1. Take your T.V. outside and watch a movie. We put the T.V. on a table, sit on big blankets and pillows on the ground and eat popcorn. The kids love it!
2. Bake desserts together.
3. Go to your local library. See if they have a local Zoo DVD to watch to receive free tickets to your local zoo. We can rent our DVD and go to the Atlanta Zoo for free! It includes 2 adults and 2 children tickets.
4. Go to church or city fall events. A lot of churches and cities have fall festivals. Also, if you live near a major college, the college students have trick or treating events.
5. See if your city has First Friday. A lot of times they will have events for kids there. Ours has Scare on the Square and Deck the Halls.
6. Have a Halloween Party at your house. Have it where parents stay and bring a snack. My friend Claudia used to have pumpkin carving competitions. Each child brought their own pumpkin and carving utensils. The parents and children worked together to carve out their pumpkins. Have small prizes for the scariest, funniest, happiest, silliest, most fat, most skinny, tallest, shortest, etc… Then we ate and the kids ran around and had fun! You could have Halloween games for the kids too! (Bob for apples)
7. A lot of farms have lots of fall activities for families. Ours has a corn maze, hay rides, playground, and a jump house.
8. Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores.
9. Go on a picnic.
10. Attend local plays at schools and performance art places.
My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years. It hasn’t always been an easy road to travel for either of us. After a year of marriage we were separated for 10 months. We had combined our families and being a step parent is no joke. My husband and I had a hard time adjusting and agreeing on how to parent. One day I was watching the 700 Club and it talked about marriage. They talked about how love is a choice and not a feeling. I chose to return to my husband and obeyed God. It took counseling and layers of anger to fade away. We are completely in love with each other again. It took time, but we gave it the time that we needed to heal. God has to be your focus. My prayer at night, is not for God to change specific things that my husband does that bothers me, but for my husband to desire what God wants. When your husband desires what God wants and you desire what God wants for you, then you will find common ground. I can’t stress enough that doing marriage with God is hard, but doing marriage without God is harder. God loves you and desires for you to believe in Him and accept Him to be your Lord and Savior. He gave His one and only Son for us and we never deserved it! What an awesome God we have!
My husband and I were foster parents for 6 years. We adopted a 3 year old. She is 8 now and keeps me young or maybe old! Lol. She is a blessing to us. There are also challenges that come along with it. Foster children that are older have already been molded within the first 3 years of their life. She loves us but also feels the void of her birth parents not being there. I know when she gets older she will realize that God is the only one who can feel that void! He is the only one!! My love is not enough for her but God’s love is. We are very close, but I’m also the one she feels comfortable enough with to let her anger go. Parents just don’t understand the ramifications they have on their children. Especially if drugs and abuse are involved. If you are thinking about fostering or adopting, I encourage you to do it. Both you and your child with be a blessing to each other.
If you are interested in fostering call 877-210-KIDS.