Vibrant Families Thrive with Fun, Quality Time

“Vibrant households stand out in that they have meaningful, fun, quality time with both their housemates and extended household members,” the research said. “…

Vibrant households

  • Come together for games (32%).
  • Meals (63% eat breakfast together… 75% eat dinner together)
  • Share their feelings (59%) on almost a daily basis.

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Sweetheart Candy Hearts Not Available


JESSICA FECTEAU | PEOPLE

For the first time since they made their debut in 1866, the New England Confectionery Company (Necco) will not be selling Sweethearts Conversation Hearts.If you’ve been looking forward to exchanging the classic candy conversation hearts with your loved one this Valentine’s Day, you’re going to have to wait another year.
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Are you wore out before the week even started?

canistarttheweekendover-iwasnotreadyDid your weekend wear you out… Between ball tournaments, Forest Festival,  or Recovery in the Park,  Homecoming (How huge were those mums) … or something else.

Did you spent to much money? Did you enjoy your time with the family?

Let us know, join the conversation at 899-944-8443!

Have Dessert, Has God ever Tested You, Cute Video – Twins Chat,

Power Thoughts
1. “Did you know stressed is desserts spelt backwards … so just eat some chocolate and relax ”
2. “Your success is determined by who you chose to believe or ignore.” Facebook posted from Tammy
3. “There is a choice you make in everything you do, and in the end, the choice you make, MAKES YOU. We all are the sum of the choices each of us has made.”

The Good Friends Question of the Day:   Has God ever tested your faith when it comes to giving? What happened? Please Like Comment & Share! – or call 1-800-944-8443!

6 Extreme Saving Tips You Can Use Now: Here are six ways you can start saving while also improving your quality of life.

  • Don’t spend more than $30 on any item of clothing. While you’ll probably need to make some exceptions, such as for a winter jacket, the vast majority of your wardrobe can be purchased on the cheap. Estimated savings: $200 a month or more.
  • Party at home. Game nights have soared in popularity recently instead of an expensive night out on the town invite people over for potlucks which means you get to spend time with friends for a fraction of the cost . Estimated savings: $100 a month and up.
  • Give coupons instead of gifts.  Giving the gift of your time in the form of a coupon to take your mom to a museum, or out for tea, can be far more meaningful than buying that cashmere sweater. Estimated savings: $25 a month or more.
  • Substitute fancy dinners with cheap date nights. Dining by candlelight at the most exclusive restaurant in town might seem romantic, but the bill can put a damper on those loving feelings. Instead, try these ideas: Sketch portraits of each other. Take dance lessons. Have a picnic. Go to a lecture or performance at your local college. Watch a model rocket launch. Estimated savings: $200 a month and up.
  • Turn your freezer into your very own “fast-food restaurant.” Make their own breakfast, lunch, and dinners and rarely eat out. Estimated savings: $400 a month and up.
  • Eat before you go to restaurants. Snack before meeting up with friends at night so you can bypass the pricey entrees at restaurants, opting for cheaper appetizers instead. Estimated savings: $100 a month or more.
  • With these techniques, you’ll have fun hosting parties, holding cheap date nights, and inventing new meals and gift coupons, while putting a lot more money in the bank. Total Savings: At least $1,000 a month.

Twin baby boys have a conversation. This is part 2.

A God Conversation, Power Thoughts, Emotional Eating, Story of Joe, Home Buying

What if we spoke to our friends the way we speak to God? They probably wouldn’t be our friends for long. We talk and talk and hardly ever listen. Prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. Just as we strive to know our friends through conversation, we must get to know God more intimately. He wants us to talk to Him about our desires, dreams, troubles, mistakes, etc. However, He wants us to stop and listen. Hmmm, how do you do that? Understand God is by reading His Word. Then, stop – get still and don’t say a word – block out everything around you, and just listen. As you listen, journal what you hear Him saying. To be confident it’s God you’re hearing, check it with His Word.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” – John 10:27

Power Thoughts

  1. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
  2. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
  3. You are richer today if you have laughed, given or forgiven.

Good Health Tips: 5 Ways to End Emotional Overeating (US News)

The greatest sermon we could ever preach, is not spoken. It is lived!: The Story “Make Me Like Joe”. Joe was a drunk who was miraculously converted at a Bowery mission. Prior to his conversion, he had gained the reputation of being a dirty wino for whom their was no hope, only a miserable existence in the ghetto.

But following his conversion to a new life in Christ, everything changed. Joe became the most caring person that anyone associated with the mission had ever known. Joe spent his days and nights hanging out at the mission, doing whatever needed to be done. There was never anything that he was asked to do that he considered beneath him. Whether it was cleaning up the vomit left by some violently sick alcoholic or scrubbing toilets after careless men left the men’s room filthy, Joe did what was asked with a smile on his face and seeming gratitude for the chance to help. He could be counted on to feed feeble men who wandered off the street and into the mission, and to undress and tuck into bed men who were too out of it to take care of themselves.

One evening, when the director of the mission was delivering his evening evangelistic message to the usual crowd of still and sullen men with drooped heads, there was one man who looked up, came down the aisle to the alter and knelt to pray, crying out to God to help him change.

The repentant drunk kept shouting, “Oh God! Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe!” The director of the mission leaned over and said to the man “Son, I think it would be better if you prayed, ‘Make me like Jesus.'” The man looked up at the director with a quizzical expression on his face and asked, “Is he like Joe?”

Preparing to Buy a Home: Here are some ideas on what you should and should not do prior to buying and financing a home. (HSH)

1. Do: A mortgage calculator can show you how a comfortable payment translates to a home purchase price that won’t break your budget.
2. Do: Shop for Your Mortgage. You need to actually contact lenders and get Good Faith Estimate (GFE) disclosures.
3.Don’t: Give Everyone Your Social Security Number. Once you have your credit scores, give only that information to lenders when shopping for a loan.
4.Do: Get Pre-Approved for Your Purchase. Your in a stronger position. It not only makes closing easier, but it tells sellers that you’re serious and able to buy.
5. Do: Read Your Mortgage Disclosures. Your GFE tells you what the most important features of your loan are — interest rate, any potential adjustments, prepayment penalties, and what the costs are.
6. Don’t: Cave In to Pressure. Finally, don’t sign anything you don’t understand or feel uncomfortable with.
7. Do: Save More than You Think You’ll Need. You need a down payment, closing costs, reserve requirements, and home ownership costs (about 1%) on repairs and maintenance.