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

For Unto Us a Child is Born

This week on the side of the freezer door I discovered an original piece of art work titled, “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” I discovered it late in the night while doing another load of laundry.  Our washing machine decided this week was a good week to stop working. While it was on strike, read on

I Don’t Like Eggs

We routinely hear the declarative statement, “I don’t like eggs,” in our tent every morning.  This has been happening for a number of years.  (Maybe even for 13 years if we are honest.) Mr. Bell is the breakfast chef in our tent.  He rises early every morning and stumbles to the coffee pot in the read on

Repurpose

Reading an article recently, I was reminded of the act of repurposing old pieces of furniture.  There are plenty of t.v. shows and magazines that do this well everyday.  Even though I like the idea of it, I usually lack the creativity and the time to actually complete the process of repurposing anything. Repurposing translates read on

Running Wide Open

I remember the day I learned about the term “running wide open.”  I was in the passenger seat of my new sports car.  My dad bought the car for me. (I am still not sure why that was a good idea, but I am still thankful it was my car.)  He told me not to read on

In Love With The World

This week, while attending a funeral I heard about a man who lived in love with the world.  He loved baseball and all the small details that make baseball fun.  He loved family and he had a lot of family to love.  He loved his wife for 73 years! That is a lot of years read on

Secrets

In our tent we have two girls and they talk.  A lot.  They talk the most after they put on their seat belts in the car after school.  There is always a verbal challenge to see who can talk first.  The one who spoke first this week said, “Mom, I have a secret! But I read on

Birdie

Sometimes life completely surprises us in both good and bad ways.  Recently in our tent, we experienced a surprise.  We were surprised to discover that our new puppy had a kidney disease.  The extremely sad part is that she is now Jesus’ adorable puppy and no longer ours.  The extremely spiritual part is that we read on

Deeper Knowing

From the backseat, “Mom, have you ever seen a ghost? Because my friend has. But I haven’t.” I knew that Halloween must be around the corner since we are talking about ghosts. I answered, “Maybe.” “Either you have or you haven’t Mom. You can’t maybe see a ghost.” Then I shared the story about when 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