Thursday, April 17, 2014

Skirts: my thoughts and why I wear them


So I'm guessing if you are reading this, you've heard all the possible reasons that people wear skirts. Modesty, humility, to please God, and so on and so forth. Now I want to say right now: I am not judging anyone who chooses to wear them for those reasons, nor am I judging you for not wearing them. When I started this blog over a year and a half ago, I did a post on wearing skirts. The above reasons were my reasons for wearing skirts. My Mom wears pants, my sisters wear pants. If I'm doing something that absolutely requires them, I wear them (for example: sledding, airplane riding, and hiking through thickets ;). Usually I wear a tunic shirt with it, and I feel comfortable enough to wear them for the time I need them. Am I opposed to them? Not at all! Some ladies love wearing jeans! Most of my friends feel comfortable in them and look perfectly lovely! I just choose to wear skirts. Now you may ask, why do you wear them, then?

My original reasons were modesty, humility, "feeling right", femininity, and I wanted to be like them. The super awesome people that homeschooled and wore skirts. If you think about it, that's a really lame lame lame reason! Recently I was thinking about it and I asked myself, why do I wear them? I thought about it, and couldn't figure it out! So I gave it more thought, and here is the reason.
I wear them simply because they are my clothes. 
Yes they are modest, yes they are feminine, but I wear them simply because they are my clothes. I have several cute skirts (like my birthday one, above) and I love wearing them! They are comfy, pretty, and fun to wear! I would never judge you for wearing jeans, and I would never judge you for wearing skirts. Those are the clothes you have!

Tomorrow I'm going to share with you some things I've learned about wearing skirts.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Catch of Books!

Love Finds You in Golden New Mexico by Lena Nelson Dooley
Maria by Maria von Trapp
Life and Legends of St. Francis of Assisi by Candide Chalippe, translated by Hilarion Duerk
Love Finds You in Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts by Melody Carlson
Love Finds You in Miracle Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar
Love Finds You in Homestead Iowa by Melanie Dobson
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek Ohio by Serena B. Miller
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Love Finds You in Valentine Nebraska, by Irene Brand
Love Finds You in Hershey Pennsylvania, by Cerella D. Sechrist
The Hardy Boys The Great Airport Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon
The Hardy Boys What Happened at Midnight by Franklin W Dixon
Love Finds You in Last Chance California, Miralee Ferrell
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
 Love Finds You in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by Annalisa Daughety
The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs
A Family on Wheels by Maria Augusta Trapp
Guys are Waffles, Girls are Spaghetti by Chad Eastman and Bill + Pam Ferrel
Maria Von Trapp: Beyond the Sound of Music by Candice F. Ransom
The Prairie Romance Collection with Cathy Marie Hake, Judith Miller and more
Roses for Mama by Janette Oke
Heart of the Wilderness by Janette Oke 
A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke
Master Zacharius by Jules Verne
Laura Ingalls Wilder : Little House in the Ozarks, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler, The Rediscovered Writings Edited by Stephen W. Hines
Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt
A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Two Brides Too Many by Mona Hodgson
Too Rich for a Bride by Mona Hodgson 
The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson
Twice a Bride by Mona Hodgson
Redefining Girly by Melissa Atkins Wardy

Trust God Always

Sometimes it's hard to trust God. We turn to the world, to our friends, to our money, and to our "love life" for consolation during tough times. And by doing so, we forget we have an awesome God who has created everything. 

Recently my friend was really upset. Over a year ago she had a broken headlight on the car she was driving. She was pulled over, warned, and ordered to have to fixed as soon as she got home. She took care of it, sent in paperwork and it was resolved. Just a few days ago she got a letter saying that they never received the paperwork. She told me what had happened, and was clearly upset. I told her I'd pray about it with her. A few hours later she told me that she had forgotten to trust God and talk to him about her problems. When she realized and remembered that he had everything under control, she felt peace and was able to trust God. 

I've had several friends come to me recently, for advice and prayer. I will tell you this: I'm always willing to talk and pray with you, but never forget that God is always there. He's always in control. He's always there with open arms, waiting for you fall back into his unfathomable love, mercy, and grace. Don't let the worries of the world stop you from trusting in God. He'll be there for every problem, for every heartache, for every eensy-weensy sniffle, and every terrible disease. 

Proverbs 3:5-6
 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

30 Days of Love: Day 16

Philippians 2:14
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky!

This is pretty much self-explanatory. Put your differences aside, and just enjoy their company!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Christine Daae

I recently saw a stage production of the Phantom of the Opera and thoroughly enjoyed it! The music, the sets, the costumes, and as I've said, the music make it very enjoyable!

"In sleep, he sang to me. In dreams, he came. That voice which calls to me and speaks my name. And do I dream again? For now I find the Phantom of the Opera is there, inside my mind."

"Think of me, think of me waking, silent and resigned. Imagine me, trying too hard to put you from my mind. Recall those days, look back on all those times, think of the things we'll never do - there will never be a day, when I won't think of you."

Let it Snow: a parody of Let it Go

"Let It Snow"

The snow glows white in Jordan today
Not a crocus to be seen
A kingdom of icy flowers,
And it looks like I’m the queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
It's New York, what do you expect?

Don’t let them wilt, don’t let them die
Watch the daffodils with your eye
Protect, collect, don’t let them freeze
Well, now they're froze!

Let it snow, let it snow
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it snow, let it snow
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the flowers that are so frozen
Won't wilt inside the house

It’s time to see what I can do
To cut the flowers and bring them in
No right, no wrong, no wilting for me
No freeze

Let it snow, let it snow
I'll the snow fall from the sky
Let it snow, let it snow
The flowers will be safe inside

They're in the vase
And here they'll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m happy the flowers are in,
Cause the snow won't come in

Let it snow, let it snow
And I'll rise at the break of dawn
Let it snow, let it snow
The perfect flowers are in

Here they'll stand
In the light of a lamp
Let the storm rage on,
The flowers are safe in the house.

30 Days of Love: Day 15

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends

Love can be spoke, but often it is best shown through an action. It is often easier to remember actions than words. And of course there is the old saying that actions speak louder that words. While words are good, actions are great!

Monday, April 14, 2014

30 days of Love: Day 14

Philippians 2:4
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
 With a mental raise of hands, how often do you spend time with someone but not with them? You can be with them, but you might not be with THEM. What do they like to do? See if you can find a way to spend time together, doing something THEY like to do.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

30 Days of Love: Day 13

Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"

Small acts of kindness don't go unrewarded. Whether it's buttoning up a dress, finding shoes, or something simple as a hug. These things do not go unnoticed.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Spring Evening!


The Moon :~)

The moon later in the evening!

The moon through the trees!

A kitty (Ansel) enjoying the fine evening! ^-^

A bud on the maple tree!

Pine needles :~)

Pine needles and the sunset!

The sunset! :~D

Winslow thought it was a perfect evening for some soft chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone!