Modest Monday and a Link Up (Baby Blessing Edition!)

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Sunday was a special day for our family as Sophia had her baby blessing at our church! I’m always nervous, hoping the baby will not cry the whole time but she did awesome!

Baby blessing of Sophia at our church! Such a special day!

All of the other girl’s blessing dresses have been homemade. This was the first dress that we actually bought, and I hope she will forgive me later in life. 😉 It’s important to me that they each have a special dress of their own, so they can pass it down to their daughters one day if they want (I don’t have a special dress, being the youngest child I don’t have any special clothes saved back).

A sweet baby blessing dress!

I found her dress on Zulily and it was a great deal! Baby bonnets are a favorite of mine, so I loved that it came with one. :)

A special baby blessing dress from Zulily!

Sean and I couldn’t love this girl any more. I don’t worry about not having enough love for all my children, every one is so different and unique. Thankfully we have never had issues with sibling jealously towards a new baby. They are loved and kissed on all the time!

Family love! I love having a large family and think of every child as a blessing!

I found this maxi dress at Costco and realized I’d be able to nurse in it using a halftee! They really have been such a blessing for the pregnant and breastfeeding years, and the normal seasons of life as well. :)

What I Wore

Maxi Dress – Costco (They are around $18 there!)

Halftee – I wore the ¾ sleeve just because my short sleeve one was dirty. :)

Sandals – Wedges from Kohls

Flexi Clip – Mini clip from Lilla Rose (Don’t forget about the free shipping special going on for new consultants, and the informational Facebook party I’m doing Thursday night!)

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural

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Modest Girl’s Skirt Giveaway!

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It can be so hard to find denim skirts for girls. Especially adorable, high quality denim skirts. I’m thrilled to have discovered a source that I can recommend to you all!

Denim Skirt from Skirted Blues Etsy store!

Skirted Blues is an Etsy store ran by Ruth, a mom who has little girls herself and understands the need for modest denim skirts! She takes brand new jeans and transforms them into the skirt you see! We have the Girls Denim and Chevron Ruffle Skirt from her Etsy Store.

Modest Denim Skirt for Girls, made from jeans and added chevron fabric to it!

One thing I love about these skirts is that Ruth uses jeans with an adjustable waist! So helpful for smaller size girls! We have already washed this skirt several times and it seems to be a really good quality skirt that will last! I’ll definitely be passing this skirt down to the younger girls.

We have gotten so many compliments on this skirt, everyone wants to know where I found it or if I made it. I just laugh and say I haven’t sewed in quite awhile now, I just don’t have time! I’m thankful for resources like this!

Ruth has lots of different styles available in her Etsy store, including maternity and women’s jean skirts also!

Denim Mid Length Skirt with Contrasting accent

This is a really cute skirt for ladies!

If you are needing new denim skirts for your girls, I highly recommend shopping from Skirted Blues. It would be a good resource to send to grandparents looking for places to purchase gifts. :)

Ruth makes this signature collection girl’s denim skirt. It’s a good knee length skirt that can be paired with tights or leggings, and let an active girl play outside to her heart’s content.

Girl's classic denim skirt!
You can enter to win one of these skirts below! The skirt being given away is for your choice of sizing, from 6 months to size 14. USA only.

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*We were sent a skirt for this review, but all thoughts are strictly my own!*

What’s so wrong with the “S” Word?

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What is so wrong with the S Word? As parents, we need to take a firm stand on this and being willing to shelter our children!

As a second generation homeschooler I’ve heard the “s” word my whole life.

“Those poor children are going to be so sheltered they won’t be able to adjust to normal life.”

The other big “s” word? Socialization. These two words have a way of following each other around. “Oh my, their children are so sheltered they won’t know the first thing about socialization. I mean, how will they cope when they get out into the real world?”

I can attest that there is at least one person on the planet who was sheltered as a youth and who, now in her 30’s, makes her way in the world quite well. That person is me. Actually, believe it or not, there are others like me. Many others. You might not know it though because, well, we’re just so adept at socializing. 😉

Sarcasm aside, I’m sincerely not the least bit resentful that I didn’t experience more of the world as I was growing up. My parents carefully controlled the environment in my home and I’m grateful for it. That’s not to say we lived in a cave. My mother was very wise in the way she sheltered me yet made sure I was equipped and prepared to enter the world.

As a sheltered homeschooled child I grew into an adult that was married at 19 and became a mother at 20 (gasp, yes I was one of those young brides who went through courtship). I am currently a pastor’s wife, a business owner, a blogger, and I hope a “normal” human being that tries to conduct her life in a way that would please God.

What did my sheltered life consist of? (Cue the melancholy music.)

1. I wasn’t familiar with many of the popular movie stars, as I didn’t watch many of the popular movies. If an actress was in a Jane Austen movie then I knew about them. :) It’s still that way today. Watching PG-13 and R rated movies just didn’t happen (I think I’ve seen two PG-13 movies. Or maybe I should say I’ve seen about a â…“ of two historical PG-13 movies. We fast forwarded through most of them).

