Oct 31

Halloween School Parade





Oct 31

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween you guys! Stay safe tonight and all that. I actually think my minions and I are going to skip the neighborhood trick or treating this year, and just do stuff at the PX and commissary on post. I was already thinking of skipping it, and then someone posted a link to a site where you can look up all of the sex offenders on your trick or treat route, and I was like OMG I CAN’T EVEN, and then my friend Jina invited us to her church’s Halloween party, so I was like, ok. Not dealing with strangers and candy this year. There seem to be so many trick or treat/trunk or treat events thrown every year, that it doesn’t even seem necessary to go door to door anymore. Right? Am I the only one feeling this?

But anyway, stay safe, check your candy for razor blades, and don’t eat anything homemade (unless you know the maker) or open. And, I don’t know…GET OFF MY LAWN because suddenly, I’m 80.

In closing, be nice to black cats. They need love too. Happy Halloween!

(The Bean says “BOO!”)

Oct 31

Jack-O-Lanterns



 As much as I love Jack-O-Lanterns, and as much as the boys love them, I will admit, I despise the process of making one!!!! UGH! Where is our pumpkin carving daddy when we need him!!!!

Oct 30

What We’re Currently up To: Week 47

This past week, we’ve been…

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I have been committing to Ali Edward‘s annual “Week in the Life” project, and documenting everything that’s been going on this week, and then digitally scrapbooking it. It’s been a doosey of a project, and while I’m behind where I planned on being, it’s still coming along fairly/almost quickly. This year, I’m lucky if I get the previous day’s pages done at the end of the next day, whereas in past years, I’ve been able to finish that day’s pages by the time I went to bed. I might have stayed up a little late, but they got done. I just don’t have that in me this year.

The boys have been loving each other hard, in the way that brothers do, which is equally sweet and not easy for me to watch. The Bean has invented a new game or something, called “Huggies” where he crashes into his victim, and wraps his arms around them while yelling “Huggies!!!” If he “plays” this game with The Munchkin, the hug looks more like a tackle. But they love it, so it’s cool. *side eye*

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The Bean has been organizing things by matching similar objects, if that counts. He loves pointing out two of the same letter, things that have the same color, and looking at me (slash probably anyone slash probably everyone) and saying “A match!” He also likes finding things and pointing out that they are “No match.” with a slightly sad little tone. It’s ok buddy, not everything has to match! Sometimes, he’ll even point to two different objects, and he’ll look at me with a mischievous gleam in his eye, and say “Match!” with a giggle. When I say “That’s not a match!” he giggles a lot like “Haha I know; I fooled you!”

The Munchkin has been watching a lot (a lot a lot a lot) of stuff on the Kindle/iPhone. I’ve been jam packing this week with Halloween-themed activities in addition to his regular school and therapy stuff, so it seems like all the time we have at home is spent vegging so he can mentally recover from it all. My grand plan to do nothing on Sunday was killed by a last minute invitation to a birthday party, and needing to drop them off at a friend’s house so that I could go to a FRG coffee group thing. Whoops. Sorry, little man. As a result, Monday was ROUGH. Lesson learned.

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I tried shopping for the boys’ Halloween costumes at the thrift stores, but the thrifting Gods failed me this year. Maybe I made my request too specific last year, and they decided to put me in my place. But seriously, they can present me with purple skinny jeans in my size, but 5T overalls are too much to ask for??? I ended up getting everything for The Munchkin’s costume at Target. The Bean’s hoodie is also from Target (Since I decided to just stick with them both being Minions…Lazy, I know.) and his overalls were borrowed from my friend Jina. *hangs head* I did buy my scarf at a thrift store, and used yarn from my stash to crochet some circles for it. I pulled a dress from my closet, c/o Shabby Apple from a couple of years ago, that was close enough to Lucy’s, (from Despicable Me 2) and called it a costume.

Also involving shopping? I am worried about how I’m going to get my Black Friday shopping done since I won’t have anyone here to watch the boys. I’m thinking it won’t happen. SAD FACE!

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Pictures: The boys w/iPhone in The Munchkin’s bed | Silly Bean at commissary | The boys w/Kindle in my bed
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Oct 30

Sixteen Candles

#TBT Sixteen years ago today she entered our lives, and we have been changed for good* Happy sweet 16, Shayne Amelia! We love you! MUH!


 


My dad sent this to Shayne for her birthday! Love it!

Oct 29

The Little Puzzle Piece that said Boo..

With Hallowe'en fast approaching, I am sure that everyone has gotten their costumes sorted out, candy bought, pumpkins carved and house decorated to delight even the ghostly of visitors.  Hallowe'en has always been a favorite of mine and my husband's. In fact, we love it more than Christmas. Before we had children, Hallowe'en parties were always fun to attend. Getting to be someone else for an evening was rather fun. When we started having children, our hopes to pass down our love of this holiday just added to our excitement. Cute costumes for babies and toddlers. The joy of seeing them get their first piece of candy in their bag. Or how they got grossed out over pumpkin guts. But that all changed when we had our children with Autism.

Autism is a funny thing. In regards to it being unpredictable. You never know what is going to be a trigger. So Hallowe'en being one of those holidays, that things don't appear to be what they normally are, we had to brace ourselves for the possibility that the holiday we loved so much would be celebrated differently.

Most of the general population, doesn't understand why this would be a triggering holiday. From the Costumes choices( or lack there of) or the inability to utter those famous words "Trick or Treat". Or not understanding the concept of why we don't go directly into someone's house, even through they are giving out treats. People don't understand that the strobe lights or the fog machines put our sensory children into a tailspin. I don't expect them too. Its just the way things are. But what I do expect is for people to have some understanding that there are little ghouls and ghosties out there, trying to do their best at trick or treating.

Our son, who is non-verbal has a hard time with this. I have been asked on many occasions, why I didn't leave him home. Well the answer is simple. I will not shut him out of society, because other people aren't comfortable with his existence.  He has every right to be with his brother and sister trick or treating. My response is always the same. He is just a little puzzle piece who says "Boo" in his own little way.

Hallowe'en and every holiday is for everyone. It doesn't matter how they experience the world. They are entitled to partake in the festivities.

