Somehow though our schedules seem to burst at the seams...whether it be church, extracurricular activities, homework or clubs, all pack a social calendar punch this time of year. Conversations are marked by, "I'm so busy!" and trying to live slowly and intentionally with margin is challenging. The waves of activity keep most of us drowning in cultural expectations of "doing".
Let's take autumn back, friends. Make time and plan for the beauty and togetherness this season offers.
And with that, here is my Autumn Manifesto:
~Start my day early and slow with worship and coffee on the front porch
~ Bring simple beauty into my home with pumpkins, gourds, acorns, pine cones, mums and candles.
~ Bake Whole Wheat Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread and deliver loaves to friends and widows.
~ Mail friends cards with Starbucks Via Pumpkin Spice tucked inside
~ Go apple picking with my children and make applesauce.
~ Walk daily, breathe deeply.
~ Camp and hike in the SC foothills in October.
~ Make a gratitude tree with branches and paper leaves.
~ Build community through offering a monthly Chili potluck for September through November.
~ Fill a book basket in our living room with seasonal picture books.
What's on your list?