Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I’m pretty excited to share with you this new floral dress for fall! It’s a new dress that is available at Deborah & Co. and I’ve had it on order for awhile now. I’ve been impatiently waiting for it to arrive. 🙂
This Navy Floral Maxi dress is a beautiful dress for fall!

Isn’t it dreamy? I’m in love with it!

And it works perfect for breastfeeding mothers! I think in the future I’ll try wearing it with a Halftee Tank under it, but depending on your unique body shape you might be ok without it.

I love the navy colors (if you are a long time blog reader you know I love blue colors!), and I love the modern florals that are so feminine!

The only bad thing is, it only comes in sizes small, medium and large. I wish I could get it in larger sizes!

Navy Floral Maxi Dress for fall!

I’m wearing a size medium in these pictures, if that helps give an idea of how the sizes run. I honestly could have probably worn a large as well.

I wore nude flats with this dress, but I think trendy boots could look cute!

Navy Floral Maxi Dress

What I Wore

Dress – Navy Floral Maxi Dress from Deborah & Co.

Shoes – Nude flats from Zulily

Necklace – Paparazzi

Rose Bobby Pin – Lilla Rose

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural Foundation and Mascara, Smashbox Eye Shadow and blush

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.


5 Things I Learned About Modesty As A Teenager

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Dressing modestly feels very natural to me. I was raised from a young child to think about the clothes I wore, but it was with a balanced approach. I will forever be grateful to my mother for the incredible job she did in teaching me what modesty really means.

5 Things I Learned About Modesty As A Teenager.

Here is what stands out to me years later, over how I was raised.

1. She started with the basics when I was young.

While I don’t consider the clothes we wore previously as being really immodest, it wasn’t until I was 9 that we started exclusively wearing dresses and skirts. My mom came to my sister and I and we had a serious talk about switching to all skirts/dresses. As a girly girl who already wore play dresses constantly, I was thrilled. My tomboy older sister? Not so much.

When we made the switch, she didn’t make it complicated. Every single clothing piece was not pulled out of our closet and analyzed.

We just did it.
The thrift stores were visited, the jeans given away, and we made it work with what we had. Slowly, over time, we added more items that we needed.

2. When I questioned why we had to dress modestly, she gave me solid answers.

As I reached the teenage years, she would answer my questions of why our necklines had to be so high, and our skirts so long with actual personal stories. Now not everyone has these stories (I won’t have them for my girls), but my mom had spent some of her early adult years not walking with the Lord. She had real life experience of why she cared so much, and when I was old enough to handle the stories, she told me.

I can’t stress enough how helpful this was for me. Especially as your daughters reach teenage years, they don’t need to constantly hear “we dress modestly because I say so”. They desperately need solid answers to help them through the days when they feel different, or are made fun of for not wearing that bikini at the swim party.

3. She didn’t panic or get angry when I didn’t always follow the “rules”.

I’ll never forget going to my grandparents to visit for 2 weeks when I was 15. They lived states away and didn’t really appreciate our stance for modesty. When I walked off the airplane my parents were pretty surprised. I had on a modest, but extremely bright dress (just different from what I normally wore), my Grandma had put nails on me, and I had quite a bit of jewelry on (only simple jewelry was allowed), and I was very, very tan from having been at the beach for the weekend.

Not everything was wrong in what I wore, but everything combined really surprised my parents. My mom let me know she wasn’t happy that I gave into the pressure to be something different than who I really was, but also gave me lots of grace. I wasn’t in trouble, and deep down I knew that I wasn’t representing my true self.

I continued to struggle during that year, but my mom helped me through it, and looking back I don’t have regrets from doing anything drastic. It was just part of the growing up process.

4. She never made me feel like I alone was responsible for how a man thought.

Do you know the pressure a woman must feel if she thinks that the sexual thoughts a man has centers only around how she is dressed? What about a young lady who was raped, and told she just wasn’t dressed modestly enough? I’ve read all of this and more as arguments for needing to dress modestly.