Please if you do see a child that might be scared or overwhelmed, be a comfort to them. If they are not wearing a costume, don't get on their case about it. It could be that the costume is made from a material that bothers them. And if they don't say "Trick or Treat", it could be that they can't. They would if they could. And for most of us parents who love this time of year, hearing that would be awesome. But a lot of us just want our children to be accepted.

Just remember that there are going to be children out there who say "Boo!" or "Trick or Treat"in their own way.

Oct 29

Pinecone Home: Handmade State Picture Frames

It’s been awhile since I have been able to feature an awesome product that I just love. This one is from Pinecone Home and is handmade with lots of love. I think this is going to be a favorite for military families, but really this product is great for everyone!

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While Pincone Home has lots of handmade products, one of the best ones they sell (and my favorite) are the state picture frames. Just imagine a huge gallery wall in your home filled with these wooden state frames. Each one could hold a picture from your travels to that state. What a wonderful wall of memories it would hold!

Another idea for use of these type of frames would be perfect for military families. Every time you PCS you could buy one for your new home. You would have a list of all the places you’ve been and you can put a picture in it of friends you’ve made from each place. Another way to have your memories right there for everyone to share in!

Pinecone Home StatesI was given two of these state frames to review and I was shocked at how sturdy they were and at their quality. I chose black for my color because black is classic and goes with everything, but Pinecone Home has plenty of other colors for you to choose from as well. For my states, I chose Georgia and Florida. Florida is where my heart is and where my family currently lives and Georgia is where we have been stationed for the past 6 years of my husband’s Air Force career.

I love all the things and ideas you could do with something like this. I definitely plan on buying more states in the future, adding to my collection, and of course putting in photos from each place. If you like to support homemade and handmade shops then this is definitely a place for you to check out. With high quality items and great reviews, you are sure to find something for everyone!

Meet the Shop Owners:

After five years of the corporate grind on the east coast, we moved back home and started to take control of our future. Now we get up every morning and chase the dream. Buying gifts can be difficult. Pinecone Home was formed out of frustration finding the perfect gift to help celebrate milestones in our friends and families lives. Our products celebrate people’s passions. That’s why they make great gifts, even if that gift is for yourself.” – Carolyn and Marshall

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Oct 29

Welcome To New York

Flying into the Big Apple!
We have arrived!


The first two nights we stayed in an apartment in the East Village- Waaaaay cool neighborhood. We used Airbnb.com to find our apartments.
 

It was a tiny apartment, but super old and cool.
We headed down to Time Square and messed around the first night.

Oh, the things you will see in the city!
It started to rain, so we had to buy a red umbrella:)



 

Oct 29

Oma and the Boys




  Unfortunately, I was only able to spend a few hours with Oma before Shayne and I left for NYC.  We never saw her on the flip side because she had to leave for Wichita on Friday before we got back from New York- That part totally sucked, but I did grab these two photos before we left. So very sweet. I'm so grateful the boys were able to spend some quality time with their Oma!

Oct 28

Addiction to Porn: From A Recovering Addict

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I don’t think a person ever truly overcomes an addiction. It is a constant battle in our minds. An alcoholic will always be tempted. A porn addict will always be tempted. A smoker will always be tempted. I could continue to list the addictions, but I think you get my point. A person with an addiction will always be labeled as an addict, because that’s what they are. That’s what I am. I’ve been called an overcomer, but it is a constant battle. I will always be a recovering addict to both alcohol and porn.

Where? When? How did my porn addiction begin? Well, hmmmm…..

They say the best place to start is at the beginning. The lines are so blurred that I don’t know where the beginning is.

I don’t remember when I began fantasizing about sex. I can’t remember when I saw the first centerfold or movie. However, I can tell you that I was hooked at first sight. My addiction began prior to the technological advances we are accustomed to today. I did not have the Internet at my disposal. Instead, I had a VCR at my disposal.

Clay is a good kid. Yup, Clay was a good kid. I lived a façade. I was good at it, too. When spending time at my Aunt and Uncle’s house, I knew where the stash of dirty magazines was kept. Talk about convenient, too! I would lock myself in the bathroom and grab a magazine from the cabinet. I would sneak into my dad’s bedroom and get the magazines hidden under the bed or in the closet. If the porn material was there, guaranteed this porn detective would find it. Yup, I was a good kid because no one ever expected this from such a good kid.

While sneaking around looking for porn, I came across the first VCR pornographic tape I viewed. I loved it. I thought I was learning how to “please” a woman. We’ll save that for later. Allow me to get back to this good kid. I was such a good kid that after I watched the porno, I made sure to rewind it back to the original starting point. I was good at hiding my addiction. No one would ever find out. I looked at it as not only pleasing to myself, but also sexual education. Mark it down as a double win for this kid.

This sneaking and hiding continued for years. No one ever asked because I made sure to cover my tracks. Why would anyone suspect this good kid was looking at porn? Then it happened. How could I be so dumb and careless? I snuck a dirty magazine into the bathroom, acted like I was doing a #2 and then took a shower. My sister walked into the bathroom after my shower and there it was. I left the magazine wide open on the back of the toilet. Immediately the blame was cast upon my dad. Of course he denied any knowledge of the incident. Here is my chance. Lie and not get caught, or tell the truth and take responsibility. I chose the latter. I walked into my parent’s bedroom as Mom was accusing Dad and told them both it was my fault. I left the magazine.

There it is. Now they know. I am not one who embarrasses easily, but that was the most embarrassing moment of my entire life. I honestly can’t remember if anything more was said about it. It really wouldn’t have mattered anyway. I had an addiction that I had to feed.

I can’t remember how old I was when I received “the talk.” You know the talk that mom’s dread and dad’s kind of fumble through. I can’t remember if I was a teenager or younger. I just can’t remember. However, I do remember already knowing about sex before the talk was ever initiated. I can’t remember what was said because I wasn’t paying attention. Dad would have never had this talk with me. Actually, there wasn’t much we did talk about. It was Mom giving me the talk. She and I were always close. But, again, I was already an expert on this subject through the magazines and videos.

If you’re reading this and you have a child in public school, chances are they already know about sex. Oh, you say your son is only 9 or 10? Yea, he probably knows something about sex. Do you realize how many pornographic websites are available? Do you know how many are available for free? Does your child have access to a smart device, whether it’s his or a friend’s? Yea, it’s pretty safe to say that either he or his friends have visited at least one of these sites. I hope I’m wrong, but, unfortunately, the percentages are on my side.

