"A roof to keep out the rain. Four walls to keep out the wind. Floor to keep out the cold. Yes, but home is more than that. It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength of a father. Warmth of loving hearts, light from happy eyes, kindness, loyalty, comradeship. Home is first school . . . for the young ones where they learn what is right, what is good, and what is kind. Where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick. Where joy is shared and sorrow eased. Where fathers and mothers are respected and loved. Where children are wanted. Where the simplest food s good enough for kings because it is earned. Where money is not so important as loving-kindness. Where even the teakettle sings from happness. That is home."
I recently came across this in a book I pick up to read from time to time...I hope you also enjoy this excerpt. I personally enjoyed it, especially remembering a civil debate I once had with a relative on fashion & modesty. They were telling me that their skirt length simply went with the fashions of the year, what "they" were wearing that year. I often wonder who "they" are? Why do we as a nation, and especially why do we as a Christian listen to "they" when we should listen to Him? : )
Consider your clothes. Most people have no need for more clothes. They buy more not because they need clothes, but because they want to keep up with the fashions. Hang the fashions. Buy only what you need. Wear your clothes until they are worn out. Stop trying to impress people with your clothes and impress them with your life. If you are able to, learn the joy of making clothes. Have clothes that are practical rather than ornamental...
~ Excerpt from 'Freedom of Simplicity' by Richard J. Foster
I think we all get the jest of what the author is saying here. He also later mentions that we should be sensitive to our children of course not wanting them to feel awkward and a spectacle of sorts, I think most of us feel that way too. As for me and our daughters? Our skirt lengths vary but they are all modest. I wear mine tea-length, that is what I love. My daughters wear theirs tea length and mid to below the knee. We like to have most of the knee, preferable all the knee covered when sitting.
One of my simple pleasures and freedoms is this pattern: Simplicity skirt pattern #4881.
A lady who works in a fabric department showed me this pattern, she grew up in a church where skirts only are worn. I really like this pattern. It's easy to add an inch or two if you want your skirt a tad longer. The pattern contains two pieces and I have found it to be very flattering, my daughters have made some fun prints in this as well.
Let me tell you a quick story of a contentment boo-boo. In other words, a confession.
A week or so ago, I saw these blue jeans skirts online, they were long and flowy, one had tiers, the other had topstitched seams and button-zipper front, pockets, and all that jazz. I knew in my heart the denim one I had made from my faithful pattern #4881 was fine. It is a flattering strong dark denim skirt. But my thoughts were:
"Oh but maybe those are better, more fancy, more stylish with all the lines and all"
Well, the skirts came in after I wasted probably close to an hour reading mixed reviews and such, all the while fighting the little thought of my nice new flattering homemade skirt in my closet. To make a long story short, the two skirts will be returned and I really appreciate my homemade denim skirt now.
We love pretty clothes at our house, and we like a little something new every now and then. But we also like practicality and freedom of a somewhat simple wardrobe...We are learning. I especially like the fact that when I need a color of skirt, I can go to my pattern and make a skirt in two hours. It is a blessing!
I will continue decluttering, please join me if you like, I love hearing of what you too are up to, and if you have special patterns you also love!
Today Dd25 and I (You can see our cast of characters in the previous entry) ...will be decluttering our laundry room & what we call the party closet, all of our dip trays and such. We'll be moving to our country house soon, so I need to get on the ball!
Have a sweet day, may we all pray for one another, and don't forget...Encouragement is most important in our walk with the Lord in this crazy world we are in....Encourage someone today. Use words if necessary. : )
"There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go." ~Frederick William Faber
P.S. I have reposted a powerful article I wrote last year for a dear friend of mine, entitled: Roe Verses Wade, What Has Become of Us? on: VisionForaGodlyHome
I'll try some declutter updates once again:
1.17.11 5:39PM A 30 yr. old orange tupperware canister & lid goes to Hubs to put his nails in. Threw out 2 aluminum water bottles. (We don't care for aluminum for health reasons). A tube of lipstick. Bag of hosiery I saved for tomato plants. A set of Christmas Nativity set cookie cutters. Doggie sweaters that don't fit doglets. Went through battery box & old sewing box from junior high...it still has the leftover buttons from my pinafore top! Anyone remember those?
