so many discussion and listening skills during meals. I have also loved The Lifegiving Homeso so much, so I knew I’d love this one, too. (The workbooks that go with both are so worth it, too!) It just changes your perspective so much from worrying about being a Pinterest mom, but encouraging in how you can make a difference in your children’s lives. There’s balance,too, like who doesn’t love the Life Giving Table’s chapter on snack meals. Yesssssssss.
This will be part of my November goals but there are so many projects that have been on my heart lately. (One for a full year. I just need to do it) so this has got to be the month that I start some of them.
This has got to be my favorite time of year..so much to celebrate + I love celebrating,
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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.