Getting back to my sexual education through pornography, please allow me to give you the clean version of my first sexual contact with a woman. According to the pornographic movies, all I have to do is barely touch a woman to send her to a world of ecstasy and excitement.   Well, much to my amazement, that wasn’t the case. I’ll end it there.

So, where are we now? Let’s see, I was committing sexual sin, I cursed, I was beginning my alcoholism campaign by this point, and I had a double whammy on sexual sin by having sex out-of-wedlock. But who cared? I wasn’t a Christian anyway.

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Welcome to adulthood. My porn addiction was thriving. My alcoholism was sailing to new heights. What else should I add to my ever-growing list of sins? Oh, I’ve got! Womanizing! I would tell a woman exactly what she wanted to hear just to get her into bed. It’s what I knew. I learned that from the movies I watched, the pornos I was educating myself on, and from my friends. Honestly, I didn’t care how many hearts I was breaking because I had needs.

What does one have to do with the other? Maybe it was a coincidence? I guess that’s a theory, but highly unlikely. The porn became a gateway drug, so to speak. I wanted what I was viewing. I was fantasizing about these things. I set horrible goals that would make a mother cry and a father angry. I was lost.

We were made to pursue pleasure, but there is no pleasure under the sun that brings ultimate satisfaction.

I don’t know if reading this makes you want to reevaluate your parenting skills. I can tell you that looking back at my life and writing this has encouraged me to be a better example to my boys. I didn’t treat my body, my mind, my soul, or women the way each deserves. I have to do better.

It was in 1998 that I received my first and only scare, if you will. I remember the first words out of her mouth like it was yesterday. She said, “I’m pregnant.” How could this happen? She assured me she was on birth control! My reply, “How do you know?” My next reply, “Is it mine?” Obviously, that wasn’t the correct response. However, I did find out weeks later that it was all a lie. I don’t know what devastated me more? The possibility of having a child with a woman I did not love or the fact she lied to me about being a father. I was a complicated young man. Oh well, when one relationship ends, I have porn to fall back on.

Fast forward to November of 2005. “Do you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?” That is the day that dramatically changed my life forever.

This has been a pretty crazy story, right? I was saved and forgiven of all my sins and I lived Happily Ever After.

As much as I would like to believe it ended that way, it didn’t. At this point in my life, I had quit the drinking-mostly and quit the swearing…..er, the majority of the swearing.  However, I was still addicted to pornography and sex. Every time I would go to the Lord in Prayer, the enemy would tighten his grip on me. I had a yoke and a burden that I was unable to shake off. But every time I would go to the Lord in Prayer, the enemy would showcase the sins of my youth.

In Psalm chapter 25, David is in distress. He is praying to God and he gets real with God. In this Psalm of distress, David needs God to help him, just like I needed God to help me through my addiction. But David says to God I need you NOT to remember the sins of my youth. He began to talk about that place of distress. There were sins that he committed in his youth that were haunting him. And when he would go to the presence of God, the enemy knew how to showcase the sins of his youth.

I could sit here and throw the blame out on everyone that aided me in my addiction. I could blame my family for keeping the pornography in the house. I could blame the industry for making the pornography. I could blame the women I slept with for not having better morals. I could blame these women’s parents for not raising them with better morals. Eventually, I have to live with the man staring back at me in the mirror. It was my fault. I am to blame. I gave into my own desires. I am at fault and I had to figure out how to get out of this hole.

It was in Ecclesiastes that the son of David, Solomon, said, “Remember our Creator in the days of our youth, before the evil days are among us.” The enemy will come to people in their youth and often in different stages. He’ll try to plant seeds of discouragement in you. He’ll try to plant seeds of doubt in you. The enemy doesn’t wait until you get to where you’re going. He tries to keep you from God. He’ll try to kill that spirit as soon as you’re born.

I credit a really good friend of mine for leading me to Christ. I credit another really good friend of mine for keeping me humble in my spiritual walk. I credit another really good friend of mine for being my accountability partner as I continued to struggle with porn. Finally, I credit a woman who I had just met and was about to have sex with for turning me from my wayward sin of sex before marriage. Yes, you read that correctly. Allow me to explain.

I met this woman at a store or somewhere (I honestly can’t remember). I asked her out and we went to a movie. We exchanged numbers and I went home. About an hour later, I received a text from her asking me come to her house. My sexual desires took control and off I went. How do I credit her with turning me from my lust and sexual desires? She asked me a question. She asked, “I wonder what your church will think about you having sex before marriage?” What?! God answers prayers in mysterious ways. I got up and walked out. I never spoke to her again.

I did not have sexual intercourse with another woman until my wife. My wife. I cannot tell you how badly I have hurt her because of my porn addiction. She felt undesirable because I would rather stream porn on the Internet. I would deny her because I was more interested in the sexual fantasies I was receiving from these pornographies.

I can’t tell you how many times I prayed for God to remove this sin from my life. God answers prayers in mysterious ways. I was about to lose my family because of this addiction. That’s almost exactly what my wife told me. There you have it. I have two options – Option 1. Continue watching this filth. Option 2. Salvage my marriage. This year will be our 9th Anniversary.

The enemy didn’t wait until Joseph became head of all of Egypt. He tried to kill him by his brothers as a 17-year-old kid. The enemy didn’t wait for Jesus to stand up and save the world. He tried to kill Him before He even got to the manager. And if you’re struggling hard where you are, it’s because the enemy sees where you’re going!

The enemy will attack you when you’re young. He’ll put a yoke, put a burden on you, when you’re 15 and he’ll still be hindering you when you’re 50. We’ve seen people of purpose, people of promise, get introduced to drugs, or alcohol or something that the enemy yoked them up to something in their youth. See, a lot of times, you may be dealing with a 50-year-old man, but you’re dealing with something that started when they were 10.

The enemy didn’t start fighting you yesterday. He laid a trap for you years ago. But the only thing that can break that yoke….it won’t be counseling, or church attendance, or your specific denomination. The Bible said the anointed shall destroy the yoke.

If you, or someone you know, is currently struggling with an addiction, there are things you can do.

