Wednesday, May 11, 2011

North Arkansas Women's Retreat!!!

So it's that time again, for the women's council to start planning ... well they have been planning for a while now, but to actually see some progress from the long planning process! We are getting the word out there for this year's retreat, "Tending our Soul," with Jeannie McCullough of Wisdom of the Word!
We are so excite to bring you our new webpage and facebook page. Check us out! And of course keep in mind that all details aren't nailed down, so the website has some missing info, however keep visiting to stay in the loop... and invite your friends to look.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

25 must knows... and dos

Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed -- for all the right reasons.
By David Lowry, Ph.D.

Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.-

Manner #1
When asking for something, say "Please."

Manner #2

When receiving something, say "Thank you."

Related: Kid-Made Thank You Notes

Manner #3

Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking. However, note to parents, acknowledge your child sooner than later. Show them that they are important too.

Manner #4
If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.

Manner #5
When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Manner #6
The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.

Manner #7
Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.
Related: Raise Polite Kids

Manner #8
When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9
When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.

Manner #10
Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.

Manner #11
When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

Manner #12
Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
Related: Print and Color Cards for Birthdays, Thank-Yous and More!

Manner #13
Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.

Manner #14
Don't call people mean names.

Manner #15
Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
Related: Raise a Compassionate Kid

Manner #16
Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.

Manner #17
If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."
Related:Quiz: What's Your Parenting Style?

Manner #18
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.
Related: How to Handle Inappropriate Behavior

Manner #19
As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

Manner #20
If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.

Manner #21
When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
Related: Use this Table-Setting Map as a Guide

Manner #22
When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

Manner #23
Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.
Related: Mrs. McVeigh Weighs in on Proper Utensil Use and More!

Manner #24
Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25
Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.
See more on teaching manners to your toddlers and preschoolers.
Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parentsmagazine.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


So it's the 3rd day of May... not sure where feb, march and april went, oh wait maybe april washed away. I hope down the Arkansas River far enough to allow the beauty to spring forth... oh wait, there wasn't a spring, okay to sizzle in the sun. Either way better than the rain.

This week has already been rough, it seems like a never ending chaos tornado in my life.... that is why I'm looking forward to this weekend... or Thursday to be exact. We are getting away... a much needed away... to get closer to Him, and by Him I don't mean pastor, I am my creator, our creator, to enjoy His handi work and to step away from ours. I... we... need some time to remember why we are here, for {faith, family, and friends.}

Most of you know about the tornado's in Alabama... that has cause a lot of stress in our household... unspoken stress, and no untrained eye would catch it, but I'm an expert on the Sanford fam.... When moving here... and when i say here it means anywhere but Bama for we seem to move a lot... hopefully here we can put some roots down... in our hearts... not like a foundation in sapulpa... for it still sets there... and not with us . But this disaster is hurting our hearts. We didn't think that when we moved we would ever long to come back, but after last week.... that's the only place we want to be. To help care for our home.

Please pray for Bama, their hurting, their still searching... and finding, their cleaning, not yet rebuilding. Pray they find healing from the Creator to repair and rebuild their lives.
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