Living in the early stages of parenthood, Les and I have made a priority of creating traditions that our children will enjoy, but more importantly turn their focus to the Lord. At only 18 months old, our daughter was far too young to understand what was being read, but we felt like there are still some valuable traditions that we want to create.
One evening my husband and I took Lily Page, our daughter, outside and read her a book called The Pumpkin Patch Parable: Special Edition (Parable Series) by Liz Curtis Higgs. It is a beautiful story that brings the Gospel message into the fall season. It parallels what God has done for us through Christ to a farmer choosing and cleaning a pumpkin. You can easily find this story online or purchase online . We felt this was something we would like to do every year while the kids were young so we made the purchase.
While I read, my husband carved the pumpkin to portray what she was hearing. After the story had ended and the carving was complete, we allowed Lily Page to have her hand in the creation. I made Kool Aid paints so she could have free rein during this time without worrying about her consuming regular finger paint. She loved getting to be a part of the fun!
This evening was a joy as we shared with our daughter what the Lord has done for us, and soaked up His many blessings. We are praying for many more years ahead to build upon this tradition, but today we are simply thankful for our present gifts of grace!