  1. Prayer. Be specific in your prayers.
  2. Intercessory prayer. Pray for that individual and be specific in your prayer.
  3. Intervention. Tact is the key. When people approached me about my addictions, I became angry and defensive. Be tactful in your approach.
  4. Place the computer or other devices used to browse the Internet in the family room. If your computer is in the basement or a bedroom, move it now.
  5. If your child is addicted to porn, do not leave him/her alone at home. Do this to the best of your ability.
  6. Talk to your children about the importance of waiting for sex after marriage. If your child is attending school and is at least 10 years old (maybe younger), chances are they know about it or have seen it. Don’t wait until you think they’re old enough. The last thing you want is for them to learn about sex and how to treat a woman from another 13 year old, per se.
  7. Set time restrictions on the computer.
  8. Set parental controls on Internet viewing devices.
  9. Accountability partner. Find someone (a friend, a relative, someone) who you must remain accountable to. This goes a long way.

These are just some examples. Any addiction is horrible to have, but porn can ruin a marriage before it ever happens. God made marriage to last and He made it to be sacred. Porn does neither.

You can click HERE, HERE, HEREHERE, and HERE to read the rest of the porn series my wife put together.

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In him,

Clay

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Oct 27

Autism: The Evolutionary Cure for Bullshit

It’s hard to believe this breakthrough in evolution has been happening right under our noses and yet we just didn’t recognize the gravity and awesomeness of what is really taking place at this critical time in human history. We, the autism community, have been fighting and bullying each other over this label and that, over causes and cures. Folks are terrified of the “tsunami of autism” coming due to the exponential rise in prevalence. But all of that mess is meaningless because autism is the cure.

no bsWhat?! you say? Oh, yes. Let’s explore this phenomenon of human evolution together. And let me preempt the expected onslaught of commenters who think I am crazy because some autistics are not possibly capable of being evolutionary supreme beings – mountains of science has already proven that an average of 90% of human communication is nonverbal.  If you think that autistics who don’t speak are not valid entities in our progress through evolution, you should brush up on your own 90% and recognize that autistics are overachievers in this category who we could learn a crapton from.

First, what is autism? Not the clinical definition, but what autistics actually experience in daily life.  Anyone?

Well, it’s great in a lot of ways when we don’t have to bend, twist, cajole, script, or freak out to try to fit into the neurotypical world. It’s great when we can be ourselves and find others like us who get it.  It’s even better when the lights aren’t too bright, the wind isn’t too harsh, the noises aren’t too loud, the subway isn’t too crowded, clothes don’t feel too tight or too loose or have scratchy tags, and so awesome when we know we can retreat to our safe space if the world around us gets to be too much. We’re usually great at finding what works for us and we do a great job of carving out alone time to regroup and really reflect on our lives. It will be nicer to be more accepted and understood in coming decades (I hope) and of course the increase in prevalence will mean we can feel less alone in our awesomeness. One of the advantages about being autistic is that we can be super focused on getting something really important done.  We don’t get distracted by bullshit.

So what sucks about autism? The bullshit. You see the bullshit of the neurotypical world is what slows everything down. Not just for us, but clearly for everyone. For us it slows down our processing time trying to figure out who is sincere and who is full of shit. We have that thing called “mind-blindness” which means we have a really hard time reading other’s intentions (A.K.A. bullshit). For everyone in general, how satisfied are we with our government? See any bullshit happening there? What about everyday social interactions? Drama? Gossip? Autism just doesn’t compute that shit. We seriously just don’t get it. If there is a task, it needs to be completed. If a friend is in need, you help them and tell them you love them. These are concrete, easy rules to live by – a piece of cake for autistics! But in the neurotypical world, there are “rules” for things that cause people to act in ways we will simply never understand like “waiting periods” to call someone after a date. For me, I have had issues with being seen as arrogant because I didn’t know that I wasn’t supposed to share my knowledge about something when someone was asking about it. See? Isn’t that sentence itself confusing?

If we look back throughout the history of humans, we can draw from it the most simple of virtues by looking at the first tribal societies. Built around family, honor, respect, and responsibility, men and women attracted to each other coupled up, made babies, committed to their children, extended family and village. They worked hard. They had beautiful threads of community strung between every member of their villages through common goals, music, storytelling, and craft. They were happy having nearly nothing but each other.

Take that early, loving essence of man, combine it with the modern intellect and technology we have right this very moment and tell me that an autistic individual isn’t the product of those two most incredible evolutionary movements.

Our autistics today and to come will possess the most advanced technological tools for slingshotting us humans beyond the bullshit and into a future filled with advanced medicine, environmental responsibility, workplace proficiency, and more fun than the kid inside you can possibly imagine. (Think of flying cars and Star Wars Episode XX!) And they will do so for the good of all with big hearts, oodles of empathy, and tagless clothing.

Autism is the evolutionary cure for bullshit.

Oct 27

Campaign on Food Allergies Supports Trick-or-Treating

  We’re closing in on Halloween and like many families ...

Oct 27

Modest Monday: 20 Top Modest Monday Posts!!!

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Ladies, I really hope you all will understand about the lack of a post this week. I am preparing to head out of the country soon to see CLAY!!!! YAY!!! Squeal!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY DANCE!!!! So, anyway I really need to get things caught up. I decided this week to do a recap of some of the most popular Modest Monday posts!! I hope you enjoy and catch up if you missed something!!!

1.  Modest Monday: Modesty of the Heart (this post has been pinned more than any other post)

2.  Modest Monday: My Path to Modesty Part 3 ( has links to part 1 &2)

3.  Modest Monday: Our Convictions on Dress

4. Modest Monday: Regular Days and being Modest

5.  Modest Monday: To Make Up or Not to Make-Up

6.  Modest Monday: Military Wife Style

7.  Modest Monday: Being a Virtuous Wife

8. Modest Monday: Serving and Motherhood

9. Modest Prom Dresses: When did elegance go out the window?

10. Modesty and Legalism

11. Modest Monday: Modesty Swimsuits and Spring

12. Modest Monday: Camping Edition

13.  Modest Monday: Garlands of Grace

14. Modest Monday: Modesty of Speech 

15.  Modest Monday: Modesty and the Beach

16.  Modest Monday: Swimsuits and Summer Fun

17. Modest Monday: Life, Liberty, and “see ya laters”

18. Modest Monday: Modesty and the Subtle Porn Trap

19. Modest Monday: My Top Picks- Where to buy Modest Clothes

20. Modest Monday: Ultimate Modesty Booklist! 

So what did I wear?

