Happy October! I love this time of year when here in West Texas the temperature changes from triple digits to double digits! October is when the monarchs make their migratory flight southward to Mexico. During the month of October these beautiful butterflies take refuge and rest in the abundant pecan trees that are native to our area.

During this time the pecan harvest begins and lasts for several weeks. My parents planted a pecan tree in our front yard the year I was born. It has grown tall and strong. When weather conditions are good that one pecan tree can produce over a hundred pounds of pecans! Those years it is both a struggle and the joy to keep up with the falling pecans.

My birthday also comes toward the end of the month. Out of convenience my mother would plan my birthday parties around Halloween. So, as you can imagine guests came in costume and the decorations were almost always very ‘halloweenish.’ I can’t say I hated those parties, but I did long to have just one princess party, was that too much to ask?

Now that I am an adult and no longer have birthday parties I miss celebrating. Not that I want to celebrate another year but just being able to celebrate and enjoy the season. So, here’s what I’ve come up with…BOO which stands for Bless Others Often!! I can think of no better way to celebrate the month of October, Halloween, and my birthday than to Bless Others Often! I made this little art quilt that hangs in my living room each October as a reminder to bless others!

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12:10 ESV

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up….
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
Hebrews 10:24 ESV

Written by Susan


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