I like to pretend that going to the pumpkin patch is this unique family tradition in October. However, everyone and their mother (literally, and their mother) ventures to their local patch. A little secret of mine is that we NEVER actually purchase a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. It’s a glorious experience, but the pumpkins are like $2.99 a pound. So a nice n’plump carveable pumpkin ends up being over $20 each. This year my bf John and I purchased our selection at our local Grocery Outlet. We bought 2 for at total of $4. That’s like 10 pumpkin spice lattes worth of savings!
This year’s trip to Tanaka Farms in Irvine was especially frustrating because of the uncomfortably hot weather. I went at opening (9am) wearing this getup, sweating my face off. It’s just cruel to be this warm in October! Where is the sweater weather at?
Because I live in dresses year round, I have minimal experience layering. For every 8 pull over sweaters I own, I have one open cardigan. The reason behind this dilemma is that finding tops to match the sweater without adding too many colors and textures to the ensemble seems to be a struggle. One of my favorite open cardigans is this camel-colored medium weight style from Old Navy this year. The length is cozy without being too overwhelming. One of my fall fashion goals was to wear more color, so instead of putting a neutral tee underneath, I took a risk and went for a pop of red! The blanket scarf I bought before my trip to NYC in January pulled the look together, although the weather here was telling me otherwise. When the temp cools down, I have my casual go-to outfit.
Photography by Marc Downing
There is no one righteous, not even one.
When I think about carving a pumpkin, I think about all the goop I have to scoop out! (The icky, yucky, mess that is involved with creating a piece of art.) Carving a pumpkin is an interesting symbol to us as sinners. We all have ‘gunk’ inside of us that we need taken out to let the light shine through. Not one of us are righteous and we need our Lord to help make us clean. He created us to be vessels of the good news, and only He can help shape us!
Have a blessed week!