This is what I wore one week to our homeschool Co-Op!!! I LOVE our Co-Op so much!!!

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(My husbands mini-me during one of his classes at co-op:))

Headband: Lilla Rose

Sweater: Dress Barn—isn’t it so cute and modest? I got it on sale!!!

Skirt: I was trying to remember where I got this and think I got it off Zulily.

Shoes: Zulily

I hope you all have a blessed week in the Lord!!!

In Christ,

Laura

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Oct 25

Jesus Prom {Review}

Jesus Prom

About the book:

Are you a wallflower—somebody who sits on the sidelines? Prepare to get out of your chair because Jesus has invited you to dance! Encouraging you to leave the passive behind,  Weece helps you live out your faith by using the dynamic words Jesus did—“come,” “rest,” “learn,” “hear,” “give,” “go,” and “love”—and by putting them into action.

Wouldn’t it make sense that those who claim to love Jesus would love the same people Jesus loves?

Nouns need verbs, a requirement that’s more than just a grammatical truth; it’s a spiritual truth. The noun Christian and the noun church require action verbs to fulfill their purpose. That’s why Jesus invites Christians and churches everywhere to perform the greatest action of all: loving people.

Jesus Prom is an extravagant party that celebrates the very people Jesus died to love. You will laugh and cry as you move through the pages of this book, and by the end of it, you’ll want to join the dance.

 

My thoughts:

When I first was asked to review this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect based on the title. As I began reading the first few pages, I still was unsure. This book is definitely different from my normal choices. However, I think it has more appeal to high school and college aged young adults.

The author takes the reader through life events that show what can happen when we do not join in the dance God has called us to be as Christians. One chapter speaks about surrounding ourselves with friends who lift us up and not tear us down. This is especially true for the young adults leaving the Christian community they were raised and attending college. I have personally blogged about being careful who we surround ourselves with. As Christians, we carry this belief that we can be a great influence on the worst sinner to pull them up out of the ditch they’re in, which is true in itself. However, what happens more often than not is that it is the Christian who is pulled down, rather than the sinner pulled up. Proverbs 13:20 tells us to “walk with the wise and become wise; walk with fools and become fools.”  WOW! How guilty was I in those college years?! I recently reviewed the book Enough and I think Jesus Prom is good follow up for the older teens and college aged adults.

Looking back at your prom, what do you remember? What made a lasting impression? Did your prom night change how you look at people? How you look at yourself? How you look at love? Read Jesus Prom and think about those questions.

Think about the stains of your past, stains of your stories, and then think about Christ. We are not strong enough to make the stains go away on our own. We need Christ to remove those stains. He makes all things new again.  He turns our stains into stories—stories that we can use as a testimony of the wonderful grace and mercy of our heavenly father. Stories that can show the world how strong our God is.

A Christian is the singular representation of Jesus on earth. And a church is the plural representation of Jesus on earth. Those of us who are close to Jesus should struggle to see any difference between a Christian and a church. 

I loved the last chapter and the subject of add-verbs.  Don’t just serve; don’t just give; don’t just love. Instead serve joyfully; give sacrificially; love recklessly.  It is amazing what can happen to your life when you add adverbs.

I give this book a 3/5 because it moved from one story to another quite often. It is a good book but was difficult for me to follow.  To order a copy click below!

 

 

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Oct 24

Weekly Wears: Kansas Weather is Crazy

One of the things that frustrated me the most about fall in South Carolina is that it would be fall in the morning, and summer in the afternoon. It drove me crazy because I had to get basically two outfits together for everyone, which meant more laundry for me! Well, Kansas doesn’t seem to be any different. Grrr! What was fine when walking The Munchkin to the bus in the morning…

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Was by no means appropriate by the time he got home. I mean, I went grocery shopping after lunch, and I was SWEATING. Ugh. Changing outfits was unavoidable.

Outfit Details – Morning
Tunic – Thrifted
Black shirt – Arizona (JCP)
Cardigan – Wet Seal
Scarf – Handmade by me
Leggings & Boots – Target

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I guess you could call this “Two Ways to Wear a Tunic and Leggings?” As it was, this version was pushing it with the long leggings and side ponytail. If I’d needed to be outside for any length of time, I think it would have been too warm of an outfit. UGH. In OCTOBER. No.

Also, I’m well aware that some (most?) people would consider this “tunic” a dress, but it’s waaaay too short to be worn with even tights, in my opinion, so “tunic” it is!

Outfit Details – Afternoon
Tunic & Tank – Thrifted
Necklace – Kohl’s
Leggings – Target
Sneakers – Airwalk

Oct 23

A new Blog

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Oct 23

How to Use and Make Money with Fiverr

Have you heard of Fiverr yet? It’s an amazing website where you can buy or sell services for $5.00! I had heard a lot of bloggers talking about it and recommending it for services, but I was nervous about using it when it sounded so cheap. How much quality work was I going to get for only $5.00? Once I started selling services on it I understood it better and have now bought services on there as well.

Here is a better definition of what Fiverr is all about:

“Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, referred to as ‘gigs’ beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer a variety of different services, and by customers to buy those services.” – Wikipedia

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How to Use Fiverr:

1. Find a Gig
A gig is a service offered on Fiverr. There are many many different categories and selections offered, you could spend hours just looking at them all. Here are just a few of the categories offered:

  • Logo Design
  • Business Cards
  • E-Book Covers
  • SEO
  • Blog Mentions
  • WordPress
  • Virtual Assistance

Once you find a category, then it’s time to search for a gig! Fiverr is set up on a rating and review system. You want to find someone that has a lot of good ratings and reviews. It will show you their percentage and also what level they are. From there you can decide based on their ratings, reviews, and how many buyers they have if you want to purchase their gig.

Some gigs will have portfolios of their work that you can scroll through. This is always nice to see if their gig is what you are looking for. If you are not sure if you want to purchase someone’s gig, you can “heart” it and come back to it later. I love that you can “heart all the ones you like and use them whenever you need them.

2. Purchase a Gig
Now that you know what gig you need, it’s time to make a purchase! In some cases the seller will ask you to contact them first, but in most cases you order your gig and then the seller’s instructions are automatically forwarded to you. Once you give them what they need to complete the service, they are on a countdown to finish it within the number of days that are set on the gig.

