Planning, Life, Bucket List Updates, and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Life is what happens when you are making plans, right?
This week has been crazier than a lot of them.
We had our first trip to urgent care…our littlest had a pulled elbow. That was a fun trip with all three kids in tow. Five years with kids and no urgent care visits was a good streak. They called the next day and said that they wanted to double-check something on the xray, so back we went. Thankfully it was after daddy was home and could watch the older ones. Everything was fine, but they had to double check.
We are preparing for our third homebirth. Our midwives come Thursday to see our birth space and talk about how we want the birth to go. Which means I am folding mount laundrious, preparing the house, and preparing the birth supplies. We are officially 36 weeks, so baby can come anytime they like (though I have a few things that I would like to get done first!).
Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the States, and we had a church picnic. It rained a bit, but thankfully we had shelter at the park to hide under. We did knock dancing in the rain, and splashing in puddles (and mud) off the spring bucket list. Well, two of the three kids played. B does not like to get muddy, so he was more careful.
Not on the bucket list, but we did find some lizards outside of the library on our way out last week. It’s been about as close to a nature walk as we have gotten. That one may roll over to another time.
We studied a lady bug that found us. Not quite a bug hunt, but I think we will count it that way. The kids really enjoyed watching it before we let it go.
Hubby and I enjoyed a date night thanks to my mom who is up here for a couple of days to help get things ready. That will be the last time without a nursling along for a while!
The garden is getting big. Nothing harvested yet, but we have some tomatoes growing.
I mentioned some recipe round ups that I was hoping to get done last week. Obviously that did not happen. With getting things ready for the birth, unexpected days at urgent care, and everything else, it was pretty low priority. I am hoping to get them scheduled this summer though, along with some fantastic guest posts from some lovely ladies that have offered to help fill up the summer here so I can take a bit of a break.
Mount laundrious is calling….
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!


Planning, Life, Bucket List Updates, and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Life is what happens when you are making plans, right?
This week has been crazier than a lot of them.
We had our first trip to urgent care…our littlest had a pulled elbow. That was a fun trip with all three kids in tow. Five years with kids and no urgent care visits was a good streak. They called the next day and said that they wanted to double-check something on the xray, so back we went. Thankfully it was after daddy was home and could watch the older ones. Everything was fine, but they had to double check.
We are preparing for our third homebirth. Our midwives come Thursday to see our birth space and talk about how we want the birth to go. Which means I am folding mount laundrious, preparing the house, and preparing the birth supplies. We are officially 36 weeks, so baby can come anytime they like (though I have a few things that I would like to get done first!).
Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the States, and we had a church picnic. It rained a bit, but thankfully we had shelter at the park to hide under. We did knock dancing in the rain, and splashing in puddles (and mud) off the spring bucket list. Well, two of the three kids played. B does not like to get muddy, so he was more careful.
Not on the bucket list, but we did find some lizards outside of the library on our way out last week. It’s been about as close to a nature walk as we have gotten. That one may roll over to another time.
We studied a lady bug that found us. Not quite a bug hunt, but I think we will count it that way. The kids really enjoyed watching it before we let it go.
Hubby and I enjoyed a date night thanks to my mom who is up here for a couple of days to help get things ready. That will be the last time without a nursling along for a while!
The garden is getting big. Nothing harvested yet, but we have some tomatoes growing.
I mentioned some recipe round ups that I was hoping to get done last week. Obviously that did not happen. With getting things ready for the birth, unexpected days at urgent care, and everything else, it was pretty low priority. I am hoping to get them scheduled this summer though, along with some fantastic guest posts from some lovely ladies that have offered to help fill up the summer here so I can take a bit of a break.
Mount laundrious is calling….
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!


New Stuff, Bucket List Updates, and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

