Sometimes a mom just needs to step away from the daily routine and mix it up. We get worn out from picking up wet towels off the floor, washing the same dishes after lunch that we washed after breakfast and trying to figure out what to make for dinner. We get in ruts and the kids get into habits that all of a sudden turn into problems and we all just need to stop for a minute. Sounds familiar? Then you will love this list of ways to step away from the daily grind and incorporate your life-giving faith into some fun, fall, family activities. Because taking a break can’t always mean time without the kids, we need ways to get a break when we are with them. Fall is the perfect time to do that…get away with a mini faith vacay.
- Go for a walk. Get the stroller (if you have little ones) and some walking shoes and tell the kids to follow you out the door. Once you’re outside just strolling, no rushing. Look around, feel the cool temps and relax. Fall is a great time for a walk around your neighborhood. Stop and pray for your friends and community along the way!
- Gather leaves. God reveals Himself in His creation and leaves are no exception. Gather up a variety of leaves and take them home. Lay them on the table and study their similarities and difference. Teach the kids that plants get their food from leaves. They soak in the sun and deliver a chemical called chlorophyll to the rest of the plant. Look up why leaves turn brown and fall off and how the process works. Isn’t God amazing?!
- Decorate some pumpkins. We don’t have to carve pumpkins to enjoy decorating them! Pick a Bible verse about the fall and let the kids paint a picture of the verse with a pumpkin as their canvas. 1 Chronicles 16:8-9 is a great one! Kids can paint the world, musical notes, people – they’re only limited by their imagination! Then put the pumpkins by the front door for all your neighbors to see.
- Bake a pie. Now, this is a stretch for me. I am not good at making pies, but I am good at eating them so I make one every once in a while. Choose one that is seasonal, like apple, pumpkin or pecan and talk about why those plants grow in the fall. God made each plant to grow in its own season and He knew exactly when each plant needed to grow those delicious fruits!
- Read a book together. Classics are great in the fall. We love to sit outside in the evenings as the weather gets cool and read aloud as a family. Every book has a lesson and every lesson has a Biblical truth in there somewhere. Even a child’s book like God Bless Our Fall can be fun for the whole family. (That book is so cute that I used it on my mantle this year as part of the fall décor!)
Getting away from the same ole’ same ole’ routine is a great way to refresh mom and remind the kids that we have a great God who does great things. Even just opening the windows and letting the fresh air in can lift everyone’s mood and remind us that all of creation is a witness to the glory of God.