Sweet Moments, Spring Plans and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Spring fever has hit our house, big time. The children are itching to get outside and play more, though it is cool enough out that they do not stay long.
Pollen is also in the air…our youngest, D, and I are really feeling it. I have been diffusing lemon, lavender, and rosalina oils to help.
I have shared before about how the children initiating us reminds me of how we are to imitate our Heavenly Father, and the sense of responsibility that it brings because we are setting the example for them.
Yesterday I had another of those moments.
D came to me bringing pretend food to feed me. He set it down, folded his hands, and tried to say pray. Hormonal pregnant mama might have cried some tears of joy/pride…
They are watching, I think more than we realize. Faith at home is so important!
L, our girlie, is loving the flowers blooming (okay, mostly dandelions, but they are still flowers!). She loves picking them for people. “Picking flowers for people is my way to say ‘I love you'”.  I have several smaller flowers pressing in my Bible now.
Last week I shared our Spring Bucket List. Just some ways that I want to be intentional about making memories, and opening the door for teachable moments.
I also shared about our Intentional Easter Traditions.
The seeds that we started last week are sprouting, so thoughts are turning to our garden once again. Hubby is going to redo our raised beds soon. The children are enjoying watching our plants grow.
Still working on a few posts, some research heavy pieces that are not moving as fast as I would like! The last two weeks I have managed to get out more posts than usual, but sleep has suffered…the children being sinus-y with allergies has not helped either.
All of that to say I am slowing down just a bit, focusing on trying to get to bed earlier instead of staying up late to blog.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!


Sweet Moments, Spring Plans and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Spring fever has hit our house, big time. The children are itching to get outside and play more, though it is cool enough out that they do not stay long.
Pollen is also in the air…our youngest, D, and I are really feeling it. I have been diffusing lemon, lavender, and rosalina oils to help.
I have shared before about how the children initiating us reminds me of how we are to imitate our Heavenly Father, and the sense of responsibility that it brings because we are setting the example for them.
Yesterday I had another of those moments.
D came to me bringing pretend food to feed me. He set it down, folded his hands, and tried to say pray. Hormonal pregnant mama might have cried some tears of joy/pride…
They are watching, I think more than we realize. Faith at home is so important!
L, our girlie, is loving the flowers blooming (okay, mostly dandelions, but they are still flowers!). She loves picking them for people. “Picking flowers for people is my way to say ‘I love you'”.  I have several smaller flowers pressing in my Bible now.
Last week I shared our Spring Bucket List. Just some ways that I want to be intentional about making memories, and opening the door for teachable moments.
I also shared about our Intentional Easter Traditions.
The seeds that we started last week are sprouting, so thoughts are turning to our garden once again. Hubby is going to redo our raised beds soon. The children are enjoying watching our plants grow.
Still working on a few posts, some research heavy pieces that are not moving as fast as I would like! The last two weeks I have managed to get out more posts than usual, but sleep has suffered…the children being sinus-y with allergies has not helped either.
All of that to say I am slowing down just a bit, focusing on trying to get to bed earlier instead of staying up late to blog.
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!


Intentional Easter Traditions

Intentional Easter Traditions @godschicki #easter #resurrection #jesus #easterbunny #spring #intentiional #family #traditions

Intentional Easter Traditions.

If you have read much on this blog, you know that intentionally passing down our faith to our children is incredibly important to us. Family dinners, fun activitiesspending time in the garden and even every day moments have proven great ways to share spiritual truths with our children.
Easter is especially important to us, for without Christ’s death on the cross, there is no forgiveness of sins.

Our Traditions

Our family is still relatively young, so we are working on traditions.
The tradition of the Easter Lamb Roast is a bit over our children’s heads just now.
We do Easter gifts from us to the children, in a basket. Usually a book and a couple of small things. Just as a reminder of the greatest gift that God has given us.
We do new Easter outfits, I hope to share how when we accept Christ as Lord, we take off our old self and put on the new self.
Reading is big in our home. We have a bunch of Easter themed ones that we make sure to read around Easter time to help remind the children that it is not about the bunny, candy, or eggs.
I have ordered a few things that we hope to incorporate this year. I mention them below.
I am planning on doing some crafts with them this week to use the time to talk about Easter.
That is where we are right now.

