Fall is my favorite season of the year! Once late September comes it's time to wear long sleeves and jeans and closed toe shoes, even if the temps are still between 90 and 100 degrees. It's important to use the "think system" here in the desert....if I think it's fall, it must very well be just so!
Fall means newly sharpened pencils, shiny, stiff new folders sporting colorful paisleys or bold geometrics, and of course, football! My high school cheer leading sweaters have long been retired, but not my unquenchable rah-rah, go team spirit or my excitement about the new school year. Our ASU peeps are hoping the Sundevils will rout those UA Wildcats on December 2nd in Tucson---our family has such divided loyalties that we need our own refs!
Fall 2010 brings the first day of our 24th year of homeschooling! In 1986 we initiated our homeschool with two 5 year old sons and every other year or so added another student to our roster. By God's good grace, the past decade has been one of exponential blessings as the oldest 5 have graduated not only from homeschooling, but college as well. Two more sons are pursuing their undergrad degrees and just two students remain on our homeschool roster. It's been an incredible journey on God's road of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding!
As our family immerses itself in the pursuit of knowledge at all levels, be encouraged by R. C. Sproul, Jr.'s article "Jerusalem and Athens" in which he exhorts us to pursue goodness, truth, and beauty by pursuing the One who is Goodness, Truth, and Beauty! Tabletalk Magazine is published monthly by Ligonier Ministries; this article appeared in the September 2010 issue.
The first day of fall is September 23rd. Enjoy the crisp autumn air, even if you have to imagine it! Look for the changing palettes in the tree tops, make leaf rubbings with your kiddos and cook up a pot of stew, because before we can rake up those leaves, it'll be time to cook the turkey! And, just in case you're looking for a good "fall" movie, watch You've Got Mail; the autumn scenes in New York City will warm the cockles of your heart.