Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Keeping It Simple


I'm participating in Dressember this month - a campaign to raise awareness and funds in the fight against modern day slavery. I've worn a dress every single day so far, and to be quite honest, I've realized just how much I love wearing dresses. It's actually been a wonderful experiment and challenge for me.

This week I decided to challenge myself a bit more and wear the same dress every day, but styled differently each day. I'm trying to stay away from the obvious (different scarf or necklace each day) and am stretching myself to get creative.

I'll take a break from this dress over the weekend, but I'm willing to go another 5 days if I get donations and support. So far I've raised $170... just under half way to my goal of $350. If I have $190 by Monday morning, I'll wear the dress again. My goal is to get $20 each day. If I do, I'll find a new way to wear this dress.

You can donate to this wonderful cause right HERE. Thank you!

Monday, December 11, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like......

We have this tradition of breaking out the Christmas decorations on December 1st. I think it started because we store our Advent wreath with our Christmas decorations, and when the girls were younger they loved going through the box and pulling things out. As I mentioned last week, we don't have many decorations. Over the years I've really pared down, and I love the simplicity of what is left. I was pleasantly surprised when I looked around this year and realized that most of our decorations center on Christ - which is what we are focusing on during this time of Advent and Christmas.






One of my favorite traditions is writing out the birth of Jesus from Luke 2. We simply cover the exposed side of this cupboard with paper and take turns writing and illustration. Well, we have a resident illustrator that covers the illustrations for us.






Every year I change how I decorate the mantel and every year I declare that it's my favorite so far. I love the simplicity of it this year. I cut the branches from my backyard, and have plenty more when these dry out.


This sweet Nativity scene is new to us this year. We received it from our French friends who came to visit us this past summer.



Some years we hang photos of the kids we sponsor along the top of the map. This year I decided to keep it simple and just hang our Joy banner....Joy to the World!



We also have our tree up....or should I say upside down?



And of course there are carols. This morning my youngest daughter and I are playing several at our homeschool gathering. I bought this 25 days of Christmas carols flip calendar this year (off Etsy) and I love it. I'd like to make an accompanying book of I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and SeasonsWednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing , so each year I can read the words, reflect on them and then go play the tune. 

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's Bigger Than a Dress



I'm one week into Dressember and so far the challenge of wearing a dress every day has been fun. I've rediscovered my love of wearing dresses regularly. I really wish this was just a silly fashion challenge. It started out that way. Blythe Hill, founder of Dressember, was a bored college student interested in fashion. She decided to wear a dress every day for the month of December, and called it her Dressember challenge. She got through it, had fun and thought that was the end of it.

But the next year, some of her friends asked if they could join her in wearing dresses every day of December. Blythe and her friends wore dresses every day, and again Blythe thought that was the end of it. But the next year, friends of friends were asking to join in. By the 4th or 5th year, Blythe thought maybe she should connect this interest and forward movement to a cause.

She had an interest in fighting human trafficking and decided to name International Justice Mission as the recipient of all funds raised. Since then, the movement continues to grow each year and new ministry partners have been added.

Did you know that human trafficking is a $32 billion industry? 20% of cases are labor involved and the other 80% are sex trafficking cases. This is appalling and must be stopped. We can be part of ending slavery, just as we can be part of ending extreme poverty. But it takes funds and people who are willing to speak up.

I set a goal to raise $350. I'm about 1/3 of the way there. I'd love to not only reach that goal, but completely blow that goal out of the water by surpassing it. Every time a new donation comes in it gives me a burst of encouragement to keep fighting.

Will you take a minute and donate any amount to my campaign? You can find my fundraising page HERE.

If you want to know more about the Dressember movement, this is an interesting TED talk with Blythe Hill


Monday, December 4, 2017

'Tis the Season

December is here!
Our tree is up and most of our decorations are out (we don't do much).
Even the lights outside are up.
Now I'm hoping the whirlwind of getting ready is done, and I can sit back and enjoy it a bit.


When we were away for the Thanksgiving holiday, we happened 
upon a beautiful display of lights and I took these photos.






I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dressember

In December I'll be wearing only dresses. 

Why?



I'm so glad you asked. 

I'm participating in Dressember...a campaign that uses dresses as their uniform to raise awareness and funds in the fight against human trafficking. I first heard about Dressember a couple years ago when one of my online friends participated and posted about it. I was intrigued, but forgot to plan to do it the next year and by the time I heard about it again it had already started. This year I remembered to look into it and am excited to participate. 

I love advocating for those who cannot speak up for themselves. I also love to wear dresses. Combine the two and you have the perfect combination for Dressember. 

I'll be posting about my experience every Thursday. In addition to wearing dresses and telling people about the campaign, I'll be reading books, watching documentaries and finding other ways to educate myself and figure out what I can do to fight this atrocity. If you have recommendations for me to read or watch, please let me know in the comments. 

It's not to late to join in if you are so inclined! Or perhaps you want to just commit to wearing a dress one or two days a week and pray for the victims of modern day slavery. 

If you want to learn more about this movement, go HERE.  If you want to donate on my page, go HERE.


I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving Getaway

We just got back from our holiday trip where we were blessed to be able to spend 4 days in one of our favorite places. It was very relaxing and just what we needed. 










I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November Beauty

November can be such a hard month....darkness settles in earlier each day, the rain and gray skies return and most of the leaves have fallen. But it can also be one of the most beautiful  months. Because the rain has returned, the color green has returned! And the leaves that still remain on select trees are just stunning! The Japanese Maples are some of the last trees to turn color and they are breathtaking.




















I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun and Seasons