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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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Bring the Outside In

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

Spring is piercing through the gray of winter and I’m loving the new life it brings. How about you? Our busy lives sometimes hinder us from stepping outside to enjoy the brilliant colors. But spring delivers—right to our doors. How blessed we are to welcome spring in all its glory, inside of our homes—embracing colorful floral arrangements displayed in vintage vases or tucked inside simple mason jars. Rather than peering through a window to enjoy the beauty of spring, we are blessed to physically go outside to gather its beauty, sometimes in abundant supply. But if we’re not physically able to go, we can ask a friend or a family member to bring them in for us. What better way to cheer us up and de-winterize our souls? Children and grandchildren find joy in picking flowers. Let’s give our...

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Beauty and Thorns

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

I have seen beautiful stained glass windows many times, but nothing prepared me for this. The walls of this chapel were more glass than stone, with tall, narrow panels rising high from floor to ceiling, depicting Bible stories in a riot of brilliant images. This sanctuary has been described as “a miracle of light” and a “weightless dream of pure color.” One person said it was “like standing in a crystal.” The chapel is called Sainte-Chapelle, and you can find it in the heart of Paris, France, just a short walk from the far more famous Cathedral of Notre Dame. The lower chapel of Sainte-Chapelle once served people in the palace, but the upper chapel is where you find the wall of light and color—a stained glass sensation. Sainte-Chapelle was built in the 13th Century by Louis IX—the French...

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Florals for 2018

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Making Your House a Home | 0 comments

In the midst of winter in the South I find myself dreaming of Spring. I know, it’s the South—how bad can it be? Pretty rough for me because the gray skies and chilly temps keep me hidden indoors and under blankets most days of our winter. After spending the majority of my life in Florida, the winter’s cold can drag on and wear me down. I find I miss the sunshine, the green grass and the flowers blooming all around. Thankfully, the floral and botanical market remains a strong trend for our homes starting 2018. In this season I find it refreshing to be able to bring a bit of color and spring into our home in a variety of ways. From bedding to pillows, and prints to walls, the floral game is strong. Traditional patterns are roaring back...

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Passing On Hope

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

“I’m glad we’re Christians, Mama.” Smiling in agreement, I asked my 11-year-old daughter what made her feel that way. Her response still echoes in my heart. “Because we have hope.” We had just returned from spending Christmas in California, where we’d helped my sister’s family prepare for a move to Hawaii. My kids loved the time with their cousins – a rare privilege since they live on opposite sides of the country. And now, these cousins were moving even farther away. This painful parting prompted my daughter to give thanks for hope. Hope that goodbye is not forever, not when we all know Jesus. Though we live thousands of miles apart and have no idea when we’ll be together again, a shared eternity is coming. Hope that God’s plans are bigger than we can imagine and He’s able to...

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