Morning Frost

It was 28°F when I woke up this morning. I’m pretty sure we had our first heavy frost of the season here in Pittsburgh. To commemorate the event, I decided to take a few snapshots and share them.

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While summer is my favorite season for many reasons (that rhymes…!), I truly love all of the seasons. The beauty of fall is unparalleled, and there is nothing like a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground in the winter months. By the time spring rolls around, the sight of a daffodil peeking out of the ground gives me more joy than is probably normal.

It’s amazing how the seasons change, and I feel so blessed to live in an area that experiences all four seasons every year. Jimmy and I have a weird little ritual that we do every morning as he leaves for work that always keeps our minds on the current season. It goes something like this…

October through April – 6:00 AM – Zottola Living Room, as Jimmy leaves for work and Allie is still in her pajamas.

Jimmy: (standing at front door, with door opened) Bye babe, I love you.
Allie: (Standing five feet away from the door) Bye! Love you!
Jimmy: Come here and give me a kiss. Come stick your foot outside to feel the air.
Allie: Okaaaay. (Walks to door) YUP. It’s cold!
Jimmy: (Smiling) You and Lola are going to be so cold on your walk!
Allie: Go to work.

May-September – 6:00 AM – Zottola Living Room, as Jimmy leaves for work and Allie is still in her pajamas.

Jimmy: (standing at front door, with door opened) Bye babe, I love you.
Allie: Let me give you a kiss goodbye and stick my foot out the door!
Jimmy: (Gives Allie a kiss)
Allie: (Sticks foot out front door) YUP! It’s warm! (Smiles) You are going to be so hot at work today!
Jimmy: I’m leaving.

With a few deviations, depending on whether or not it’s raining or the weather is unseasonable, that’s our little morning ritual. I have no clue how we started it, but I love it.


It felt amazing to get outside in the crisp air and capture exactly what the first frost felt like, how the grass looked, and what shade of red the berries on our dogwood trees are. It reminded me of a Bible verse in Ecclesiastes.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Even though fall is technically the time of year when the plants and trees die, God has still made it beautiful. He’s made everything beautiful in its time.



  1. I love the picture of the frost on the nails! This morning when I woke up the temperature INSIDE my house was 43 degrees! I forgot to turn on the heat X-) I quickly rushed out and turned it back on before leaving for my run. It was nice to come back to a warm house 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ellie! That’s one of my favorites, too! I love getting up close and personal with photography.

      Oh my, 43* in your house?! I think I would have died a little bit, haha. I’m glad you were able to go back to a warm house after your run, though 🙂

  2. Those photos are amazing, especially the frosty nails! You have such a talent. 🙂

    We had our first frost last week. I had to scrape ice off my car before I could drive to work. Brr! I’m loving the fall colours though. 🙂

    1. Aw, shucks. Thank you! I really appreciate that–it means a lot!

      Scraping ice off the car is no fun, but you’re right that the fall colors are great to see! They make it worth it, I think!

  3. We haven’t had any frost here yet. Clay and I visited our grandparents in NC this weekend and they live in the mountains, and it did frost there! I can’t even imagine 28 right now. I know how colder temps like that feel, but it rarely gets below freezing in Charleston. It was 47 this morning which is cold for this area but felt great on my run.

    Hope you’re staying warm!

    1. Lucky! How was NC? I bet it was amazing to see the mountains! Yes, 28* was a bit of a shock, but it happens every year so I try to brace myself and give myself a little pep talk 😉

  4. I LOVE that ritual you have!! Nate and I have a nighttime one in which I crawl into bed, sigh, and start to say, “Sometimes bed…” And then Nate pipes in and we both finish saying, “…feels so good.” Not sure how our tradition started either… Ha, ha.
    Absolutely beautiful pics of that frost!!! 🙂

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