Let’s Welcome Fall Together

Fall is among us! Even in our sun-kissed town of Santa Monica, we will begin to see the leaves change colors, the temperatures drop, and the days get shorter. Even more, fall brings some wonderful opportunities for fun family activities.

In fact, a quick search on Google for “family fall ideas” provides countless options: visiting an apple orchard, having an apple cider “tea” party, picking and carving pumpkins, taking a nature walk.

The list goes on, but the major theme is to just get out into nature and experience fall. One of my favorite activities is my family’s annual Pumpkin Patch outing. Watching my toddler and husband find our “Carving Pumpkin” just makes my fall.

The past year has certainly been one for the books. The challenges presented by the pandemic forced us to come up with new and creative ways to enjoy the world while also being safe. As we head into this fall season, take time to explore with your family the world around you.

We are raising the next generation! As the parents, caregivers and adults in our children’s lives, we have the opportunity to share our favorite memories and fall activities with our children. What a blessing!

As I expressed in prior columns, experiencing gratitude is a powerful and productive feeling. Fall presents a wonderful opportunity for this. Getting out and exploring your surroundings, especially with your kids, is fun, informative, and a great way to appreciate the blessings all around. Plus, being outside brings an added health benefit.

So, get out there, take a walk, do a scavenger hunt, create a leaf rubbing, pick an apple, carve a pumpkin, fall into a pile of leaves! Share your joy with each other and help to make the world a better place. One belly laugh at a time.

If you or someone you know is a mother in need of a group of mothers to share with and grow her own village, please visit our website at the link below and register to be a Mother of Monica. https://stmonica.net/ministries/fellowship-groups/moms

By Cheryl Thode

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