More Tradition Ideas For You

I have a whole Pinterest board full of Easter Ideas focused on Jesus. Many are simple crafts that you can do with toddlers. It does not have to be complicated. Just taking the time just to do something with them focused on Christ can have a great impact. Do not worry if they do not turn out just like the Pinterest pictures, that is not what this is about. It is giving you the opportunity to share what Easter is really about.
 
Here are some more fun and memorable ways to help you be intentional about sharing the true meaning of Easter with your children.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story. I grew up reading the Berenstain Bears, so I love that I can share these often faith-filled stories with my children. We got this book a few year ago, and we read it fairly regularly, especially around Easter time.


Resurrection Eggs
Rediscover a perennial Easter classic! Each of these twelve colorful plastic eggs holds a different memory-grabbing object to take Jesus’ journey to the cross and beyond right into children’s hearts-from home to the classroom to the neighborhood hunt. The English/Spanish bilingual booklet uses simple language for children. Discover how the anticipation, surprise, and experience of Resurrection Eggs has helped Easter come alive for children around the globe. There is also The Benjamin Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs book to go along with the set.
I just ordered our set last night, but I have used these in children;s ministry for years. It is a lot of fun, and the children love it. I cannot wait to do it with our children.

From the makers of Star From Afar, The Easter Story Egg.
The Easter Story Egg is a tradition that celebrates the true meaning of Easter. This family activity includes a hardcover book and 7 wooden nesting Eggs. The Story Egg book begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. Each Egg within the set of nesting Eggs has a story that relates to a particular day in Holy Week, leading up to Easter Sunday. As the children open each Egg they will discover the Easter story and the journey of Jesus through Passion week. Finally, on Resurrection Sunday the child will open the smallest Egg to find it empty because JESUS HAS RISEN!

Resurrection Tomb Hunt. Eggs designed to bring meaning to your Easter Egg Hunts. Each egg is a color representing a Spiritual Truth, and contains Scripture to go along with it.

Egglo Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Kit. When did Easter become about presents, candy and a rabbit? Egglo is a glow in the dark Easter egg game with a Christian message. The glowing eggs represent Jesus – God’s light of the world (GLOW). It’s a powerful lesson your kids will remember. In The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (interactive storybook) kids search for glowing eggs, just like your kids will do. The eggs lead the kids on a fun adventure, learning biblical lessons, and hunting for the greatest treasure of all, Jesus. Kids learn about Jesus in a fun, memorable way.
After Easter uses include: Leave on a doorstep with a note, or even mail one! Great for Sunday school lessons and crafts. Fun lunchbox surprises. Cool party favors or prizes. Light up scavenger hunts or birthday games.
The kit contains everything you need to start your adventure.
Egg-cellent Easter Adventure storybook, Egg-cellent Easter Adventure narrated book on DVD (25 mins), Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs, 12 Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls, 12 Bible Verse Scroll Stickers, Glow in the dark event program curriculum. A step by step guide to plan an event, including printable invitations, coloring pages, cut outs and more. You can also purchase the Scripture Scrolls separately.

The Parable of the Lily.
This is a fun books that I have used for years, both with our children and in children’s ministry. It is beautifully illustrated and is a great teaching tool.

God Gave Us Easter.
We checked this one out at our library and the children love it. The God Gives Us Series has been a fun one for us.

The Shepherd’s Treasure and the Lost Sheep
Your kids can follow their Shepherd and his donkey friend on his quest to find his lost sheep! Jesus came on Easter to save his lost sheep from sin and death. Just as a shepherd rejoices when one of his lost sheep is found, all of Heaven rejoices when one of God’s lost sheep is saved. With some help from the Easter Quest Cards, every day of your Shepherd’s journey to find his lost sheep will reveal a different part of Jesus’ journey to the cross. On Easter, your kids can find their Shepherd embracing his little lamb and rejoicing that Jesus is risen! I hope you’ll join us this Easter as we make Jesus the reason to celebrate!


