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Raising the White Flag

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Lean in close, I have a secret to tell. “I am a recovering control freak.” Seriously. Life is good when things go according to plan, when nothing too crazy happens, and when people behave themselves. But if things start to veer too far off course, I get anxious. God has grown me a lot in this area over the last few years, though. I’m learning to raise the white flag, to trust Him and listen to His voice when things seem out of control. I had an opportunity to practice this recently. My child was very loudly and quite passionately objecting to the word no. I knew I couldn’t give in to the tantrum. Such behavior was unacceptable. I needed to make the child stop. But all my efforts were in vain. Every discipline or redirection seemed to make...

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Celebrating the Rock!

Posted by on Sep 13, 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. Did you know that September 16th is Collect Rocks Day? (We’re posting this a couple of days early to give you time to gather supplies.) Whether you’re an avid rock collector or you simply like the feel of a smooth round rock in your hand, this is a fun day to celebrate a long-standing hobby in our country. And today, we’ll learn something special about a particular Rock found in the Bible. What you’ll need: A...

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Poland, 1979: We Want God! We Want God!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

In 1979, schoolteachers in Poland were told to inform their students that the man about to visit their country “is our enemy.” Teachers were urged to explain to their classes that this man’s sense of humor and great communication skills made him “dangerous, because he charms everyone.” Who was this dangerous enemy? It was Pope John Paul II, and the warnings were sent out to schools in Poland because in 1979 the communists were in control. John Paul II was going to visit his home country for the first time since becoming Pope, and the communists allowed it because they thought he would “behave himself.” They gambled that he would not say anything too controversial in this officially atheist country. Poland might have been officially atheist at that time, but it was unofficially a very religious country with a...

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Be a “Good Book” Worm!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 1 comment

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. With children returning to school this month we’re reminded of the importance of having a good education, and much of this happens through books. Today, we’re going to learn about a very special Book. In fact, it’s the only Book that is actually alive! That’s right! So grab your supplies and let’s all become “Good Book” Worms. What you’ll need: Construction or card stock paper (preferred due to its weight) – two different colors or patterns...

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Fun Days Menu

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

Fun days and fun food.  Don’t you just love to have a day with your children or grandchildren just to have fun, be silly, play games, or watch funny movies? I used to love to sneak and stand by the door of my children’s rooms to hear them playing—to hear their laughter and the joy in their voices. Today as a grandmother I love to do the same things with my grandsons.  My 7-year-old is so funny. I love hearing his jokes that he thinks are so hilarious, but they don’t make any sense. I still laugh. He does some of the funniest tricks in the pool and we play like we’re fish. We hear that “laughter is the best medicine” and I know this is true.  Of course to go along with these days we need fun food....

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The Exploding Chocolates

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The Nazis once tried to kill British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with chocolate. According to a retrospective in Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, “Adolf Hitler’s bomb makers coated explosive devices with a thin layer of rich dark chocolate, then packaged it in expensive-looking black and gold paper. The Germans apparently planned to use secret agents working in Britain to discreetly place the bars—branded as Peters Chocolate—among other luxury items taken into the dining room used by the War Cabinet during the conflict.” Fortunately, British spies discovered the plot before the chocolate could explode. This story highlights the power of chocolate and its rich, creamy texture. What better temptation to lure someone into a trap than chocolate? The world’s love affair with chocolate can be traced back to the Mayans and Aztecs. The Aztecs believed that cacoa beans, which are used to...

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