It's that time of the year again! The weather is getting cooler, warm clothes coming out of storage, fires and s'mores on our back patio (maybe sometime this week!) and one of my personal favorites - a cup of hot chocolate is never far away! I'm sitting at my desk at work right now with my first cup of work-time hot chocolate of the season. When everyone else is loading up their coffee mugs with coffee in the kitchen at work, I'm filling mine with yummy hot chocolate!
There's just something fun and seasonal about hot chocolate. We enjoy it so much around our house that last year Stephen actually asked for a Hot Chocolate Maker for his birthday and got one! We used it lots last year (of course, with Stephen's favorite hot chocolate mix from Ghiradelli) and last night he made some for us again! It was perfect and brought the warm fuzzies of fall/winter thoughts to my mind. I almost declared out loud that this is my favorite time of the year, but then I remembered how much I love cool spring mornings with the sun shining brightly and dew on the new flowers. And how much I love sitting in the sunshine during the summer. And putting on long-sleeve shirts and sitting around the fire during the fall. And the joy of the holidays and family during the winter. So then I decided that I love ALL the seasons and get pretty excited with the arrival of each new one.
So right now I'm thrilled that it's getting cold outside and I get to sip my yummy hot chocolate. I'm thankful for the place God has us right now in the world, where we get to see a glimpse of His creativity, beauty, and wisdom through four distinct seasons. And most of all I'm thankful for the Creator of those seasons.
"Every day I will praise You and extol Your name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom." Psalm 145:2,3