Monday, April 5, 2010

Feelin' Feminine Challenge Day 1 and 2

So far, so good! I prefer skirts that are gathered or tiered (not straight-cut) as I can move around much better in them, and I find them more comfortable. My 4 sisters are going to try to do it as well. Here are the pictures:

This is our family on Easter Sunday--L to R: Leah, Naomi, me (Elizabeth), Dad, Hannah, Mom, Abigail. As you can see, the little ones don't always co-operate with the camera. :)

Day 1's outfit:If you're wondering, I am doing a dance for my extended family on Easter.
  • White short-sleeve shirt from TJ Max
  • Pink flowered skirt also from TJ Max
  • Tennis shoes as hand-me-down from my grandma
Day 2's outfit:
  • Denim flowered tiered skirt from a thrift store
  • Pink striped three-quarter length shirt
  • Bare feet from, well, God
I am really enjoying wearing skirts this week. It makes me feel more feminine, and carry myself differently. I will post more soon!


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Feelin' Feminine Challenge

My friend Jenna at Feminine Farmgirl is hosting a challenge called Feelin' Feminine, in which I am going to participate. Basically, you wear skirts and/or dresses for 1 week, and post pictures of your outfits. It starts tomorrow--Sunday, April 4, through April 11.

Here are the rules:
"The challenge is to wear only skirts/dresses for an entire week of seven days, and then post a photo of your outfits (head to toe) on your blog. If you don’t have exactly seven different skirts, that’s alright. Mix and match with different shirts. We can be not only feminine and modest, but frugal too!

What is on the inside will show on the outside so dressing in a feminine manner in this way shows what we desire and strive for at the heart. Why dresses and skirts, you ask? Read through the websites. Dressing in a feminine manner doesn’t mean you must loose your respectability. It means you value your respectability and honour to the Father and to yourself more than you value fashion (or the lack of).

If you want to “personalize” your outfit a bit more you can add a hat, a scarf, a headband, a matching purse – whatever you like! You can also style your hair in different ways each day. Just remember to remember your goal is not to be fashionable or blend in with the world, but to be set apart in everything!

While there are no outfit ‘requirements’, we do ask, for the sake of our mission, writers, and readers please make sure that your dresses and skirts are at least knee length and that none of your shirts are sleeveless. Show us pictures of daily activities of you in your skirts.
I’ve heard a lot of girls tell me that they don’t like wearing skirts because they can’t be active in them. I very much so disagree. I’ve worn skirts everyday of my life for since 2005 and they haven’t stifled my activity in the least. I still do all the things I used to do, but in a more mindful and ladylike way. Try it.

Already Wear Skirts?
If you already wear skirts on a regular basis, please don’t let that stop you. Participate anyway! This is for all ladies – ask your mother, sisters, grandmas, aunts, and girlfriends to do it with you!

The Goal Of The Challenge:
As our
Mission Statement says we want to encourage, inspire, and challenging young ladies to rediscover the treasure of dressing in a feminine manner. Doing some evaluating of yourself at the end of the week and compare it to your regular way of dress. These questions should help you along:

  • How was the experience for you?
    Any particular stories?
    Did wearing skirts rather than pants affect the way you felt?
    The way you felt about yourself?
    The way you acted?
    The way you carried yourself?
    Were you able to go about everyday activity as freely as pants?
    How did people respond?
    Were you more respected?
    Did you feel more like a lady?
    After the challenge do you desire to keep wearing skirts more regularly, or were you desperate to wear pants again?"

I am very excited about this, and hope that you will consider joining me in this challenge! It is only for one week, and I think that you'll discover the fun in dressing like ladies, and how your outward appearance does show a glimpse of your heart!

Girls, even if you go to school, or prefer jeans to skirts, you can still join! If you think that you can't get around in a skirt, you can! Just wear a tiered skirt instead of a straight cut one :)

I hope some of you will do it with me!


*Parts of this post were taken from Jenna's blog.*

Friday, April 2, 2010

Reflections on Good Friday

We were reading about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane from a book called And the Angels were Silent by Max Lucado. (It is a really great book, by the way.) We read Matthew 26:36-46, as well as

John 17:20-23, which really stuck out to me.

"My prayer is not for them [the disciples] alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and You in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent me and have loved them even as You have loved me."

In his last moments before being arrested, he was praying for me. He was praying for you. He was praying for us. That we may become one in Him. He knew he only had a few minutes more with his disciples before they deserted him. The fact that he spent these last few minutes in prayer means a lot. It shows how much he loves us, as a family of believers. In fact,

He died... because he loves us.
He was whipped... because he loves us.
He was spat on... because he loves us.
He was insulted... because he loves us.
He carried his cross... because he loves us.
Nails were driven into his hands... because he loves us.
He was crucified... because he loves us.
He went to Hell... because he loves us.
He died... so we don't have to.

Because of Him, I will never die. I will live forever with HIM! What a privilege!

What about you? Will you accept his love?