What a week. It has been rainy day after rainy day for 8 days now. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy as well. We might be going a little stir crazy.
We have had story time and science times, and went to a few play places, but we are missing the sun! It has been rough.
Our garden has benefited greatly from all of the rain though. It has been growing like crazy. The kids have enjoyed watching it grow and we have talked a lot about how plants grow.
This past Saturday we took our  kids to our favorite farm stand/market to pick strawberries. We found some plants with each stage of the bloom and fruit process which was a nice lesson.  They had fun even though they were pretty tired by the time we got there.
Yesterday we finally painted rocks. I need to get some sealant spray for the before we can hide them.
We have told some jokes and cooked some fresh veggies. I think I already mentioned that we got a good family picture Mother’s Day weekend.
Not on the bucket list officially, but we have been watching a lot of volcano videos lately, following the activity at Kilauea. They have been fascinated with volcanoes since a science time class about two years ago, so this has been incredibly interesting for them, and they are learning a lot!
So that is the spring bucket list update. I am starting to plan our summer bucket list, which may not be as successful as this spring one has been. This week I think we are going to make sun catchers, write cards, make a spring craft, and build a fort…we will see how it goes.
We got a new dishwasher in this weekend! I am rather excited.
This weekend I shared my cole slaw recipe, though I forgot to change the date on the draft, so it posted as being from a few years ago (yes, I have some old, dusty drafts waiting to finish and publish!). Yesterday I share my loaded broccoli salad recipe. It is always a hit. I think we have a picnic to go to on Memorial Day, and I am planning on taking it. Stay tuned for a Cookout Side Dish Round Up and a Burger Recipe Round Up later this week.
With Memorial Day coming up, please remember to talk to your children about what it is about. It is not just a day out of school (or the end of the school year for some). It is a day to stop and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Take some time to pray for the families that have been effected by their sacrifice. Do something for a family if you can.
This pregnancy is flying by! next week we have our 36 week home visit appointment. I have mount laundrious to fold and put away before then (as well as a whole list of things to be done, but getting our birth space done is priority at this point). I see a couple of late nights folding laundry in my future. I am gather the things that I want/need on hand for the birth.
I am loving using my beauty oil for my belly. It has really reduced the appearance of stretch marks. If you know a pregnant lady, I can highly recommend making her some! Leaves your skin so soft as well.
More plans have changed, the chicken that I ordered to do freezer meals for when baby comes now will not be in until after baby comes. A little perturbed there. Maybe it will be better to do it in smaller batches anyway instead of 40 pounds of chicken breast at a time? Still a wrench thrown into the plans, but that is the bright side to it I guess.
I am still open to taking guest posts, I would like to be able to schedule everything the first full week of June, so if you are interested there is still time! I have 6, with a few more on the way, I was really aiming for about 24, so not quite there. Please let me know if you are interested.
On to the linkup (which happens to be #75!)!

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!


New Stuff, Bucket List Updates, and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

What a week. It has been rainy day after rainy day for 8 days now. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy as well. We might be going a little stir crazy.
We have had story time and science times, and went to a few play places, but we are missing the sun! It has been rough.
Our garden has benefited greatly from all of the rain though. It has been growing like crazy. The kids have enjoyed watching it grow and we have talked a lot about how plants grow.
This past Saturday we took our  kids to our favorite farm stand/market to pick strawberries. We found some plants with each stage of the bloom and fruit process which was a nice lesson.  They had fun even though they were pretty tired by the time we got there.
Yesterday we finally painted rocks. I need to get some sealant spray for the before we can hide them.
We have told some jokes and cooked some fresh veggies. I think I already mentioned that we got a good family picture Mother’s Day weekend.
Not on the bucket list officially, but we have been watching a lot of volcano videos lately, following the activity at Kilauea. They have been fascinated with volcanoes since a science time class about two years ago, so this has been incredibly interesting for them, and they are learning a lot!
So that is the spring bucket list update. I am starting to plan our summer bucket list, which may not be as successful as this spring one has been. This week I think we are going to make sun catchers, write cards, make a spring craft, and build a fort…we will see how it goes.
We got a new dishwasher in this weekend! I am rather excited.
This weekend I shared my cole slaw recipe, though I forgot to change the date on the draft, so it posted as being from a few years ago (yes, I have some old, dusty drafts waiting to finish and publish!). Yesterday I share my loaded broccoli salad recipe. It is always a hit. I think we have a picnic to go to on Memorial Day, and I am planning on taking it. Stay tuned for a Cookout Side Dish Round Up and a Burger Recipe Round Up later this week.
With Memorial Day coming up, please remember to talk to your children about what it is about. It is not just a day out of school (or the end of the school year for some). It is a day to stop and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Take some time to pray for the families that have been effected by their sacrifice. Do something for a family if you can.
This pregnancy is flying by! next week we have our 36 week home visit appointment. I have mount laundrious to fold and put away before then (as well as a whole list of things to be done, but getting our birth space done is priority at this point). I see a couple of late nights folding laundry in my future. I am gather the things that I want/need on hand for the birth.
I am loving using my beauty oil for my belly. It has really reduced the appearance of stretch marks. If you know a pregnant lady, I can highly recommend making her some! Leaves your skin so soft as well.
More plans have changed, the chicken that I ordered to do freezer meals for when baby comes now will not be in until after baby comes. A little perturbed there. Maybe it will be better to do it in smaller batches anyway instead of 40 pounds of chicken breast at a time? Still a wrench thrown into the plans, but that is the bright side to it I guess.
I am still open to taking guest posts, I would like to be able to schedule everything the first full week of June, so if you are interested there is still time! I have 6, with a few more on the way, I was really aiming for about 24, so not quite there. Please let me know if you are interested.
On to the linkup (which happens to be #75!)!

