Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins (Part I)

Autumn is here and Halloween is on it’s way. In the following weeks, it will get very busy in our family: both girls’ birthdays are coming up; we have some 5K-Runs and a Half Marathon on it’s way; the State Fair of Texas begins in one week; and of course there are a couple of Halloween Parties in October as well.

Back in 2003 Kevin was on leave for Katelynn’s birth, from Iraq. Before he had to go back for another couple of months, we went to the Commissary. Kevin looked in a box filled with ‘Jack-o-Lantern’ and found the perfect pumpkin. That squash looked like it fell out of a painting or was in the story of Cinderella. Kevin knew, he couldn’t be with us for Halloween. And I wanted to make something really cute for Katelynn. Kevin and I found a booklet, and we picked the perfect stencil. Kevin said: “I want you to make the pumpkin as beautiful as you can, capture a few pictures, and send them to me on Halloween! I will be stuck in Iraq, again. But I want to be a part of it! It is Katelynn’s very first Halloween.” Said, done! Since our little family was ripped apart for this special day, the ‘Pumpkin 2003’ will always be my favorite. It was an emotional one. From that day on forward, I made a tradition out of the pumpkin carving. Every year, Katelynn gets her stenciled ‘Jack’. And when Sara came along, she got her own ‘Jack’, as well.

I will introduce some pumpkins every Friday throughout October. Enjoy, and maybe get inspirit! If you like to show me pictures of your Jack-o-Lantern, feel free to send me a link. I would love to see your artworks.

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