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March On Boldly…

March On Boldly…

Happy March! When the calendar flips to March, springtime is around the corner. March on boldly with your family into a new season, just as the Israelites marched into a new season of their lives, as mentioned in Exodus 14:8. However, make sure your family’s “wanderings” this month are with purpose – spend quality time together creating memories to last a lifetime, with God at the center of every activity.

Incorporate the holidays below into the month of March and make up some special family ones, too.

National Pig Day – Work together in the kitchen to make a new version of this tried-and-true recipe for Pigs in a Blanket. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and invert a small bowl in the center of the paper as a guide for placement of the pigs. Peel apart one individual log of string cheese into slim strings and set aside.

Open a tube of refrigerated crescent rolls and unroll the dough. Slice each crescent roll triangle into thirds, cutting lengthwise. Lay one cocktail-size sausage on the thick end of one triangle of dough. Lay one piece of string cheese next to the sausage, but make sure the string of cheese is slightly shorter than the length of the sausage. Roll the dough around the sausage, pinching the point of the triangle to the dough to keep it sealed. Roll each sausage and arrange the pigs in a blanket, side by side, around the edge of the bowl to form a ring, with one end of the pig pointed towards the bowl. Make sure the dough is touching for each wrapped pig to form a wreath-like shape. Once the ring is complete, carefully remove the bowl. Brush the dough of each pig in a blanket with a beaten egg. Season sparsely with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and dried basil. Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes, until the crescents are golden brown. Let cool for about twenty minutes and then use a large spatula to move the ring to a serving platter. In the center of the ring, spread barbecue sauce or pizza sauce for “mud.” Dip the pigs in the “mud” and enjoy!

Dentists Day – Take a field trip to a department store as a family and purchase new toothbrushes and toothpaste for each member of the family; buy a handful of new toothbrushes and some toothpaste to donate to someone in need, also.

Take the toothbrushes and toothpaste to a women’s shelter or fostering closet for families who might have to leave their homes hurriedly without packing hygiene items. Be sure to pray on the way home for those who will use the donated items one day. And when you get home and replace your own toothbrushes with new ones, have a painting day with the old brushes and create an abstract masterpiece with watercolors and construction paper!

National Wildlife Week – Play a game outside to get some fresh air as winter comes to an end. Establish locations in the back yard – use a tree, swing set, shrubbery, or lawn chair as markers to represent places like “zoo,” “forest,” “barn,” and “pond.” Choose one person to give animal-related instructions to the rest of the family members for the first round of the game. The “caller” gives a command, like, “hop like a rabbit to the zoo” and each person follows the instructions. Other examples of directions can include things like, “run like a cheetah to the forest,” “gallop like a horse to the barn,” and “flap like an owl” to the pond.” Let each person take turns being the caller. Be sure to look for real wildlife sightings while you’re outside playing the game, too.

Save a Spider Day – Be on spider watch throughout the month as you venture outside on warm days and count the number of spiders you see in March. For a fun craft, make a spider from paper plates and construction paper. Let each person use black paint to color the bottoms of two, eight-and-a-half-inch paper plates. Let the plates dry completely. While the paint dries, cut black construction paper into eight strips, one-inch wide for each strip. (Cut from one long side to the other long side to have enough paper to make eight “legs.”) Fold each leg strip accordion-style, folding back and forth about every inch. Then open the legs back up into a long piece. When the plates are dry, staple the legs onto one paper plate, with four on each side of the plate. Place the other plate, face-down onto the plate with the legs, such that both the top and bottom of the spider’s “body” shows the black paint. Staple the plates together, stapling all the way around the edges.  Glue wiggle eyes in place on the top plate to complete the spider craft.

International Day of Forests – Take a walk in the woods and look for trees that are beginning to burst forth in springtime plumage. According to where you live, some trees are budding sooner than others. Watch all month long for the first signs of color in deciduous trees. Look for red maples with clusters of small red flowers emerging. Look for yellow, fragrant Jessamine flowers climbing skyward through new green leaves. Watch for the white blossoms of pear trees and dogwood trees.

Search for catkins on birch, willow, hickory, pine, and chestnut trees. Look for birds’ nests in low branches and squirrels’ nests in high branches. Listen for hawks and crows. Search for furry mammals, and look closely on the ground for insects and spiders. God’s forests are delightfully dotted with His handiwork. Search for his wonders while walking and give thanks for His creations.

Make much of the month of March with the ones you love. Create moments of merriment and treasure the memory-making of fun and adventure. March boldly with the Lord through all thirty-one days of March!

By: Julie Lavender

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2 Comments

  1. Great ideas! Thank you, Julie!

  2. Thank you, Meredith!!

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