Proof That It’s Spring

We go to the Livestock show every Spring. We watch chicks hatch from eggs and we see how Mom’s hair has changed through the years.
This year we arrived just in time to see a baby lamb born (oh, goody, sex eduction!) My son proclaimed loudly (due to shock, I’m sure),
“Did that baby lamb just come out of that sheep’s _ _ _ _ ?????”

WFMW: Dying Easter Eggs

This week, I read this Easter egg dying tip in the latest edition of Family Fun Magazine. It is so practical and creative that I knew immediately it might just change my life. Or at least renew my hope that I’ll have an Easter photograph of my children without multi-colored hands.

When dying eggs, place the egg inside a whisk for dipping.
Dip the entire whisk/egg in the cup of dye. Give it a gentle shake to remove any extra dye.
Genius, isn’t it?
Please mark your calendars for next week’s THEMED WFMW: The Greatest Tips Edition (you can link up a new, old or multiple tips!) As always, this is a suggested theme; you are free to link up any tip you’d like!
Thank you for joining me for WFMW! {You can read the guidelines here.}Have a Works-For-Me Wednesday tip you’d like to share? I’d love for you to join us!

  1. Smockity Frocks – Pop Up Books Children Can Make
  2. Kirsty@Momedy : Bedtime Stories for Bigger Kids
  3. Life At The Circus – camping with kids
  4. The Diaper Diaries (Easter tip)
  5. Getting Freedom (Personalized Laundry Baskets)
  6. Nikki – Easier dish washing
  7. HoosierHomemade{ Easter Cupcakes & Giveaway}
  8. Julie From Inmates (Beach Cake)
  9. This Side of Eternity (Resurrection Sunday!)
  10. Lynns Kitchen Adventures (cookbook)
  11. Leslie – Playdate Exchanges
  12. Dining Out Challenge – Tips for Eating Out with Kids
  13. Scheduling blog posts@TexasBange rters
  14. Life As Mom (easter entertainment)
  15. Real Life Perfect Hard Boiled EGG!
  16. Heavenly Homemakers (Scary Ice Cream Experiment!)
  17. Melissa @ Moms Plans (My favorite freezer cooking recipe resources)
  18. Green Baby Guide (Huge Etsy giveaway!)
  19. Kayren (Easter BASKET Scavenger Hunt!)
  20. Raising Arrows {Dinner Bell}
  21. My Heart My Home (Fruit – Sweetened Berry Crisp)
  22. RobynOHSH : Enjoy Grocery Shopping With Children
  23. True Biblical Educational Family Entertainment (ilovemy5kids)
  24. Toliets and Toddlers How to Unclog without a plumber!
  25. Kara (Cute and functional parenting ti
  26. Get 7 meals out of 1 Easter Ham (Mama Says)
  27. How to Make The Easter Story Craft ~ in an Egg!!
  28. Lady Why (Organic Foods on a Budget!)
  29. How to Save $$ on Swim Diapers!
  30. Ally @ The Frugal Frontier – I HATE cleaning!
  31. Thrifty At – Home Foot Scrub and Soak Recipes!!
  32. Moms In Need of Mercy – Train Kids to Work!
  33. Judi @ Frugal Frolic – Shop Smart – Find the Loss Leaders!
  34. How to Avoid Ice Cream Freezer Burn!
  35. Family stamping food (How to fix UNTUCKED SHIRTS on little boys)
  36. ElizabethG (Crafting Green)
  37. Mandy @ Pennies and Blessings (Bedtime Routine)
  38. Persnickety Peacocks Office Reveal
  39. Barb @ The Forever Neighbor (homemade cleaners)
  40. Marsha@Taste & See (the secret to juicy hamburgers)
  41. NerdFamily Things : Its a Peeps World
  42. NerdFamily Food : How I made 5 trays of enchiladas in 2 hours!
  43. Many Little Blessings (Using an iPod Touch as a PDA instead of buying a separate PDA)
  44. Easter Glitter Fun Sandra@SCM
  45. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove~Knickknacks & Final Day for the Big Giveaway!
  46. Janna – When My Child LIES to Me
  47. Gen X Moms (Shoe Tips)
  48. The Lumberjacks Wife : Family Game Night!
  49. ♥♥♥A Purse Turned Vase?♥♥♥ SAY WHAT?
  50. China Closet has a new Look
  51. Organize & Decorate Everything (button bling)
  52. Making Onigiri (Japanese rice balls)
  53. Burlap Bunny
  54. How to make Tutu leggings for a little girl!
  56. Christine @ Thirty Dollars A Week : Curing the snack issues!
  57. Lovely black bird lamp.
  58. LaVonne @ Long Wait (Organic Deals)
  59. Living Green @ Just Jennifer
  60. Using Twitter @ mychildsview
  61. Lamp Unto My Feet (Elementary My Dear Watkins & Giveaway)
  62. How to prevent cut apples from turning brown (Emtpy Handed But Alive in His Hands)
  63. GROCERY CART CHALLENGE (10 ways to reuse paper bags)
  64. Bargain Ballet Flats (Struggling to be Stylish)
  65. Antique Metal Sign DIY :
  66. To Shampoo or Not To Shampoo
  67. Edible Easter Tombs – great teaching tool! (Emtpy Handed But Alive in His Hands)
  68. Se7en Things To do Before Easter…
  69. Molly Green (Creative House Numbers)
