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10 Steps to Reflect On for the Morning After Easter

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

I have tackled my share of jigsaw puzzles over the years, and the most satisfying part is when you’re into the home stretch and all of the pieces are coming together fast and furious. There is a particularly special feeling of completion when that one last piece clicks into place. I had that feeling recently when a Bible class took me through the events of Easter morning and showed me how all of the puzzle pieces from the four Gospels fit together. The first Easter morning was a crazy and confusing climax to the most incredible week in the history of the world. But if you read the accounts in the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it’s easy to get confused about how all of the stories fit together. There are a lot of names to keep...

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Crispy Rice Easter Treats

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

Spring is here and all the changes that come with it. We see all the bright, new colors, hear the sounds of birds singing, and feel the warmth of the sun. After the winter, it is such a welcomed change! With the arrival of spring, comes Easter and the celebration of our risen Lord. Easter brings special activities and services in our churches. We also have Easter Egg Hunts for the children in our communities and usually following the Easter Sunday meal. I have a treat to add to your Easter table. It’s a great snack to involve your children in preparing. So simple and so cute! The recipe starts with an all time favorite and then adds a few decorations to complete these festive treats. Memories and traditions are such a big part of holidays. Keeping them simple...

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Watching the Story of Easter Bloom

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. This month we celebrate Easter, the most joyous celebration of all. On Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ death and burial. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the fact that Jesus victoriously arose from the grave. The same power from God that raised Jesus comes to live in us every day when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. How exciting! What you’ll need: A small to medium planter A small bag of soil (or if you...

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The Greatest Escape

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

I trudged along a canal in Berlin back in 2011, hoping to see the inside of one of the few remaining watchtowers in the city—a guard tower where East Berlin soldiers kept an eagle eye out for people escaping to West Berlin. The guards had shoot-to-kill orders. When I paid my visit, the Berlin Wall had fallen 22 years earlier, and this watchtower was only a distant reminder of one of the most bizarre barriers ever created—the Berlin Wall. In August of 1961, the border between Communist East Berlin and the free democracy of West Berlin closed overnight, and work on the Wall began in earnest. Some called it a “surreal cage,” which enclosed an entire nation behind a wall that snaked through the heart of Berlin. I had featured this watchtower in the novel I was writing in...

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Decorated Corner Spaces

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I want to share an idea today for those boring kitchen countertop corner spaces that usually end up filled with toaster ovens, food containers, and other unsightly items stuffed into them. This makes our kitchens look messy, cluttered, and creates a feeling of chaos. Why not jazz up your corner space with a mirror positioned on the angle, a lamp, a picture of your family in a special frame, and a small container of greenery—live or artificial. If you aren’t into the bling thing like the picture above, then add some vintage details. Why not purchase a wood framed mirror? Paint the frame your favorite color, and…BAM! You can use candles instead of the lamp and a pedestal bowl with lemons (real or artificial), instead of the greenery. Either option will add life to the space. Remember, this challenge...

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God’s Word Stands Forever

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our children before they leave for college. This month we’ll celebrate the first day of spring. Flowers are beginning to pop up, breezes are a tad warmer, and it’s lighter outside a little longer. So today we’ll celebrate by creating a project that reminds us of one important truth: No matter how sweet the smell of the newly blooming flower, they all fade in comparison to the beauty of God’s Word. What you’ll need: White cardstock or construction paper...

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