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

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

Dating Again

You know how you walk past people on the street and refuse to make eye contact. Or when you ride in an elevator with someone without speaking? Or when you have a relationship with someone and communicate only through texts? That has been our marriage lately. Ugh! The other morning over coffee we just looked read on

Questions, Questions, More Questions

I visited a beautiful campus library this week. There are still a lot of books in a library.  BUT I discovered there are even more at my finger tips.  Databases after databases are available by typing a single word.  They are all connected and they are all amazing.  Amazing because they answer questions.  All of read on

Finding Your Hallelujah

When was the last time you had a hallelujah moment. These moments create a sudden pause and they feel like a surprise, a gift and a celebration all in one. They are simple moments.  Moments when you arrive safely at home or maybe it is when you finally finish a project.  They are big moments. read on

A Time to Unlearn

The great writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is a season for everything, a time for every matter under the sun.” We have declared this summer to be a time to UNLEARN. (No need to panic teachers, we promise not to unlearn all the great skills you taught over the year.) We had an honest conversation read on

Summer Reading: Circle Maker

There are many ways to experience the summer. We can experience a vacation, learn how to ride a bike, go swimming (everyday), go fishing, have a picnic, or build a fort at home. One of our favorite ways to experience summer is through books. Reading, because you can and not because you have to, is read on

Firsts and Lasts

Social media lately is flooded with firsts and lasts.  There are first communions, first dances, first cars, first steps, first solid foods.  There are last recitals, last awards ceremony, last graduations, last day of school, last day to pack school lunches (Can I get an Amen?).  It would be difficult not to notice all the read on

Family Feud

The next generation has discovered Family Feud.  Do you remember that show?  I remember watching it with my family when I was a child.  Last weekend my daughter discovered it while visiting a family member and my daughter who had a REAL TV.  (We have been cable free FOREVER, so when we visit our family members our daughters read on

On the Inside

Almost nine years ago I became a mother again.  After rushing to the hospital, checking and settling in, I remember a text from my spiritual director.  She said, “Never again will you share the same heart beat or be completely spiritually connected with your daughter as you are now.” Time stopped when I read those read on