When purchasing your gig, some people will have what is called, “Gig Extra’s.” These are extra services that you can buy along with the main gig. They are not mandatory, but ways for the seller to make a little more money, and for the buyer to get more to suit their needs.

3. Rate and Review Services
Once the seller has delivered your service, Fiverr will ask you to rate them on three different areas:

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You may also be asked to leave a review. It doesn’t have to be paragraphs long, just a sentence or two describing why you enjoyed working with the seller and how much you enjoyed their work. The seller will then be able to rate you and how you interacted during the process.

As a current Fiverr seller, I need to tell you how important this stage is for everyone involved. Fiverr is based on ratings and reviews and without good ratings and reviews it’s hard to run a good business on Fiverr. Of course if you had a bad experience then please, rate accordingly, but please try not to be too picky with your ratings.

How to Make Money with Fiverr

1. Find Your Money-Maker
What are you good at? Do you offer services on your blog or website already? These are going to be your starting point. Big or small there is a way for everyone to make money on Fiverr. Search out Fiverr and see what other people are offering. Can you do something similar? Can you do it better? What extra’s could you offer with it? Find your thing and start from there!

2. Set up Your Account
Setting up an account with Fiverr is very easy. They will walk you through every step of the way. The only things I want to point out at this step is knowing what your description is going to be and having a gig photo to start with.

Your gig description is very important, this is what is going to help people decide between your gig and someone else’s. It can be simple, or descriptive. Also, don’t forget to add what limits you may have. For example I have this disclaimer on my gigs:

No affiliate, adult or gambling pins/repins. Each pin must be FAMILY-FRIENDLY.”

Lastly, your photo is going to be what catches a buyer’s eye first. It needs to be your own photo not someone else’s. I just used a screenshot for my gigs or used a nice picture that I paid for to catch someone’s eye. You can also make a video of yourself describing the gig instead of using a picture. This is a very popular option on Fiverr, but not necessary.

3. Get Buyers
Now that your gigs have been approved, it’s time to wait for buyers. Keep in mind that this part is slow. New gigs have a hard time getting picked up because they don’t have any ratings or reviews yet. But don’t let that discourage you! Keep sharing your gigs, checking out the tips on the Fiverr Blog and Forum and once you have that first buyer, make it your best!

4. Level Up and Continue Building your Fiverr Business
Once you start getting buyers, things can pick up fast. The better the rating, reviews, and level you have, the more popular your gig will get. Add small goals for yourself to hit. Add gig extras when you are able, to help make more money. Don’t get overwhelmed too fast, but if you do, remember these two things:

  • You can take a vacation. You mean I can go to the beach? You can, but on Fiverr you technically don’t have to go anywhere to go on vacation! You can turn the “vacation” tab on to  take a pause or break to catch up on things. Potential buyers can still see your gigs and can sign up to be notified when you return.
  • You can change the number of days it takes you to finish a gig. When I first started on Fiverr, I said I could do my main gig in 3 days. As I got more and more buyers, that was just impossible. Now, my days are moved up to 8. This gives me enough time to work with everyone, and continue my blog and taking care of my family.

My Fiverr Business

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I have been on Fiverr as a seller for a total of 8 months now. It took about 2-4 weeks for me to really get started and I’ve changed a few things and learned a lot along the way. Currently, I am making approximately $200. a month from Fiverr alone. It’s definitely been a life changer for me.

Right now, I only offer Pinterest-related gigs because Pinterest is a strong point for me. However, in the future I may branch out and do more. I have had a lot of buyers ask for different things because they like working with me and sometimes you just have to give the people what they want!

Please let me know if you have any questions about Fiverr. I would love to help you out! Meanwhile check out my profile and gigs on Fiverr and have a free gig on me!


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Oct 23

Why its important to talk about tragedies with the young

There are always going to be things that happen in this world that are beyond our control. Whether it be due to a natural disaster or a man made terror. We as adults are custom to trying to deal with what life throws at us. Our children are the ones that often times get forgotten in the chaotic aftermath of tragedy.

By now most of the world's children have either suffered  or have learned about the horrible stuff that goes on in the adult world. You don't have to be a child psychologist, to know that children understand the world differently. Their understanding of events that shape their lives, is a different reality to how we adults understand a situation. And that is the reason why it is important to talk about tragedies.

What I am not suggesting is an explanation that full of the nitty-gritty or the very serious nature of a situation. But talking to your child about how a certain situation made them feel. Most times, for a child, its fear. They will see the full range of emotions that most of us have, when something tragic happens, but to full comprehend those emotions, they just can't. They are going to hear about things that happen in the world, as we have entered into an age where information is passed so quickly and openly, that is its hard to tune stuff out. So you can't shelter them off from the world.

So what do we do to help our young ones understand tragedy?With so much going on in the world, its very easy to get confused.

There are so many things from Mr. Rodgers to Sesame Street that have excellent starting points on how to start a conversation. But you need to find a dialog that is appropriate for you, as well as your child. You know just how much your child can understand about things. Trying to find the right wording or basis can be hard. Its hard to talk about difficult things. Especially things that deal with death or a disruption of their daily life. Maintain that open dialog. Address those fear that they have. Make sure they know who to trust and who not to.

Children are ultimately going to learn about the world, whether we like it or not. But it is our job to make sure they understand that things aren't going to be rainbows and puppies. We, as parents need to be prepared to talk to our children about things, so they have a better understanding of this world. That they know if something bad does happen, certain feelings are ok.

For me, I have had to have the open dialog with my children, as their father is military. I don't get into the specifics of why their father has to go away. But they do know that there are people who live on this planet that aren't nice and that they do bad things. They understand who they can go to if something bad happens.

With the world being the way it is, it is important that our children know that fear is only natural. Its ok to be uncertain. But that they know they have trusted people they can talk to about their feelings.

The world is shaping up to be a scary place and our children need to be prepared for that reality.




Oct 23

What We’re Currently up To: Week 46

This past week, we’ve been…

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This is going to sound weird, but… The Munchkin has been anticipating his poops. Yup, I’m opening with poop. He will camp out on the toilet forever if he feels one coming on, haha. I had a parent/teacher conference on Monday, and he apparently does that at school too. They’ll be like “Are you done yet?” and he’ll reply “No! I gotta poopy still!” Hahahaha. Still, this is fantastic progress with his potty training.

