Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Secret Keeper: Modesty and Inner Beauty

This weekend Lucy and I attended the Secret Keeper Girl Live Party! It was a fun show/concert/message about inner beauty, modesty, and purity. I felt like they really covered inner beauty and modesty well! (They promise not to mention SEX) 

Why and What did I love about this? 
I loved that they reinforced that our girls are a MASTERPIECE made by GOD! He is the creator of all things and everything that he creates has been thoughtfully and wonderfully made. He took the time to create all of their details. 

I'm going to be honest 2nd grade is when it starts... What starts? Comparison, Boys, Mean Girls... 

That's hard as a mom to watch your beautiful, confident daughter start to worry about worldly things and know exactly how she feels! I feel like I didn't start this stage of worry until middle school.  

I also learned that I can easily embarrass my daughter. There might have been music and dancing at this event too and I took advantage of the fact that I can embarrass her and did... 

Inner Beauty. Vickie Courtney starts off with this conversation in her book 5 Conversations to have with your daughter. You're beautiful and Mama loves you isn't enough... The world is against moms and our daughters, they can make a fortune off our daughter's insecurities (and ours).  We need to start early (like yesterday) building our daughter's confidence in their Identity in Christ.

They are good enough for Him and He is all that matters.

 Look, even the prettiest girls have been made unrealistic, unattainably beautiful. (While I was looking at these before and after photoshop pictures I was so happy to see what these beautiful ladies looked like)

Modesty: Another great tool for our Mom toolbox. 
They have a great 10 part modesty test on the Secret Keeper Girl website. 

The other morning before church I asked Lucy to go get ready and to remember the rules we learned about at the show. She did a great job getting ready and then she came downstairs and saw that I was dressed and putting on makeup. I had on skinny jeans, gold shoes, a white tank with a sheer white and gold long-sleeved shirt on. Lucy looked me up and down and said, "Mom, I don't want to hurt your feelings but you aren't dressed modestly...your shirt is see-through and I can see your white tank-top...." I wanted to say Lilly doesn't make immodest clothes but instead, I said, "you know what, if this makes you uncomfortable I'm going to change." And I did. I wanted to set the groundwork for conversation and the example that you don't question someone's opinion, you just change. 

(Was I dressed immodestly? no... but I'm Lucy's example in this world.) 

I just wanted to let moms know about this great resource. I didn't know anything about it until a friend told my sister a couple of weeks ago... But I'm so glad I have this to arm against the tween years and lay the foundation for the teen and beyond years. Mommin' is hard!

If the Secret Keeper Girl is coming to your city I would highly recommend going!

Also, I ordered a few of their books. In case you are interested, they are listed below.

Six ways to keep the Little in your Girls- Dannah Gresh

The Mother Daughter 1 year Devo

Great Dates for Moms and Daughters

Best Friends and Mean Girls

Understanding Boys

5 conversations to have with your Daughter

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix-it. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MRI today

Jonathan has a profusion MRI this morning (9). It takes 3 hours for the results and then we have an appointment with our Drat 1. We appreciate your prayers for a great scan and patience for results. Thx, Mary

Update: Thank you for prayers, calls, text. Jonathan had another great stable scan! God is good!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekend Review

I miss the weekends where we didn't have anything planned! With two kids in three total sports I'm beat! Thankfully we didn't have a volleyball game this week but we will pay for it with 2 next week! (2 volleyball games, 1 tball and 1 soccer...) 

Henry was ready for school on Friday! He is enjoying his 3 day schedule and I'm thankful he likes it and is learning a lot.  

 Lucy ready for school!

 Friday I had a list of things to get completed and one was Costco. I love my day of bulk! I had to stock up on drinks and kids lunch supplies. While I was there I saw this giant bear and texted Sister and told her to get ready for these come Christmas time! Wouldn't it be hilarious if I bought 4 of these for each of her kids!

Also, in case you are in need... Costco has vanilla beans right now. I think they are seasonal.. Emily, I know you were looking for these and I meant to text you... 

   Saturday we had soccer pictures and then a soccer game! We had to get to the field by 7:20 in the morning! The girls won their 3rd game! (6-0)
 Lucy's been on the same team for 7 seasons! We still have 3 of the original players!

 After soccer we had a tball game.

Our day of games knocked Henry out!

My friend Julie and I suprised the girls with a mom and daughter date night to see the Secret Keeper Girls Live! It was a lot of fun and so informative. I'm going to cover this event and amazing program tomorrow!

 Thanks Sister and Colette for telling us about this!

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix-it!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites: Weekly Happening Favorites, New News, 2 favorites.

 Today I'm linking up with some of my favorite blogs to share my Friday Favorites! I forgot to post yesterday so I will also share some weekly happenings!

{one} Wesley
This has been the week of Wesley.

Wesley whispering sweet nothings into Lucy's ear.

After eating a steak, some cookies, and a chocolate cupcake, we had to take sweet Wesley to the vet.

Vet verdict- Tummy Ache... I could have told him that and charged him $200...

 {two} Cravings.
Do you ever just need some chocolate? Henry and I did! We ran to the nearest grocery store and hit up the ice cream and m&m's aisles!

While we were at market street (I don't usually shop at Market street because it is so expensive...), I smelt the best candle! After falling in love with the scent I decided to buy one, the price on the bottom was $65! I quickly put it back and decided I could think of 65 different ways I'd rather spend $65.

{three} Sweet Henry
Why talk about one kid and not the other? Lucy is always at school... Henry and Clark watching sisters play volleyball.

Henry's new hairdo!

Henry, Wesley and the Sprinklers.

Lucy and Henry working on homework together.

 t-ball practice!

 {four} New method of drinking
I've started to drink all liquids out of a straw. I chipped my front tooth from banging my mug into my front row...  I just had my tooth fixed so I am trying to be careful with my mouth... (weird)

{five} The redneck yeti
This just made me laugh! Especially, the monogram!

{six} Thredup.
Someone take away my paypal account. Just kidding, I had a credit built up where I had been returning things and this week I found a couple of things that I liked. The great thing about thredup is you have 14 days to return things if they don't fit, you hate them, etc. Returns are easy too.

Here are some of my newest finds.
I love a tunic.

 Here are some of my past keepers.

These AG jeans were $25 and feel like I'm wearing Pajamas!! 
Most of these clothes are new with tags but others are in excellent condition without tags. If you signup for thredup Here, you can get $10 credit and it's 40% off of your first purchase! 

 {seven} Past Blog post
I linked up earlier in the week and shared my favorite blog posts from the past. You can see that post here! 

 {eight} New News

 There's a new mom blog launching October 16 and I'm going to be a contributor! I'm excited about this opportunity! I'll be sharing parenting, marriage, mommin stories, advice, crafts, recipes, and whatever else moms need, want or do! I'm looking forward to building community with local moms!