Spring Thoughts and The Aprons & Pearls Linkup

Totally dropped the ball on posts the past two weeks.
Littlest man is going through a phase of no sleep and hates being set down for anytime at all. While I love baby wearing, I can’t wear him in the front and type very well, and I can’t sit comfortably with him on my back… And times that he does play, I have stuff around the house to catch up on.
I always feel like typing on my phone (as I am now) is so much slower, so I usually don’t bother. Slow but steady might just be the way to go for now.
Spring is here. Flowers and trees are blooming (just ask our seasonal allergies!). Days are getting nicer, so the kids and I get outside more.
Spring means planning the garden. I have been weeding out the raised bed. I love digging in the garden. Preparing the soil for the seeds.
I love lessons from the garden. There’s a good one in preparing the soil, I hope to get it typed up soon.
I’ve had another guest post published. Nichole over at Defying Shadows is doing a Fearless 365 series and I shared what Psalm 56:4 means to me.
If you missed it, I did a Guest post on Making Grocery Shopping Easier for The Stay-at-home Mom Survival Guide.
I also have a giveaway going on right now. You can check out how to enter the giveaway of His Word Alone here.
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
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Little by little things are getting done. Painfully slow process, mainly because the kids are so young and need mama a lot, and mama is tired.
I wish things were like in the movies…mostly the Disney ones where all of the nice little animals come and help you clean or you can clean with a snap of your fingers. We have a family of bunnies and some ducks and cats in the neighborhood that could lend a hand! I suppose that would cause it’s own problems, but one can day dream, eh?
Things have been further complicated this week by Bobby figuring out our baby gates….thankfully he’s pretty good at listening and going back in the living room when told…most of the time.
I feel like I am making progress. I can see the changes in the house, little by little it is getting better.
I need to be more intentional with teaching the kids to clean up after themselves this week.
Anywho…enough real life! On to the link-up
 

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What are your biggest struggles in homemaking? Was it something you learned growing up?
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About the Aprons & Pearls Link-up

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 up to three 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.

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Great Dismal Swamp State Park| A Loft Link-up Prompt

The prompt for the Loft Link-up this week is this photo:
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The first thing that springs to mind are of the paths of a great local-ish wildlife refuge.

Great Dismal State Park @godschicki
The boardwalk at the Great Dismal Sate Park

It is the Great Dismal Swamp State Park, part of the Great Dismal National Wildlife Refuge, “….the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.” (according to their website)
Price: Free (I have not looked into canoe or kayak rentals)
Stroller Friendliness: **
(There are boardwalk type paths), and I believe there are ramps into the building for the wildlife exhibits. The Gift shop and Visitor’s center are accessible I believe. The hiking trails would not be great for strollers.
Kid Friendliness: **-*****
B was pretty happy to be carried around all day. I think little ones would like running round and hiking, though there is water that one could easy fall into, so depending on your kid, it’s a 2-5.
I have been there many times. It is a great place to visit. Yes, I know the thought of a dismal swamp (as if swamps are not dismal enough) sounds thrilling, but it really is a wonderful place to stop for a picnic, trek trails, canoe or kayak (I have yet to do either there yet), learn about the local wildlife and drink in the beauty of God’s creation.
Just off of Highway 17 in North Carolina, the rest area/visitor center/state park area is a great stop.
There is a visitor’s center with information (things to do and see and such) on a large part of the surrounding area and a small gift shop.
There is a newish building with all sorts of information and exhibits on the local wildlife at the State Park Building.
There is also a nice boardwalk and hiking trail, they have biking trails and I believe they have recently added an auto trail.
There are great places for a picnic, so if you are just passing by it is a great stop.
It has been a while since we hiked it. Our son was only a few months old at the time, so his auntie wore him most of the time. We have not tried it with a stroller, so I am only going on what I remember. There are also bike trails and you can
Great Dismal Swamp Trail @godschiki
One of the trails at the Great Dismal Swamp State Park

Dismal Swamp Canal @godschicki
Great Dismal Swamp Canal

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A Bench on the board walk of the state park

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