Rush, rush, rush. Out with this season and into the next. When did back to school school start in July, Halloween in September and Thanksgiving and Christmas in October? I appreciate Nordstroms’ tradition that says “we will not be decking the halls until after Thanksgiving.”stocksnap_j13bcl98jm

I have learned over the years that intentional in the moment living is a necessity for my family, especially during the fall season. Fall happens to be my favorite part of the year. Perhaps because it’s my birthday, which sometimes falls on Thanksgiving Day, then my anniversary just two weeks later,  followed by my oldest child’s birthday a week after that.  

Ready for Christmas? Because at this point in my calendar  I have only 12 days left before this day arrives. Four days later with Christmas decor still lining the kitchen table, bring out the birthday cake: it’s time to celebrate my youngest turning another year and then in less than 48 hours let’s welcome the New Year. Almost done, in just two weeks, we close the family rush, by celebrating my husband’s birthday.

Live in the moment of the holidays by slowing down. Literally, slow down and enjoy. Enjoy the colors of fall. Enjoy laughter and joy of family and friends. Enjoy the process of making and baking holiday goodies and invite someone into the kitchen to start a family tradition.                                                                                                             

Engage with one another. Ask valuable questions. Have intentional conversations. Be thankful, have a time of reflection and share with one another.

Tamara Cushman

About Tamara Cushman

Tamara Cushman was born and raised in Southern California. She's lived in Florida and attended Discovery for almost 12 years with her husband Paul and three daughters Elaina, Leslie and Destiny. In years past, Tamara served on staff with the children’s ministry at both Discovery East and Central campuses. She is passionate about children, parenting and families growing together. She finds pleasure supporting parents, especially first-time parents. One of her greatest joys is spending quiet time with God at the beach or just in a quiet space.

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