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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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Why Teaching Your Children to Mind is Vital

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

There were days that Alison wondered if her kids would ever learn to mind her when she told them to do something. I think all of us parents can understand that. We tell our teens to clean their rooms, and an hour later, we walk by and it’s the same mess it was before . . . or an even bigger disaster. We instruct our younger kids, “Don’t leave the yard.” And then we see them down the street where they aren’t supposed to be. Or we say, “You can’t have any chocolate tonight because you didn’t eat your dinner.” And then a while later, we see melted chocolate on their faces and clothes. It can be pull-your-hair-out frustrating. But here’s the thing—we can’t give up. We must keep working with our children until they follow our instructions. Why...

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You Have a Special Place in the Family

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Parenting Perspectives | 0 comments

Underneath the picture wall in our hall sits a long table. On the table I have additional pictures and I enjoy them every time I walk to my office. Recently I noticed the pictures on the table facing the wall. I turned them around and the next time I passed, they were again facing the wall. I wasn’t sure what was going on until I caught our three-year-old in the act of turning the pictures to the wall. “Why do you turn all the pictures around?” I asked. “Because I like them like that,” she said matter-of-factly. “You don’t like looking at the faces in the pictures?” “Well, I like them but I want my picture up there.” “So if I put a picture of you in the group you will leave them facing out? “Uh-huh.” She nodded. “Put...

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Putting Out the Fire of Anger

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Jenny watched in shock as her son slammed the book shut and flung his pencil across the desk. “I can’t do this stupid stuff and I’m not going to try,” he muttered. Anger was evident in every word. What had happened to make her normally mild-mannered son so angry? “What’s the matter with you, Son? I’ve never seen you act like this before.” He began crying. Once he calmed down, Jenny was relieved to discover that she hadn’t suddenly developed a horrible child. Instead, his anger was fueled by his fear of attending a new school. A bully at school who was making her son’s life miserable had further compounded the situation. A wise parent will realize that anger is often an indicator of a deeper problem. Sometimes children are upset and anger is the only way they can...

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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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A Royal Calling

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Mom Voice | 0 comments

I turned and saw her in a cloud of white lace and my heart stumbled. Smiling, confidant, and clutching her daddy’s arm. Playing dress-up. But, no, this wasn’t my four-year-old pretending to be a princess, or cowgirl, or race-car driver—this was the grown-up version of my daughter—ready to pledge her life and love to her beloved. I blinked. And in that moment I realized: It mattered—all of it. The folding of little hands, the wiping of messy chins. Steadiness during a toddler tantrum and patience in a tween-age meltdown. A firm anchor of love for the pushing-for-independence teenager. The sharing of tears over a broken heart. The giggles and out-of-control laughter. The endless turning to God’s Word for comfort and guidance. The questions, the doubts, the heart-pouring before God—Oh, Father, am I doing this right? Will my heart survive...

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