I am SO excited to finally be back from our busy week! It seems like our house was more like a motel as this past week flew by. Only stopping in for a much deserved restful night's sleep, just to awake and repack our 'carry-on luggage' and catch an occasional quick bath when time permitted. Our home is getting back to normal as we catch up on the day to day cleaning and putting things back in their rightful places.
Though we took a multitude of photos to share with you, exactly what and how we do things for Tulip Time, I decided that it would be best to wait a few days to get all those thoughts together for y'all.
And, this morning I woke up with the feeling that I needed to write out my reasons for blogging. Why I have kept at it. And since it is kind of suitable at this point in our blogging (we are already almost at our one year milestone y'all!) I thought I'd go with it.
I believe I have mentioned a few times before how we have been part of a church for over a decade, and the past few years (3-4) have been very hard. We have lost many friends who had been part of our church for as long or longer than we had. The reasoning doesn't compare to us kids loneliness as the weeks and months came after their families decided to move on. Anyone who has gone through this kind of thing knows how drudging it can be. You try and are really not truly depressed about it but it still takes its toll.
Around a year and a half ago (so a while after most of the families with children had jumped ship) Rebekah and I were on the internet searching around for different ideas on how to make cotton slips. We somehow stumbled upon Fresh Modesty and that was truly our beginning into the blogging world. We were SO encouraged! We had no idea what a blog actually was and that there was actually some great people out there so happy about Christ's love and modesty that they were sharing it world-wide with others! And, the best part, they were our age! We had found friends in a crazy way to us- through the web!
All this to say- we don't only blog to give encouragement (next topic) but to also receive it! Even Jesus asked His disciples to pray for Him! We all need encouragement in some way and lately that has been reading others' views on modesty and how they relate that into their own lives through their blogs. We have been outrageously blessed even more than we were before when we were only reading blogs!
As I lightly stated above, every person alive needs to be lifted up. Needs a highlight. Every-time I read a friends blog and am lifted up by their words, I know Who I have to thank. God has brought our passion to share our lives together to give each-other (fellow bloggers) and our readers encouragement. I didn't want to only be on the receiving end I wanted to pass it on. If you have a passion, share it with those around you who are like-minded so the flame keeps burning! I wanted my newly found friends to know that I was there for them to and for me, leaving an occasional comment was no longer enough.
"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter." 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Our soul purpose and hope on this blog is to bring you joy in why you dress modestly or to be an inspiration to those who don't. Most people will say "modesty starts in the heart" which I believe and hope is true for most of us. That we were not pushed into this desire but thought and prayed about it alot or at least knew the reasons why our family was taking that stand. But I don't think that it needs to stop there. Having God be part of everything we do encludes the way we present ourselves to the world and preserve ourselves for our future spouse. As I am sure you know, there is so much to be said about this certain topic but instead of going down the road of 'why' (different post someday) I'd like to say, because it is a passion of mine. Just like sewing and creating are my passions, I adore seeing ladies who value their beauty, keeping it for their 'one and only'.
Some days it can be a challenge knowing what to write in 2-3 outfit posts a week, but as the comments pour in and words begin to flow, I know that the greater cause is oh so worth it!
I want this to never die. Keeping something alive takes work, especially since this fashion seems to be so sick (ha ha! No joke!) but anything worth having takes work and a lot of it! If this blog is one more way I can drive the spike, and get daily encouragement from like-minded people I will gladly keep it up!
Bek and I cantered to one of the fields behind our church to snap photos of one another (can't wait for her to share her fabulous outfit) after services. And yes, this land (and outbuildings) are owned by the farm we work for! The berry seasons are also coming up soon!
"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of Yahweh stands forever." Isaiah 40:8
Fondly as always,
The Elder Sister and Writer