A small ceremony

Lighting a candle at our evening meal is a tradition that we have embraced recently as a way of taking notice and marking the rhythm of our day. This is a tradition that I've tried to start before, but now the kids have taken the lead and they insist on having a small ceremony for lighting the candle and then turning off all of the lights in the kitchen before we say our blessing and while we eat. 
I've come to believe that this is probably one of the most magical ways to enjoy the bounty of the early autumn harvest!

The calm and quiet that comes over us all with the candle light is another gift. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the day.
(I am also completely obsessed with the bread salad in the foreground of the first picture, yum!)
I hope that you are finding ways to celebrate this beautiful first weekend of autumn.