Modest Monday and a Link Up!

Happy New Year!! I’m so excited to see what 2018 will bring!!

It’s freezing cold here. Literally. Today was 1 degree! I was NOT interested in going outside to take pictures, so you get this slightly dark picture in front of our mantel. 🙂 At least it’s a picture! I haven’t been putting makeup on….the first trimester fatigue is very real and strong and makeup is low on my list.

The sweater and skirt are from Stitch Fix and I use this sweater with so many different outfits. It’s so soft! I’m thrilled that Stitch Fix decided to extend their rare offer and allow first time customers to have a box sent to them totally free! The $20 styling fee is waived until the end of January, so now is your chance to try it out!

Here is the latest Stitch Fix package I received in the mail! I kept the pink cardigan. 🙂

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I’m wearing the popular colors on parade Flexi Clip in a XS size. They just released this style in a beautiful pearls and silver color for January only! It’s stunning!

This is the Penelope clip!

What I Wore

Skirt – Stitch Fix

White Shirt – JCPenny

Sweater – Stitch Fix

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

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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Top Ten Posts from 2017

I have to admit, 2017 was just kind of blah on the blog. I’m hoping 2018 brings better things for the blog. We had a lot going on this year with moving and it was just a tremendously hard year overall.

With that being said, here are the top ten posts that were published in 2017!

  1. How Our Family Of Eight Lives With One Bathroom

For the past 4 years our family has been living in a house with just one bathroom. When we moved here there were seven of us, now we have eight. One of my big hesitations of moving here was thinking about our large family surviving with just one bathroom.

Was it going to drive us crazy?

How was Sunday mornings going to work with the craziness of getting ready for church?

Potty training a toddler with just one bathroom???

These were all questions I had in my mind.

2. My March Stitch Fix Box 

My 7th Stitch Fix Box has been the best box yet! Normally I keep only 1 or 2 items from a box, but this time I kept 4 items. Yes, I really did! 

My stylist this time did amazing. She really paid attention to my Pinterest Stitch Fix Board I have, and looked at what styles and colors I had pinned.

*The $20 Styling fee is still being waived through January when new customers sign up to try a box! Click on THIS link (it has to be that link to get your fee waived) and request a box to try! Shipping is free both ways, so you are literally out nothing!

3. Finally  – A home To Call Our Own! 

I have dreamed of this day for years now. I’ve thought through how I would share this news with you. I’m just going to come out and say it.

We bought a house!

I can still hardly believe it!

4. The Freedom To Form Standards, The Grace To Walk Away 

I could go on and on about all the things we’ve had to admit we were wrong about. It’s humbling to admit that you have changed your mind. It’s easy to share all the super conservative standards you have among friends, because those are viewed as making you a godly family. It’s not as easy to change in ways that people feel like you must be going soft.

5. Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Our 2017-2018 School Year

I’m quickly realizing what a busy year we have, when you choose anything outside of a normal textbook approach it definitely requires more of mom. I just love living books so much, and want my children to experience as many books as they can while they are still in school.

I’m still pleased overall with what we choose for our school year, even though I’ve tweaked a few things. As usual. 😉

6. Do Not Bow To The Gender Idol 

Somewhere along the way it has become a crime to say there are inherent differences between a man and a woman.

And it has happened in my lifetime.

7. Creating a Family Closet In The Laundry Room 

I’ve always dreamed of having a family closet!  I should clarify though, we don’t have a true family closet. It’s actually a girl’s closet. With four girls in our family it has been a dream come true to set up a main closet area to store all those girls clothes in.

I’ll set you up the scene that led me to dream this up. We previously had four girls in one very small bedroom. I can’t tell you how many mom meltdowns I had because girl clothes were strewn over the bedroom floor. I tried training the girls to put their clothes in their drawers, and to use the hamper every single night but it was a battle that we never seemed to conquer. Our oldest daughter loves a clean and tidy room and it was a frustration to her that the room couldn’t seem to stay clean.

Family closet in laundry room

8. 5 Ways To Help Your Child Sit Still In Church 

You might be feeling like I do right now…that it feels like a dream when you actually get to sit in a church service and participate. I’m on my sixth toddler, without huge breaks in-between each toddler. There is hope though…I’m going to share with you 5 ways to help your child sit still in church and hopefully in time you can get back in that church service!

