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When Your Child Doesn’t Get the Award, Part 1

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

Applause erupted as our daughter stood to receive her third award of the evening. She beamed with excitement while walking onto stage. I listened to the praise of both her teachers and peers and my heart swelled with joy. At the same time, I ached for her brother who received no awards that night. Oh, the depth of conflicting emotions that can simultaneously possess a parent’s heart. Our son did well in his classes this year. He makes friends easily and is very outgoing. But he won no “student choice awards” that night, nor did he get the highest scores in any of his classes. On the way home he commented, “I wonder why I didn’t get any awards.” I turned in the front passenger seat and looked at him with compassion and understanding. I’ve experienced these gut-wrenching feelings...

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From God’s Restaurant to Mars Hill

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The sky was as blue as the Aegean Sea when my wife and I left our hotel and hiked off to visit the Parthenon, the ancient ruins of a temple that has stood at the heart of Athens for about 2,500 years. Before we climbed the winding slope leading up to the Acropolis, where the Parthenon stands, we popped in for breakfast at an establishment that was actually named “God’s Restaurant.” You know you’re starting your day off right when you have an omelet at God’s Restaurant. We took a million photos on the Acropolis, where you could get a beautiful bird’s-eye view of the city and its sea of white buildings. But the greatest thrill was coming across a small hill on our way down from the Parthenon. We had stumbled onto Mars Hill, the site where tradition...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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