Modest Monday and a Link Up

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I thought I would share pictures of my two oldest girls for Modest Monday this week, as I just loved the outfits they wore to church!

March brings birthday gifts, and Carrianna just turned 9 (same day as my birthday!). She received a lot of new clothes for her birthday, which is always such a blessing! Some of the clothes we got her were from Target, and I’m just going to put this out here to avoid comments. Everyone handles cultural issues differently. Don’t leave rude comments just because someone shops at a store that your family has chosen not to shop at. I’ve gone through seasons of boycotting Target and other stores, and seasons where I do shop there.

These girls have days where they are the best of friends, and play together so nicely. Other days they need to be separated and spend time apart, but I suppose that is a normal part of growing up with lots of sisters. 🙂

My girls love fashion, and thankfully seem to be embracing modesty so far in their young lives. I hope above all things that they always keep the Lord in their hearts, and always are willing to listen to the counsel of their parents and others around them!

The smocked maxi dress is a little long on her, but I know she will keep growing this summer so I think it’s going to be ok. She turned 9, and it’s a 10/12. Maybe she can even use it next spring as well!

We gave her these new shoes for her birthday, and I think they are so cute! She is wearing LulaRoe leggings under her dress since it’s been a little chilly here.

What Carrianna Wore

Dress – Target

White Cardigan – Target

Shoes – Crazy 8

Leggings – LulaRoe

I normally don’t like the Hi-Low style dresses at all. I think you can find modest ones, it’s just personal preference for me. But this dress is so adorable, my sister and I both fell in love with it and my sister was so sweet and bought it for Olivia! My clothing budget was totally gone after buying clothes for Carrianna’s birthday this month!

She wore a white shirt under it to church today but as it gets warmer she will use a short sleeve Halftee.

This dress is long on her as well, but since Spring is just starting I’m not terribly worried. They both love long dresses and have learned to lift their long skirts up when they walk up stairs. 🙂

What Olivia Wore

Dress – Target 

Sweater – Marshals? Kid’s Closet Sale? Not totally sure!

Shoes – Kid’s Closet Consignment Sale

I hope you enjoyed a look at how easy it is to dress girls in a modest, sweet and feminine way! If you start them out when they are young it really does make it easier. We are not 100% skirts and dresses with our girls. We do let them wear jeans to play in sometimes, Carrianna just ripped her favorite Gymboree skirt playing outside in it, which made us both sad! :/ Every family just needs to decide your standards and continue to talk to your daughters about those standards, and share more details as your daughters get older.

Don’t forget to go enter the Mere Motherhood Book giveaway!

Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.

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Mere Motherhood – Why Every Mother Needs This Book

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This post is sponsored by Circe Institute 

I love to read encouraging books for mothers. Because life is busy I often find myself just skimming through books, and I don’t take the time to read a book from cover to cover.

There are the exceptions though. It’s the time when I open up a book and I find myself instantly lost in the words on the pages, and I just can’t put it down! The last two books that were like this for me were The Life Giving Home and Teaching From Rest.

It’s happened again. And it’s a book that I haven’t heard much talk about, so chances are that you are not aware of what you are missing out on.

And that would be a shame.

Because the longer time goes on, the more I truly see how desperately women need encouragement. We need to be reminded of what really matters, and what we can let go of.

So here goes…the reveal of the book you must read!

Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins is written mainly to homeschooling moms, though others might find it refreshing as well. Cindy is one of the pioneer homeschooling moms having started her homeschool journey in the 1980’s. This book tells her life story of raising her 9 children, and the sometimes bumpy, sometimes smooth sailing road she walked on.

Cindy does not spend page after page exalting all the good things she did for her children growing up. Instead she gives you a look into their real life, what actually happened as she learned how to be a homeschooling mother and how to raise 8 sons (!!!) and 1 daughter. Her humbleness is what really stood out to me. You can tell she wants other mothers to learn from her mistakes and life lessons.

Morning time and the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling is talked about quite a bit, so if you are strictly a textbook homeschooler you should be aware of that before you order the book.

Cindy raised her children in the conservative homeschooling movement the same time I was growing up. It was so interesting to read through some of her thoughts on issues that were hot topics 20 years ago. They still are topics discussed today, but I think some families have learned over the years not to be so strict in their interpretations of these issues. Cindy does not expound page after page on these issues, but what she does say is so pointed and truthful.

