It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of school and sports practices, that we miss the opportunity to play. Discover some family fun with these bucket list ideas for fall!
We tease my mom because she can find a reason to celebrate anything. No matter how big or small, she always has a backup set of party napkins to throw on the table so she can call it a party.
I remember her lighting candles at dinnertime once a week and turning off the lights just so she could call it fancy.
She would make popcorn and tell us all to get a blanket and pillows. That way we could watch a movie in the dark because it made movie night scarier.
Blankets became forts and flashlights became storytelling time.
As much as we tease her for making a big plan out of something as simple as running an errand, the creativity she modeled for us as children are some of our favorite things to pass on as parents.
FINDING TIME FOR FUN
It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of school starting and sports practices and fundraisers and finishing homework, that we miss the opportunity to play. But if you don’t schedule it into your week, it may get missed, and play is when most of us come alive. Play is when we find connection, relax, lower our stress levels, and discover our passions.
For the next three months, commit to doing a few of your favorites off this Fall Bucket List every week. Don’t make this something else to complete or stress about, use it as a reference. Check them off as you do them or check off the ones that sound fun to your family.
BEFORE YOU GO…
Enjoyed the fall bucket list? You can check out my other seasonal bucket lists here:
Having your child interview their grandparent for grandparents day is the perfect way to let their legacy live on for generations to come. Print these freebies to help you get started.
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My grandma celebrated her 90th birthday this year.
It was so sad to celebrate through the mail and a phone call.
While many of your own kids had to wait months to see their grandparents, I’m sure a few tears were shed in your house in 2020.
But there’s this sweet little holiday in September that oftentimes goes overlooked that I know you’ll want to celebrate this year: Grandparent’s Day.
Whether or not you are able to get out to see your kids’ grandparents, I’ve got a great way for them to connect in a deeply personal way.
A few years ago, I discovered several interview books my grandma had been gifted in her house that were still empty. I knew that if they had been sitting there for ten years, the only way they would get filled out was to do it NOW.
So we took the day to talk and write through the book. I dug through old pictures afterward and we glued them onto the pages. My notes were sloppy, but it didn’t matter. Everyone in my family wanted to know what was in that book.
And on her 90th birthday, my sister compiled a photo album with pictures and notes to my grandma, and a few copied pages from her interview book.
TIPS FOR CONDUCTING AN INTERVIEW
Maybe this year was your reminder that the only time we have promised is now. Maybe you never were able to interview your grandparents (or even your own parents). But if you have someone older in your life, take the time to ask them questions about their life to pass on to others. I promise you (and everyone involved) will be blessed!
Here are some tips for setting up an interview with your kids and their grandparents:
Invite them over for a special tea/brunch/snack time
Give them something handmade from the kids before you start
Write as you go or record the conversation using voice memos or video
The gift is the time taken to honor and appreciate your grandparents. You can commemorate it by framing the interview pages, or gluing them to construction paper and drawing a picture on the back. Give them the completed project on Grandparent’s Day! This year it falls on Sunday, September 12, 2021.
PRINT THESE INTERVIEW PAGES
I’ve included an interview sheet, a family tree chart and a place to glue or draw photos.
My kids have grown out of their baby years (I have a first grader) and little kid years (I have a middle schooler), and I need the constant reminder to turn to God instead of Google to help me with my parenting worries.
There’s only so much we can solve by researching and talking with others, because when it comes down to it, our children’s futures haven’t happened yet. It’s all hypothetical.
We can worry and plan and be proactive, but the truth is, we have to place our trust in God. We need to be going to Him daily and presenting him with our kids and praying for them.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?...Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself."
While I firmly believe that mantras and affirmations can impact ourselves and our children positively, I also believe that turning those into prayers is another extremely affective way to nurture our children into successful and mature adults.
I may not have grown children, but I was raised in a family (as was my husband), where we knew our parents were praying for us. We knew this because they told us.
When we got married, they shared with us how they always prayed for us to have a Christian spouse.
We prayed with our parents as children when we were going through something hard—an upcoming test, a bullying situation, an especially difficult teacher.
They affirmed in us that we were more than what our friends thought, and that they saw something special in us that God would use one day.
Share these thoughts and prayers with your children. Start up a prayer routine of your own to pray for your own children, individually and daily.
WHAT DO I PRAY?
Having your own list of things and your own prayer style is a great place to start, but if you need guidance, I have a few places to turn.
1. USE THE PSALMS AS A TEMPLATE
Use the Psalms by turning these poems into a personalized prayer. For example, let’s take Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Now for every “I” and “me”, replace it with your child’s name. Pray this over your child:
The Lord is [name]’s shepherd, [name] lack(s) nothing.
He makes [name] lie down in green pastures,
he leads [name] beside quiet waters,
he refreshes [name]’s soul.
He guides [name] along the right paths
for His name’s sake.
Even though [name] walk(s)
through the darkest valley,
[name] will fear no evil,
for you are with [name];
your rod and your staff,
they comfort [name].
You prepare a table before [name]
in the presence of [name]’s enemies.
You anoint [name]’s head with oil;
[name]’s cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow [name]
all the days of [name]’s life,
and [name] will dwell in the house of the Lord
2. USE A RELATIONSHIP PRAYER BOOK
THE POWER OF A PRAYING PARENT
Stormie O’Martian is known for her bestselling prayer books for almost any relationship and genre you can think of. I like her Power of a Praying Parent book for some good pre-written prayers you can use. These aren’t directly from scripture, but use scripture as a reference in her self-written prayer paragraphs. They cover multiple topics and ages for ideas.
PRAYING FOR BOYS
I haven’t specifically read a book of prayers for girls (but now I will have to!), but I discovered this book called, “Praying for Boys” by Brooke McGlothlin, when my son was a toddler and prayed through the entire thing. This one is similar to the Psalm exercise I included above, taking scriptures and praying them over your children. Great reference book.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with skipping all of that and simply pouring out your own heart to Jesus for your children. When we’ve gone through some especially hard times, I have stood in their doorways at night after they’ve gone to sleep and prayed over them. These are the prayers that I don’t necessarily want to share with them, but they are deeply spiritual for me as I see their sleeping faces.
Keeping a journal of your prayers instead of saying them out loud is also another great way to pray. I like doing this in a conversational tone to God rather than a record of how my day went or as if I’m writing a journal to myself. I love looking back on my old prayers and seeing how they were answered. Many times I’m almost comforting my old self in my grief and thanking God for the blessing of getting me through it.
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Make prayer a regular part of your day. If you don’t already have a regular prayer practice, you might want to kick off your school year with a few hours alone in prayer. Not sure how to start? I’ve got you covered!
I created a Prayer Walk Workbook to guide you through one hour (or more, depending on how you want to do it) of guided prayers and journal prompts. I promise it will be encouraging!