When I think of Fall, I like to think of my childhood / teen years. Growing up in a small school, football games were huge in our town. As a kid, I remember playing with my friends at the end of the bleachers or by the end zone. We would have cheer clinics before Homecoming and we elementary girls would get to perform at half time.
Having a brother four years older than me, we were at football games every Thursday night for three years. Then every Friday night for three years. In seventh grade I began cheering for three years on Thursday nights. I will always have those wonderful memories of cold nights and fun cheering! I loved having my parents there to support my brother and me.
While I was in college, I was dating my now husband. He was a High School Junior and Senior during my first two years. He was also a drum major for his marching band. I loved going to his high school games and watching him direct. He was also in a town where football was (and still is) the highlight during Fall.
Now that we are youth pastors, we get to enjoy games where are students play football, cheer, or are in the band. I love this time of seeing the students. I know I always loved having family and friends supporting me. I also know it creates lasting memories for everyone involved.
Tonight, we took our young kids with us. It was cold, but we had fun together as a family. Both of my kids enjoy the band. My son loves watching the game and my daughter enjoys watching the cheerleaders.
If you have kids in activities at school, go support them any way you can. Encourage them. Make long lasting memories with your family no matter what season of the year it is and during any season of life!!!