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!


Loaded Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad is a big hit around here. It is a great way to get the children to eat veggies. With the cheddar and bacon there is a bit of protein in there as well. This recipe has evolved a bit over time, but I think we finally have it down.
This loaded broccoli salad is a big hit whenever I make it. It is great for cookouts and picnics! #broccolisalad #bacon #cookout #bbq #recipe #realfood #foodie @godschicki

Loaded Broccoli Salad

  • 3 pounds of broccoli florets, trimmed into bite-sized pieces*
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 24 ounces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4-1 cup of raisins (I like golden raisins) or dried cranberries
  • 10-12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, hauled
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 8 tablespoons organic sugar (I use turbinado sugar)

Mix mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Mix with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. I usually make this up the night before and it is great when it sets overnight.
*I usually trim the stem bits in as well, just in small bits.
This loaded broccoli salad is a big hit whenever I make it. It is great for cookouts and picnics! #broccolisalad #bacon #cookout #bbq #recipe #realfood #foodie @godschicki

Have you ever tried broccoli salad?

Aprons & Pearls Link~up

Busy week at home, quiet week on the blog!
Last week was rough, but we are off to a good start this week.
I did share some cheap and easy foot soak ideas.
That is about all for this week.
Oh, we have been watching our garden grow, had some fun with bubbles, had some family fun, and got some good family photos. Still have not broken out the paints for those rocks that I cleaned up last week…but we are chipping away at our bucket list!
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!


3 Cheap and Easy Foot Soaks

A simple foot soak is a lovely way to relax, make aching feet feel better & soften calluses before you use a pumice stone. It is an important part of a good pedicure.
You will need a large bowl or dish pan that your feet will fit into (at the same time). When you heat your water (or run it from the tap), it’s easier to let it cool down more than heating it up again, but you want to be able to comfortably let your feet soak, so not too hot.

{This post contains affiliate links. This means that the price that you pay will not change, but I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase through my links}

3 Cheap, Easy Foot Soaks #naturalbeauty #diy #pamper #spa #pedicure #footsoak #natural @godschicki
After soaking, you can use rasp and/or pumice stone (I use the rasp first, then the stone-but if your feet are not very callused you can just use the pumice stone) and a scrub (you can make one- I have recipes for honey lemon or  lovely lemon scrubs, or I love JR Watkins Sugar and Shea Butter Scrub). Whatever you use, use in a circular motion, giving special attention to tougher spots.
Here are three very easy, inexpensive ways to do it.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Soak

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 gallon very warm/hot water (not too hot-you don’t want to burn your feet)

Combine water and ACV, let your feet soak 30 minutes.

Peppermint Tea Foot Soak

  • 4 peppermint teabags
  • 1/2 gallon of hot water (hot enough to steep your tea)
  • 1/2 cool water

Bring 1/2 gallon of water to boil, once it’s boiling, remove from heat. Add tea bags and let steep 8 minutes. Add cool water and test to make sure it’s cool enough to soak feet in. Soak for 30 minutes.

Epsom Salt Foot Soak

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • 1 gallon warm water

Combine water and Epsom salt. Soak for 30 minutes.

Do you ever do foot soaks? What is your favorite ‘recipe’?

3 Cheap and Easy Foot Soaks

A simple foot soak is a lovely way to relax, make aching feet feel better & soften calluses before you use a pumice stone. It is an important part of a good pedicure.
You will need a large bowl or dish pan that your feet will fit into (at the same time). When you heat your water (or run it from the tap), it’s easier to let it cool down more than heating it up again, but you want to be able to comfortably let your feet soak, so not too hot.

