Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A fall tradition.

  I have a fall tradition that really just started on accident. 2 years ago, I found myself really really sad and just in a hard season of life as I was grieving our miscarriage. So I picked up Bittersweet. And then last year, I was just feeling worn out from trying to get pregnant, but learning to be content in the waiting. And it seemed like a good time to pick up Bittersweet again. Here I am, this September, settling into stay at home motherhood and life with a sweet baby- and, you guessed it, I'm diving back into Bittersweet. 
  Have you read it? It's one of those books that has you nodding your head and feeling like the author has been reading your mind, or at least standing in your shoes. And after reading it during very different seasons of life {grief, longing, fulfilled}, it really does speak to where you're at in life. Where ever that may be. Because life is always equal parts bitter and sweet. It just always is. Maybe sometimes more one than the other, but always both. 
  Anyways, as I sit down with my mug of chai and sit down with the book, I'm so excited. At this point it's like catching up with an old friend. And just in case you think that sounds too perfect, imagine a crying baby in the background {read:: nap fighting} and a sink overflowing with dishes and husky hair dust bunnies filling up the corners of my house. Life is far from perfect over here. But I always want to take time to read my favorites.
  There are far too many good quotes from the book to list here, but this is one of my favorites. It's so true. If you haven't already, go read this book. Maybe even make it a yearly tradition.

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” 

What are you reading right now? What fall traditions do you hold on to each year?


Anonymous said...

Katie I just finished reading Bittersweet and I loved it! I planning on posting what I learned my first read through soon. I just started Cold Tangerines and I am enjoying that so far too. I hope you get a new perspective and new encouragement your third time around.

Anonymous said...

I listened to this on audio when we left Upland and moved across the country to Denver. There were lots of tears and lots of swerving :) You make me want to read it in true book form this time around.