September 30, 2011

The most wonderful time of the year

As many of you know, fall is my favorite season. I love the cooling temperatures, pumpkin pie, football games, the smell of the crisp, autumn mornings, but especially the beautiful splashes of gold, red, and orange on the mountains.

Last Thursday afternoon Nick surprised me with suggesting we take a drive through the Alpine Loop (from Provo Canyon to American Fork canyon). I was thrilled at this spontaneous little adventure. We enjoyed our trip so much we decided to go up again today. Take a gander at some of the pictures.

I especially loved all the Aspen trees. And yes, they did have something to do with why we named our daughter Aspen. :)

But as much as I love this time of year, this fall season has been laced with a bit of sadness as I reflect on the last holidays I spent with my sister. It still seems so strange to think she was actually alive this time last year. If only I had known what was coming in just a few short months. But such is life I guess.
Amidst the tears, the one thing that gives me strength as we near the 1 year mark is that soon we will be able to do her temple work. I've felt so strongly that Mikel is truly preparing for that glorious day.
And I cannot wait to be apart of it. :)

Still love and miss you so much, sweet sister.


Jessie said...

Oh yeah, her temple work can be done at 1 year! Well, that is something wonderful to think of amidst some tears. I'll be excited to hear about that.

I love fall, too, and apparently the Carolinas have nice long springs and falls. So far it's been glorious.
Basically I'm saying you should move out here for the LOOONG falls. Eh? Eh? Come on, we need some pals out here.

Debbie said...

Haha! Hey, if Nick ever gets an offer for a job in the Carolinas, I am so there. :)

Colleen said...

We haven't done a mountain drive yet this fall, but it's definitely on the to-do list! I love fall too. There's such a feeling of expectation even if you're long done with school and hate winter as much as I do! And yes, pumpkin pie with LOTS of whipping cream.

And lots of hugs for missing Mikel.