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A Mother’s Legacy

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

Ding! A new text message lit up the screen of my iPhone. I opened it to find a long note from my mom containing a list she’s compiled of over 350 names and attributes of God. The day before she and I had chatted about my fascination with learning God’s names as a means to knowing Him better. She mentioned that she thinks through the alphabet and corresponding names of God as she falls asleep at night. I had asked her to send me the list she’s put together. When I received the text message the next day, I smiled at this glimpse into her walk with the Lord and realized what a priceless gift she’s given me through her own quietly cultivated heart for Christ. I’ve experienced the impact of her love for Him – both as a...

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A Spectacle in Rome

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Most people have heard about what happened in the Roman Colosseum, where Christians, criminals, slaves, and other “undesirables” were hauled into an arena and executed. Some say that most Christian martyrs were slaughtered in the Circus Maximus, not the Colosseum, but wherever it took place, this was entertainment to the bloodthirsty Roman crowd. People love a spectacle. Always have. Always will. But did you know that the Romans also held full-scale naval battles as entertainment? In 46 B.C., to celebrate the victories of Julius Caesar, the Romans created a man-made lake where they staged a battle between two fleets of ships. These were full-scale ships, featuring as many as 6,000 fighters. What’s more, these were real battles, where real blood flowed and real people died or were badly injured, writes a recent article in National Geographic History magazine. Today,...

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Taste and See for Yourself that God is Good!

Posted by on Oct 26, 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. October is the month filled with hayrides, freshly fried apple pies, pumpkin carvings, and of course, candy corn. The mention of two desserts is no coincidence because October 14th was National Dessert Day! Even the Bible has something to say about the joy of tasting.  Today’s {yummy} autumn activity offers a choice—you can either buy or bake, depending on your time constraints. Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy either picking out...

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It’s Fall, Y’all!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I love fall. Love how the leaves gradually turn from green to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and crimson red. Love the chill in the air and the warmth a good cup of java provides. Fall reminds me to enjoy beauty all around, because life should be so much more than stressful days full of getting it done, carpool lines, or staying on the run. It’s fall, y’all! Change is in the air and I’m loving it! Currently, I have a cinnamon apple candle in my kitchen and the fragrance is delectable! I love how a single whiff draws me in, encouraging me to stop for a moment, to embrace this small, fragrant gift of fall and all it has to offer. My summer hydrangeas are dried up, but, outside my home you’ll find multi-sized orange pumpkins clustered together,...

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Taco Bell Truth

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

“Let’s do this again.” Those words, printed on a packet of Taco Bell Mild Sauce, fit the evening like a glove. The unusually cool weather had beckoned our family outdoors. Hurricane Irma was headed our way, but on this night before her arrival, everything was still. Even the mosquitos stayed away. I sat on a picnic blanket in our backyard, surrounded by my four favorite people. Because I was too tired to cook, we had picked up tacos and brought them back home. After enjoying our fast food dinner, my husband and kids spent the next half hour playing frisbee and catch. I snuggled my preschooler in our oversized rocking chair. From inside the house, I could almost hear the sink of dirty dishes calling my name. I could envision the messes trailing from one end of our home...

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Making our Bedrooms Havens Once Again

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Fall is a great time to assess our bedrooms. A fresh splash of color, bed linens, pillows and covers can add some pizzazz to the room that we spend a great deal of time in. Sometimes our bedrooms take a back seat when it comes to updating our home decor, but that doesn’t have to be. The reality is that we should give the same attention to this room as we give to the other more public rooms of our house. Nine times out of ten, though, I focus specifically on the main areas, as we can always shut the door to a messy bedroom when company comes over. Ahem … not that I would know. Ha! This fall remember the colors that are strong for the season. Navy, “orangey” corals, and jewel tones mixed with rich texture and...

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