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Feminine Friday- Holiday Decor on a Shoestring Budget December 12, 2008

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Beautifying the house for the holidays!

Alright, this Christmas we had basically no budget for Christmas Decor but I wanted to share some ways I tried to add Christmas cheer to the house inexpensively.

Living Room

My Stepmother-in-law gave me this beautiful wreath that I hung ornaments on to make it festive for the holidays. It hangs above our green sofa.

(The light through the window made the wall look yellow but it is actually renter’s white.)

I hung garland around the edges of our two bookshelves on both sides of the couch and hung tiny ornaments on that as well.

I made three matching stocking out of scraps of Christmas fabric and hung them on the stairs along with garland.

Our mirror behind the chair features a festive ornament :).

And the window seat will eventually hold the display of packages once I get them wrapped.

Kitchen

I tossed some ornament balls into my lime green pedestal for a centerpiece.

My lime green tea kettle matches perfectly with my Red, Green and White kitchen color scheme.

The striped kitchen towels.

Our memory verses written out in red and green to match.

Bedroom (AKA the Christmas Room)

Our living room is too tiny to fit the Christmas tree so it is in our room this year.

Ara bought this sock monkey ornament with her own money this year.

Here we are! Well, Hubby and I.

Christmas quilt on our bed.

So, that’s what I have up this year on a shoestring budget. If you blogged about your Christmas decorations, leave a comment in the comments section with your blog URL. Merry Christmas and a happy Feminine Friday!

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Feminine Friday October 17, 2008

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Feminine Friday is sponsored by The Barefoot Mama.

First, I must take a few sentences to praise my very praiseworthy husband.  Ara has been sick with a fever for two days now and I was up last night with her.  She ended up sleeping sprawled across my chest which didn’t provide a whole lot of restful snoozing so I was fairly dreading wake up time :).  Little did I know that my husband was going to wake me up with Breakfast in Bed for no other reason than to see me smile.  Sigh…I’ve been sighing and smiling a lot this morning and surprisingly don’t feel a bit tired!

Second, Feminine Friday.  Kelly from the Barefoot Mama requests pregnancy pictures so here we go.  An interesting journey to say the least.

Warning- a few pics show a bare belly.  Which looking back I am not crazy about but they are the only pics I took at that stage.

I think pic above was at 8 months pregnant.

Picture below is my only good pregnancy pic (I was on bed rest and/or catheterized for most of my pregnancy so I really didn’t take many pictures.) Some one pointed out later that a certain finger is sticking down and it looks bad.  I had no clue!  I was just holding my bottle that way.  Goodness I am full of horrible pics to show you today!

Aralyn Elizabeth makes her appearance:

The most beautiful baby I ever laid eyes on.

 

Feminine Friday October 10, 2008

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Today the Barefoot Mama blogs about the feminine art of courtship. It seems the blogging community is all abuzz with the topic of courtship after a recent episode on TLC of “17 and Counting” featuring the Duggar family and the courtship of their eldest son, Josh. So, what is courtship?

An article here, discusses some main components. To quote: “These include: (1) The degree and form of parental involvement; (2) How to choose whom to court/betroth; (3) the timing of romantic emotions; and (4) the timing of forms of physical contact.”

When looking at courtship, today I listened to a CD sermon entitled, “Seven Biblical Virtues Violated by Christian Dating”. This sermon examines the scripture of 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.

“3.It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4.that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5.not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6.and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7.For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8.Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.”

S.M. Davis, the preacher of this sermon says the biggest problem with Christian dating is that we try to fit biblical principles into the model of worldly dating and then call it Christian. The very nature of worldly dating doesn’t allow biblical principles to work within its context because:

1. It violates the principle of being a one woman man or a one man woman.

2. It violates the principle of security and protection rather than insecurity and under-protection of our daughters.

3. It violates the principle of treating one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

4. It violates and defrauds purity both physically AND emotionally.

5. It violates the principle of waiting on God to awaken love.

6. It violates the principle of being ready to marry when you begin seeking your bride.

7. It violates the principle of walking by faith not by sight.

A few things that stuck out to me that I wrote down to share from his message were these notes:

Young Ladies have much more tender emotions and feel serious much more quickly than young men do. A young man could have no serious feelings towards a young lady and yet because of his actions, words or behavior he could make her feel that things are in fact serious between them.

What “Christian Dating” strives to do is eliminate the physical aspects of a relationship; however what we oftentimes fail to understand is that when setting physical boundaries and yet not setting emotional boundaries we are actually participating in emotional intimacy which is no less powerful than physical intimacy. Also, when you give someone your emotions the physical is not far behind it.

God shows clearly that ‘firsts’ are very special. First fruits, First born, etc. First love also falls into that category. Young women especially have extreme trouble distancing themselves from the feelings they had for their “first loves”. Firsts are to be set apart. They are to be dedicated to the Lord. You will forever have a bond with your first love. Let your first love be your spouse. This is just one reason we are warned in Song of Solomon to ‘not awaken love before it desires’.