There are so many different opinions out there on teaching a young child to sit still. Some expect a child to sit still in church by the age of 1. Others think it’s amazing if a 5 year old can sit still.

I’m here to tell you there is no one-age-fits-all standard.

5 ways to Teach a Toddler To Sit Still In Church! It can be frustrating as a parent to want to sit in church and listen to the message, but as parents of younger children it's not always possible. We are currently training our sixth child to sit still in church, and here are some tips!

9. How Our Cover Letter Helped Us Buy Our House

When we looked at the house that we ended up buying, it was the same day that it had been put on the market. We went over that evening, and ended up being there with another couple and their realtor the whole evening. We stayed over an hour, looking, talking, thinking, and talking with our realtor some more. We could tell the other couple was going to put an offer on the house, but we told our realtor we needed to go home and sleep on it, and pray. We ended up calling him first thing the next morning and said we wanted to put an offer on it. Because of the interest in the house, he suggested we write a cover letter that would be submitted along with our offer, for the owner of the house to read.

That cover letter ended up being a huge part of how we got the house!

My husband wrote the cover letter, and here is what he said:

How Our Cover Letter Helped Us Buy Our House

10. My Top 5 Baby Essentials 

I thought it would be fun to share what my top 5 baby essential items have been the past few years. After six children my list has been tested and tried, and I don’t have a lot of extra items included in the list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Special Christmas Announcement!

It feels so special to be able to share this news during the Christmas season when you are dwelling on the birth of baby Jesus.

We are expecting a baby!

*Insert squeals and shouts for joy*

Baby Allen #7 is due in August and we are all so excited to welcome a new little baby into our home!

We tried to let Sophia announce it to family by wearing this shirt, but they totally didn’t get it. They thought it was just a hand me down shirt she was wearing. Ha! Our children finally sang them a cute little song they had made up about the baby coming. It was really sweet!

For those of you who remember my pregnancy journey with Sophia, I am on Progesterone again. We have come to realize it’s the only way that I can carry a baby now. I had my first ever really early miscarriage earlier this year, and after testing my progesterone levels they were horribly low and just unable to sustain a pregnancy.

I’m incredibly thankful for the Doctor that takes care of me (he works along with my midwife but he is my care provider managing my medicine). I have been going for weekly blood draws and we have had to tweak my medicine and add more, but so far I’ve managed to avoid doing the Progesterone shots. Praise God! I wasn’t sure if I could go through another pregnancy doing those horribly painful shots.

For those of you who are curious, or think we have totally lost our mind to be adding a 7th baby to our family, here are some fun facts. 

We already have a 12 passenger Ford Transit van, so we have plenty of room to add another car seat!

Since we just moved to a larger house, 2 children are in each bedroom. We have a huge unfinished basement and plan on finishing a bedroom downstairs at some point, and will probably move our boys down there when they are little older. So we have plenty of room for one more!

I always wanted a large family. All through high school I said I wanted 12 children (not my current goal!). Sean never once thought about how many children he wanted, but I’m so thankful that he loves children and wants a large family as well!

We don’t have children based on our finances. This is such common concern and a big reason behind why families don’t have more children. Our children have so many more things compared to what I had growing up, and they are happy and healthy. We don’t plan on paying their way through college, but besides that every need is provided for and lots of extras.

Yes, we really wanted this child. It wasn’t an accident or a surprise.

The children are all hoping it’s a boy, but we are ok either way!

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

Our 4th child turns 8 on Tuesday, and I thought it would be fun to put her pictures up for Modest Monday this week. I can’t believe that I’m going to have 4 children who are 8 and older! Time is flying by!

This maxi dress is from Target, and I can’t even reminder if we bought it new or at a consignment sale.  I love that we can keep wearing this dress in the winter months using a long sleeve Halftee for girls!

We found these sandals at Marshalls and we couldn’t resist getting them! We try to find shoes at consignment sales or thrift stores, but sometimes it’s just easier to get them at a good price when you find them new. 🙂 She was thrilled (being the second girl she gets a lot of hand me downs) and we have gotten a lot of good use out of them.

I used this X-Small Rose Gold Trinitee Flexi Clip to pull her hair back. This clip is sold out in the Rose Gold color but it is available still in the Silver color here.

I hope you all have a lovely week leading up to Christmas!

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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