Praising on the Patio

I didn’t grow up celebrating the seasons changing, but at three o’clock this past Friday afternoon, an idea tiptoed in. Something stirred my heart as I read my BFF’s blog about decorating for fall–a thought very different than my predictable self.

Every morning, my husband and I have porch parties, his idea. What if I shook things up and we had a patio party that night?

I called him. “Will you pick up some vanilla ice cream? We’re having a fall party tonight!”

“Who’s invited?”

“Just the two of us.”

By the time he got home from work, a wreath hung on the door, hotdogs were roasting on the grill, and I’d tried a new recipe for dessert.


Apple Pecan Crumb Pie



He lit the tiki torches and umbrella lights he’d bought to celebrate summer. 


After supper, we turned our chairs in the same direction and ate warm apple pie and ice cream. Listening to the crickets, we welcomed fall as we watched daylight softly fade into night.

Then I had an aha moment.

Celebrating for the seasons means more than shopping, cooking, and coordinating colors.

It’s a way to love others and worship our Creator.

#876 in my gratitude journalWatching the nighttime sky together. 🙂

How do you celebrate fall? And life? And those you love?

~Apple Pecan Crumb Pie~

(I added pecans and used gluten-free flour.)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped pecans

4 apples, peeled and thinly sliced

Mix above ingredients and put into a greased pie pan

Mix below ingredients and cover apples with the mixture:

1/2 cup flour (I used Pamela’s gluten-free Pancake and Baking Flour)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Ps 121:2 NAS





  1. What a great example of celebrating life with your partner and God. Thanks for the example you set for us all. Many relationships would be improved with porch parties, mine included! Blessings and celebration of the season of life we are in!

  2. Brenda Greene says:

    Oh Julie…I am grinning…Love this one!!!

    Also, love, love, love the changing seasons…and often think Fall is my favorite! I often Praise God for living in an area where each season is distinct…and eyes to behold the beauty!

    What a delightful idea for a “changing of the season party!” Trying to get our immediate family (ten of us) together for a meal this coming Saturday (quite a challenge as the grandcuties continue to grow and be involved in sports!). According to my calendar, Autumn begins…what a great theme and great recipe for apple pie and ice cream! Thank you Sweet Friend! Brenda

  3. Tell me the details about your party! Hope you try out the apple crumb pie. I’m not kidding–it’s sooo easy. Thanks so much for reading and writing. And fall is my favorite season too!! xoxoxox

  4. Love your great idea, and the recipe, too. Will have to try that one!

  5. How fun! How neat that Rick participated in a joyful way. Warm apple pie and ice cream has to be the most American of all traditions and a wonderful way to celebrate the end of summer and the start of fall. I love changing leaves, brisk nights, sweater weather, and the hint of family traditions with upcoming holidays. Enjoy!

  6. Porch Parties & Patio “Prasin’s” — precious gift of marking time & seasons with the one you love! Our weather has cooled enough that we can have coffee out back in the morning & dinner on the patio in the evening. God is good!

  7. Love how you said that, Meloday!! Porch Parties & Patio Praisin’s. Perfect! Thanks for reading and letting me know you “get it.”

    Blessings to you and yours!

  8. Janette says:

    what a beautiful post.. Making memories happen and loving your best friend/spouse in the memory.

  9. Thank you, Janette. And sometimes a memory is so much easier to make than I’d imagined! xoxo

  10. You have inspired me! Even though we are up to our necks in boxes and moving next week, I will make time to have our last hurrahs on our deck this coming week. Apple pie is my FAVORITE so I am excited to do this. XO, Pinky

  11. Pinky, you make me smile! So glad you’re inspired–and the amazing thing was the little fall party was so easy to throw but meant so much. Thinking about you as you get settled in.

    Much love to you and yours.

  12. Julie, that is the most inviting space! I have all the ingredients to make your apple crumb pie…I’m just waiting for my hand to get better so I can peel apples :0
    I’m thinking what a blessing it must be to Ricky to work hard all day and come home to such goodness.
    I’m going to do this too…porch party at night-perfect

  13. And to think, Robin. You are the one who inspired me! You always just sorta know when to decorate for the changing seasons. I take my clues from you. 🙂

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