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The Miracle Worker and the Excuse Maker

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Moms and dads, if you haven’t discovered Doug Peterson’s “History by the Slice” stories, you need to take time to read them! You might even want to use them as part of your family devotions. These stories from history and the Bible are great to share with your children—and Doug always includes an activity or questions at the end so you can make this interactive. These are also great for homeschool families, teachers, and Sunday school teachers. In dramatic fashion, Jesus had just healed Peter’s mother-in-law in the disciple’s house along the Sea of Galilee, and the crowds began to swell around the miracle worker. So Jesus told his disciples to make ready to sail across to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. That’s when a curious encounter occurred. Matthew 8:19-20 says, “Then a teacher of the...

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Fun Cake Squares

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

February is a special month. As all of us know, it’s the month of love (Valentine’s Day), and for those of us in Louisiana, it’s Mardi Gras! My family has lots of activities going on this month, including parades. We attend the parades that are family oriented, and my grandchildren get enough beads and “stuff” to share with many others. These two February events include food. I love to prepare traditional dishes and theme foods. Making special memories with our families adds that special touch, so make sure you include your children. Allow them to help plan, decorate, and prepare the food. My family tells me I find a way to celebrate anything, but isn’t that what makes life special (celebrating the big events and the daily ones as well)? Doing things together as a family makes everything special...

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God-Loves-Me Garland

Posted by on Feb 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. February is the month of love and because there’s no greater love than God’s we’re going to celebrate it! What you’ll need: Card stock or construction paper. Valentine colors might include red, pink, or white, but any color is fine. You’ll want enough for seven heart-shaped cutouts. Black sharpie. Child-friendly scissors. Hole-puncher. Twine (approximately 6’). Pen and paper. Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy cutting out heart shapes and answering questions....

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Light Your World

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Moms and dads, welcome to my home! I am intentionally simplifying my décor. I’ve been thinking a lot about how grateful I am for “all things light.” I love candles, lamps, and fireplaces—anything that flickers and casts shadows across the walls of my home. If you come over for a visit—day or night—you will surely find candles burning, and a lamp or two turned on before sundown. There’s something magical about the soft, warming glow that candles project. I love how they seem to magically whisper to our souls,“Relax, take it easy, calm your mind, all is well.” And even if all is not well, at least we can escape our painful, stressful, realities—if only for a moment. Light has a powerful way of recharging our minds and refueling our souls. My best ideas have come to me when...

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Lasagna Roll-Ups

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Celebrate the Family Table | 0 comments

With the holidays behind us, most of us are getting back to our normal routines—but even then it’s hard to just slow down and embrace the moments. We forget that the ordinary days are important and a great time to make memories.  Even though our day to day lives can be busy, January isn’t usually filled with activities, so it’s a perfect time to plan some family moments. I have a recipe for you today that is perfect for a family night: Lasagna Roll-ups. This is a great recipe with a twist—and it freezes well. When I make this, I like to make my sauce either the day before or put it in the Crockpot. Then it’s time to assemble everything—and this is the part where the kids can help by rolling up the noodles and/or helping to spread...

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A Light in Rome

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Imagine you are in ancient Rome inside the famous building, the Pantheon, and it is noon on April 21—the traditional anniversary date for the birth of Rome. Light pours through a circular opening in the Pantheon’s massive domed roof, streaming down from above and pointing like a spotlight at the main door. Suddenly, an imperial figure strides into the doorway, brightly lit up by the light pouring down from the ceiling. The figure is none other than Caesar Augustus, the emperor whom some declared to be a living god. Pretty dramatic stuff. My wife and I were in Rome last fall, and one of the guides at the Pantheon said that such a light show might actually have been orchestrated during the time of Augustus. Even Stephen Spielberg would have been impressed with these Roman special effects if he...

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