The Matter of Manners

If we look back decades to the times when people dressed in

their best clothing to partake of the evening meal, the footman

served the food and the maids cleaned up afterward.

Although we don’t have butlers, maids, or anyone to care for

those responsibilities, back then you’ll find that certain

table manners and words of respect were far more

important to people then they re today regardless of who was

serving for the sake of propriety.

I think of our family. We tend

to make our way to the kitchen

in our pajamas for breakfast.

That was unheard of not that

long ago.

Our world has changed in

more ways than we realize.

Yet over a period of time,

slowly and gradually we have become a world a people who

like comfort ,and manners have slowly dissipated.

I certainly wouldn’t look forward to dressing in a corset

and beautiful gown and high heals just so I can serve my

family meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

Our culture has changed tremendously over the years.

Look back to the 1950’s. Woman in dresses, preparing the

evening meal, readying for the man of the house to make his

appearance. I think it’s good preparation if I can get out of

my workout clothing.

Although fancy dinners and a perfect table settings

we see as important years ago, the manners I am most

concerned with are those of this generation and generations

to come.

Parents have become much more lax in their expectations

of not only table manners, but in the way we allow our

children to speak to us and other people.

Very seldom do we hear a “Yes Ma’am” or “Yes Sir” to an elder

from a child .

Are we as parents lacking in our ability to teach by action

and words how to respect other people and other things.

Are we living it out?

Do you thank waitresses, store clerks,the bag boy at the grocery

store?

Although they are being paid, they are serving you and your

family. I believe need to think more on these things.

Not only are you providing encouragement to

others in your words and actions, but your children see it’s

important to you and they admire you and want to do the

same.

Although we as a family are relaxed in some areas of manners

one thing is for certain, we don’t tolerate disrespect in any form.

I think manners are linked to how we live in every way.

In the way we act, speak and what our responses to others

might be. I think there really is something to table manners,

opening doors for a lady, speaking with appreciation,

not interrupting others, offering to carry an older womans

groceries, and so many more ways we can use good manners.

The matter of manners is an important topic. I think we should

each be challenged by it and teach our children the importance of it.

I think you would see a large decrease in rudeness in our schools, stores, restaurants, and in our homes.

We will never be a society that reveres manners as it once did,

but at least we can create a little more kindness in the world by attempting to show that good manners are important to us.

 

 

 

With Your Morning Cup Of Coffee…

Psalm 5:3

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Psalm 30:5

For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Isaiah 50:4

The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.

It’s The Little Things…

It’s the little things that make memories for a lifetime.

It’s the things we often do everyday or once a week that we take for granted.

Every Friday morning here in our home our boys come running…and I mean running to the window in the front of the house to watch the garbage truck pull up and empty our trash cans of their contents.

If one of the boys makes it to the window after hearing the rumbles of the truck nearing, they shout for the others to come. “The Garbage Truck, It’s Coming, Hurry!!!!!”

I love that they find excitement in the little things of life…and that they are experiencing it together.

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Is Your Head Stuck In The Sand?

This past week sunshine and warmth made a surprise visit to our town. It was a beautiful day and I was intent on taking complete advantage of that.

We all took ourselves out into the kind weather and enjoyed it’s lovely visit. It was a great opportunity to forgo our regular school studies and attack some fun “physical education”.

The boys made their way to the swings and sandbox area, while I pulled up a chair and did my devotions on the back porch.

Their squeals and excitement echoed all around. It was so nice not to have to repeat my mommy words “Use your inside voices, shhhhhhh…..”

After a bit I made my way over to the sandbox. The boys had kicked off their shoes and pulled off their socks and were enjoying the sand between their toes.

Okay…yes I know..it’s still January no matter how warm….but still…67 degrees and beautiful…it was a perfect moment to enjoy themselves…

At that moment I had a thought…

Everyday we have a choice to make…

We can choose either to put our feet in the sand and enjoy the day…or we can stick our heads in the sand like an ostrich and try to tune out the world and hide.

Believe me, I have stuck my head in the sand more days than I can count.

Especially the days that I feel overwhelmed and tired.

I want to spend more time with my feet in the sand and enjoy every moment.

