Headcovering/Headband From Rosi’s Boutique – A Giveaway!

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi's Boutique - Review And Giveaway!

Last year I did a review and giveaway for a headcovering from my dear friend’s Etsy shop – Rosi’s Boutique.  Recently Rosi asked us if we would like to do another review and host a giveaway as well!  If I were you ladies, I would jump at this chance!  The winner of our giveaway gets a headband/covering of her choice from Rosi’s Boutique!

Rosi’s coverings are amazing!  They are feminine, stylish and so comfortable – I just love wearing them!  Her products are very reasonably priced so even if you do not win the giveaway, I would highly recommend that you head over to her shop and making a purchase.  These are just a few of the many different styles and colors available!

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi's Boutique - Review And Giveaway!

One thing that I REALLY love about Rosi’s coverings is that they are convertible … you can wear them as a full covering or you can wear them as a headband!  I normally wear them as headbands but sometimes I wear them as a full covering too.

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi's Boutique - Review And Giveaway!

Rosi also sews and sells beautiful flags and tzitzits (tassels).  Sometimes she carries little purses/pouches too.

Headcovering/Headband From Rosi's Boutique - Review And Giveaway!

If you would like a chance to win a headcovering of your choice from Rosi’s Boutique, enter through the rafflecopter below!  Also please considering following her on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you ladies!  Have a blessed week, rejoicing and the goodness and grace He has shown us!

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Lydia & Outfit: White Skirt, Pink Polka Dots & Classy Country Apron

Today I am sharing outfit pictures of my little sister Lydia … but she is not very little anymore!  For the last few days, she keeps talking about almost being taller than me and she is right!  I did not want to admit it but the mirror is showing me that it won’t be long at all!

It is so amazing how quickly time flies by.  Just the other night I was looking at some old pictures with Hannah, and Lydia was an adorable little baby!  Now she is a beautiful young lady!  Friends, time is fleeting … enjoy each moment with the loved ones around you!

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Police Officers, Hatred, & People Created In His Image

Police Officers, Hatred, & People Created In His Image

The news channels were reporting a shooting in Dallas resulting in five police officers killed and seven wounded, along with two civilians.

My father had taken Abigail, Samuel and I on a quick trip to Florida to deliver a dog to the airport in Miami for a previous customer.  We were having a lovely trip and had just finished a wonderful afternoon at the beach hanging out with friends.  And then my blood ran cold by the news that met my eyes.

I laid there in my bed late that night … and the word “why” kept running through my head.  Those police officers were doing their job …. PROTECTING people.  Why were their lives taken in such a brutal, heartless attack?

The attack was planned for revenge because a white police officer shot a black man.  I have heard over and over again …. “Black lives matter!”  You know what … I completely agree!  Black lives do matter … I love black people!  But 2 Corinthians 5:16 says,

… henceforth know we no man after the flesh:

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Summer Days And Polka Dots – A Modest Outfit Post

Hello Ladies!

I hope this finds you all doing fantastic!  If not, then just know that you are loved and cared for by a Mighty God who never falls asleep on the throne … He has got it all under control!  So don’t lose heart; stand steadfast in Him and keep fighting for the glorious victory is ahead!

Hannah had asked for me to get outfit pictures yesterday, so as I scanned my wardrobe (that isn’t very big), I grabbed the outfit below, since I knew it hadn’t been featured on RF yet.  Later I realized that I’d picked a green blouse, which made me laugh in light of the post I’d shared two weeks ago about Ruthie’s outfit!

Anyway … I do have to apologize for the bad lighting … I am not a photographer, so I don’t understand the whole lighting thing!  We got outside after the sun sunk below the hill (it’s cooler that way!) and Abigail told me the lighting wasn’t the best … but I felt sure it would be okay!  Well, she was right!  The pictures are okay, but the lighting is not 100% accurate … mainly with my blouse … in real life it is a deeper, brighter, fresh green color.

When I saw this blouse at the store, I wondered whether I should get it because I don’t normally wear green (I think I only have one other green shirt)!  I liked the green & white polka dots though, so I decided to try it and only paid a dollar or two for it (it’s hard to turn down a new outfit experiment for such a cheap price!).  Abigail gave me this skirt awhile back and it is so comfy!  It is my “go-to” denim skirt … so durable and yet stylish.  I think she got it at the thrift store for a couple dollars.Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

My sandals are Clarks … I got them off Amazon two years ago.  They cost $50 (including shipping), but I got them for $40 because I used two $5 dollar Swagbucks Amazon cards!  I love these sandals, they are so comfortable and SO lightweight.  I wore them throughout our remodeling and moving experience last year, and they are still in GREAT condition!  Sadly, Amazon does not have this particular design for sale any more, but here are two other listings that are the same style: Leisa Daisy Sandals and Leisa Apple SandalsIf you need a pair of durable, but classy and comfortable sandals that will last you years … I highly recommend these!Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

