I mentioned our 'Simple Autumn Joys' idea jar in my earlier post, but have forgotten to share this simple idea with you all! I often wonder where I've left my brain!
Simply put, it is a jar filled with ideas that help us celebrate God's precious gift of Autumn with simplicity and joy. I find that we look forward to the seasonal changes with great expectation, but often get so busy we let the season pass and are into the next one without enjoying it's own unique gifts. This is our attempt to keep the season well- to intentionally make memories that will last!
First, we made a list of of our family's 'Autumn Joys' - we found that many of our joys involve special treats - so they have replaced all of the desserts that we usually enjoy.
- make pumpkin cookies
- press some leaves in waxed paper
- make caramel sauce for apples
- visit the old grist mill
- explore the Vietnam Vet's memorial
- make apple crisp
- visit the apple orchard - pick apples
- make gingerbread cookies in leaf shapes
- gather buckeyes
- wander through the cemetery and look for those who have left a testimony of faith
- have a campfire in the backyard - roast hot dogs
- make cider slushies
- go for a walk at the nature center
- make caramel corn and give some to friends
- plant fall mums
- make s'mores
- go for a walk to look for pretty leaves
- make apple butter sandwiches with fresh homemade bread for lunch
- visit a farm and watch the harvest
- go for a family bike ride
- make a batch of maple cream fudge
- rake a big pile of leaves and jump in them
- make apple sauce and can it for winter (the children pealing the apples)
- gather a bouquet of autumn wild flowers
- pick out some pumpkins
- plant fall bulbs
- make apple fritters or cider donuts
Second, we wrote these on scraps of pretty fall scrapbook papers and put them in our jar.
Third, we take take one out at a time and have something to look forward to when our schoolwork is completed for the day. This works best on Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays with our current schedule! Sometime we take them out at the beginning of school if I think we need something to look forward to, and sometimes we draw at the end of the day as a reward for diligent work!
That's all there is to it, and it works well for us! I hope that our little idea inspires you to find beauty in the simplicity of autumn too!
To think that fall has just begun!
Of course, our most favorite Autumn Joy is our daughter who turned 11 on October 1st!!!
Would it surprise you to know that Dreamer's middle names are Autumn Joy?