Pages Navigation Menu

Don't forget to make some memories!

Family Fun for Summer

Posted by on May 25, 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 and games for gobs of 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’s craft is not only a craft, but a game: See how many splat balls you can catch in your catch basket from tosses by your team mate. Made with throw-aways, it’s uber-cool to recycle! What you’ll need: 4 empty gallon milk jugs cleaned/labels removed (they peel fairly easy, don’t worry about leftover glue) Two 1-¼ inch dowels, 2 inches long each Duct tape Permanent markers ¼ – ½ inch wide elastic Hole puncher Splat balls...

Read More

Gauging God’s Goodness

Posted by on May 15, 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. You’ve heard the old adage, “Spring showers bring May flowers.” This month, we’re going to celebrate God’s many blessings that rain down by making a rain gauge and using the gauge as a trigger for praise! What you’ll need: A clear plastic water bottle A marker Tape measure Sheet of paper and pen, pencil, or crayon Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy buying their water bottle, drinking it, and watching mom...

Read More

Words That Matter

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. _Ephesians 4:29 ESV One of my favorite things to incorporate into my decorating plans are inspirational words stamped on boards, tea towels, magnets and the like. Well-used words have the power to inspire, challenge, and encourage people.  And because people matter to me, I want to use words well. Children remember our words for years after we have spoken them. I’m guessing most of you can remember a time when someone didn’t use their words well. The impact still lingers in the deep recesses of your heart, still, today? I understand, friend.  I have a few painful memories tucked away, too. But I love that we are given...

Read More

Fix Mom Some Chicken Salad

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

Children are such a marvelous gift from God. I’m so thankful for my children, and now the blessing of grandchildren. As all of us moms know, children can sometimes be a challenge. We have our ups and downs as we raise them. But I often think what a blessing God has given us to have the opportunity to pour into our children. I love the “Just 18 Summers” message. When you look at raising your children as having them for just 18 summers, it really puts things into perspective. So for you young moms, make those memories and use them as teaching moments. For you grandparents like me, enjoy making memories with your grandchildren and use that wealth of knowledge that came from raising your own children. Proverbs 22:6(NLT) says, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More
Leaderboard Ad