Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Seed Parables and The Spring Garden

Every spring when I plant my garden I am reminded of the seed parables in Matthew Chapter 13, as well as Matthew 17:20. Gardening in so miraculous, I am amazed every year. I have been going through some of Jesus' parables with my Sunday school class,and, because we are a rural church, seed and planting references make for tangible lessons. I hope the spring garden will encourage everyone to read these parables. Every time a gardener plants a seed faith is involved- you can buy the best seed, mix the best soil, use the best fertilizer, water, and keep pests at bay (as much as possible), weed, weed, weed- it is still not the gardener who is making that plant grow. I planted my corn, beans and squash two weekends ago, the week was a great week for seeds, warm, with just enough rain- still though, I am always eager to see if the seeds come up. This weekend, I went out to check on the garden, pluck a few weeds, and to my surprise all my little seedlings were up. Since I was a child gardening with my grandma and through the last 12 years of actively gardening I have seen seeds come up every year- it does not get old- the whole family loves to see the seeds come up. I hope everyone gets a chance to see this miracle for themselves- there is still plenty of planting time left. I have included pictures of my little baby sprouts, as well tomato blossoms, and a pretty late spring rose. Hope everyone is having a great week and gearing up for a great Father's Day weekend.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Great New Homemaking Blog & Contest

Hope everyone gets a chance to check out a new website raisinghomemakers.com. They have a great contest posted to win an amazing Homestead Blessing DVD set. This would be an awesome set to own. The website looks like it will be a great tool in helping to raise girls in the art of Christian homemaking. Very exciting.


My Review of Crayon Rocks, set of 16

Originally submitted at Magic Cabin

Create beautifully textured drawings with these innovative crayons. Their special pebble-like shape allows children to color in large, wide strokes while strengthening their tripod grip (which prepares little fingers for h

Fun new crayons

By April from Oregon on 6/4/2010


5out of 5

Pros: Interesting, Creative, Organic shape, Easy to Hold

Best Uses: Art, Boredom buster, Rainy Day

These new crayon rocks are amazing. What a creative idea. They were perfect for the Easter baskets, and would work great for stockings, a tooth fairy gift, or party favors. Young and old children would enjoy these. Easy for little hands to grasp, great for inspiring the older kids to get artistic. Great colors! I am looking forward to purchasing the larger set for group activities, as well as more little sets to have on hand for gifts. Great Product!


My Review of Sleepy Owls GelGems®

Originally submitted at HearthSong

Whoooooo s that sleeping high up in the tree? Three adorable owls, can you see?

Designed into squishy, 3-D shapes, this set of 19 GelGems can decorate any smooth surface (lockers, sliding door, refrigerator and more) creating up to 3 owls.

Perfect Window decor to brighten a room.

By April from Oregon on 6/4/2010


5out of 5

Pros: Durable, Fun, Colorful, Quality Construction, Cute, Versatile, Easy To Clean

Best Uses: Small Children, Teens, Preteens, Toddlers

Describe Yourself: Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

Sleepy Owl Gel Gems are wonderful. This was my first set of gel gems, and I can't wait to buy more, they stick right to the window, and have stayed on despite lots of touching by the children, my teens think they are cute, and my preschool aged neice and nephew love them also. They look great when the sun shines through them, it brightens up my whole room, they are very sturdy, and a great value. I also love the modern design they have, very cute owls. I would highly recommend gel gems!