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Watching the Story of Easter Bloom

Posted by on Apr 7, 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. This month we celebrate Easter, the most joyous celebration of all. On Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ death and burial. On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the fact that Jesus victoriously arose from the grave. The same power from God that raised Jesus comes to live in us every day when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. How exciting! What you’ll need: A small to medium planter A small bag of soil (or if you...

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The Greatest Escape

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

I trudged along a canal in Berlin back in 2011, hoping to see the inside of one of the few remaining watchtowers in the city—a guard tower where East Berlin soldiers kept an eagle eye out for people escaping to West Berlin. The guards had shoot-to-kill orders. When I paid my visit, the Berlin Wall had fallen 22 years earlier, and this watchtower was only a distant reminder of one of the most bizarre barriers ever created—the Berlin Wall. In August of 1961, the border between Communist East Berlin and the free democracy of West Berlin closed overnight, and work on the Wall began in earnest. Some called it a “surreal cage,” which enclosed an entire nation behind a wall that snaked through the heart of Berlin. I had featured this watchtower in the novel I was writing in...

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Decorated Corner Spaces

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

I want to share an idea today for those boring kitchen countertop corner spaces that usually end up filled with toaster ovens, food containers, and other unsightly items stuffed into them. This makes our kitchens look messy, cluttered, and creates a feeling of chaos. Why not jazz up your corner space with a mirror positioned on the angle, a lamp, a picture of your family in a special frame, and a small container of greenery—live or artificial. If you aren’t into the bling thing like the picture above, then add some vintage details. Why not purchase a wood framed mirror? Paint the frame your favorite color, and…BAM! You can use candles instead of the lamp and a pedestal bowl with lemons (real or artificial), instead of the greenery. Either option will add life to the space. Remember, this challenge...

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God’s Word Stands Forever

Posted by on Mar 1, 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 children before they leave for college. This month we’ll celebrate the first day of spring. Flowers are beginning to pop up, breezes are a tad warmer, and it’s lighter outside a little longer. So today we’ll celebrate by creating a project that reminds us of one important truth: No matter how sweet the smell of the newly blooming flower, they all fade in comparison to the beauty of God’s Word. What you’ll need: White cardstock or construction paper...

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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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