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Fall. Or is it Autumn?

Is it fall or is it autumn?  Or doesn't it matter?  Is fall American and autumn British?  I googled the question and found that fall is not originally an American term.  It started in the 16th century and became the shortened version of fall of the year or fall of the leaf.  

Autumn comes from the French automne, also originating in the 15th or 16th century.  While Americans use the two terms interchangeably, Americans do seem to prefer fall while Brits and Aussies usually say autumn.

Either way, it's a season we don't get to experience very often.  In fact, we haven't experienced fall/autumn since 2010.  We have been in the USA since then, but only in the summer.  So we have really been enjoying the reds, oranges, yellows, and browns of the season.  

Thankfully, the temperatures have been fairly moderate so it hasn't been too big of a shock to our systems.  We've even had days in the 70's which is unusually warm.   Some times it felt more like spring than fall.

John has drunk his fill of apple cider, too.  Best of all, we have a new autumn baby.   In case you've missed it, his name is Hezekiah James Hines, or Kiah for short.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I thought I'd try my hand at an acrostic.  There are so many things for which to be thankful, I hardly know where to start.

T - Tera, our little granddaughter.  She's a whirlwind of activity, but really a good little girl.  We are so happy to finally get to know her and to enjoy her little personality.

H - Hezekiah, our new little grandson.  He's adorable and we are in love with him!

A - Autumn - The chance to experience one of the seasons we usually miss and to take in all the colors and smells.

N - Novels and other books - I am really thankful for books and the gift of reading and the way it opens up so many worlds to me as a reader.  Reading to grandkids is also a great way to spend quality time.

K - Our kids - Suzanne and Theo, Daniel and Kelly ... they are the best kids we could ask for.  We are so thankful for the spouses God gave them and the godly homes they have.

S - Spouse - John is amazing.  He works so hard, is intelligent, helps me as often as he can, and is a real man of God.  I love him with my whole heart.

G - The Gospel - Without it life would be hopeless and meaningless.

I- Income - We are fully dependent on donations to our support.  I am so thankful for our supporters, many who have supported us for 30 years!  No, we're not rich, but we have all that we need and for that we are thankful.

V - Visiting family - We have gotten to visit all of our siblings but one and have also seen many nieces and nephews and their kids as well.  We spent a week with my mom and dad in Florida and will spend our last week with John's mom in Connecticut.

I - Interest in the Gospel - So many people in Niger are listening to the Gospel on SD cards in their phones and some are asking questions about what they're hearing.

N - Niger - We are so thankful for the privilege to live and work in Niger and to share the Gospel there.

G - Grace - I'm thankfully for God's grace to me, showing me His mercy and kindness when I don't deserve it.  I'm thankful for others showing grace to me, too, even when I'm not very lovable.  I pray that I will show God's grace to others in return.

What are you thankful for this year?


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