As the waning days of summer disappear into the ever-more-quickly setting sun, I anticipate with excitement the arrival of autumn. Having grown up in a large family, this time of year was always associated with beautiful fellowship and celebration. Whether the thrill of attending our local high school’s football games or the serenity of savoring a steaming-hot cup of wassail in the crisp morning air, we would always enjoy these occasions together. One of our favorite things to do when we were growing up was relaxing by the fireside in our plaid pajamas and enjoying family game night with board games. The girls were on one team and the boys on the other. Undoubtedly, it would end with tears of laughter streaming down our faces from the amusement of it all. This season reminds me of the many cherished memories I have of those joyful times spent with those I love most—especially now, as we eagerly await the arrival of the family’s first grandchild this fall. Although every generation creates their own glorious bonds, we hope that this tradition of gathering together in the unhurried coziness of home is something our children will treasure all their lives.
-Meaghan Kinkade, Editorial Coordinator, Victoria magazine