6:14PM A beautiful moon out tonight...The same moon that shines over me shines over you. God bless and be with you. Goodnight. Happy Trails to you til we meet again... ; )
1.19.11 1:34PM Oh my a beautiful day out... Listening to the airplanes overhead...Yesterday Mother was here, so no decluttering was done. Today Dd25 is hosting a girls Bible study, Dd28 will share today on trusting God & Dd25 will lead a craft, homemaking skill...Valentines cards will be made. Me? I am enjoying the quiet of my room. I've decluttered one tube of lipstick I no longer wear.
5:49PM Hawaiian Chicken in the oven, sure smells good. I have cyber decluttered today; went ahead and deleted some things in various cyber arenas & added nice folk. I appreciate nice people and it's the nice folks I choose to spend time with. It's nice to be nice and it's even nicer to be surrounded by the nicer of the nice folks!
Items weighing in the balance: This is a tough one. My step-Dad's trench coat. It's a beautiful silver-blue retro Christian Dior trench coat. I suspect it's from his days in New York. The color reminds me of his beautiful silver hair. Oh what a sweet silver haired humble Italian sculptor and grandpa was he. (I'm thinking no, this coat is staying with me) I'm not ready to release it. I may just wear it myself. I tried it on, and me wearing it is not that far off.
1.20.11 11:05AM This morning it's with a heavy heart that I'm thinking of Roe Vs. Wade. My dd28 is a counselor at a prolife clinic...Please pray as she urges mothers to give life to their little babies. I'm horrified at the state of our country and the church. The church seems so sadly silent for the mostpart. God bless those true Pastors who speak for the Unborn. Sanctitity of Life Sunday is Coming.
Please don't forget to see my article on one of my other blogs, it's not for me please understand, it's for the sweet unborn babies who deserve life. I write this with tears as I know that I know the critical state of the world we are living in...
I myself am so very remorseful and repentant for mistakes even in attitudes perhaps I have had in the past.
Wednesday 1.26.11 It's going to be a busy one today...Resaling expedition with Dds. Today's mission will be to not buy anything to clutter with. Yesterday was spent packing my formal dining room with my mom for our move. My mom amazes me, at almost 81 she is such a strong woman and get's things done. A huge help. She cracked me up, she found a candy dish from Bavaria that had been broken, a gift from Aunt Angeline to my Grandma years ago. My mom who I've always considered even more of a clutter bunker than I even said..."This needs to be thrown away"... I'm such a case. ; )
I've been tossing bathroom drawer items, makeup that was saved for the future just in cases. I am thinking there was probably over ten tubes of almost used cream foundation I saved. Some of them had markings on them with finger nail polish of what is oldest etc. I laughed, and said, Bye-bye-bye! Also two like-new sweaters I put on for datenight and immediately took right back off. Bye-bye-bye. : )
Looking forward to a nice day celebrating life from the good Lord. Live the Life! Blessings!
5:09PM We had so much fun shopping at the neat resale shops...And I did good. I spent a total of 30 cents on a nice new mug with the Bill of Rights printed on it for Dh. I had tossed a chipped mug, a mug that reminded me of someone who did something not so nice to us. I didn't realize dh liked the mug because of the large size. Now he has a nice new large mug that we can all enjoy and even learn from. : )
Today 1.27.11 Oh my, it's been wash-wash-wash today. Cleaned under one side of my bed. Tossed two preaching tapes from years ago, not favorites. Washing bedding etc. Cleaned out a kitchen drawer. I sha'll sit myself down now and treat myself to a nice cup of coffee and read a Grace Livingston Hill book...I'm reading April Gold after seeing an excerpt on a sister's site...I think it's so nice the way Grace L Hill writes. This book was written in 1936. After my coffee-reading break I will do a simple comforting supper. Chicken with a mushroom sauce over brown rice...and a green veggie of some kind. Oh guess what?! My sweethearts at Purple Heart called. I love the people who work there...They are coming next week for a pick up!!!! They assured me they use everything for either the Vets or their families, toys etc. Anything else will be sold to a second hand store in a lot. He was horrified when I told him what the other organization did. I've used Purple Heart many times in the past and never have had any problem with them. So there's the wrap for today...Praying for our nation. I was out in the metro yesterday and you can feel the spiritual war. It's like never before. And I thought the burbs were bad? Oh wow. It took me a while to shake it off even today... I have never seen such a great falling away, and a rapid one at that. A falling away in people I never would have suspected... Frightening. We must abide in the Lord spending time with Him first and utmost. He must be very personal to us, if we know Him in a personal way we will be able to recognize the counterfeit.