Halloween 2018 // livelovesimple.com

Halloween 2018 // livelovesimple.com

Halloween 2018 // livelovesimple.com

Halloween 2018 // livelovesimple.com

Halloween 2018 // livelovesimple.com

Halloween 2018 // livelovesimple.com

Halloween 2018 // livelovesimple.com

Halloween 2018 // livelovesimple.com

How are you, friends? I am a few weeks late posting these snaps from Halloween & trick-or-treating. But here they are. It was such a magical night. Marina’s ghost costume actually lit up. So once the sun started to set, she was glowing. It was really a breathtaking sight. I was moved to tears a few times while watching my beautiful babies, overwhelmed with joy, soaking in all of the splendor of our favorite holiday.

This was the first year that Marina had a good grasp on what was going on. She is so different than Roman & me. She is so outgoing! She ran up to each house & shouted “Trick-or-Treat,” fearlessly accepted candy, and loudly thanked each of our neighbors as we moved onto the next house. For me, Halloween is always beautiful, I make it that way. It means so much to me, but there were several times throughout that night when I thought, my God, this is as beautiful as it could ever possibly be. There couldn’t possibly be anything more magical, beautiful, and sweet. It was like a dream in so many ways.

At the end of the night, after I took off their costumes, got them washed up, and tucked them into bed, I crept down the stairs and switched the porch-light back on to invite any lingering trick-or-treaters to stop by. As I sat at the kitchen table, watching the glow of the porch-light against the dark, October night, this thought occurred to me: I am so lucky to be their mother. I could think of no greater gift. If I never had another prayer answered for the rest of my life, being their mother would be enough.

And now Halloween has come & gone. I’ll be getting the house ready for our family Thanksgiving feast very soon, and Christmas will be just around the corner, too. It all seems to be going a little bit too fast for my comfort, but I know that after all of this, the long winter will come and then time will slow down to a near standstill, the way that it does in the dark, cold of winter. So there’s nothing to do now but to enjoy all of this while we can. That is always all we can do.

I hope that you are well, friends. I hope that you are happy & warm & full & loved. These are always my wishes for you. As usual, there is so much that I want to say. But for now, this will have to be enough, and it will.

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