If January is the "New Beginnings" month, December is about Christmas, and November is about Gratitude, then October is the "Let's Just Start Celebrating Now" month. It's like October knew that November and December had some major holidays in their favor, so October upped it's standing by being full of cooler weather, football games, General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, beautiful leaves, yummy baking, sweatshirt-hoodie wearing and then caps it all off with the just-for-fun holiday of Halloween. I think of October as the warm-fuzzy month to help kickoff the next two months of celebrating goodness. I mean really, what's not to love about October?
Today and tomorrow my brain is focused on General Conference--one of my favorite weekends of the year when all around the world, members of LDS church gather together to listen to the prophet and apostles speak to us. Our family watches from home--the kiddos work on Gospel related activities and get to eat treats every time a speaker says "faith" or "prayer" or "Jesus Christ"or "service", etc. Dr. C and I lounge on the couch taking notes and getting answers to our questions.
It always seems that at least one of the talks was meant just for me; today there were two that really hit home and I'm sure tomorrow there will be more. If you want to listen or watch and hear some words meant for you, you can do that here. I highly recommend it.
Also in October, to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month, I am going to try the 31 for 21 Challenge issued by Tricia from Unringing the Bell. The goal is to blog DAILY in October (hence the 31) for Down syndrome or Trisomy 21...Miss B already has the 21 part covered--which just leaves the 31 part to me. I'm not sure if I'll make it, but I'll give it a try.
(In announcing the fact that I'm taking this challenge, please remember that I'm the girl with 432598672 craft projects that I was really enthusiastic about starting, but now sit half-finished in my craft room patiently waiting for
days weeks years forever to be finished. But, I'm also the girl that trains for and runs long distances...so we'll see which commitment-to-a-hobby side of me wins out this month!)
It's going to be a great month, folks. Welcome October!