The Bean spent some time contributing a coloring page to my latest mini care package for John. The Bean has gotten into tracing things, which is cool. Right now, they’re just broad, sloppy lines, but he traced his name on the coloring sheet and it really wasn’t half bad. I was impressed! Smarty.

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On Tuesday, I went to a seminar that was discussing positive parenting. Overall, it was kind of stuff I already knew/thought, but it was nice to have my opinions reaffirmed, and I picked up a couple of techniques to try. I’m going to blog in more detail about it next week.

The Munchkin has NOT been listening very well lately, but he hasn’t been as bad as he was the week before last. I think what helped is that I have reintroduced technology into his life. In small doses. I’ll usually let him use the Kindle or my laptop during The Bean’s nap. I think though, that I have to cap it at an hour and a half, otherwise he’ll start zoning out once he’s done playing. The only exception to this is Sundays. Last weekend was fantastic, so I think I’m going to format my weekends in a similar fashion, so we do ALL THE THINGS on Saturday, and NONE OF THE THINGS on Sunday. Sundays will be for sleeping in, eating a big breakfast, using the computer from 11:30-3:30, and then playing and hanging out. Nice, casual, easy. A total recovery day.

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Right now I’m deciding if it’s worth it to try and make The Bean Super Why pajamas for Halloween. Yeah, I’ve got the Why Flyer all done, but he and The Munchkin were Minions last weekend, and they both had fun with that. It makes me want to just keep that going and save the Super Why stuff for another time. I’m also feeling really lazy this week, but I already bought the fabric, so it’s lazy vs frugal. I suppose fabric doesn’t go bad…

What have you guys been up to?

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Oct 22

Family Toolbox- A Program for Parents and Teens!!!

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In order to correct a behavior, we have to find the root of the cause.  Do you want to reach your child’s heart and not just punish for bad behavior? If so read on…..

I was asked to become a member of the blogger team for Family Tool Box – a resource brought to us by the National Center for Biblical Parenting.

As a parent of three precious boys, my days are long and my job is rarely easy. In fact, the task can be daunting. Unfortunately, as my precious gifts entered the world, I was not given a handbook, or in this case a tool box, with instructions or recommendations needed to raise them. How much easier would it have been to follow simple instructions? Instructions like you have when assembling furniture or putting together toys?

We are taught at a young age to react. Depending on our environment (i.e. friends, parents, teachers, etc), we learn to react in either a negative or positive manner. We often apply what we learned when we become parents. We want to jump in and react to our children’s behavior and set up swift consequences because that’s how our parents often times dealt with our behaviors. However, are we reaching our child’s heart and reacting to the cause of the behavior, or are we just reacting to the behavior itself?

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When Samuel was preparing to anoint a new king in 1 Samuel 16, he thought he could identify who that person would be. It was customary at the time for the oldest of the male children to be anointed king. However, God had a different standard for evaluating people. As Samuel stood pondering the various candidates for the job, God shared a different way of evaluating a person than Samuel was used to. God said, “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).  Out of all the boys in the family, God chose the youngest of the boys, David, who would eventually be called a “man after God’s own heart.”  (Taken from the Family Toolbox workbook page 6).

As you can see in lesson one of this workbook, it begins with the heart. For example, your child fails a test in school. Do you immediately punish the child or do you inquire why he failed the test? The heart of the problem could be in his realm of control (i.e. not prepared), or the heart of the problem could be behind his realm of control (i.e. learning disability). The reasons are endless, but the point is we must get to the root of the problem. Now, having said that, I’m not saying that at some point we should not remove privileges or take action.

This program is set up to help guide parents on how to get to the heart. I know it is difficult and often pain-staking. My long-term readers know that I have a child diagnosed with Aspergers. He is VERY high functioning; however, because he is SO high functioning, he continues to struggle with things that should be easy. We often have an exhausting time with finding a behavior modification that works with him. I’ve cried out to the Lord many times, “How do I reach his heart?!”

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If your situation is similar to mine or if you have a child that is not diagnosed but has behavior issues, per se, then you’re in luck! This series will help with that.  It is broken down into the following sections:

Lesson 1: It Starts with the Heart. Being respectful even when it’s hard and how to develop internal motivation.

Lesson2: Follows Instructions Well.  Helps to develop healthy habits for following instructions. Looks for ways to teach a child to contribute to family life.

Lesson 3: Handle Pressure Without Losing Your Cool. Solve problems instead of generating conflict. Instead of sarcasm, develop the skills of a peacemaker.

Lesson 4: The Value of Correction.  Learn to value correction and to apologize well.

Lesson 5: The Importance of Responsibility.  Develop a plan for being responsible and take responsibility for your mistakes.

Lesson 6: Accept NO as an Answer.  Train Yourself to Accept No as an Answer. Avoid Arguing.

Lesson 7: Deal with your OWN Anger. View your family as a team and look for ways to work together. Learn Self-Control in order to manage your anger.

Lesson 8: Consider the Needs of Others. Practice flexibility when your plans change. Learn to handle unfairness well.

There are many tips I gained from this program. Previously, I blogged HERE about the Total Transformation program. The Family Tool Box is quite different as this program is more heart-based and weaves Scripture throughout the lessons. I love having the Word of God to pull from and help guide me in training up my children. This is an excellent starting point for families.

I did, however, struggle with a few things in this program. The lessons and tips were very good, but there didn’t seem to be a conclusion to the lessons. The lessons ended before I knew how to apply them to everyday life, or in this case, my situation. I needed to see a bit more the application process especially in learning how to apply the lessons to my oldest, who is also our most challenging child to raise. However, my specific situation may not be as unique as yours. I do believe this is an excellent program and very good starting guide for parents. This might be the perfect program for you. I give it a 4/5.

Follow them on social media:

NCBP: http://www.biblicalparenting.org/

The Family Toolbox: http://www.biblicalparenting.org/familytoolboxparentteenorder.asp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Center-for-Biblical-Parenting/116883041645

Twitter: https://twitter.com/biblicalparent

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/National-Center-Biblical-Parenting-3874044?mostPopular=&gid=3874044

In Christ,

Laura

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Oct 22

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Oct 22

Seasonal Skirt Hop: My Top 10 Reasons to Dress Modestly

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10.  Modesty can reflect who we are as a person. I know we are not to judge a book by its cover, but our external appearance is the first thing people see.  If our skirt is conforming to our bodies or is revealing, what is the first thing people think of?  I posted HERE about how modesty began in the heart. When modesty starts in the heart, it naturally will overflow to how she dresses.

