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Welcome Spring!

Welcome Spring!

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3 ESV

Splashes of color dot the periphery of forests, woods, and neighborhoods, indicating that spring is upon us. (A layer of yellow pollen in the deep south signifies that time of year, too!) Watch for new colors every day and fresh, new signs of spring, too. Enjoy the beauty of spring with lots of family walks and outdoor time and create some unique family holidays to accompany the silly ones below. Make it an awesome April for those you love!

World Wish Day – Make wishes all month long – silly ones, like, cookies for breakfast and serious ones, like, an end to poverty and sickness. Look for dandelion weeds that have gone to seed when out and about. Pick a few and make silent wishes before blowing away the seeds. Brainstorm individual wishes and family ones over dinner one evening, and then pray over family and community concerns and world-wide wishes. Then read some of these fun wish books: Marien’s Wish by Cinthia Wild, Wish by Emma Dodd, and I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

National Dandelion Day – Perpetuate the theme of wishes and dreams and celebrate National Dandelion Day. Wander with the family and keep your eyes open for dandelion flowers and dandelion puffballs. Celebrate the day, along with wish day from above, and pick a few dandelions for wishes. Then, have a dandelion craft day. Use a sheet of construction paper for the background. Dip a plastic fork in yellow paint and make prints in a circle, like the petals of the dandelion flower. When the yellow paint is dry, dip the fork in orange paint and make just a few prints in the circle to add color. Once the orange paint dries, use a marker to add a stem. Then, on the same page, make a dandelion puffball by making white paint fingerprints in a flower shape. Then use a marker to add a stem to that dandelion, too.

Save the Frogs Day – Go for a family walk in the evening and listen for the croaks and calls of frogs and toads. Look for swimming tadpoles in bodies of water or see if you can spot frogs near the water’s edge. You may even find a few hopping around in the grass. Keep a tally of the ones you see this month and take cell phone photos, too.

Pigs in a Blanket Day – Gather in the kitchen to make a fun recipe. Unroll crescent roll dough and cut each triangle into four strips. Wrap each strip around one small sausage link so that most of the link is covered. Bush the top of the dough with butter. Season with Italian seasoning and parsley. Bake at 375 degrees for about twelve minutes, until golden brown.

World Marbles Day – (Play this game with older kids who can safely play with marbles.) Use painter’s tape to make several X’s on an area of the den floor. Write numbers one-through five on each one. Take turns rolling marbles towards the X’s. Each player rolls five marbles, one at a time. Wherever each marble lands, tally the points listed on the closest X. If a marble stops on top of a taped-X, then the person gets double the number of points written on the X. Let each person have a turn and tally the points at the end of the game to find a winner.

Take time each day to enjoy your greatest treasure – family – and find special ways to celebrate that gift. Enjoy sunny cool days of early springtime. Watch for blossoms and buds of every color and enjoy the aroma of fresh-cut, green grass, reminding you of new life springing forth. Celebrate an empty tomb and give thanks for each new day. Hold your family tight and celebrate the adventures of April, one moment and memory at a time.

By: Julie Lavender, author of 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, published by Revell, looks forward to the promise of spring and new life and making lots of memories with her family. Connect with Julie on social media or at

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