Easter Story Stones
Let your child tell the Easter Story in his/her own words! These Story Stones are a meaningful way to celebrate Easter beyond all the candy and egg hunts… this set of Easter images helps remind children of the reason that Easter is celebrated: the Resurrection of Christ! Story Stones can be used by parents or educators to guide a story along and encourage creativity. These adorable tools promote language growth, social communication, and engagement in imaginative play. Just open the bag, pick a stone at random, and begin telling the story! INCLUDES: – 9 painted stones with images from the Easter Story: palm branch (Palm Sunday), bread & wine (the Last Supper), silver pieces (the betrayal of Judas), a rooster (the cock crowing), a crown of thorns (Jesus’s suffering), 3 crosses (the crucifixion), dice (lots cast over Jesus’s garments), the sealed tomb, and a rising sun (resurrection). – Canvas drawstring bag for storage- A printed card explaining the concept of Story Stones. Each stone is painted with acrylics on a natural marble tile and sealed with a protective varnish. Sizes of each stone vary, but most measure around 2-3 inches.


What is Easter?
Our children love this one. It is perfect for toddlers and younger children.
 

Do you have any special traditions for Easter?

 

Spring Family Bucket List (With Printable)

I love each of the seasons for their own reasons. I love the new life and growth in spring.

Making Memories

I try to be intentional about making memories with the children. I made a summer bucket list last year. We really enjoyed it, and it made helped us to be intentional about our time together, so I am making one for the spring. Not all of these things are necessarily spiritual, but many (like gardening, rainbows, Easter, and learning about the creatures that God has made) if not all, open the door for many teachable moments. Far more often than not, quality time happens in quantity time! With faith at home, more is caught than taught.
Spring Family Bucket List with Printable #spring #bucketlist #family #garden #familytime @godschicki

Our Spring Bucket List

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  • pick strawberries
  • make jam
  • garden
  • make bread
  • visit a farm/petting zoo
  • celebrate Easter
  • check out our favorite farm stand
  • go on a nature walk as a family
  • pick flowers
  • do the object lessons of the Resurrection Eggs
  • dye eggs
  • press flowers
  • make sun catchers
  • splash in puddles
  • dance in the rain
  • paint with bubbles
  • fly a kite
  • have a picnic
  • bake cupcakes/cookies
  • smell the flowers
  • make play dough
  • draw with sidewalk chalk
  • make a berry pie
  • teach the kids how to play hopscotch
  • have a tea party outside
  • play tag
  • read outside
  • get a good family picture
  • nature scavenger hunt
  • make flower crowns/daisy chains
  • bug hunt/catch bugs
  • blow bubbles
  • play ball
  • learn about butterflies
  • paint rocks
  • build a fort
  • paint a rainbow
  • watch the clouds/find pictures in the clouds
  • do some origami (might just be a paper air plane…but we’ll see)
  • cook with fresh veggies together
  • learn how plants grow
  • make a windsock
  • make paper flowers
  • look for four-leaf clovers
  • wash cars
  • tell jokes
  • make pinwheels
  • make old fashioned lemonade
  • make a bird feeder
  • some fun spring crafts
  • make cards for people
  • family movie night
  • family game night
  • visit a new place (museum, historical place, etc)
  • enjoy the sunshine

Now, this is quite the list, and we may not get to all of it, but aim for the moon and at least you will land among the stars, right?
I made up a printable to help you out in your planning, you can click here to get that!
Need some ideas on what to add to your spring bucket list? I have a Pinterest Board for Spring Bucket List Ideas.
Do you have any spring traditions?

Recapping and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

It has been a busy week, both here on the blog and at our house.
Today is the official first day of Spring. Last Wednesday I shared 121 Spring Essential Oil Diffuser Blends. I might use some of them during our expected snow storm tomorrow night! The weather forecast for today and tomorrow is lots of rain, and then snow Wednesday night. Very spring-y.
Friday I shared about our Easter tradition of Roast Lamb.
Yesterday I share about the Temple Curtain.
Easter is just around the corner! I am thinking of a couple of other posts for the season, but we will see if I am able to get them done!
What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!


The Temple Curtain

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.