I am still not sure if green is my color so I enjoy pairing it with this fruity burnt berry color … but Lydia strongly objects that these colors don’t go together :/  Oh well, you can’t please everyone, right?! 😉  Seriously, this blouse has become one of my regular casual, run-to-town tops!Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

My headcovering came from Hannah’s Headcoverings.  Sadly this color is no longer in stock … and I’ll admit, it’s my fault … I bought the last two because I LOVED the color so much!  We’ll have to see if we can get some more next time we’re in Israel!Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

Lately I have been braiding my hair and putting it up with Lilla Rose U-pins.  These particular ones are the Tiara style.  I had tried u-pins a couple years ago, but the pair we had were too big, so I never tried them again.  Recently though, I decided to try them again because we had a smaller pair!  I loved them!   But, I will have to say, I have not yet mastered the technique of putting them in correctly all the time … sometimes it takes a couple tries before I’m satisfied and they feel comfortable.  But hey, they are worth the couple tries!  They hold my bun in snugly and comfortably.Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

So, I personally go in spurts … sometimes I like wearing earrings everyday or pretty often, and other times, I will go weeks or months without wearing any!  That is kinda how it has been lately, but yesterday I felt like wearing some so I pulled these out of my jewelry box – I have had them for years!  I bought them from HFE Jewelry on Etsy.Summer Days And Polka Dots - A Modest Outfit Post

Well, that is all for now!  I hope you have enjoyed.  Have a blessed weekend.

Going Green? – A Modest Outfit Post

How many of you know the 3 word definition of “Go Green”?  For those of you who don’t, they are, “reduce, reuse and recycle.”  I am NOT a go green, save the planet, earthy type of person … but at the same time, like with any thing (good or bad), there are some good points to consider.

I am not a huge recycling person … we do save our cans and recycle them, and we save our egg cartons and give them to neighbors, who kindly fill them with eggs 🙂

Reusing?!  I think that is what we do when we shop at thrift stores 🙂  But for your info … I think it is very inconsiderate for people to give their old raggy clothes to thrift stores!  If something is old and has holes or is stained … just throw it away!  It saves people a lot of time!  When I go to thrift stores, I like to find used, LIKE NEW clothes … sometimes they even have the store tags still on them!

But the most important of the 3 “R’s” that I want to talk about is … reducing!  No, I am not a minimalist … I like to live comfortably, but my family can also tell you that I don’t keep a lot of extra stuff!  Extra things just clutter and cause more work!  Several times I have helped my siblings clear out their rooms and I will ask them, piece by piece, “Is there sentimental attachment to this —?  When is the last time you used it?  When are you planning on using it?”

Each item may require a different time frame … but most likely if you haven’t used something for months or years, you’re probably not going to need it for a long time.  If it is not an expensive item, go ahead and get rid of it!  If you need it in two years, or whatever the number is, you can probably get another!  Now, I do have to clarify … there are most definitely exceptions to this “rule”!  There are some things that are very useful but you don’t use every day, week or month!

We Americans are very spoiled.  It is the truth.  We (for the most part) love the easy, comfortable life with lots of things to keep us entertained!  Awhile back a friend posted a statistics quote on her blog and while I don’t know that it is completely accurate … there is a lot of truth for us to chew on!

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And please replace the word “luckier” with “blessed”!  I do not believe in luck … we serve a big God and His love reaches to the Heavens.

Reducing and downsizing looks different for each person but as we prayerfully consider what He would have us to do, let’s remember Matthew 6:19-21, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

By the way, do you want to know what made me talk about the “go green” topic?  Ruthie’s outfit 🙂  Haha!  Every time I saw her … that’s all I could think of! 🙂

So, without any further ado!

Go Green - A Modest Outfit Post

Ruthie got this green blouse from the thrift store for $2. She has had the undershirt for a long time. Go Green - A Modest Outfit Post

She made this skirt from leftover scraps of fabric years ago.  She’s very thrifty with fabric and does a lot of sewing – you can visit her site Virginia Ann Sewing.Go Green - A Modest Outfit Post

Her green headcovering came from Israel.  You can find similar ones here. Go Green - A Modest Outfit Post

“Are You Twins?” – A Modest Outfit Post

I cannot tell you how many times Abigail and I have been asked if we were twins … especially when we were younger!  I mean, do we really look that much alike?!?  I never thought so, and my response was always, “NO … I am two years older!” 🙂

And then, I always wondered, “Do I look two years younger than what I am … or does she look two years older?!?”

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Graduation – A Joy Or A Frustration?

Was your graduation a joy or frustration?  Maybe a little of both?

Graduation – A Joy Or A Frustration?

As a young teenager, I always looked forward to graduating … like most youth, I believe!  It’s not that I did not like school; I just thought that I would have so much more time to work on other things once I was finished … and I did 🙂

As a stay-at-home daughter who does not feel the need for a college degree, I found it challenging to know how to fill my time and spend it wisely.  I knew I wanted to serve my family and help them around the house and farm … but what was I supposed to do with the extra time, in addition to that?

