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Do you dread the winters of your life? Are you missing the good things that are going on now?

“Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.”

-Siobhan Vivian

Difficult times always come. No matter how hard we try to stay positive and look for the good, hard times come.

Life has been muted and dreary for me the last few months. In August, I fell and broke my right leg and left elbow. I spent a month in a knee immobilizer (a brace that went from my thigh to mid-calf), and my arm was in a sling. I went back to the doctor, and everything was going as expected. Three weeks later, I went for my final x-rays, and my knee had healed, but the bone in my elbow was gone. The Doctor said that the trauma to my elbow was significant, and the tissue that was coming in to make the bone was unhealthy, so my body reabsorbed it. Unfortunately, I needed surgery to fix it. I now have a rod and a new radius head.

Fall is my favorite season of the year and brings me much joy. Before surgery, I spent time enjoying nature. I put up all my fall decorations and loved the way my house felt. (I had to have someone help me put up decorations since I only could use one arm.) Now that I am recovering, the fall colors lighten my heart.

Nature is essential, but it is crucial to remember that God created the beauty of this earth. God is everywhere if you take the time to look. The fall colors remind me of His creativity and majesty.

Nature plays a part in my recovery, but God is my healer!

I encourage you to take the time to enjoy the beauty of Fall.

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