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Fall Favorites 2016

10:18 PM


Hey y'all, it's fall!

I'm going to be starting a new type of post on the blog, seasonal favorites. These posts will be like the ones you see on other blogs, and a bit unlike them. They will consist of:

Favorite verse:
Favorite food:
Favorite memory:
Favorite book:
Favorite quote:
Favorite song:
Favorite clothing trend:

As you can see, some of these are similar to what other people might put in their favorites, but some of them are different. I've put my own personal twist on this classic blogging style :)

Without further ado, here are my Fall Favorites.

Verse: Daniel 3:1-24. 


This is actually many verses summarized into one small saying:

And if not, He is still good. 

Life can throw you curveballs, it can get hard and trying. But no matter what, God is still good. If that job/relationship/friendship/risk/class/etc. doesn't work out, GOD IS STILL GOOD. I love that so much. I write it in a lot of places just as a reminder. God is good all the time.

Food: Apple cider slushes


If your town doesn't have these anywhere, I am so sorry. I'm not usually a fan of apple cider, but when it's in a slushy form, I am all over it. In my college town, we have a restaurant that serves these. It's a refreshing drink on those fall days where the sun is still beating down a bit. Perfect.

Memory: The gas station.

 

I was about to leave to drive home two and a half hours. My boyfriend and I left at the same time (in different cars, since we're from different home towns). We both went to the same gas station to fill up before getting on the highway.

The wind tore through my hair as I slid my fingers beneath the nozzle and started pumping my gas. Kyle stood on the other side, doing the same with his car. He finished and came over to my side, where he began "helping me" fill up my gas tank.

"This is how you do it," he said, putting his arms around me and holding the nozzle to my gas tank.

I pushed him away. "People are going to think you're some creep trying to help me with my gas."

"Shoot," he said. He stood next to me while I finished. "I love you," he said, as he says very often, in the same tone as usual, with a slight smile on his lips.

I paused for a moment. Normal girlfriends would have just told him they love him too, but I looked around me and asked, "At a gas station?"

I didn't realize what an important question it was, until a few seconds later it clicked in my head, of course at a gas station. I told him that I loved him even at a gas station.

He mad a joke about what if we just stopped loving each other because we were at a gas station. But I saw it as more than that. Even when life throws you in metaphorical gas stations, places that smell like gasoline and chemicals, dirty bathrooms and smoke, you still have to love the person you're with. I hope that you still love your person when you're in the armpits of life. Yuck, right? But how much nicer is it to get through with someone standing next to you, holding your hand the whole way?

So we went inside and got snacks for the road before coming back to our cars to say goodbye, at the gas station. Keep in mind, I'm not that fussy of a girl, but gas stations are not the most romantic spot to say goodbye.

He hugged me and planted a kiss firmly on the top of my head. "I love you," he said again.

I opened my car door and grinned. "I love you too, even at a gas station."

He rolled his eyes and got in his car. We drove down the highway together until I switched highways. Later, on a FaceTime call, he told me, "I watched you drive away until I couldn't see you anymore."

I'm not saying that a gas station is a place where you stop loving someone, but it is an unusual place to be affectionate toward someone. Which brought the thought to me, are there times in life where it is a bit unusual to be affectionate? When we're in the slimiest troughs of life, we should show each other love (in a relationships or just a friendship). It makes life much better. He is so good at that.


Book: "To Autumn" by John Keats. 


Instead of a favorite book this season, I'm going to do a favorite poem. "To Autumn" -- "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness."

Quote: 


"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." [Marcus Aurelius]

Song: "This Town" Niall Horan


So now that One Direction is all going single, I just have four new albums to look forward to, right? Jokes aside, I really do love this song. It's so basic and raw.



Favorite clothing trend: Booties. 


What can I say? It's just too cute to ignore.





Thanks so much for reading :)
I hope you are having a great season so far.

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