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Décor that Educates!

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

There’s nothing more American than baseball and apple pie. Summer’s long afternoons that stretch into late nights make it prime time for some celebrating. Whether you look forward to grilling out or making s’mores over an open fire, summertime’s fun gives us hope as winter wears on. There’s nothing more fun than celebrating baseball games with our boys or going to get popcorn and hotdogs at the baseball field hosting our favorite teams. This set of lamps brings the nostalgia and baseball memories front and center to their rooms! This particular time of summer, we also look forward to celebrating our yearly traditions. Some folks travel with family and friends to a particular vacation spot at their favorite beach, lake or amusement park. Others may look forward to relaxed mornings and extended evenings with late sunsets. Decorating our homes...

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Fruit – Good for the Body and Soul

Posted by on Jul 12, 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. Summer is the season for fresh fruits! The Bible has something to say about fruit in Galatians 5. Today, we’ll focus on these verses as we discuss the fruit of the Spirit while enjoying the produce chosen by your child. What you’ll need: Seasonal fruit Sour cream (1-1/2 cup) Brown sugar (3T) A dish for the fruit and dip Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy going with you to choose different...

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

School is out and summer is here, so let the fun begin! I grew up in the time period when most moms did not work outside the home and we spent summers with them at home, but it was not a lazy summer. My grandfather had a big farm, so there was a lot to do when the crops came in. We worked, shelling beans and peas, shucking corn, and picking all kinds of berries and fruits for jams and jellies, but as I look back, those were some of the happiest times of my life. We spent time together talking, sharing laughter, and hearing stories from times past. We had cousins who came to spend the summer to help work the garden, and we so looked forward to their visits. Yes, we did work, but we also had...

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The Gift of Time

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Do you ever feel like you fall short in prioritizing time spent with the people you love most? I do. Time has a way of slipping through our fingers, no matter how hard we try to make every moment count. Clocks represent the many seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years we are privileged to breathe, create, love, influence, and celebrate the wonderful lives we’ve been given. But, sometimes, we fail to see time as a gift because our ‘to-do” lists demand so much of us. No wonder we fail to live life to the fullest or to be fully present in any one single moment. Today, let’s celebrate the gift of time: past, present, and future. And let’s think of new ways to appreciate the gift we’ve been given. Clocks hold a special place in my heart,...

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Caring for the Birds, Like our Father

Posted by on Jun 14, 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. June is the month we celebrate fatherhood. God is the only perfect example of a father but He gave us earthly fathers to display His love and care for our families. Today, we focus on Matthew 26:6 because few verses explain the beauty of God’s detailed care for us (and the birds!) as much as this one. What you’ll need: A toilet paper roll Peanut butter Bird seed Child-friendly utensil Plate or tin foil Skill level:...

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When Your Child Doesn’t Get the Award, Part 2

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Our home has been a flurry of activity for the last several weeks. We lead a busy life year-round, but as school wraps up, our calendar is even more full than normal. A highlight of this season was our kids’ project fair and awards dinner. We prepared for weeks and greeted the evening with eager anticipation. During the ceremony, teachers handed out awards and praised the achievement of their top pupils. An emcee read student choice awards for such categories as “happy-go-lucky,” “most influential among classmates” and “most likely to become president.” Our daughter received three awards that night. Our son received none. As we’ve processed the joy and pain of that event, we have had opportunities to discuss some important life lessons. This type of situation undoubtedly occurs in every home where there’s more than one child. How...

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