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

I’m Listening

I was checking out at the grocery store one night this week.  It was my sixth or seventh trip to a grocery store for the week.  This time I was there to buy ingredients for a dish for Mexican Independence Day for the seventh grade class.  I quickly collected the ingredients and checked out. There read on

Divine Appointments

Look back over your calendar this past week. How many “divine appointments” did you have? Divine appointments are spontaneous encounters with another person who connects with you soul to soul. They happen in the middle of a conversation when suddenly something awakens deep inside you and you spiritually pause to listen more deeply. They happen read on

God’s Favorite Word…And

A little over a year ago, I heard a sermon by Dr. Bill Bryan called “God’s Favorite Word.”  Bill claimed that God’s favorite word is “AND.”  This week, Bill passed away from pancreatic cancer.  But like any good preacher, Bill’s words will live on through the many sermons he preached over his lifetime and the read on

I Think I Had A Hormone

There is a quiet storm building in our tent. It is subtle. It is strong. It is powerful.  Now and then we get a glimpse of it’s powers.  A glimpse came one morning when a member of our family was discovered crying and yelling in the kitchen because she could not locate a shoe.  One read on

There Is Not An App For That

In 2008 our world changed. The App Store was launched that summer. On iPhones around the world, apps were created for specific tasks to make life easier, fun, and simple. The first summer 500 apps existed. Today there are 2.2 million available! With 2.2 million apps available, we all should be free of stress because read on

Fishing In Deep Water

Around nine o’clock we drove to the pier, the one that the locals go to for night fishing. Men, women and children were busy fishing. Seeing that the pier was full, we parked the truck a little further down the seawall and unpacked our gear.   It was dark and the stars were out. With flashlights read on

Sneak Away

Sometimes you just need to sneak away from the people in your tent.  This is necessary when you need a little space…a little time apart.  To really get away, you need to apply all of the skills you learned as a teenager about sneaking out of the house.  Walk quietly. Carry your shoes in your read on

The Right Story at the Right Time

We have a story to share with you this week.  Our road trip started at seven in the morning, early in the week. As the sun was coming up, we were settling into our thirteen hour drive.  Just two hours into our adventure, Dr. Bell was pulled over!  Everyone sat up straight and waited for read on

Fairy Ring

Our tent recently learned about fairy rings. Natural fairy rings are rings of mushrooms that grow in a complete circle. The magical way they appear in a yard or in the woods gives these rings a mystical presence. They are known to be the place where pixie’s dance and they have been the focus of read on

Going Deep

Summer provides many opportunities for going deep. There is the deep end of the swimming pool that is inviting. You can enjoy a night out in Deep Ellum and have dinner at Deep Sushi. Deep in the heart of Texas the other night, we went back in time and watched a movie at the Drive-In read on