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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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The Miracle of Dunkirk

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The bang of a bullet, as it penetrated the steel hull of the ship, nearly made me jump out of my skin. Several bullets punched their way through the hull, and water gushed in, flooding the boat. Fortunately, all of this action was taking place on the big screen, while I was sitting safely in my cushioned seat, and the only danger that I faced was that I might spill my popcorn every time the movie made me jump—which was often. The movie was Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece released this summer.  The movie was remarkably free of gory violence, but it was packed with suspense from beginning to end, as it followed three interweaving stories that took place during the famous evacuation of close to 330,000 British soldiers at Dunkirk during World War II. The evacuation of 1940 has...

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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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