There are days where this thought seems simply impossible, yet we can choose to change our mindset. I know, I’ve been there.

So what’s it going to be? Do you have your feet in the sand enjoying the nice warm sunshine of life? Or is your head stuck in the sand with darkness all around you?

How are you going to choose to deal with today? I’m choosing to put my feet in the sand and enjoy today!

*SUPER EASY* Brown Sugar Hand Scrub!

Hey there! I hope is well will all of you today!

I am preparing a Brown Sugar Hand Scrub for a group of young ladies. I’m so excited to get to talk to such a fine group of 11 and 12-year-old gals! We are discussing beauty on the inside and outside. A Christian Charm Course!

We are focusing on face and hands tonight! Primarily skin. How do we take care of our skin? What are the best things we can do to promote healthy skin as we age. We want to look healthy right?

Well, to make the night a fun one I thought it would be fun to create something that we can make at home, or even for gifts later on that is easy to pull together…and great for our hands.

With this dark winter weather upon us, our hands take a beating whether outside in the frosty wind or just by washing the dishes…can I hear amen?

Here is a super easy, practical, and inexpensive way to have soft hands and reduce the dryness. You can find the ingredients right in your kitchen cupboard.

Brown Sugar Scrub

(made to fill a 14 oz jar)

1 cup white sugar 

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

12 drops vanilla

*Mix altogether and Ta-Da (as my 4-year-old says after pretending a magic trick)

You now have a super fabulous smelling product that you can keep by your kitchen sink…or bathroom sink…or wherever you please…

I would recommend applying some lotion after using scrub just to be sure to seal in the moisture into your hands.

You can make your jar special by tying a ribbon, putting a special tag on it…what ever you like

I  just tied a ribbon around the neck of the jar to make it pretty…just for fun.

Enjoy, and I hope you fall in love with this quick and easy fix for dry hands!

A Sacred Life!

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A Sacred Life!

Yesterday kicked off Sanctity of Life week.
We should always remember how important the sanctity of life is whether a precious baby in the womb,adolescent, teen, middle-aged adult or a seasoned elder.
No matter how tiny a baby conceived may appear, it is a human life. We can argue the freedoms we have to choose into the ground, but as we decide whether abortion is murder or not…life’s are being extinguished every second.
I was also reminded yesterday through a brave post abortive woman the struggles a woman goes through and the pain they endure after going through an abortion. The emotional
regret and often physical damage.
So many pregnant women think abortion is their only option. An unwanted pregnancy to some can be a blessing to others.
Let’s stand up for life!
Instead of condemning those whom have aborted a child, pray for them…they carry far more of a burden than we realize.
Life is Sacred!
Let’s learn to value each individual person that God has created.

Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

Pancakes for Sunday Breakfast!

Good Morning,

I am up early and getting a jump-start on this wonderful Sunday, our day of rest.

We soon will be getting dressed in our Sunday best and motoring over to our church

to learn and worship with other believers.

Presently I am getting ready to make pancakes. I have numerous pancake recipes, but one in particular made the cut for todays breakfast. It’s super fast to whip up and easy prepare, and to top that off…delicious ! That’s a perfect Sunday morning pancake!

Today we will be enjoying the Pioneer Woman’s ” Edna Mae’s  Sour Cream Pancakes” for breakfast. It’s a fantastically light and fluffy pancake. Just what a hungry tummy needs to make it through till lunch!

I thought I would share the recipe here so that you may want to enjoy them also! Delicious!!!!!

Edna Mae’s Sour Cream Pancakes
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Maple or pancake syrup

Directions:

  1. Place an iron skillet or griddle over medium-low heat.
  2. Place the sour cream, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a bowl and stir together generously (allow the mixture to have some texture).
  3. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and add the vanilla; stir to combine.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the sour cream mixture.
  5. Stir together (don’t worry if it’s not totally combined).
  6. Melt butter in the skillet. Pour the batter into the skillet 1/4 cup at a time.
  7. Cook for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, then flip the pancakes over. Cook for another 45 seconds and remove to plate. Repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Top with butter and maple syrup.

Enjoy!!!!!