Matthew 27:50-51, emphasis mine

I remember very clearly sitting in 6th grade Sunday School and after we had just read this passage thinking what an odd detail to include. Being in 6th grade, I did not want to ask about it, since all of my friends were there (yes, I know. I have grown a lot since then!).

The Temple Curtain #easter #temple #jesus #holy #god

It was not until several years later that I learned what it meant, but it was mind blowing.

To really grasp the awesomeness of what this verse means, you have to go back to the old testament.

Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies (the section of the temple separated from the outer places by the temple curtain), and only once a year after careful washing. (Leviticus 16)
The Tabernacle Place says:
“The veil was a barrier to make sure that man could not carelessly and irreverently enter into God’s awesome presence. Even as the high priest entered the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement, he had to make some meticulous preparations: He had to wash himself, put on special clothing, bring burning incense to let the smoke cover his eyes from a direct view of God, and bring blood with him to make atonement for sins.”
The curtain was 60 feet high, and heavy enough that one would not just trip and fall into the Holy of Holies. It was torn from the top down!

“Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary.  For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place.  Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,  having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant;  and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship,  but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. ”

Hebrews 9:1-7

Hebrews 9-10 is about the old system and the new, please take some time to read it!

 “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,  by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh…”

Hebrews 10:19-20

The God of the universe the holy, holy, holy God- gave His Son so that we could be covered by His blood and enter into the holy place of communion with Him. Take a minute to drink that in!
How often do we take our communion with Him lightly? Carelessly? Irreverently?
I am guilty I know. How often I lose the wonder and awe of the fact that the God who put the universe in motion desires and has made a way to be in a relationship with Him!
Take some time this Easter season to really be still and stand in awe of God.
Hallelujah! It is finished!

Roast Lamb

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It has become a tradition in our home to have lamb for Easter. It is a symbolic reminder to us that Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
It might sound intimidating, and some are not crazy about the taste, but it is rather easy.
The hardest part is getting it tied up before roasting. I made a video showing how I do it that you can watch here.
You will need a probe thermometer, and some butcher’s twine, but that is all the extras that you will need to make this amazing dish (and really, you should have a good probe thermometer anyway!).
Roast Lamb #easter #roastlamb #lamb #gourmet #realfood

Roast Lamb

  • Boneless leg of lamb roast
  • 3-4 Sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 10 cloves of garlic, finely grated
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Avocado oil/bacon grease

Preheat oven to 450°F.
Open up your boneless leg of lamb.
Rub the roast, inside and out, with garlic, salt and pepper. Place rosemary sprigs across inside of the roast.
Roll meat up into a roast shape and secure with butcher’s twine (see above mentioned video). Put roast opening side down in baking dish. Brush with oil.
Insert probe of thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Cook at 450°F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325°F.
Cook until roast reaches about 5° below desired doneness. Remove from oven and cover to rest. Carry-over while resting will continue to raise the temperature about 5° degrees, so always set your thermometer for 5 degrees below your goal.
Rare is about 15 minutes per pound, medium-rare is about 20 minutes per pound, and medium is about 25 minutes per pound.
Remember to let your meat rest for 10-15 minutes before carving for a much juicier meat.
Roast Lamb #lamb #roastlamb #gourmet #easter

Lamb Doneness

  • Rare: 115 to 120°F
  • Medium-Rare: 120 to 125°F
  • Medium: 130 to 135°F
  • Medium-Well: 140 to 145°F

You really do not want it well done. Do not even think it! I usually go to Medium-Well. That gives you just a bit of pink inside, and stays nice and juicy.

What Size Leg of Lamb Do I Need

Typically figure for 1/2 pound per person. So if you are feeding 8 people, you will want a 4 pound roast and so on…
 
Have you ever cooked lamb? What does your family eat for Easter dinner?