  70. MomsFrugal ($7 for Easter and Tell the Story Easter Cookies
  71. ~~~A White Board For Chores~~~
  72. Renee @ Frugal – Living – Skills / Rubber Chicken
  73. Marine Corps Nomads (Personalized Gift Boxes)
  74. update a hanging plant container
  75. craft with cans
  76. magnets from junk
  77. revamp an old gumball machine
  78. making do
  79. cheese dome turned cloche
  80. cheap easy Easter decor
  81. update your knife block
  82. make your own large decor ball
  83. give your soap a facelift
  84. Household6Diva (Radio Flyer Only Parking)
  85. Identifying A Food Sensitivity (Melissa @Cellulite Investigation)
  86. Representing the True Meaning of Easter (Resurrection Rolls) Couponomic Sitmulus Package
  87. Girls in White Dresses / using baby wipes after baby has grown up
  88. Parenting Miracles (Re – Using Storage Bags – VLOG)
  89. HOT GLUE GUN = HOME REPAIRS @ AP Freewriting
  90. Feminine Adventures (Rubbing alcohol – – erasing wonder)
  91. Feels Like Home (perfect hard boiled eggs)
  92. The Duklings at Camian Academy (Laminator.Com)
  93. Get your pre – schooler ready for big school
  94. Baileys Leaf (Reminder stickers on my cell phone)
  95. Frugalicious Utensil Crock @ A Crafty Escape
  96. Frugal Creativity ~ How to Make Vanilla Sugar
  97. A Busy Mom of Two (time for mom)
  98. Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up (Baking Potatoes)
  99. Beautiful Calling (Car Toy Box)
  100. Songberries / The Best Lotion
  101. Homemade Hot Cocoa (The Local Cook)
  102. Little Llamas – Time to childprood
  103. ****WALL ART FOR KIDS****
  105. Free homeschool sharing site
  106. The Gaines Gang {Mini Pot Easter Place Card}
  107. **FREE Toddler Toys!** at Moneyless Mommas!!
  108. Light Switch Labels (The Red Chair Blog)
  109. Trina @ Joy and Contentment (Homeschooling : Confirming the Calling)
  110. Blessings Overflowing : Use your fabric scraps without sewing a stitch.
  111. The Thrifty Place (tips for when I dont feel like clipping coupons)
  112. Annie Kate (For Beginners : Learn HTML from Your Favorite Blogs)
  113. Homeschooling Hearts & Minds – Yummy Roasted Veggies from the Dark Corners of the Pantry
  114. Lara@meandmyguys .com – Public Library
  115. Laura @ Frugal Follies (Grocery shopping at CVS)
  116. Binders Can Organize Your Life Series ~ Part 3 (The Child Edition)
  117. Sandra – 4 ways I get free books!
  118. Chocolate Mousse@HowDoesShe?
  119. Free Thank You Downloads @HowDoesShe?
  120. Watch Bob turn @HowDoesShe?
  121. EASY Cotton Candy Cupcakes @LivingLocurto
  122. How to Make a Cross out of Palm Branches – lots of pictures – great project for Easter & HomeSchool
  123. Placemats►Kids Write – On / Wipe – Off Edu – Book!
  124. Trick to increase kids fruit / veggie eating
  125. KLee – helping others feel at home in a new town!
  126. Alicia – moving tips!
  1. Customized Kids Characaters from Upcycled Old Stuff!
  2. Flexible Homeschooler – Mother Culture
  3. Frugabulous Mineral Makeup! (Clearance Aisle Treasure)
  4. Numbered Picture Hooks @ The Lemon Tree
  5. Tool Box CD Holder @ junkblossoms
  6. Fantastic Frozen Food Find : Customize to YOUR Taste
  7. Cute Card Carrier 4 Frequent Shopper Cards
  8. How to Sleep In! (3x mommy)
  9. The Elect Lady : Sprink Craft for Any Age
  10. Everything Moms (Decorating your Easter Table!)
  11. From Dollar Tree to a Tote Bag for $4!
  12. Easter & Spring craft ideas & a Link Party
  13. Beautiful Baby Gift & Tassels (Creations From My Heart)
  14. Easy quick and inexpensive to make Wall Art
  15. Ginny @ makeadiff21 (Free Mulch)
  16. Metal Bucket turned Candy Bucket for any Holiday! Great for Easter!
  17. Elzabelzs new storage for headbands
  18. A Slob Comes Clean (Re – Creating those Frozen Smoothie Mixes – YUM!)
  19. Easy No Tools Required Upholstered Headboard
  20. Learning As They Grow – a Checklist
  21. OLbD – Time with Jesus
  22. Songbirdtiff – $store Robins Eggs for Spring decor
  23. Mamas Laundry Talk (Storing Childrens Clothes)
  24. ♥♥Puppet Style Oven Mitts♥♥ Keepin The Castle
  25. Wiffle Ball Rosette Mobile
  26. Daily Lackey : No Returns
  27. handkerchief necklace tutorial and giveaway
  28. toilet paper roll napkin rings + tutorial
  29. Holly @ A Mommys Blessings (BiaGaia Probiotics for little ones tummy troubles…and a giveaway!)
  30. How My Pantry Stockpile Earned Me Money
  31. Get Rid Of Ring Around the Collar
  32. Bake at 350 {I have no idea what to call this but I like it} ♥
  33. How Surveys & Market Research enable me to be a SAHM!
  34. In Everything (starting our garden indoors)
  35. Saving on Drinks when on Family Outings
