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Passing On Hope

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

“I’m glad we’re Christians, Mama.” Smiling in agreement, I asked my 11-year-old daughter what made her feel that way. Her response still echoes in my heart. “Because we have hope.” We had just returned from spending Christmas in California, where we’d helped my sister’s family prepare for a move to Hawaii. My kids loved the time with their cousins – a rare privilege since they live on opposite sides of the country. And now, these cousins were moving even farther away. This painful parting prompted my daughter to give thanks for hope. Hope that goodbye is not forever, not when we all know Jesus. Though we live thousands of miles apart and have no idea when we’ll be together again, a shared eternity is coming. Hope that God’s plans are bigger than we can imagine and He’s able to...

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Mama, You Forgot

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 6 comments

“Mama, you forgot to sing to me,” my son called from his bedroom. Actually, I hadn’t forgotten. I was just tired and ready for the kids to be in bed, eager to go “off duty” for the night. So I had prayed for him, kissed him goodnight and shut the door. But he remembered. And inwardly, my heart rejoiced despite my weariness. I reentered his room, sang a verse of “The Old Rugged Cross” and kissed him goodnight one more time. We used to sing to our babies as part of their nighttime routine, but as they’ve grown older, the bedtime songs gradually fell by the wayside. Recently, however, a dear friend told me about an interview she’d read with singers/songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty, in which they encouraged parents to sing songs of faith to their kids each...

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The Vandal and the Master Artist

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Hundreds of people were packed into a side chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome when a bearded man with long, red hair suddenly scrambled over a marble railing and bolted up the stairs leading to one of the most famous works of art in the world—Michelangelo’s Pietà. “I’m Jesus Christ!” the man shouted as he yanked a hammer from under his coat and began raining blows on the statue. Pieces of marble flew in all directions as the crowd looked on in horror. The hammer came crashing down on the left arm of the statue of Jesus’s mother, Mary, and then the vandal smashed Mary’s face, knocking off a marble piece of her nose, left eye, and veil. In all, the man delivered about a dozen strikes with his hammer before an Italian fireman grabbed him by the...

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A Royal Opportunity for Your Family

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Winter sure has settled in, hasn’t it? This week our county had five snow days. Have I mentioned I live in Mississippi? Unusually frigid temperatures and ice and snow have made this January especially difficult. I’m not sure yet how much more time is left in winter, but I am surely over it! How about you? Dreaming of warmer temps and planning 2018 goals always leads to home projects and this year is no different. The news of the Pantone color of the year has been intriguing as well, and I have to say I personally love the Ultra Violet hue. After a couple years of more neutral colors from Pantone, Ultra Violet shifts the home decorating game into high gear. Not just a regular purple, Ultra Violet is a blue based purple that stands out and makes a...

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Live Current: Creating a Home that Unveils the Best Version of YOU!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

My creative daughter and I had a great conversation this week about how important it is to live current—to create an environment that reflects the BEST of who we are, even in our home-décor. So, I’m going to share a few things that will help you to achieve this goal: First: Walk through your home with pen and paper in hand. Access how long you’ve had the same style. Yes, admit how many years you’ve had the same piles. And, while you do that, also include a bullet-pointed-list that reads something like the one below: Window treatments: 20 years Wallpaper: 200 years Paint color: 5 years Furniture: 3 years Accessories: Have owned these too many years to count! The piles, boxes, and bags? How long have they been here? This exercise is not intended to create a spirit of...

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Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 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. January 31st is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day! In celebration, we’ll encourage our young artists to create a piece of artwork with a celebratory feel to it. What you’ll need: A variety of cupcake/muffin liners (tin, colors, decorations, sizes, etc.) Craft glue Child-safe scissors Black construction paper (will act as the sky) Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy shopping for a few different cartons of liners. If old enough, they...

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