121 Spring Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Spring is just around the corner! I cannot wait for the weather to get nicer. In the mean time, I have been playing around with some of these essential oil diffuser blends.
121 Spring Essential Oil Diffuser Blends #essentialoils #spring #diffuser
Please take a moment to check out the Essential Oil Safety Page as some of these oils are not safe to use around pregnant and nursing mamas, or around children under 10. Always be sure to use oils safely.
121 Spring Essential Oil Diffuser Blends #essentialoils #spring #diffuser
121 Spring Essential Oil Diffuser Blends #essentialoils #spring #diffuser
121 Spring Essential Oil Diffuser Blends #essentialoils #spring #diffuser

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Need a diffuser? This is my favorite:

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Do you diffuse oils? Which are your favorites?

Aprons & Pearls Linkup #65

You know those weeks when you wonder if it’s a full moon or if there is something in the air making the children crazy? That was last week. I will say, it was a bit of a relief to see that it was not just my children at story time and church Wednesday night! It seemed like they were all going crazy.
I was hoping to have a new post up yesterday, but did not quite finish it. Hopefully it will be up tomorrow.
Spring is just around the corner! My thoughts are turning to my garden. I always like to think of the spiritual lessons one can learn from gardening. There is a new post on that in the works as well.
I have not yet started any seeds, but I plan to later today. Just inside, last night we got a nice dusting of snow! Unfortunately it was so wet…after a day of rain it turned to snow around 7 and came down until about 9. It was not warm enough for it to really stick (it did for a while-we had almost an inch), but it would not have been fun to play in anyway…
Last week we had 30 links in our little get together! That may not sound like much, but we usually run around 18. I found it quite exciting! Thank you so much for joining us!
Do you garden? What do you grow? Raised bed or no? What are some of your favorite spring time activities and traditions?
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes or themed posts. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
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    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!

The Aprons & Pearls Linkup #64

Not too much new this week. I did share some Songs for Tough Days yesterday. Of course just after I had posted it (graphics and all) I remembered another great one. I may just note it in there and leave the graphic…
I did tweak some older posts as well.
That is about it.
Over the weekend I attended a ladies retreat with the ladies from church. It was such fun, and I learned some great spiritual lessons that the ladies used arts and crafts to illustrate. I hope to share some notes from that in the future. I got to try my hand at pottery, which I have always wanted to do. Harder than it looks, but I would still love to do more!
On to the linkup!

The Aprons & Pearls Link-up

“If you want to experience consistent victory and see it played out in the atmosphere of your home, continually look for areas in which the Holy Spirit is leading to greater obedience, and ask God what your part is in making that a reality.

Cynthia Carrier

Aprons & Pearls Link~up @godschicki
This is a Christ-based weekly link-up to encourage others in their walks, and help Christian bloggers get their work out there.
Leave links to posts that are:
Homemaking/natural living/parenting/Christian walk related.
This could be natural living posts, recipes, cleaning, parenting, devotions, lessons, homeschool, Christian living, mentoring, modesty, gardening, homemade, diy, marriage, relationships, frugality, etc.

Linking Guidelines:

    • Link directly to your post (not to your homepage).
    • Please, no marketing posts (Plexus, Jamberry, MLM Oils or the like). Affiliate links to relevant items okay.
    • While I personally do not see anything wrong with a glass of wine every once in a while, please do not include alcoholic beverage recipes. It is a stumbling block to many, and I am not comfortable including them. They will be deleted.
    • Feel free to include old posts that need some love, relevant link ups and giveaways.
    • Leave as many as you like.
    • Link back to the Aprons & Pearls Linkup, either using the button below or a text link on either your post, sidebar, or link party page.
    • Use the hashtag #apronspearls when posting on social media so we can find your posts as well!
    • I would like to encourage you to browse through the links and take time to visit some and comment when lead.

    The link-up will run Tuesday at 6am-Sunday at 5pm. Please come back through Sunday and check out some of the posts!
    I have made a Pinterest Board for the posts that you link-up, feel free to send me a message over on pinterest to be added. You can click here to check out the board.
    As time allows I will pin some links from the linkup (unless you have already added them to the board), share them on social media and comment.
    Please note: View expressed in linkedup posts do not necessarily reflect my own, and I reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts.
    fe0da277-145a-4965-b39e-a835bbc51409
    Now, to the link-up! Just click on the blue button below to add your link, and to check out all of the links left by others! Links are sorted randomly, so no need to worry if you join us late in the game!