Manners Matter – A Lot !!!


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Good manners are essential for every child’s self confidence and success in life.

The family home – this is where it starts, where the ‘manners seed’ is planted and nurtured.This is where your children learn not only good manners, but also core values and ethics.This is the haven where your children learn to be considerate, tolerant and respectful.They learn to share and to respect the space of all other family members.This is the place where your children put into practice the foundation of all the social etiquette they will need to carry them through life.

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. NKJV

I don’t think this verse is just for spiritual things. Those social graces that are taught in the home will be with our kids all their lives, too. Wow, heavy stuff. So is this just another task that has to be done?

I’m busy.

You’re busy.

How do I fit another thing in between the grocery shopping, homeschooling, meal preparation, laundry, church work, gardening, house cleaning, time with my husband, errands, personal devotions, and on and on? Whew, I’m tired already !!!!!

But wait – before you throw your hands up and say – “I can’t do this !!!!!”


Today I want to give you some simple, doable methods to make teaching manners almost effortless !!!! 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.

So what are manners? Emily Post summed it up best – 


Here is a list of manners that I feel are important to teach kids.

Vocal manners – Saying please and thank you. Learning how to greet people. Never greeting people WBcalling names, even in fun. Trying really hard not to embarrass anyone by what you say – this means no teasing or hateful remarks. For older kids – in the company of other people – turn off your cell phone. Your family’s affairs are private and should not be spoken about to others. 

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Home Manners – Pick up after yourself. If a door is closed knock and wait for permission to enter. Treat furnishings with respect – no jumping on the couch or bed – the same goes for sitting on the chair with muddy shoes. Share. Ask others before you use their things. Help with household tasks. Practice table manners. Using basic hygiene. 


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Refreshing Watermelon Mint Tea !!


Wow, has Portland, Oregon had a hot summer so far !!! It usually is mild here in the summer. This is our second summer living here and I could only remember about 2 or 3 dayssummer temp chart WB last summer that got above 90 degrees. This chart shows our normal average temperatures for the year. Nice, huh ?

But this year we are breaking records right and left. The National Weather Service reports it is one of the earliest stretches of 90 degree heat in 120 years. And in June alone the number of 90 degree days was the most on record:  9 – the old record was six 90 degree days. Most of the homes here don’t have air conditioning (including ours) because of the normally mild summers.

So needless to say we are sweltering. But I didn’t mean to turn this post into a pity party. We are coping. But our thoughts have turned to refreshing and cool summer drinks. We’ve always loved our patio and this drink is perfect for those summer days sitting on the patio catching a breeze. And nothing says summer like watermelon so here goes……..





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Why Not Try This? – DIY Home Remedies !!!

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Summer is here in the Portland Area. The daylight hours are longer so the hours we can work in the yard are extended. Last Monday we worked in the yard all day. We mowed, pulled weeds, and Tom renewed some bark in the flower beds. We were pooped at the end of the day.

Needless to say we spend a restless night. Every part of our body hurt. My husband admitted that, maybe, we should have paced our chores out over a few days – but it was too late for that now. Then I remembered something I read about relieving back and leg pain. The article said that if you place a pillow between your knees when you lay on your side the pillow will take pressure off your joins. So we tried it-why not ??!!?? And it HELPED ! It didn’t take all the pain away but enough to allow us to sleep. So that got me thinking about all those other home remedies I had read about and even tried over the years. I’d like to share a few of them with you today.

1.) Bar of Soap Allegedly Eases Restless Leg  Syndrome – I’ve seen this in several DIY home remedy articles. You take a bar of unwrapped soap and place it under the sheets at your No one knows why it works but some people swear by it to lessen the pain of restless legs.

2.)  Black Licorice Claims to Cures Constipation – This is a problem no one wants to talk about but we all suffer from, from time to time. A change in diet, or routine can upset your system and make you irregular. But why not try this simple cure to see if it will work for you.


3.) Listerine May Help Ease Dandruff – The mouthwash kills off built-up bacteria and is best used on mild dandruff or itchiness caused by shampoo or oil. But Listerine’s antiseptic properties are too harsh for extreme dandruff or dry scalp with broken skin or open lesions so use with care.

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We are Fearfully and Wondrously Made !!!


If we have lived any time at all, we have experienced aches and pains at some point. Maybe it was after that workout at the gym or hauling stone for the flower bed. Most of the time we shrug it off, and usually the pain leaves the same way it arrived — on its own with a little rest and TLC. We know the cause of these pains – we over did it and are paying the cost! These pains will diminish because God made us in His image.

Our bodies are a complex and wonderful machine. The Bible says in Psalm 139:14a (NIV)

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made

But some pains are mysterious and sometimes lingering. We can’t pin point exactly what we could have done to cause them. And just like that strange click, whir or squeal that comes from our car or washer, they should not be ignored. That odd noise coming from your car/washer – like the pain from our body – tells us that something isn’t right !!!! Usually, doctors and mechanics alike wonder why we didn’t bring these problems to their attention sooner. While few people are excited about going to a doctor, few doctors are enthusiastic about treating a medical emergency that they could have detected or treated before the problem snowballed into a potentially life-or-death matter.


So, what kind of warning signs should you never ignore? Keep reading and find out.


1.) Sudden Thunder Headache – A sudden, intense headache, like a clap of thunder, may be Headache WBa serious medical emergency. Chances are any jack- hammering in your brain is just a migraine. But if it’s not accompanied by other migraine symptoms, such as a visual aura, it can signal a brain aneurysm. A brain aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain and happens in about 5% of the population. Most of the time they don’t cause any trouble unless this weak spot leaks or tears. If your headache causes nearly blinding pain, it could also be a sign of stroke. Other symptoms of a stroke may include dizziness, temporary visual problems or simply trouble holding a pen. But an aneurysm that bursts or a stroke can cause brain damage or death within minutes so call 911 immediately. 

2.)  Chest Pain –  This pain just might be a bad case of heartburn from eating too many hot Heart Attack WBpeppers on your tacos but if it is accompanied by a tight squeezing sensation, like being laced in a corset you may be in trouble. Symptoms tend to be less severe in women so you may also have fatigue, jaw pain, or shortness of breath. In any case, call 911. If it is a heart attack, a delay could cause the heart muscle to be damaged. Better safe than sorry !!!!

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