My mom definitely talked to me about being respectful and considerate towards the young men I was around, but I never was made to carry this heavy burden around. It’s a two way street. We ladies need to be thoughtful and considerate for the men we come in contact with, because sexual thoughts are a struggle for a lot of men. Plunging necklines with bosoms hanging out are not helpful for a man’s thought life! But think about all the Islamic women who are raped, and covered head to toe?

Ultimately, a man needs to be constantly on guard with his thought life, and a woman needs to watch what she wears. Take responsibility for your own actions.

5. She showed me her commitment through her struggles.

It wasn’t always easy for my mom to dress modestly. She was a plus size woman and struggled finding clothes. But the struggle I will never forget are her attempts to sew us jumpers.

I grew up in the homeschooling movement when jumpers were the style for homeschoolers.  Looking back I cringe at the loose, so unflattering, matching jumpers, but I also have a tenderness in my heart at the memory of those clothes.

I’ll never forget coming out of my bedroom when I was 11, and seeing my mom in tears. She had spent hours working on putting a zipper in a jumper for one of us girls, but she just couldn’t get it. I remember thinking she must really love us, and desire for us to wear these jumpers if she is trying so hard.

When money was tight, she stuck with it. When we all were tired of wearing the same jumpers over and over again, she stuck with it. When friends or family laughed at us, she stuck with it.

Dressing modestly isn’t always easy. Like anything else in life, it’s a commitment that you have to be willing to stick with. Choose your standards, and help your daughters truly understand the reasoning behind them. The closer I was connected with my mom, the more I respected and listened to her opinion in all areas of life, including dressing modestly. Be the type of mom that your teenage daughter can share her struggles with, and lovingly help her through them!

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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Friday we took a much needed field trip for school. We went with my sister and her boys, and visited a huge old house that was fascinating and full of history. There was even a cave under the house! It sat on over 200 acres, so we brought a picnic and then went on a 3 mile hike! We rambled along, slowly picking up acorns and enjoying the countryside, until an hour had passed. We thought we surely were almost through, when we reached the halfway mile marker! With 7 children along, it took us 2 hours to get through that trail! Whew. We throughly enjoyed it, but were quite ready for a drink of water when we were done.

Pink striped knit dress for a comfortable, everyday dress!

Stopping to take a break on the 3 mile trail!

Pink striped maxi skirt for a long ramble in the woods!

I’m wearing our knit striped raspberry dress. It’s such a great dress for a comfortable, casual everyday outfit, but you can dress it up with a denim jacket!

Gathering acorns in the woods!

We had so much fun gathering acorns! I brought them home, and have put them in the oven on 200 degrees for 2 hours. Next I’m going to spray them with an acrylic spray and use them for decorating.

Flexi clip from Lilla Rose

Have you heard? Today is the last day to grab a ticket to the Homemaking Ministries online conference with all the bonus offers included!

The conference isn’t until October 25-28th but the reason for all the excitement is that when you register for a premium ticket…you are going to get an incredible bundle of bonuses!

You will get access to a brand new goal setting course and workbook – it’s a 5 part video based course that walks you through setting big priorities for you day, breaking those down into bite sized manageable pieces, setting SMART goals, and combining this all into a schedule that you LOVE.


You are also going to get mailed this amazing pack of homemaking goodies (you don’t even have to pay shipping) that includes the adorable tote bag, spiral bound conference notebook, printed goal setting workbook in a binder, 4 laminated set of scripture cards, and 5 scripture art prints!


But these bonuses are only available through October 3rd! <— So I invite you to come on over and discover everything that the 2016 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference has to offer (plus check out the amazing line up of 17 speakers!)


You will get access to watch this conference anytime, anywhere, not just when it goes live!

What I Wore

Dress – Raspberry Striped Maxi Dress

Shoes – White Lace Keds

Necklace – Paparazzi 

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.




How I’m Finding Balance In My Life

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Sometimes you just have to do something drastic in your life. That’s the point I came to this year, and it honestly wasn’t even very drastic. But I desperately needed some balance, because (insert surprised look here) there really is only 24 hours to a day!

I felt like I was attempting everything and achieving nothing. I gave an ounce of energy to homemaking, or to homeschooling, or to my marriage, but it never felt like enough. This blog has really not been kept up like it should, simply because I didn’t feel like I had the emotional or physical energy to write (thank you dear reader, for hanging in there and being patient!).

