There is something about Autumn in this Village that is even more magical than the rest of the year for me. Maybe it's the fact that we first fell in love with this town and decided to move here during this time or maybe it's because we really started to get settled in during fall. Maybe it's our town's Fall Festival or the changing leaves, frisky chipmunks and crisp days.
This past weekend we went to our first Village block party. I left that evening even more full of happiness for my life here. I know you'd think that wasn't possible. I wish I could convey just what life in this town means to me. I wish I could explain to you what it feels like when you spend your whole life looking for something, not even sure what, but then you find it and it's even better than you imagined! I'm sure most of you have a place to go back to that feels like home. I've never had that. This place is that thing for me. And because I've never had it, but always wished I had, I appreciate it with every fiber of my being.
You know that feeling when you first discover something or someone and you think it/they are wonderful and then the infatuation and pixie dust start to wear off and you don't see it/them the way you first did? I thought that might happen here. It hasn't. Every time I step foot on Main Street, every time I go to a town event, every time I run into a neighbor at the farmers market, every time I order a lemon scone at the coffee shop and the cashier remembers I want it warmed up extra, every time I step out my aqua painted front door, I feel it.
This morning I had to rush my pup to the vet in our old town. I have only been back there 3 times since we left. I decided to drive by my old house. Except for the neighbors, I don't miss anything about it. It's all the same, but I'm so different. I didn't truly become who I was meant to be until I moved here. Following my heart and chasing a dream changed me.
I cannot imagine living any other life. Before this place, I never fully felt like my life fit me. As we settle in for another Autumn in our magical little corner of the world, I honestly can't imagine any life other than the one I am living. I'm so filled with gratitude and contentment and joy. I'm so thankful for this place to finally call home.