Tales From Our Tent

Welcome to Our Tent

Happy Tents is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families today.  This is a place to share things we have learned growing together as a family. We hope you will stop by often to check your compass and share new things from your family’s trail. read on

Shut My Mouth

“Today, I just shut my mouth…and it hurt,” she said from the back seat.  “I wanted to keep talking, but I just didn’t.  It was so hard.”  At school she engaged a person about an interpretation of the Bible that she fully disagreed with.  It is no secret that we enjoy a good theology discussion read on

Precious Pumpkins

Stanton Studios is located in Central Texas…in the woods.  They are an art company that specialize in wood, glass and metal, including blown glass.  In the fall, they make blown glass pumpkins for visitors.  I made an appointment one day and our search for the precious pumpkins began. Driving down a country road, we talked about…about nothing read on

Grateful for the Manna

Grateful.  This word is constantly growing in our hearts and in our tent.  Over the summer, I found a hat with the word “Grateful” written across the front.  In seconds, I grabbed the hat, paid for it and left the store.  Grateful…exactly! I knew it was the right word to describe the feeling in my read on

Pep Rally Week

Back in the day, my favorite week in school was pep rally week.  Pep rally week was a signal to me that the work was done and the celebration began.  Before pep rally week, my friends and I worked all summer. We gathered over the summer at various houses and painted vertical pep rally signs, read on

Roody the Rabbit

In the back corner of our yard lives Roody the Rabbit.  Roody is a black New Zealand rabbit.  He is fat and happy.  Every day he keeps the same routine.  He eats rabbit chow with alfalfa hay and drinks water. Every day, all day. This week, Roody took a field trip to the local youth read on

Do You Know Where My White Alligator Is?

In the early, early morning hours at the beginning of a road trip, I was asked this question, “Do you know where my white alligator is?” It would make sense if the question came from one of our younger members in the family. But this question came from my life partner and could only be read on

Soul Keeping: Book Review

Some times the best way to reconnect with our spiritual selves is through a book.  Talented authors have a way of guiding us into a deeper understanding of experiences, words, God, ourselves and others.  We read a lot of books in our tent.  Some are required and some are just for enjoyment. One book that read on

Happy the Horse

Since the day our daughter could talk, she asked for a horse.  She is an animal lover. She used to say, “I am a REAL animal lover” when she was younger.  A lot of animals have been adopted into our tent over the years.  A hamster that liked to bite, a dog on Christmas morning, read on

The Mantle

Past the kitchen and unmade beds, I discovered (felt) the meaning of the mantle.  It seems that more life lessons happen for me when the dishes are in the sink and the laundry needs to be folded. Ordinary moments.  Because my responsibilities for the day were more than I wanted to handle, I retreated to read on

Spread a Little Love

Love is in the air.  According to one company on the radio, the perfect way to show that you love the man in your life is to buy him some perfect underwear.  Good to know! Another radio ad suggested that this is the perfect time to buy the love of your life a star that read on