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Making Memories with the Family is a Breeze in the Month of March

Making Memories with the Family is a Breeze in the Month of March

…He brings forth the wind from His treasuries. Psalm 135:7 (NASB) 

Another month just blew onto the calendar. March sometimes enters the scene as a lion, roaring with wind from God’s treasuries. And the saying goes, it will leave as a lamb. The reverse is also true, according to many farmers’ almanacs. If March begins with gentle breezes, then the month will end with ferocious ones. Celebrate windy days and calm ones, too, with the family throughout the month of March. To add other festivities to the calendar, plan to celebrate the silly holidays below and create a few unique family ones, also.

Crochet Week – What hobbies do you practice in your family? Does someone crochet or knit? Do you have a stamp collector? Coin collector? Encourage each family member’s hobbies and take an active interest is what family members are passionate about. And consider starting a family hobby such as completing puzzles as a family or honing photography skills by taking a class together. Or learning to play disc golf. Create an even stronger bond with a family hobby that everyone enjoys doing together. 

National Bubble Week – Celebrate the timeless treasure of bubbles with several afternoons of bubble play. Besides the typical bubble wand, use other utensils found around the house. Try creating bubbles by dipping a spatula or slotted spoon into a shallow pan of bubble solution. Wave the spatula or spoon in the air and watch the bubbles take flight! Try a clean fly swatter dipped in the solution, too. Dip the bottom of a strainer in bubble solution and blow into the strainer. Look for other utensils that might serve as bubble wands, too.

National Agriculture Week – Give thanks for God’s bountiful provisions with a veggie casserole side dish for dinner one night during the month. Work together as a family to prepare the recipe. In a large saucepan with one cup of water and one-half teaspoon of salt, add two cups of sliced yellow squash, one cup of sliced zucchini, one finely-chopped onion, and one-fourth cup finely chopped green onion. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for about six minutes, until vegetables are tender. Drain and set aside. In a medieum bowl, stir together two cups of crushed cracker crumbs and one-half cup melted butter. Spread half of the mixture on the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch casserole dish. In a large bowl, stir together one can of condensed cream of mushroom soup, one large carrot that has been shredded, one-half cup of mayonnaise, one-half teaspoon pepper, and one-half teaspoon salt. Fold in the squash mixture and spoon over the crumb crust. Sprinkle one cup of shredded, extra sharp cheese on top. Top with the remaining cracker crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty to thirty minutes, or until bubbly and heated through.

Old Stuff Day – Spend a day culling outgrown toys from the toy box. Plan to give the toys to an organization that could use gently used playthings, but first, share some favorite memories of playtime in the past with the toy. Do the same with outgrown clothes. Look through clothing that no longer fits and donate the gently-worn clothes to others who can enjoy their second life.

World Puppetry Day – Use paper bags or old socks or scraps of felt to make puppets for a family show. Embellish with yarn, buttons, stickers, puffy paints, or other craft materials. Make up silly stories to go with the puppets or recreate past family memories with the homemade puppets.

He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind. Psalm 78:26 ESV

Let the breezes of March remind you of God’s goodness, his power, and his might. Enjoy each day as a gift from God, and make family memories every day this month that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Happy March.

By: Julie Lavender, the author of 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, loves making memories with the ones she loves. Connect with Julie on social media or her website at julielavenderwrites.com.

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