How I'm finding balance in my life. As a busy homeschooling mom, I needed some things to change! Here is what I did.

So what did I do that changed everything?

I put my children in a one day a week homeschool co-op, where they attend by themselves.

That translates into me being home for 6 hours without my 3 older children. 6 hours a week people. It’s not that much, but it has been an enormous help.

Before this I was at the point that I was literally crying everyday. I just felt like I could never keep up, and homeschooling was the most difficult thing. I love homeschooling, but there was a lot of stress surrounding it for several different reasons. It’s always a challenging year when you have an active toddler, and Sophia is by far our most active toddler!


(Minutes after this picture was taken, she was trying to eat the Loving Family people!)

Now I have this six hours a week to focus on working while they are gone, and doing some school with my first grader alone. It’s amazing. I work as hard as I can, making a to do list and working through it while they are gone.

I’m finding that I’m more focused on the other days, because I know I have that one day a week set aside now for these other tasks, so I don’t have to worry about trying to cram them in. My older children will get the fun science experiments, my oldest will receive help in math that he needs, my middle two children are learning how to use a computer in ways that I never would have thought to teach them (does anyone else think to teach a 10 year old how to make a slideshow and set up a Google Document?).

Yesterday I throughly enjoyed homeschooling. At the end of the day I was tired, but happy with what we got done.

Are you struggling in finding balance in life? What could be changed about your life to slow things down?

Struggling with fixing meals? How about creating a very simple 7 day meal plan that you use over and over again. Stop trying to think through what you are going to make each night, and just keep it some basic, favorite meals that your family likes!

Is it hard to keep your house clean? Box up extra toys, and just put them away for awhile if you don’t want to actually get rid of them. Leave out only a few toys and see if the house stays cleaner.

Are your children fighting all the time? Stop and pray with them, talk to them about how God wants them to love each other, and consider getting a set of Character Badges to encourage them in good behavior!

Character Badges is a creative child training program

Does your marriage need a pick me up? Don’t merely survive for years on end, make it a priority to get away for a weekend if at all possible. Even though Sean and I went to California recently for a business trip and not a marriage getaway, it was the best thing every for our marriage! Just a few days away where we could actually talk without getting interrupted, and plan out where we were going with our business and family.

Are you struggling through that first year with the baby, feeling like you can’t get up one more night with the baby? There isn’t an easy solution to this one, besides letting go of a lot of expectations. Make it a priority to get an afternoon nap in, something easier said than done with a larger family! I always give myself more grace that first year, to let them watch a DVD while if I desperately need a nap.

Do you feel like you have nothing to wear that you like? Create a simple wardrobe (use this Modest Clothing Checklist post for ideas) and have a few core pieces that you like. Save up to purchase some basic items that you will use over and over again, and hit the thrift store as well!

Or maybe you just need a boost of encouragement? The 2016 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference is offering a flash sale for tickets for 5 days only, and they have some pretty awesome bonus offers! I’m really looking forward to hearing these ladies talk about finding balance in your home! I’ll be speaking on finding balance as a work at home homemaker!

If you grab an early bird ticket, here is what you receive.

    • Full access to the conference (Normally $29.95)
    • A bonus course on Goal Setting (has 6 video sessions that are PACKED with info) – by Jami
    • A bonus “Goal Setting Workbook For Greater Balance & Purpose in Your Home” which includes 19 pages to walk them through making and creating smart goals.
    • A bonus pack of items including: laminated bookmarks, a lamented to do list, several Scripture art prints, goal planning sheets, etc.
    • Digital: they will receive access to the conference in October (which includes the private FB group), the bonus video course which they can access immediately, digital versions of the workbook and bonus items to print again and again!

  • Physical: You will physically be mailed an amazing pack of resources including: A Christian tote bag, printed and spiral bound conference notebook with bonus articles, the workbook printed out on premium cardstock in a binder, and the bonus items printed and lamented.
  • These bonus packages are set to ship out the first week in October so that all attendees will have the pack in hand by the conference. 



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