{This post contains affiliate links. This means that the price that you pay will not change, but I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase through my links}

3 Cheap, Easy Foot Soaks #naturalbeauty #diy #pamper #spa #pedicure #footsoak #natural @godschicki
After soaking, you can use rasp and/or pumice stone (I use the rasp first, then the stone-but if your feet are not very callused you can just use the pumice stone) and a scrub (you can make one- I have recipes for honey lemon or  lovely lemon scrubs, or I love JR Watkins Sugar and Shea Butter Scrub). Whatever you use, use in a circular motion, giving special attention to tougher spots.
Here are three very easy, inexpensive ways to do it.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Soak

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 gallon very warm/hot water (not too hot-you don’t want to burn your feet)

Combine water and ACV, let your feet soak 30 minutes.

Peppermint Tea Foot Soak

  • 4 peppermint teabags
  • 1/2 gallon of hot water (hot enough to steep your tea)
  • 1/2 cool water

Bring 1/2 gallon of water to boil, once it’s boiling, remove from heat. Add tea bags and let steep 8 minutes. Add cool water and test to make sure it’s cool enough to soak feet in. Soak for 30 minutes.

Epsom Salt Foot Soak

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • 1 gallon warm water

Combine water and Epsom salt. Soak for 30 minutes.

Do you ever do foot soaks? What is your favorite ‘recipe’?

The Week In Review and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

It has been a challenging week, that is for sure. Of course, it is the week that I do a series of posts on Scriptures for Tough Times! If you missed it, there are three parts-Renewing Your Mind, Verses for Overwhelmed & Weary Moms, and Verses for When Trials come.
This past weekend the kids had a stomach bug, so more cuddles than cleaning, and extra laundry. The dishwasher that we finally got fixed is out again, so we will be saving up for a new one, and I will spend time that could be spent on other things doing the dishes. I may or may not have had a bit of a good cry Sunday night.
I am aiming to do dishes right away after meals so that they do not pile up. Dishes math is a real thing…
On top of the rough weekend, apparently the BBQ chips that the older children had at the family game night at church Friday night had red 40 on them…which means that the older ones have been insane. The rainy days we have had have not helped. So yesterday was spent mostly in survival mode.
If you have not looked into diet for issues that your children are having, I highly recommend doing so!  It may just be one factor, but in our children it makes a huge difference if they get artificial colors, nitrites, corn, or high fructose corn syrup (corn by-product, in pretty much everything). They are different creatures! Aggressive, defiant, inattentive, wild…
Spring Bucket List Update:

  • Last week we did get some rocks to paint, I think we are going to do that a bit later today.
  • We have been learning about butterflies and plants.
  • Our garden is sprouting. The children are excited. Saturday we had 7 sprouts, Sunday we had 63!
  • We had a family movie night Saturday.

I am still open to guest posts for this summer. I would ideally like to have them all in by May 15th, but I think I will leave it open until the end of May. Please let me know if you are interested!
Mother’s Day in the US is Sunday. Please keep those having a hard time with that in your prayers. Women who long to be a mom, but struggle with infertility. Women who have lost a child or children. Those who have lost their mom.
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

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Verses For When Trials Come

I have been sharing some Scriptures that I turn to on hard days. Today I am sharing ones more specific to trials, though they all go together somewhat. You can check out the first post in the series, Renewing Your Mind, and the second, Verses for Overwhelmed and Weary Moms. I am writing from a mom’s point of view, but they are really good even if you are not a mom.
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Sometimes as a mom, and especially lately, it seems like it is just one thing after another, after another. These verses have encouraged me to press on during the trials.

Scripture Verses For When Trials Come

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16

Our high priest is not unsympathetic. He knows what it is like to be tempted. To go through hard times. We can go with confidence to the throne of grace for mercy and grace to help in time of need.

 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James 1:12

Persevere means to “continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.” When we have renewed our minds, and are focused on the end result, it makes it much more bearable when we are going through trials.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us…

Romans 8:18

Again, mindset is huge.

 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12

Fighting is active. It often requires being prepared to put up a good fight.

 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7

Remembering the power within us is important. Discipline is never easy.

 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:1

It is in His grace that we can be strong.
 

 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,  so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 6:10-12

God will remember your work for Him, as well as the love you have shown for Him by ministering to the saints. We need to be diligent in our service for the Lord.

 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 1:2-5

God allows trials to refine us. To make us more like Him. Remembering that there is a purpose behind the struggle is important:

 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1 Peter 1:6-7

 

 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.  As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.

James 5:7-11

 

 Do all things without grumbling or disputing;  so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,  holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.

Philippians 2:14-17

 

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Galatians 6:9

 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good. …

2 Thessalonians 3:13

Even in hard times, we need to remember that we should not let ourselves grow weary.
I hope these help you when you are going through trials.

The Quiet Homemaker