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Everything Changes

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 3 comments

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. Summer ends and turns to fall. We take the college students to move in to their new home away from home and we get the crayons, colored pencils, and 500 pieces of colored paper prepped for the other children who are still at home. School, after school sports, dance lessons, and more wind up and unleash themselves each year. Same tune, same verse, new clothes, new grades, older parents. It’s always amazing to me how rapidly the year flies away after school begins—I barely put up the floaties and its sweater weather, and then I’m wrapping presents like a madwoman. Just me? I hope not. In the home furnishings and décor markets it’s even harder. I came home from the...

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One-on-One Time

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 4 comments

We call it “One-Oh Time” in our house. My littlest coined the phrase a while back. In was her baby-talk way of asking me to spend “one-on-one time” with her. We laughed at the cute expression, but it stuck. Now we all use the term for our special mommy-and-me times. We started this practice of one-on-one time a few years ago during a particularly frustrating parenting season. My days were spent correcting and instructing, yet the negative behavior continued. My husband suggested that maybe our kids needed some focused alone time with me – just the two of us having fun together. Sure enough, it made a world of difference. Contentment settled in. Each child seemed to come alive as I joined him or her in doing things they love to do. Our kids need more than training and...

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Creating a Stir in Heaven

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Once upon a time, there were two brothers—one married and the other single. The brothers divided a field in half and lived in peace and harmony. One night, the unmarried brother was lying in bed, thinking, My brother must have it really hard. He has a wife and children—many mouths to feed—and he’s probably finding it hard to make ends meet. Therefore, the unmarried man decided to gather up some of his grain and secretly take it to his brother’s side of the field as a gift. Meanwhile, the married brother was lying in bed on that very same night, and he was thinking, My brother must have it really hard. He’s on his own, while I have a wife and children to help me with my work. So the married brother decided to gather up some of his...

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The Power of the Story

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

One of my favorite trends in home design currently has to be the reclaimed and vintage category. These are items that people are finding and reusing in a new way. For instance, a lighting company in Tennessee is taking wood timbers from a dock in a port and is making light fixtures from them. The beams are rough, but solid and are sanded down and remade into a new and useful product. In addition, there are some great stories that go along with these reclaimed products. The same trend occurs with vintage products. A quick walk through the antiques floor of the Atlanta gift market revealed many vintage games, signs, and artwork. These items aren’t necessarily repurposed into new products, but they are cleaned up a bit and placed back into homes, restaurants, and commercial settings with a vintage...

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At the Gate of Hades

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

We had just stepped off of the bus at the Dan archaeological site in northern Israel when our guide told us to quickly turn around. So our tour group hustled back onto the bus because there had been an incident very close to this site at the border between Israel and Lebanon. When you’re in Israel, the last thing you want to hear about is a border incident. We didn’t hear explosions or gunfire, however. We simply obeyed, hopped back on the bus, and headed to our next site—Caesarea Philippi, also in northern Israel. The northern portion of the country, which includes the Golan Heights, is a point of confrontation between Israel and both Lebanon and Syria. Even in Jesus’s day, this part of Israel was a place of confrontation, where spiritual forces clashed, as I was soon to...

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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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