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Knock, Knock

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 1 comment

Knock, knock, knock. Inwardly I cringed just a little. Outside that door, my husband was caring for our kids so I could spend some much-needed time with Jesus before starting the day. I relished the stillness as I quietly sipped my coffee. But my preschooler knew I was awake and she missed me. I answered her knock. “Come in.” All smiles, she opened the door and climbed up on the bed beside me. After a good morning hug and kiss, she said, “Can I stay in here?” I hesitated, then said, “You’ll have to be quiet. Can you do that?” She promised she would. Then she noticed the gratefulness journal sitting next to me. She’d seen it before and knew that’s where I record lists of things for which I’m thankful. “Can I write in it?” she queried. Perfectionism...

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Dead Sea Walking

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Walking into the Dead Sea is like trying to walk across a polished floor in roller skates. When I arrived at the Dead Sea in Israel this past March, I figured I would simply stroll across a sandy beach and stride into the saltiest body of water in the world. Nothing to it, right? I didn’t realize that the Dead Sea’s “beach” was really more of a rock-hard slab slathered with a thin layer of mud—and as slick as ice. I took one step toward the Dead Sea, slipped, and thought I was going to break my neck, which would’ve given new meaning to the “dead” in Dead Sea. Fortunately, I kept my balance—but barely. Meanwhile, my wife found it equally treacherous, so she decided to splash around in a puddle located about five feet from the water’s edge....

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Ministry that Doesn’t Look Like Ministry

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 0 comments

“Alleluia. Alleluia!” The words of our song echoed through the Russian cathedral. We stood in the balcony, enraptured by the polished beauty surrounding us. We were playing tourist that day, taking time off in the middle of a mission trip to Siberia. Our team didn’t plan on singing. There was no audience, at least no one we saw. But the chapel’s breathtaking glory inspired a song of praise, rising from the lips of American Christians half a world away from home. When we finished, an older Russian woman selling souvenirs in the cathedral’s gift shop thanked us for our song. She’d prayed for years to someday hear God’s praise sung in another tongue. He answered her prayer that day through the spontaneous song of an American mission team. It’s easy to see the eternal significance of such moments and...

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Making Our House a Home

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 1 comment

Twice a year, buyers of furniture and accessories from around the world converge on a tiny town in North Carolina. High Point, NC is the furniture capital of the world hosting the largest furnishings trade show. Interior Designers, architects, and buyers spend days combing 180 buildings covering 11.5 million square feet of show space! If you love seeing new accessories and furniture, you’d love attending the furniture market – but you want your comfy shoes and a plan. There are over 2000 exhibitors who either own or lease showrooms for these days twice a year and there are now over 100 countries represented. Some of the new trends that appeared this spring include lovely blue hues and amazing textures. No flat boring looks here, just lots of depth and variety. Warm textures and finished on case goods continue to...

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The Long Way Home

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The only time I ever got motion sickness was in a helicopter as the pilot kept turning it in circles over the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. He wanted the passengers on both sides of the copter to get a good view of the lava pouring into the ocean. It was an amazing sight, but I felt a bit queasy for the rest of the outing. Some of the most gorgeous places in the world were created by cataclysms like volcanoes. In fact, the Big Island of Hawaii is still being formed by two volcanoes—Mauna Loa and Kilaua. Perhaps the most stunning island that I have ever seen was formed by what scientists believe was one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. This volcano erupted on the island of Thera sometime between the years 2000 and...

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Love is in the Air

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

It’s that wonderful time of year when the birds start to sing, and the flowers begin to bloom. It’s also the beginning of wedding season. As parents, we think many times that those days are far off in the future, but many of us are facing the reality that it’s closer than we think. Still more of you already are walking this road with your daughters and even sons and wedding planning is firmly in your minds. During this time, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the details of all that needs to be done but finding décor to make an event hall or church building more wedding friendly doesn’t have to be one of them. Many times, in an effort to save money, many crafty mamas have taken on the task of putting together the additional décor, but...

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