9. Protect your brother in Christ.  While each are responsible for his own sin, men are visual. Dressing modestly can help protect them. Honestly, I am a sister and I feel sorry for my brothers in Christ when a woman is nearby wearing next to nothing. A Godly man is no different. Of course he his trying to divert his eyes, but men are a product of their environment – meaning they are still human and will be tempted by fleshly desires when those desires are showcased. It is difficult on men ladies! We should care more!

8.  Dressing Modest can protect you.  Not in the way you’re thinking, although I do hold some belief that dressing modest can only help in that area. However, when dressing modestly it shows the world that you take purity serious. It shows that you went to great lengths to present yourself in a modest way. It also shows that you take sexual purity serious as well.  If you are single and waiting on God to send your “one and only,” dressing modestly will attract the right kind of guy. If you’re looking for a nice man who respects you, dress for the occasion.

7. It sets a good example to others.  Did you know that wherever you go and whatever you do, you are setting an example? Teens, young ladies, and young Christians need an example set for them on dressing modestly. I believe this should be part of our calling as Christian ladies to take a serious approach in setting an example of modesty. With the status of the world today and so many secular views concerning revealing clothing, setting a good example is even more important. It is important to take heed in dressing modestly. Young, impressionable girls watch videos of women wearing hardly nothing and grow accustomed to the popularity of the clothing.  When a young girl dresses in the same manner they see the popular secular artists dressing, one thing leads to another. That girl will receive the attention from boys and men alike, often unwanted attention.  Sound extreme? I beg to differ. Look at the shift in the world today and how women dress even in Christian circles. It is quite amazing, but not in a good way.

6.  Modesty is not about dressing as unattractive as one thinks.  As you can tell by my blog posts, you don’t have to dress in bags or or cover your body with window curtains to dress modestly. It is actually quite easy to dress modern, beautiful, attractive, and yet make it modest. It may take a while to find your style, but it gets easier! One reason I began this blog was to help other ladies in this area.

5. Mary Dressed Modestly.  Mary, mother of Jesus, in my opinion was the epitome of modesty. Why wouldn’t we want to be more like her?

4. It is NOT about your body.  I want to address two points here. First, dressing modest doesn’t mean you’re ashamed of your body. One reason a woman dresses modestly is because of self-respect.  Second, dressing modest takes the focus off “dressing sexy,” “looking hot,” and many of the other reasons for wearing revealing clothing. Instead, dressing modestly shifts the focus to glorifying our Lord and Savior.

3. Modesty is about WHO you worship.  In 1 Timothy 2: 8-10, Paul addresses the church on preparing for worship. The scripture speaks about ladies dressing modestly. This is an act of worship. However, modesty doesn’t apply to only church. WE ARE the church.  We are to be prepared to worship our Lord and Savior all the time. The scripture alludes to the importance of adorning ourselves in modest apparel at all time. Which brings me to the “come as you are” topic.  When we take a close look at scripture, “come as you are” means to come with all your baggage, all your sins and all your transgressions to lay them at the feet of Christ. It doesn’t mean to roll out of bed and come as you are.  Nor does it mean to dress in the clothes typically found in a Friday night club. A person’s choice of clothing is often an indicator of their heart. What do YOUR clothes say?

2. Women deserve to be respected.  Ask your husband, family member or another male friend about the respect shown toward a woman wearing revealing clothing. Most men will not give women the respect they deserve because of the skimpy clothing they wear. It’s a fact. A man, by nature, will focus instead on the woman’s body and some men even go as far as fantasizing. It’s a fact. On the flip side, how much respect do you give the scantily dressed woman who is speaking to your husband? It’s not about casting judgement upon any individual. As wives, we want our husband’s eyes and focus to be cast upon us and only us.

1. It is a virtue. A virtuous woman who can find? Having modesty as a virtue glorifies the Lord!

So now I want to share with you some of the outfits I have been wearing!!!

OUTFIT 1

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This outfit gives a good transition to fall!

Hat: Fred Myer

Undershirt:HalfTee.com

Pink T-shirt: Christopher & Banks a few years ago

Plaid Button Down: Christopher & Banks

Sweater in bottom picture: Target

Shirt: Christopher & Banks

Shoes: You cannot see them but they are Coach Brand

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HeadBand: Lilla Rose

Tank: Christopher & Banks

Sweater: Christopher & Banks

Skirt: Christopher & Bans

Boots: Ann Klein from the exchange

OUTFIT 3

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Sweater: This sweater is so nice! It has a modesty camisole built in! Bought at Christopher & Banks

Skirt: Christopher & Banks

Shoes: Coach Brand..love them!

OUTFIT 4

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I am wearing the same skirt in this outfit as outfit 1. I wanted to show you the same as in my other Seasonal Skirt posts, you do not have to have tons of clothes to make a wardrobe. This skirt is very versatile. :)

Headband: Lilla Rose

Turquoise tank: Christopher & Banks

Brown and Turquoise 3/4 length shirt: Christopher & Banks

Boots: Ann Klein

You can check out my other Seasonal Skirt posts HERE and HERE.

Also, go visit the other ladies who are part of this wonderful series! Here are their blogs:

Dusty at To the Moon and Back

Erin at For Him and My Family

Kyndra at Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones

Selena at Look! We’re Learning!

Mrs. Warde at Sceleratus Classical Academy

Melissa at Life Off the Paved Road

Dawnita at Fogleman Forerunner

Hilary at Our Homeschool Studio

Annette at In All You Do



In Christ,

Laura

 

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Oct 21

Visit Your Local Family Christian Bookstore!! {Coupon Included!}

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I love going to family Christian Bookstores!!! Ever since the mall went in at Barboursville, WV-my hometown I have spent countless hours in our local store! Most of you all know from the amount of books I review that I love to read. Well before my blogger days I got a significant amount of my books from our Family Christian Bookstore! You can find a wide array of products there that will meet your needs!

Did you know that Christmas is only 64 days away? Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Family Christian Bookstore is a fantastic place check items off your Christmas list!

Did you know they had:

  • Bibles
  • Books-Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Cards
  • