Seasons Speak Life



What’s your favorite season? And Why?

I love Fall best of all because it was my mother’s favorite season. She dreamed of a wagon load of pumpkins being delivered to her backdoor 🙂 And maybe because I just love everything about it:
High football game memories (yes, bigger than LSU, I was a “confederate,” part of the marching squad. I just loved being part of something. Even if one of my closest friends now was a prestigious “High Stepper.” I remember like yesterday, my crush, (and half of my group had the same crush), Mike, showed up at a home game to “see me.” (Yeah, right, well a girl’s gotta dream a little! ;))

I love Fall/Autumn because I was married on the most perfect beautiful day ever recorded in history. The Priest said so during the ceremony. (And then I cried the whole way to New Orleans because I was leaving my sister, Lu.

I love Fall because my birthday is in the Fall.

I love Fall because I can enjoy and leave out the same house decorations for two glorious months, while they gather dust. LOL

But mostly, I love Fall because of how it feels and colors my world: the warm reds, oranges, browns and the bright pumpkins in front of the stores! My mother used to scrimp and save to buy just one pumpkin. Now, I gaze dreamily at the “Cinderella” pumpkins in front of Whole Foods. Oh how elegant they are. I always wanted to grow pumpkins in my backyard! And the change in the air from the heavy, stifling heat of summer that lingers in steam on the streets after a quick rain, to the gentle wind that blows cool against your neck and soft new hairs tickle your cheeks. We think warm sweatshirts, and a scarf of color for the neck. (Okay, so it hides my extra chin. Don’t tell!) And fires (okay so we do mostly electric, my husband tells me a pioneer he is not) and melty, sticky s’mores that stick to my chin (not both chins) and so if we cheat and make them in the microwave? (A Survivor tie breaker I AM NOT!).

Now, I love FAll, because it;s the season of thankfulness. Gratitude has lit many a dark night as I woke and added to my thankful gifts. (See Ann Voskamp link to the left and look up the joy dare. God took my thankful heart and is making into a life of gratitude. I am just a few short of my second thousand.

Ann Voskamps Joy Dare for November 13, 2013

Three Gifts Behind A Door:
1. Christmas
2. A hallway with windows
3. A Daughter’s Life space (and a considerable mess!)

“. . . the secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is.” ~ Ann Voskamp

14 thoughts on “Seasons Speak Life

  1. Spring! I love the colors, fragrances, flowers … and the fact that school will soon be out for summer vacation. I see from all the posts that it’s your birthday. “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Tracey, happy birthday to you.” So glad that you couldn’t hear how out of key that sounded.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I know your day will be bountiful in blessings as Jesus loves you and is smiling down upon you. Barry Solar

  3. Tracey,
    Fall is my favorite season, too, for so many of the reasons you mentioned! May you have the best of birthdays this season! I pray that you will experience God’s pleasure in your daily life and the love of those around you in new and unexpected ways! When I read your words so beautifully written, I am reminded of my favorite line from ‘Chariots of Fire’ (tweaked especially for you): “God has given me the gift of words and when I write, I feel His pleasure. ” Happy birthday, sweet sister!

  4. Just wanted to wish you the best birthday ever. I love your posts. I appreciate all your husband has done for my family. Such a blessing. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!🎉🎉🎊💠😊

  5. Hi, sweet Tracey!
    Fall is my favorite season, too…for many of the same reasons–the cool air, the start of school, football season, the birthday season for me and my siblings. And what a coincidence–I just looked up that verse from Ecclesiastes today, also one of my favorites and one that we had read at our wedding. Anyway, just thinking about you, as I do every day, but I wanted to say on THIS special day, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. We love you

  6. Fall is the best because we get to celebrate you!!! Happy Birthday Tracey Warren Elofson!!! 👑👑👑😍😍😍💗💜💙💚💛😘😘😘💐💐💐🎉🎉🎉🎂🎂🎂
    Celebrating you today!!!
    6 I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence,
    7 And give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth. Isaiah 62

  7. Tracey, please know how inspirational I find you and the information on your to be.

    You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I put my trust.
    – Psalm 91:2

    Happy Birthday,
    Mike Fontenot

  8. love your writing style …so whimsical and warming:) I love Fall also
    I love lighting (our gas) the fireplace at the first cold front, making smores with my family-even our dog Sammy gets excited when the wind blows chasing the leaves as they fall in the backyard.

  9. Spring! Because…the chilling winter days are coming to an end and I don’t have to bundle up in layers upon layers, and stay in the shower too long because I’m too scared to get out (brrrr). Also, flowers are starting to peek their heads out of the earth and the earth is turning green again! (my favorite color) Also, I love Easter and celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. 🙂 Spring just seems like a big celebration of God’s creation!!

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