My personal story is a testament to that. I didn’t practice Christian courtship as a young lady. I didn’t really know much about it except that it was not what my friends were doing and since I didn’t really know any reasons why or how to practice courtship I struggled to figure out on my own what dating looked like for me. My first love was in high school. I would have married him because in my heart and mind I already had. As girls our fantasies of what marriage looks like to a certain boy can be so damaging because when the relationship doesn’t work out we are devastated. I truly gave a huge chunk of my emotions and many years of my life to this young man whom God did not have planned for me. I must add that this was my LEAST physical relationship of the young men I ‘dated’. We held hands and rarely kissed and never really let our minds go in that direction; however, this relationship hurt the most when we split. Why, when by ‘Christian dating’ standards ours was a model relationship because weren’t being physically intimate? Why? Because emotional intimacy and first emotions of love are so very powerful and not meant to be given to someone who is not intended for you.

So, what is the difference between courting and dating?

Courting seeks counsel and asks God to reveal your mate. It then sets up an emotional and physical security fence.

Dating chases after the mate you select yourself and then asks counsel and God’s blessing in retrospect.

To learn more about courtship I highly recommend listening to Peter and Kelly Bradrick’s testimony about their courtship on “Return of the Daughters” DVD sold here.

 

Feminine Friday September 26, 2008

Feminine Friday is hosted by The Barefoot Mama. This week’s theme is Scriptures of Comfort in honor of Kelly’s friend who just lost her dear, sweet one year old. I will be sharing my most turned to scriptures of comfort and I hope that you will post your favorites in my comments section as well. Thanks and have a fabulously feminine Friday.

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”

Psalms 31:7

“I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy and steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; You have taken note of my life’s distresses.”

Psalms 34:18

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

Psalms 119:50

“This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your Word has revived me and given me life!”

When my Grandad passed away, this song was sang at his memorial service and it helped to lift my spirits:

“Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,

Sing His mercy and His grace;

In the mansions bright and blessed

He’ll prepare for us a place.

When we all get to heaven,

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus

We’ll sing and shout the victory!

While we walk the pilgrim pathway,

Clouds will overspread the sky;

But when trav’ling days are over,

Not a shadow, not a sigh.

Let us then be true and faithful,

Trusting, serving every day;

Just one glimpse of Him in glory

Will the toils of life repay.

Onward to the prize before us!

Soon His beauty we’ll behold;

Soon the pearly gates will open;

We shall tread the streets of gold.

When we all get to heaven,

What a day of rejoicing that will be!

When we all see Jesus,

We’ll sing and shout the victory!

     

    Feminine Friday September 12, 2008

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    It’s time, once again for Feminine Friday! To review how to participate,

    Kelly at thebarefootmama.com shares:

    To participate in Feminine Friday, each Friday simply blog one of the following:

    • An outfit that you own (or a photo of a favorite look) that exhibits your femininity
    • A hairstyle, accessory or piece of jewelry that is special and makes you feel beautiful
    • Something in your home – can be nonwearable, of course – that represents your femininity (it can be anything!!)
    • An inspiring or thought-provoking article, book review or quotation on any topic related to femininity

    Feminine Friday is not about being a cookie-cutter. Share what femininity means to you and how you define modesty, beauty and being a Daughter of the King.

    This Friday, I want to share an experience/item that makes me feel particularly feminine. I love cooking with my daughter in the kitchen with our aprons on. There is something about putting on an apron that makes me think of all the other women that have donned one in the task of nourishing their families. Yes, an apron’s purpose is to keep your clothes from getting dirty and having handy pockets for items but I think that secretly, the real reason for an apron is to add beauty to an ordinary, everyday task.

     

    Feminine Friday August 29, 2008

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    Feminine Friday is hosted by thebarefootmama.com. To participate post:

    “An outfit that you own (or a photo of a favorite look) that exhibits your femininity (does not have to be a dress…be yourself!)

    A hairstyle, accessory or piece of jewelry that is special and makes you feel beautiful

    Something in your home – can be nonwearable, of course – that represents your femininity (it can be anything!!)

    An inspiring or thought-provoking article, book review or quotation on any topic related to femininity

    Feminine Friday is not about being a cookie-cutter. Share what femininity means to you and how you define modesty, beauty and being a Daughter of the King.”

    This week, for feminine friday, I am going to share with you one of my favorite feminine things- tea!

    photo courtesy of allposters.com

    The art of having tea is one of my favorite feminine traditions. Whether it is a warm Autumn tea with friends, a hot steaming cup by myself with a blanket and good book or a mason jar of sweet iced tea on the porch with a neighbor, I feel every inch a lady.

    With Autumn (my favorite holiday) right around the corner, I’ve been rotating the tea collection that I have in the tea caddy to orange spice black teas, pomegranate reds, and cinnamon white teas.

    What is your favorite way to do tea?

     

    Feminine Friday August 15, 2008

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    Today’s challenge at thebarefootmama.com’s Feminine Friday is:

    “How do you do feminine pants?

    It’s as simple as that!  Post a photo or photos of yourself in an outfit wearing pants, or explain what styles of pants you find flattering, or even just talk about the occasional pair of comfy Old Navy drawstring pajama pants that you sometimes find yourself lounging in a bit too long.  We all have some equivalent, right? ;o)”

    For me, I have switched to mostly skirts because my hubby particularly likes them and they make me stand/act more like a lady; however, I really like culottes.  They were a lifesaver for me after my daughter was born and nothing was fitting right and I wanted to feel pretty and yet hide the leftover baby bulge.  I found three pairs at Target that I loved and wore them most of the summer!  They are flowy (I know that isn’t really a word but you get the idea) and pretty and feminine.  What about you?