It’s that hectic time of the year when everyone is in a rush to get school supplies, new clothes and meet up with friends they’ve missed from the summer. My children will start a new school year with lots of anticipation and a bit of anxiety about a new classroom, new teacher(s), possibly a new school and many other uncertainties that fill the first days of school.
For us parents, it’s a hectic time of year too with filling out all those forms with the same information over and over again until we feel like our fingers will fall off. We’ve got to get them back into school routines, early bedtimes and early mornings, time for homework and decide what after school activities we’ll take on this year. The pace is picking up and you have to jump back in or it will sweep you away. So if you’re like this mom remember to take a few minutes to catch your breath every once in awhile and do something nice for yourself. The one thing that I tend to forget as our routines get hectic again is making sure to recharge my batteries so I’m healthy and well to tend to those around me.
So welcome back everyone to a week filled with Open Houses, filling back packs and lunch boxes and trying to squeeze in those last few visits to the pool before it closes for the season!
Hang on it will be another wild ride this year filled with joy, sorrow, challenges, frustrations and all the excitement that comes from raising kids!
Friday, September 23 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
New Life Church in Siloam Springs, AR
1611 Cheri Whitlock Drive
A fun free night of pampering for all single moms and widows in our community!
Register soon @ ifoundgrace.com or call 479-524-4823.
The night will include:
Fashion show, door prizes and elegant meal.
Free services provided on first-come first-served basis:
Manicures, mini-pedis, hair salon, facials and many more!
When: Friday, September 23rd – 6:00 PM until 9:00PM
Where: New Life Church, 1611 Cheri Whitlock
Please RSVP if possible, but walk-ins are welcome!
Childcare available if needed.
Inaugural Picnic/Play date in the Park
Sat, May 21st 2011 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Harry Sbanotto Park Tonitown, AR
Bring your lunch and let your kids play at the park
While you visit with other families like your own
For questions, call Kim @ 479-220-2142
40% of all chidren woke up this morning without a father in the home. I wanted to share it with you to remind you that you are not alone. Many children are living in fatherless homes. Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Tulsa with a group of ladies from one of the local churches. We had a really good time. It was a Friday evening and all day Saturday event. We started the evening by listing to Angela Taylor speak; she’s a very dynamic speaker and spoke openly about things she’s said to her children to embarass them like “Be the Sunshine”. Ask me about it, I’d love to tell you how she unknowingly embarassed her teenage son at a sporting event. Friday evening we listened to Casting Crowns sing their songs that they use in their youth ministry; that was awesome. I brought some CDs back for my son who will turn 13 this month. I think he’ll really enjoy them. It was a great time! To find out more about upcoming conferences or to connect online visit Extraordinary Women site. On Saturday we heard from Carol Kent talk about her son being in prison for murder. It’s her only child and now her only way to spend time with him is through prison visits and letters. It’s given her and her husband an incredible ministry to reach out to other families in similar circumstances. We heard from Michelle Hammond who spoke of her recent loss of her father and the devestation (loss of work, home, etc.) that had occured in her life prior to his passing. She’s an incredibly dynamic speaker and I enjoyed her immensely. We got to hear a more humorous side of life from Chonda Pierce; it was hysterical to listen to her talk about family relationships and sex. There were so many people squirming when she spoke of this especially the young and old; it’s such a taboo topic but she made an incredible point. Why? I think if we were more willing to discuss the tough topics then our society would be much better off. If we don’t talk openly about these and other important topics we can’t be the souce of information for our children and they will have learn about these topics from other sources. We heard a very intimate testimony from Lysa TerKeurst about the struggles she has battled in her life. My friend who was sitting next to me nearly pushed me out of my church when she started talking about how God was talking to her telling her “Sweetheart I love you; You are part of the family!” She was talking about how her childhood may not have been fulfilling and she may not have heard the words from her own father and felt like she belonged but God wants her and embraces her as part of his family. We got to sing along and enjoy music from Michael O’Brien; he also spoke about why he changed his career path and how bipolar depression has affected his family.