Less than 24 hours after I finished school, I was stir-crazy.  I did not know what to do!  I like to be busy and to be useful!  I am not a seamstress (I can sew but I do not enjoy it) and yet I pulled out an old project because I was so restless.  I had to find something to do!

Graduation – A Joy Or A Frustration?

I started asking some friends about how they felt after finishing school and I realized that I was not alone!  There is such an excitement in finishing school … but then what is next?

The year before finishing school, I had started praying about what I could do, in addition to helping my family.  Several different ideas had come to mind and I had prayed and talked to my parents about them … but none of them came to fruition!  I spent countless hours in prayer.  I knew He had special plans for me but I did not know what they were!  So I waited and I prayed … and I trusted.  What else could I do?  He had not opened any doors yet so I tried to bloom where He had planted me!

A couple weeks passed and I still did not know what to do but life and our business had gotten pretty busy, so there was not much free time, which was a blessing!  But then, life slowed down and I began to wonder once again how to spend my time wisely!

Then one day several weeks ago, my mother asked me to help with the communications for our family business!  Hannah normally handled them but she had so much on her plate and was getting pretty overwhelmed!  As soon as my mother mentioned this, I knew it was the answer to my prayers!  Communications was not something I would have picked to do!  But I was excited because I knew it was what He wanted me to do and when you accept His plan for your life, your heart will be filled with peace and you will be happy!

The Father was not finished answering my prayers though!  For those of you who do not know me, I am not really a “farm girl”.  My siblings used to tease me that I was a “city girl”!  We were recently at a friend’s house and they had baby kids that had to be bottle fed.  The mom of the family asked me if I had gotten to do it yet and I told her I hadn’t, and in my head I thought, “That is not really my thing!”  We breed dogs, and I can handle that but when it comes to chickens, goats, cows, horses, etc … they are not my “thing”!  I’m working on it though … I love cows!  And yesterday I brought our 3 horses in from the pasture … to my younger brother’s surprise 🙂

But back to what I was saying …

Have you ever heard that the Father has a funny sense of humor?  Two days later, most of my family was laying around extremely sick with the flu!  We got a call from a neighbor from our old house and she asked if we wanted to bottle feed 2 kids.  Their mama had accidentally broke her neck and died.  Normally my younger siblings would have jumped at the chance to bottle-feed kids but I knew they couldn’t … so that left ME!!!  I took on the responsibility and I just laughed!  Taking care of kids is not something that I would have picked to do either … but HE ALWAYS KNOW BEST!!!

“There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless YHWH’s counsel – that will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21

Graduation – A Joy Or A Frustration?

So I share all of this because I want to encourage you ladies out there … if you are in school, enjoy your time … trust me, it is useful and it is a blessing!  Don’t try to rush through because being finished with school also brings on more responsibilities and challenges!  His timing is always perfect.

“Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it.”  – Proverbs 8:33

“He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trust in YHWH, happy is he.” – Proverbs 16:20

To the young ladies who many be in the same situation in which I was, do not get discouraged.  Know that you are not alone!  Trust in YHWH and He will bring His perfect plan to past.  Do not be idle though … see how you can serve your parents and siblings more!  And most of all PRAY!  He is a good Father and He will lead you and guide you.  He might not answer right away – He may want you to be patient.  Or it may be the answer is not what you wanted or expected it to be.  Trust Him!  He knows us and He knows His future plans for us.

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You.”  – Psalm 139:13-18

Those verses from Psalm 139 are some of my favorite verses!  He knows all of our days before we were even formed!  You cannot take a can of cocoa powder and expect to have a chocolate cake … no, you have to add other ingredients and mix them together.  You have to prepare your batter and then bake it.  Then you will have a beautiful and yummy chocolate cake!

Our lives are very much like the chocolate cake!  If we can gather all our “ingredients” and prepare them correctly, then the result will be a beautiful and fruitful life!  I believe that almost everything we learn now is for our future life … and I believe that if we can learn these lessons (whatever they are) well now, it will be much easier than trying to learn them later!

And, just as a reminder, learning is not just book work!  Learning goes far beyond that!  Learning is defined in our dictionaries as, “The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught.”  Learning is putting things into practice.  Titus 2 talks about how the older women are supposed to train up the younger ladies (verses 4 & 5).   Learn from your mother and other Godly women.  They have so much wisdom and can help us as we prepare for the future!

So I encourage you …

“Commit your way to YHWH, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” – Psalm 37:5

“The eyes of YHWH are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” – Psalm 34:15

“Trust in YHWH will all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Recently, my sister Abigail shared a post on this blog and I just wanted to quote a few of her words here … they are so true and such a good reminder! 

“We were put here on earth to bring glory to the Father and do His will and, as purchased daughters of the King of Kings, our lives are really not our own to dispense with.  We weren’t put here to chase our own dreams, plans, desires and agendas.”

“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says YHWH, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”  – Jeremiah 29:11-13