  36. NO – SEW Easter Baskets FREE TEMPLATE
  37. Vintage Inspired Tile Coasters…Jane @ Finding Fabulous
  38. 1 fabric 3 decorations!
  39. FRUIT BOWL @ Keeping It Simple
  40. Jenny 867 – 5309 (Making Twitter work for you)
  41. Mozi Esme – Menu Planning
  42. Musings of a Modern Day Mom (Organizing Recipes You Find Online)
  43. Simply Mel (Kiddie Commission &Chore charts)
  44. Ballard Inspired DIY Spring topiary
  45. Graham Crakas – Coupon Binder!
  46. The Fifth Street Palace – Zibbit
  47. Sweet (and cute) Wall Decals
  48. Johnlyn (Frugal Tip)
  49. Sarah Mae (Learning how not to treat my children like) burdens
  50. frugalcrunchychr isty
  51. DIY headboard with tutorial @ ALL THINGS THRIFTY
  52. Smart Money Mom – Jelly Bean Prayer
  53. Simply Practical (healthy indulgences)
  54. Missysthrifty (SPRING CLEANING)
  55. CLEANING CROCS at Redemption Unlimited
  56. Jelli Bean Journals (Homemade Flour Tortillas)
  57. The Little Brown House – Pretty Princess Dress
  58. Use Spray Paint to Revamp Suitcase
  59. Dee @ Start Dreaming (FORCE Link to Open in New Window!)
  60. Saving Money & Living Life : Easy & Tasty Shrimp Fritters! Something different. : )
  61. NeverBored – Indoor Treasure Hunt for Easter (or anytime)
  62. Homemade Laundry Detergent Tutorial @ Sew Much Ado
  63. decorative letter balls
  64. weatherproof sports blanket
  65. car seat blanket with how to
  66. Bitterroot Mama (Lessons from My Mother)
  67. Laundry and dishwasher detergent recipes from Quarry Orchard
  68. Green housecleaning recipes @ Life on Dahlia Lane
  69. Wheres My Rolling Pin (Getting rid of ants without toxic chemicals)
  70. Discount Gardening The Halbert Home
  71. FREE Date night! Possible and FUN!
  72. CUTE COUPON Organizer@ButterflyK isses&TastyDishe s
  73. Germinated Brown Rice – INCREASES NUTRIENTS!
  74. Steph @ My Country Haven – Loving My New Clothesline!
  75. Amy @ Original Coupon Coach – Kids & Allowance
  76. Scrapbook Paper Frames
  77. paper bags
  78. Lindas Lunacy (Displaying Puzzles)
  79. Baby Boy Shower Gift @ somewhatsimple
  80. General Conference Packet @ somewhat simple
  81. BerryMorins Bits & Tips – Dont Put Your Life On Hold When Disaster Strikes
  82. Envi
    roBecca : affordable educational toy builds literacy and mechanical skills
  83. New Fireplace Mantle @ DIY Newlyweds
  84. Layton Family Joy – homemade costumes
  85. Silly chocolate chip & dice game – Jennis Seasons
  86. personal info storage at Th Bennett Blog
  87. Monica@ DailyDwelling (preschoolers & laundry)
  88. Healthy Living Probiotics for Kids (CarolinaMama)
  89. Its come 2 this (saving the rain forest)
  90. mistie
  91. Newbie! Dyeing your hair at home
  92. Weddings on a budget (joy@thriftyparsonagelivin g)
  93. Emily @ Live Renewed (Remembering to Bring Reusable Bags!)
  94. Fabric Covered Magnetic Board (Bonnie @ The Boatwright Family)
  95. Tricia @ This Happy Home (new here! organizing kid craft supplies)
  96. Bennett Blog important paper organizer
  97. I Love Turquoise! Easter Basket
  98. Palm Cross for Mom @theSingleNester
  99. Melinda (Free Money)
  100. teaching money to kids (easter hunt ideas baskets and clues)
  101. For the Love of Naps – What to do with stickers!
  102. too Blessed to Stress – Winter to Spring Brings welcome change
  103. Necklace Makeover@ The Homemaker
  104. Christy (Tea Time or how I clean my house)
  105. Danise Delights (10 ways to speak life)
  106. Paint Easter cookies with your kids (prairie cottage rose)
  107. Michele@My Brazilian Life – Mini Bisquit Pizzas
  108. Chockpot Salsa Chicken 2 ways
  109. Softball team goodie…bottle cap necklaces
  110. Our Suburban Homestead – Perennial fruits & Veggies
  111. Moving and Packing Tips (A Young Wifes Tale)
  112. Simply Sweet Home (handmade purses)
  113. Heartfelt Comfort (Phone / iPod pouch – GREAT last minute gift!)
  114. Jennifer @ McQuill – land (A Website with Sparkle – Great Ideas for Homeschoolers & Others!)
  115. Oh The Places Youll Go – Consolidating Clutter while Maintaining Memories with a photo wall collage
  116. Adorable Homemade Birthday Gift Ideas
  117. Homemade Living { How I Search For Recipes }
  118. PeacefulHome (how our big family celebrates Easter)
  119. Free 2 Be Frugal (What They Dont Know…)
  120. GroovieMom (Dying Easter Eggs)
  121. **My Frugal Lifestyle {How to make Spray n Wash}**
  122. iDreamofClean (How to Remember Which Way to FLIP YOUR MATTRESS)
  123. Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama (Moms and Babies Nutrition Series)
  124. This linky list is now closed.

