Tips for a Fruitful Fall
The summer has ended, and we are heading into the fall months, which are typically a very busy time of the year for us. I know they probably are for you, too. I have really enjoyed the summer months with my husband, children and grandchildren. Our family grew with the addition of Rebecca, our son’s wife; and, our family will continue to grow with the addition of another baby in March to the Fanaras! This will be our sixth grandchild! I have a picture frame that holds a picture of my grandchildren with the quote: “Grandchildren keep hearts young, and Grandparents make life grand”! I know the first part of the quote is true for my husband and me; and I am sure that if you ask the grandchildren who can understand, they would agree with the second part as well. They truly have been a joy to us and we look forward to adding another grandchild to our happy, rambunctious clan!
I am ashamed to admit that I do not have my fall decorations out yet; normally, by this time, my house is totally and completely decorated for fall. It is on my “to do” list and, in the next few days, I will have accomplished this fun but time-consuming task! I am not sure if I’m a little behind because I didn’t want the summer to end or because these decorations show that we are in the “busy, crazy” days of the fall semester with the holidays just around the corner…did I get your attention on that one??
As you, too, head into these busy days of school, activities and holiday planning, take time to do the following. These ideas have always helped me.
- Take time every day for Bible reading and prayer! When we don’t have time for God, we are TOO busy!
- Go to bed at a decent hour and get plenty of rest.
- Eat good food and eat regularly. (Skipping meals is NOT healthy!)
- Drink plenty of water.
- Stay away from caffeine and junk food. They rob your body of important nutrients.
- Plan a menu for the week. Add a lot of good, healthy vegetables to your meals.
- Keep up with laundry. Don’t let it pile up! Remember: wash, dry, fold and put it away. (How often have you heard me say that?)
- Never go to bed when the house is a mess. Take a few minutes to pick up before heading off to bed. You will be so glad you did the next morning!
- Mark your calendar (your control center), and keep it out where you can actually see it! I always suggest the kitchen since that is the most convenient place to allow everyone in the family to see what’s going on.
- Take a good walk or do some form of exercise every day. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for you! Include a nap if you need it. Your family will be thankful you did!
- Take time out of your schedule for your husband! The children eventually leave home; but, hopefully, you will have your husband around for a long time. Don’t neglect him!
- *Take special time for your children. Please don’t let them think that everything else is more important than they are.
- *Plan for the next day before you go to bed! Make a “to do” list and stick to it!
- *Set the table for breakfast before you go to bed.
- *Light a candle just because you enjoy it.
- *Take a bubble bath and relax before you crawl into bed.
- *Talk to God as you pillow your head. He will carry your burdens and concerns through the night.
You will get rid of stress as you learn to work smarter and plan ahead! Busy days are ahead for all of us. Let’s make the most of each one and enjoy them to the fullest!
Happy Fall Season!