Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas!

In case you were wondering... I have been busy... on CLOUD 9!
It's been the best. I spent Christmas Eve and part of Christmas day with my brother/sis-in-law, sister/bro-in-law, John, Mom, Dad, and my beloved nieces and nephews.
My heart is full. Thanking our Lord for giving me this family. 

Photo overload  coming right up!
Presents under the tree...
Mom's Mantle Decor
The Monkey Tree... :)
One of my favorite paintings of Mom's! Crossing my fingers that something similar with "Gemma" will come my way soon:)
Caroline + Johnny
Olivia, Dad, & Myself.
John with all of my cousins! 
Baby Bo was snuggling with John.
Playing hard... 
A gift from her bestie :) 

Someone is VERY loved by many! 
I'm fun as long as I am dangerous!

Georgia Kelley posing with her gift from "John + Emmy"

Maybe I'm a littler crazy over this beauty?!
The Hello Kitty Stroller this gal has been begging for... only sold in Great Britain and GB does not ship to the US. Auntie Em had to get on Etsy and order an iron on Hello Kitty! 
One of John's gifts from GK & Harry... just prepping him for Disney! 

He's about to be a Razorback, ladies & gents! 
Yep, #1! I've told you he's pretty smart!
Uhhu. John is spoiled! I'm not jealous or anything....... errr.
Amanda & me this morning!
Hmm... what do you think they are up to?!
I have no idea where they learned this!?
We all went bunhead on the boys! 
Two of God's gifts to Earth! I still can't believe God let me have them as my parents... I thank Him daily.

"Witches, werewolves, & zombies!"
We ended up wearing mustaches today!

Gosh, how did I get such a dreamboat?!?!?!?!?!?

I believe the snow began falling because God doesn't think we need to leave tomorrow!!!! What do you think?!

I wish you and yours the MERRIEST of Christmases... PLEASE be safe and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Friday, December 21, 2012


The upcoming topic has been on my heart for quitesome time and I've felt convicted to share my feelings with you. 

It all began a few months ago when I noticed atrend in my e-mails from readers: Christianity.

My identity is in Christ alone.
 Fashion is only a part of who I am - but it is not WHO I AM.

Readers have e-mailed expressing their appreciationof my blog because it expresses a mix of life, fashion, beauty tips, etc. witha strong foundation (ha!) of Christian beliefs. Moms who spend their mornings caring for their sweet babies have encouraged me to share more "what I wore" posts because it gives them new ways of mixing their  "old" wardrobe to create a new look/saves time.

I do not love the outdoors. Don't care to participate in sports. Working out isn't fun for me. Walking/hiking do not make my endorphins flow. My endorphins get mad at me when I take them hiking! I do not enjoy painting, drawing, or decorating. I do not have any pets to play with or children for that matter. And the only thing I like about math is pi...e.

But I do like: clothing, style trends, dressing up, jewelry, the mall, experimenting with cosmetics, shoe shopping, etc.

Is there anything wrong with this?

Some may say yes.
Some may say that the fashion industry is "vanity". 
That it is vain to care about how we look. It is vain to spend money on clothing. It is vain to get up an hour early to"primp" aka apply makeup, and style hair.

Obviously I disagree based on the meaning of the word...

VanityExcessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments.

Sooo, according to Webster, one is not vain unlessthey have excessive pride.
 Many fashion bloggers and beauty bloggers, are just great at what they do. Skin care & make-up knowledge/application is their knack. Styling is just a gift. They are blessed with a talent that they are simply sharing with readers. Just as an athlete may share tips on how to excel in a particular sport! These women are not boasting or bragging but simply sharing information regarding producteffectiveness, the longest lasting lipstick, the latest trend in hair color,etc.

So, if vanity is excessive pride, what about thehunter who boasts about their game? Or the marathon runners and other athletes. 

If fashion/beauty were my top priorities - I'd hope people would be concerned. Just like if fishing were a man (or woman's) toppriority - I would be concerned. But we all know, our hobbies/interest don'trank in our top priorities... they are as they are - INTERESTS.

Vanity is not about just make-up or clothing. Simply stated, vanity is caring about our outward appearance.

Yes, I am vain. 
I do want to look my best each day. I would not be effective if I rolled into work with no make-up, wild hair & sweats. 
Do you go to work like this?
Not only do I like to look my best, but looking nice is part of my JOB. It's not just a hobby, it's how I make a living!

Shopping for apparel is not necessarily wrong.
 If it were, lots of people are in trouble.  For instance, those who work out usually purchase a gym membership, tennis shoes, & running shorts. They usually spend a good chunk of time each week taking part in working out. And most importantly, most people work out so they LOOK GOOD.

Sometimesthose who are not interested in fashion/beauty/style will label those who areas  "vain". 

Understand that when I really care about something, or have something on my heart, I spend time praying about it.

We must be careful about judging others. 
God gaveeach of us talents and gifts. 
We aren't designed to all have the samestrengths. 
1st Corinthians has a lot to say about the different parts of Hisbody. 
It's time we learn to appreciate one another's strengths and learn from one another. 
(Matthew 7:1)

During my college years, I would spend a week outof the summer at an OUTDOOR church camp. Totally out of my comfort zone, butworth it. I was able to reach out to those girlie girls and be an example tothem. God has a purpose for each of us. If we are using the gifts He’s given usto spread His word, then as far as I am concerned – our gifts are not beingused in vain.

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