Point of Grace {Giveaway}

*UPDATED with Winner* Congratulations to Momma24 of Homedaze! You’re the winner!

Do I have a treat for y’all!!

I have been a Point of Grace fan for years and years.
We are like *this* (crossing fingers to signify closeness) in my mind (because they don’t actually know I exist). But let’s not let that little fact detract us from the point at hand.
I love their music.
I went to one of their very first concerts a hundred years ago. Except they haven’t aged one day:

They sent me their awesome new CD and fantastic cookbook (I realize that Shelly probably didn’t lick the envelope, but let’s not burst all my bubbles, k?)
My favorite song is Love and Laundry….here’s the story behind it:
And, guess what???? Point of Grace is giving away an awesome prize package today on my blog today!

Prize Package:
No Changin’ Us CD $14
Cooking with Grace Cookbook $15
Tote Bag $12
Meet & Greet Laminate $5
Postcard Set $5
Point of Grace T-Shirt $15
Total Value: $66
Leave a comment and tell me if you’re a fan (or if they are new to you) as your entry. If you a die hard fan– tweet this giveaway, facebook it, share it, and give yourself an extra entry (by adding an additional comment!)

In the Name of the Father, the Son and a Big Sister

I tossed my three year old girl in the tub with her ten year old big sister the other night.

(I asked permission from my oldest first…she still has a lot of little girl left in her and welcomed the toys. Oh, and I didn’t actually toss my toddler).
They played and splashed and I went to the kitchen for just a minute, until I heard my youngest crying.
I hurried back in to my oldest BEAMING and my youngest sniffling.
“What happened?” I asked.
“Mom, guess what?” my oldest said in a very excited voice. “I helped her ask Jesus into her heart! She repeated a prayer after me!”
“Honey, that’s great,” I said, watching my toddler nod her head in agreement, with a giant tear rolling down her cheek. “But why is she crying?”
“Oh. Well, I also baptized her.”
(No sprinkling here, people. Full immersion)
(And, later on my toddler told me “Baby Jesus gotted in my heart by my belly button”. We don’t split theological hairs here, either).