Cindy talks about grammar problems, morning time struggles, puberty issues with boys, the struggles of fixing up an old house, moving from house to house, how they learned from books, giving birth 9 times, and multiple other topics of interest to the homeschooling mother!

If you read through this book, make sure you have a highlighter in hand and a notebook to jot down thoughts. I’m using a Webster’s Color Crush planner and notebook.

If morning time is something you want to start doing in your homeschool day, or you just need new ideas, her little handbook on morning time is good to grab! It gives specific ideas on Bible time, poetry time, singing, Shakespeare and more.

If you need more ideas on morning time and what it even is, I wrote about it here.

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It’s My Birthday!! Time to Celebrate!

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I turn 34 today. I know all you mothers who are older than I am will tell me to enjoy it. I still feel young and healthy, but I just grasp how fast life is going, so it makes me a little sad! I don’t want my babies to grow up faster than they have to!

Carrianna turns 9 today, and she will always be my special Easter baby. I never remember Easter coming so early in March before, but that one year it came on March 23rd which was also her due date and my birthday. What a special birth it was! As soon as I pushed her out I said with a huge smile on my face “I could do this again!”.

Only that birth. Never before and never again have I said such words. Ha!

To celebrate my birthday I put together a fun sale at Deborah & Co. for all of you! Wahoo!

Save 23% off any order at Deborah & Co. with the code: BIRTHDAY at the checkout! This is good for Thursday, March 23rd only! It’s also limited to what we have in stock.

Happy shopping! I’ll be over here doing all sorts of fun adult things, like getting ready to attend the Nashville homeschool convention with our businesses next week! 🙂

 

On Charity, 1 Corinthians 13 and Mothering

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1 Corinthians 13 is one of those famous chapters in the Bible. Sometimes the chapters that are so popular tend to get glossed over. We read the verses and can almost quote them and we don’t let them sink into our hearts.

I read through these verses this morning and wanted to share them with you, in the hopes that it would encourage your day. Some thoughts stood out to me, so I’ll share them under each verse.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 

It’s easy to sound spiritual. We can expound on great spiritual truths and feel like we are speaking words of importance, but if we don’t have charity in our hearts then it just ends up being loud, obnoxious noise.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 

This is a pretty humbling verse to think through. We could have such faith in God’s word to even move mountains, but it could all count for nothing if we don’t have charity in our heart! It’s a reminder that we can’t focus on only one aspect of our Christian walk. We shouldn’t desire to have this immense faith in God if we forget about all the other important parts of our Christian walk.

And though I bestow all goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

Charity sufferers long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. 

Do we suffer long with our children? How about our husband? Do we envy our friends when they get that shiny new car, or the brand new house, or they always look put together when we can barely get dressed in the morning?

Do we walk around confident in our abilities, and puff ourselves up thinking we are something great?

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seekers not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.;

This is a hard one! I know I can get easily provoked, multiple times a day! I shared in a women’s study I’m going to once a month for the Life Giving Home book (a must read book!) that I found myself getting very irritated with my children and would occasionally just get so frustrated that I would tell a child to shut up. Growing up as a child, that was a like a curse word in our home. I know better, and have no excuse besides the fact that I was letting myself get easily provoked.

As mothers we need to think through how we get easily provoked and deal with it. Put scripture verses up around the home to remind yourself of how you want to respond. Take a deep breath before responding to your children, or even walk away for a minute before you correct your children, to just give yourself a minute to calm down.

I need to not seek my own agenda, my own plan for the day, my own desire for XY and Z to happen. Instead I need to seek God’s plan for the day and be a servant to my children and husband. I think we all know this in our heads, it’s just so much harder to live out in real life!

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 

Do we endure long? Do we still hope, or have we given up after having endured hard trials?

Charity never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease, whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 

For when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 

This is a good verse to teach your young teenagers! I remember reading that verse over and over again as I struggled through the difficult stage of becoming a young lady and leaving my childhood behind.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, the three, but the greatest of these is charity. 

Love. We need to have great faith in God, we need to always have hope (as Christians we have a lot to hope for!), but even greater than that is love.

My prayer for all of us today is that we will be able to extend charity and love to our families as we serve in our homes!

 

 

 

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