2. We listened to classical and some Christian music growing up. Actually I listened to more Contemporary Christian music when I was younger than I do now. I was a teenager when my brother introduced me to the famous Bye-Bye Ms. American Pie song (and don’t ask me the band responsible for the song, lol). I knew what songs were popular from being out shopping. I suppose you could say I grew up listening to the Wal-Mart top 40. : )

3. Cursing was absolutely not allowed in our home. Slang words were considered just as bad as curse words. Some of you might be shocked, but I was well into my 20’s before I even knew what most bad words were and I still don’t think I know all of them. If I had been around situations where curse words were commonly used, my parents would have educated me more. I just didn’t need to know!

4. The TV was never background noise. It was only on if we were all watching something together, and many years we never even had TV reception.

5. My parents never taught us to believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Clause. Actually my Grandpa was the town’s Santa Clause one time (it was a big deal; he rode in a float with the mayor, picture in the paper and everything). We went to see him with our younger cousin who did believe in Santa Clause and we were given strict instructions to not say a word about it being our Grandpa! We celebrated holidays for the religious reasons behind them, not the secular.

6. I’ve never been to a lock-in at a church or school and I only went to one big overnight birthday party when I was little.

7. I never went on a date until I was courting the man I married. Please know I don’t believe that just because you are in a courtship means you will automatically marry that person, but I do not believe in dating around for fun. We had our first kiss on our wedding day.

My parents came from rough upbringings, and they regretted a lot of things they went through. They didn’t want their children making the same mistakes so they sheltered them from influences that they didn’t consider godly.

However, don’t let this list fool you. I’m not a naive 30 year old mama. I’ve had my fair share of real life, hard, and very unsheltered situations.

As soon as we were old enough to drive we were added to our parents checking accounts. My mom had Lupus since I was 11 and we were responsible for grocery shopping and running errands when she was sick.

I was one of the primary caregivers of my great-grandfather when I was 16. He was living in our home on hospice for a month or so before he passed away of cancer. My older sister was in charge of all the financial/legal paperwork and I worked with the hospice nurses on how to take care of him.

I’ve learned far more about homosexuality and it’s lifestyle than I ever dreamed I would have, because of family members who have chosen to walk in that path. I’ve been in many counseling situations, churches of all different faiths, and opened our home to many different types of people.

I’ve walked through family member’s divorces, separations, terminal illness, heartaches, victory and failures.

Being sheltered does not mean you don’t experience real life and all that it brings. It simply means you limit your understanding concerning the ungodly things as much as you can. Why? So you can deal with real life.

The only time I’m super aware of my limited knowledge of movies or movie stars, popular people (like famous people in sports), etc. is when my husband makes a joke or tries to tell me some passing tidbit of news, and I have no clue what he is talking about. :) We come from different backgrounds, but he always tells me it’s better not to know!

Do I think you can shelter your children too much? Absolutely. But that’s a topic for another post. For the purposes of this post I just want to say that this lady who is married to a real husband and who went through 6 real labors which brought 6 real children into the world, and who has seen her share of real sorrow and suffering among those she loves most, is truly grateful for being sheltered when she was young so she could joyfully weather this bittersweet thing people call socialization.

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I know I haven’t been blogging like normal. I commented to Sean the other day as I was snuggling Sophia that it’s because I know how fast this first year is going to fly with her. She is already changing and growing so much, and I don’t want to miss it! I wish I had known with my first child how fast the years really do go. I don’t want to miss her smiles, the first time she rolls over, and how she lights up when she sees me.

So…the blog is quieter right now because I’m soaking it all up. I’m trying to store these beautiful memories because only the Lord knows if we will be blessed with another baby. I don’t take it for granted that I can just have another baby whenever I want.

Summery skirt and white top. I love wearing skirts in the summer time, it makes the heat more bearable!

We took these pictures at the end of the day, so  I’m a little wrinkled from nursing all day. :) I like this skirt, I made it a few years ago and love how cheery it is.

Raising precious little girls is such a blessing!

I thought it was so sweet, Deborah came running over while we took pictures and wanted in on the action. :) I love this girl so much! She is wearing a dress from ThredUP (H&M brand).

We just got back pictures from a photo shoot we had done for Deborah & Co. I’m loving some of them and wanted to share with you!

A beautiful lace maxi skirt plus a floral tee, all available at Deborah & Co.

I had this lace maxi skirt made just for our store. It is so beautiful! We have had several requests for complete outfits, so everything this model is wearing can be found at Deborah & Co. You can find the items here… Lace Maxi Skirt, Floral baseball tee, Buckle Stretch belt, Teardrop Earrings.

Gray Baseball tee shirt now available at Deborah & Co.

Today only you can use the coupon JULYNEW and receive free shipping on these items, USA only! But you have to hurry, it’s only available on Monday! 

What I Wore

Skirt – Handmade

Top – ThredUP

Sandals – Marshalls

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural

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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