The Weight of It All– Anne of Flowerdust

One Act– great post by the cool guy who manages the Compassion International blog
My kids love this educational game, EdHeads, (hat tip to Jenny 867-53oh9), but there’s nothing like Line Rider. It’s terribly addicting for my husband kids.
Anyone read German? This is a great honor for me.
(Will you help me find really great links each week that inspire or are just incredibly cool? Leave your suggestions here)

A True Story

Once upon a time, I went to Africa. I took my nearly new Flip Video Camera that I bought with birthday gift cards, coupons and money I found in the washing machine.

It broke- my first day there.
I had to borrow video footage from everyone else.
When I got home, I didn’t act entirely Christian on the phone with the Flip Customer Service Dept. It got me no where. Plus, I had GUILT.
So. I went to Twitter. Because if anyone can help, it’s Twitter friends. I whined and complained and offered to trade a nearly new broken Flip to someone who collected things that don’t, um, work.
A sweet friend (YOU BETTER CLICK THAT LINK) offered to send me her nearly new extra video camera for a bit of advertising. And it’s pink, to boot (girl power!)
She is a dear. Her blog is hilarious. We even hugged once.
Be her friend, subscribe to her blog. Follow her on Twitter.
So my video camera won’t break-I think it’s called Karma.
Thanks, Marcy. I got the camera today and will be using it immediately to capture my toddler flushing stuff down the commode—What??!! I better go stop her.

He Said/She Said (8): Rebuilding Trust

He Said/She Said (1): Intro
He Said/She Said (2): Lust and Marriage
He Said/She Said (3): Confessions
He Said/She Said (4): Prayer
He Said/She Said (5): Resources
He Said/She Said (6): Healing
He Said/She Said (7): Warning Signs

This is our last post of this series “Lust and Your Marriage.” We really want to continue the He Said/She Said Series…. please leave topic ideas, questions or comments in my community to help us decide what topics to look at next from his/her perspective. Thanks!

She Said:
For me, rebuilding trust in my marriage was very difficult. I was insecure about even recognizing truth because for so many years I was oblivious to many lies. I wanted to trust my forgiven husband. From the beginning of his confession, I knew something significant had happened in him and to him. I knew he was different.

But I struggled.

He wanted to be trustworthy, but I couldn’t make myself trust him.

It took time. Days of watching him in his new found freedom, turned to weeks. Weeks turned to months. If he admitted being tempted to lust or giving into that temptation to look too long at a passing woman, it was a huge disappointment and regression for me.

Trusting after pornography is a painful dance, two steps forward, one step back, but we were both seriously committed to beat this at whatever cost and we were gaining ground.

I also struggled with trusting men in general for months after this. It was just another reminder that God is really the only One who will never fail me. Everyone else is capable of being nothing more than human.

This article on Rebuilding Trust by the author (and his wife) of Every Man’s Battle, is powerful and very effective. I urge every wife and husband to read it.

Trouble is, when it comes to trust, there’s a catch. No matter how desperately you want it, you can’t manufacture trust on your own. Trust requires two ingredients: Your husband must become trustworthy, and you must trust again. Each of you is responsible for bringing one of the ingredients to the table.

Neither will be easy to provide. Becoming trustworthy will require an immense character change on his part, and that’s no small task. On your end, trusting your husband again will require obedience and submission to God, in spite of your scars. That won’t be easy, either.
– Brenda Stoeker, Every Heart Restored

I recommend open communication. We talked about everything (and we still do!) I wanted to help him fight. But at some point, it became unhealthy for trust-building for me to know of every temptation. Remember, it’s not wrong or sinful to be tempted. Jesus, Himself, showed us that. My hubby got in an accountability group and shared those temptations with other men. This was a tremendous help to both of us.

As time passed, and we were three months, four, six months out, each day got easier. I learned to trust again because my spouse became trustworthy.

Many of the women who’ve emailed/left comments are struggling with men who are not trustworthy. Their hearts have been damaged over and over because their mates have failed over and over. You cannot be expected to trust someone who isn’t worthy of it. Put your trust in God, ask your spouse to clean up their act, get counseling or schedule an intervention with family, friends.

Rebuilding trust isn’t easy or done quickly, but it is possible.

(We apologize for the quality of this video–serious technical difficulties this week! Turn down your volume)

Click here to watch.

Please visit my community to leave topic ideas, questions or comments in my communityfor future He Said/She Said posts.