Chilly air. Scarves. BOOTS. Hot coffee. The Huskers (yeah…I know…). Homecoming. PUMPKIN PATCHES. Leaves.

Fall is my absolute favorite season for so many reasons…but right now, I’m not feeling it.

Heat rash. Swimsuit. COLD SHOWERS. Drops of sweat. Ocean view. SUN FOR DAYS.

Living and working in Costa Rica has been an amazing blessing, but there are some things I just plain miss.

This last week, a small wave of culture shock hit as I scrolled through Instagram, only to see friends and family members doing ALL of the fall things.

Come on, Amanda. Seriously? Tear pricked eyes over a picture of a baby in a pumpkin patch? Infinity scarves and boots are THAT important to you?

What I am realizing is that fall is part of who I am. I grew up loving it. And for the first time since being here, I realized that Aubree will not know it like I do.

So today, I am rejoicing in the things that she WILL grow up with:

A village that is like family. BILINGUALISM. Surfing. Hard rains. GALLO PINTO. Salt water.

Even though October weather feels like July here, and I am covered in mosquito bites, I am excited to develop new traditions as a family here.

Before leaving the states, we chose to name this site Grounded in Grace because no matter what happens in life, God is faithful and we can remain rooted in Him.

So today I hold on to Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying things of this earth, our family will remain focused on the Lord, because everything else eventually comes to an end.

P.S. -Have a pumpkin spice latte for me today, okay?

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2 thoughts on “Otoño

  1. You don’t have the beautiful color of fall, but that doesn’t mean you will never experience them again! You also have organic fruits and veggies all year and most of all, you are doing what you were called to do by God. That is priceless! You guys are an inspiration.


  2. Oh, Amanda, I have been there. Fall just ain’t a thing in the tropics! And that IS hard. So glad you shared the good things. You are such an example of seeking the positives and seeking God to comfort you in challenging situations. Thanks for your words of encouragement to me.


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