But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22 September is a month that is well loved. The images of apples, football cheers, leaves, rosy cheeks and new school supplies. As excited as every parent is to see their children hop on the bus, there is also the anxiety that comes with the new school year. This week we have tryouts for a new season of sports mixed in with orientations for 7 of the 8, football games and the start of skating lessons! It is a week of juggling and re booting homework systems in the midst of frantic schedules. We are happy, we are full and we are moving...quickly. The pace of September concerns me. I want to grab it by its jersey and tackle the month down to the ground, stop the play! Let us savor this gift of season change and new starts. Along with the happy excitement comes the nagging anxiety. The kids have new friends and old friends coming together on fields, courts, classroom and at recess. It is a challenge to include close friends and welcome new faces. As an adult it is a time of year I am mindful to plan coffee dates, walks, dinners and slots on the calendar that are focused times of re charge and connection. Over the summer is family time, we are immersed in each other. It is blessed and necessary just as the unfolding into the community that naturally occurs when Fall descends is as equally important. This month I hope to savor the weather, connect with new and old friends and walk along side my children as they do the same. To find time daily for prayer and laughter, to allow workouts and coffee to be necessary, not a luxury. Anxiety comes in waves as our family leaves the house for their own interactions, adventures and challenges. Hopefully our awkward prayers will be received with mercy. It is a goal to be an example of good humor and love as we all navigate this month of exciting change and new challenges.