Wednesday, April 30, 2014

365 Days of Thanks // Week 17

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4.23.14 - Friendships that pick back up where you left off. 
4.24.24 - A fun time watching B's first tball game. 
4.25.14 - Fresh air. 
4.26.14 - A successful wedding shopping day!
4.27.14 - Music 
4.28.14 - God's faithfulness

What are you thankful for?

"Remember his marvellous works that he hath done;..."  Psalm 105:5a

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Frumpy to Feminine // Denim Skirt

{I love a good rainy day! It reminds me of living on Whidbey Island!}

Everyone has articles of clothing that they would consider 'staples' in their wardrobe. Mine would definitely have to be a denim skirt. They are so versatile; they can be dressed up or down. 

Modest and classy denim skirts can be hard to come by. When I find one that I like, it's worth it to me to fork out the money for the price tag that goes with it. I'm still on the lookout for a non-frumpy long denim skirt...those seem harder to find.

Shirt: Old Navy // Skirt: Chadwicks // Scarf: Target // Shoes: Rocket Dog {} // Earrings: Melissa Rae Murphey Designs

Monday, April 28, 2014

365 Days of Thanks // Week 16

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4.16.14 - The special bond found in a sister
4.17.14 - Natural allergy medicine
4.18.14 - The opportunities being single has allowed
4.19.14 - Maggie's surprise was pulled off! Click HERE to read about it!
4.20.14 - Christ is RISEN!!
4.21.14 - Indoor plumbing
4.22.14 - Rain

What are you thankful for?

"I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works."  Psalm 9:1

Monday, April 21, 2014

Frumpy to Feminine // Navy & Nude

I've decided to add a new feature to my blog -- outfit posts. Here are my thoughts...

Yes, there are plenty of others out there posting pictures of their outfits, but it's not always my style. We are all so unique and have different senses of style. I enjoy getting ideas from others, and so I thought maybe posting some of my outfits could inspire you! 

I also hope to not only encourage you to dress modestly, but femininely! Some of the outfits I see that are labeled 'modest' are kind of frumpy to me. Dressing modestly can be a challenge sometimes, but it doesn't mean you have to be frumpy. Let's throw out the potato sacks and wear clothes that are flattering and feminine! God specifically designed you to be a beautiful woman -- be proud of that! With so much gender confusion these days, I hope there's never any question by the way I dress, act, and present myself that I'm a lady!  

I'm going to warn you, the pictures are probably going to be a little awkward until I get the hang of it. Haha! I decided to go ahead and throw in some out-takes just to keep it real. It was awkward enough trying to figure out how to pose, so why not add the others. :) 

This is what I wore for Resurrection Sunday. A classic pencil skirt is one of my go to Sunday staples, and at the suggestion of a friend I bought a navy blue one recently which I love! I especially love the look of nude pumps with a navy skirt. I knew immediately that I wanted to pair the two of them together, and I love the result. 

With spring here and summer quickly approaching, I wanted to give my cardigans a break and start wearing warm weather friendly tops. I stepped outside of my 'box' and purchased a few tops that look more polished when tucked in, and am liking the look and feel of sophistication it brings.

Top: Liz Claiborne {JcPenny's} // Skirt: Liz Claiborne {JcPenny's} // Shoes: Madden Girl {} // Earrings: Forever 21

With my trusty photographer ;) 

Love it or hate it, hopefully you at least got a good laugh!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

365 Days of Thanks // Week 15

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4.9.14 - Signs of spring everywhere!
4.10.14 - My brother and sister
4.11.14 - Financial help for dr bill was accepted and balance is ZERO! Praise the Lord!
4.12.14 - B got to go on visitation with us, and his excitement inviting people to church
4.13.14 - The church buying Greg Howlett's Piano DVD course
4.14.14 - Picnic weather
4.15.14 - Christ dying on the cross for MY sins!

What are you thankful for?

"Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people."  1 Chronicles 16:8

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Determining God's Will

You hear of a need. Your heart goes out to it and you want to help. But wait, is it just your emotions talking? Or is it the Holy Spirit prompting you? Sometimes as women, since we are such emotional creatures, it can be hard to decipher between our emotions and the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

This is where I have found myself for the past month or so. We support a missionary that has a ministry to the blind. For a week in May they hold a camp and need 'guides' to help the campers get around. In one of their prayer letters they shared the need for more guides this year. I began to pray for them that the Lord would provide, while also praying that the Lord would show me if it was something that He wanted me to be involved in and that if it was His will He would work out all the details. For weeks it was on my heart and I didn't have a clear answer. Was the Lord keeping it on my heart because He wanted me to do it, or because He wanted me to keep praying for them? I finally decided that since I didn't feel strongly about it, I would just forget about it.  

Then for several days through my Bible reading the term 'blind' kept popping up. If it was just once I would have thought it only a coincidence, but it was MULTIPLE times! It seemed as if maybe the Lord was saying, "I don't want you to forget about this!" So I decided to e-mail the camp director and find out if they even needed guides anymore. My e-mail was very vague (haha!) because at that point I still wasn't 100% sure about it. I simply let him know we were praying for their ministry and inquired if they had a good group of campers and guides signed up for camp, and also if there were any specific needs we could pray for. The next morning I received a reply back thanking me for our prayers and asking prayer for one matter - they still needed one lady guide! I don't think it could have been any more clear as to what my answer from the Lord was! 

But then there was the matter of finances. My week would be paid for by the camp, but I didn't have the money or time to come up with the money for a plane ticket. As I had been praying about it, I told the Lord if He wanted me to go He was going to have to provide the way.

I shared with my parents all that had transpired (I hadn't shared anything with them up until this point), and they agreed that it definitely seemed like the Lord was in this. My dad and I then shared the need with my pastor, and of course he was very excited at the opportunity to help our missionary and told me not to worry about the money. I left with instructions to find out all of the details and then he would talk to the men in the church about paying for my ticket, because it would be a missions trip of sort out of our church. Praise the Lord!

I e-mailed the missionary back letting him know I was willing to come, and after filling out an application we spoke on the phone discussing more details about what being a guide entails. It was towards the end of the conversation he proceeded to tell me that not only were they paying for my week at camp, but they were also going to pay for my airfare! Praise the Lord again!!

It's been neat to see God unfold His plan for all of this. I went from not being sure about it, to seeing door after door open up confirming it was indeed His will for me to go! 

In one month I'll be on my way to the state of Texas! I know it's going to be a great experience, and am looking forward to seeing what God's going to do!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Last Days of Winter

A few highlights from the past couple months...

Youth Conference

Broom hockey at the conference

I had fun planning decorations for our Valentines Banquet!

Valentines tulips from my parents ;)

Spending some time outside in the winter sunshine


Birthday cupcakes with the kids

Birthday manicure...have you ever tried shellac? It lasts for 2 weeks!

We had a great group out for girls' Bible study!

I've had a couple of custom orders lately, and am excited to get back into crocheting again!

Celebrated B & J's birthdays

As much fun as we had during winter, I'm glad those days are behind us and we're now enjoying beautiful spring weather! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

365 Days of Thanks // Week 14

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4.2.14 - New cousins!
4.3.14 - Pizza
4.4.14 - Four new girls at Bible Study!!
4.5.14 - Computers
4.6.14 - A great start to our Missions Conference
4.7.14 - Clear direction as to God's will concerning a certain matter (click here for post!)
4.8.14 - Sweet fellowship with visiting preachers and their families

What are you thankful for?

"O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people."
Psalm 105:1

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hair Update [April]

April: 22 1/2 inches

Here we are a couple months later. I tried to make the pictures as close as possible so we could get a good idea of how much my hair has grown. I got a tiny trim a few weeks ago, but it still looks like it has grown a little bit - it's hard to know for sure. I think the biggest difference is in my layers! I decided to start measuring it to help determine it's growth better. It's getting so long! I'm looking forward to cutting it and having it go towards a good cause!

Click HERE for the post on my decision to donate my hair

Monday, April 7, 2014

365 Days of Thanks // Week 13

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3.26.14 - For the desk I was given
3.27.14 - The opportunity to invest in the kids lives during their formative years
3.28.14 - The opportunity to go to SPARK (ladies conference)
3.29.14 - A fun time with the ladies from church
3.30.14 - My Sunday School class
3.31.14 - A fun time surprising Kim for her birthday
4.1.14 - New shoes

What are you thankful for?

"I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. "
Psalm 35:18
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