Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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Long maxi skirt with sweater top!  I love how comfortable this outfit is. | themodestmomblog.comWe went for a walk at a nearby lake for a nice Sunday evening family time. The children are so used to Modest Monday pictures that they thought the only reason we came was to take some pictures. We reassured them they could walk to the lake and throw stones in! :)

I stayed home Sunday from church with our oldest son as we both still have bad coughs left over from colds. I actually had a fantastic morning! It was quiet, I turned a sermon on while I made a yummy lunch and set the table really pretty. The house was clean when everyone walked in, which every mom knows is a good feeling! I put Joy essential oil in the diffuser while I cooked, it was so nice!

Silver earrings and a simple side braid are easy to touches to this outfit.

The last few days I’ve been working on trying to get a small amount of makeup on in the morning. Today I just put on my foundation from L’BRI, blush and lipstick. I didn’t even bother doing anything with my eyes. My husband has been full of compliments, which is a nice change from feeling yucky for weeks.

I know the thought of makeup is overwhelming to a lot of moms. Who has time to add one more thing onto their morning routine? I find that when I take the extra few minutes I feel so much happier during the day. I feel more put together, just having my hair fixed, some foundation and lip gloss on. You really don’t have to do much for it take make a difference!

I’ve been using two new lipstick colors from L’BRI for fall and love them! They are caramel and chestnut colors. It’s the little things that make me happy. :)

What I Wore

Skirt – Maxi from Deborah & Co.

(We are getting navy, black, more grey and coral colors in stock this week!)

Top – Sweater top from thrift store, $1 special!

Shoes – ecco brand (I got mine from ThredUP but you can find them on Amazon here)

Earrings – Capri from Mialisa

Makeup – L’BRI pure and natural

 Link Up Time!

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My Summer Reading Book List For Mom!

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I wanted to share with you what is on my reading list right now. I should also be upfront and say probably half of these I will browse through and not read the entire book. Because that’s just how I am. :) So don’t let the stack look overwhelming!

I’m trying to get back into reading encouraging books on a regular basis. I find that I stay more focused and encouraged as a wife and mother if I am reading a book on the topic.

Here is my lofty summer reading book list for this summer:

Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children by Debra Raybern. I really want to be more knowledgable on what oils I can safely use on my children. I bought this book at our homeschool convention after hearing how excellent it is from friends. I love using my Young Living Oils on myself and my children!

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. Anyone who follows this blog knows our family has been in survival mode for the past few years! It’s time to get out out of that slump, so I’m looking forward to reading this book and going along with the book study over at Young Wife’s Guide.

Mitten Strings For God: Reflections For Mothers In A Hurry by Katrina Kenison. I want to read this because I always feel like I’m in a hurry!

The Organized Home Schooler by Vicki Caruana. This is one book I’m just browsing through to get ideas for our new school year.

Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight: 52 Amazing Ways to Master the Art of Personal Change by Karen Scalf Linamen. I haven’t personally heard of anyone suggesting this book, I just picked it up at the library and thought it looked interesting.

Red Hot Monogamy: Making Your Marriage Sizzle by Bill and Pam Farrel. Who doesn’t want their marriage to sizzle?! What I’ve read so far has been really good.

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What a Husband Needs from His Wife by Melanie Chitwood. I’ve been enjoying this book, she has some good reminders on how to be a supportive wife.

The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times, and a Happy Home on a Budget by Amy Allen Clark. This is another book I’m going to browse through for ideas.

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson. This looked like an interesting story on how a director of a Planned Parenthood clinic walked away from her old life and now is a huge advocate for saving babies lives.

Radical Womanhood

Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley. I saw this suggested by a few other bloggers and thought it looked like something I would enjoy reading.

A Wife After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George. This author has such a gentle way of encouraging you, I find her refreshing and easy to read.

EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. Finally, a book to encourage the business owner in me. :)

I’d love to hear what you are reading, or hope to read!

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Modesty In Marriage: How Much Is Too Much?

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If you read my blog frequently, there is a good chance you are concerned about modesty. You see the deplorable lack of modesty that is in the world around us and you want to take a bold stand against it. The closet is purged, the mini skirts are thrown out, and you start teaching your daughters about being chaste, virtuous, and modest.

This attitude starts affecting your whole life. From the movies you watch, to your mannerisms, to the magazines you let in your home, modesty can really change your world, but not all of it can be for the better.

Without even realizing it, we can let this attitude slip into our marriage and our relationship with our husband. As married women, we have to remember to balance our desires to be modest during the day when we are present in the world, against the extreme opposite attitudes we can and should have at home with our husband.

When we are out shopping for groceries we are not trying to catch a man’s eye. Not only our clothing but our attitude should make it clear we are not loose women looking for a guy to flirt with.

Do we give that same impression to our husbands though? Are we buttoned up and posses a demure attitude towards him? Or do we throw caution to the wind and remember he is ours to love wholeheartedly?

I married my husband when I was 19 after a sweet courtship. Sean was my first and only boyfriend, and we shared our first kiss on our wedding day. I really didn’t know what kind of wife I would become, but my hope was to be a submissive, helpful, kind, and loving wife. Being a flirt with my husband wasn’t really on my list of qualities I wanted to strive for as a wife.

After 11 years of marriage, flirting with my husband is high on my list of things to work on in our marriage. I love being a totally different woman when I’m just around my husband, and he knows he is the only one that sees the flirtatious side of me. It strengthens our marriage and keeps us going during the difficult seasons.

It is much easier to be a flirtatious wife before the word “mom” is thrown into the mix. Modesty still has to prevail with lots of children around! Here are some ideas that might help overcome the sweet obstacle called children. :)

Don’t be afraid to kiss in front of your children! They need to see that their parents love each other. Almost everyday our children see us publicly display our affection in front of them!

Go ahead and throw away the flannel nightgown! There is definitely balance in all of this. If you have young children around then discretion still needs to be used. But a long flannel nightgown does not always have to be worn to be modest! There are cute two piece pajama sets that are modest enough for a mama to wear. Another idea is to have a long lighter weight robe on over your more revealing nightgowns. The children need never know. :)

Some good places I like finding cute nightwear 

Target

Kohls (the clearance rack is awesome there!)

Marshalls

Ross

Zulily

Notice Victoria Secret is not on the list? I know ladies who love to shop there for practical items, but if you don’t feel comfortable doing that there are many other options! :)

Take advantage of the moments alone with your husband! There are not always going to be these amazingly romantic moments. Some husbands just are not even very romantically inclined, though they love their wives with a true passion. Make the best of the rare moments alone. If you can get away once a year by yourself, or let the children spend the night with family, don’t clean the house while they are gone or spend your night on the computer! Create an amazing date night at home for your husband. This is the best time to be as flirty as you want! Dating Divas website is a great resource for ideas, you just have to pick and choose what you are comfortable with (I’m not comfortable with all the ideas, but some are fantastic).

Find one thing your husband loves about you and do it! We are wives but also busy mothers. Trying to look the part of June Cleaver isn’t possible. June Cleaver did not have a large family, she definitely didn’t homeschool, or live in the country, or have a family business. Let go of the pressure that you have to look all and be all and do all, but find one thing that your husband loves about you and keep that up! Whether it is your hairstyle, a certain color of clothes you wear, makeup on when he comes home, or simply a clean house, do that one thing consistently for him!

Remember how you treated him when you were courting/dating. Back when you were first getting to know your husband he was probably treated as if he was super special! You dressed up for him, were available whenever he wanted to take you out or call you on the phone. Everything was new and exciting. Don’t let those memories be forgotten! Recently we sat and shared memories of our courting days for a long time, reliving sweet times and precious events. Pull out your wedding video and watch it or look at your wedding pictures again. Remember your vows you made to each other, and that they were made before God and are sacred.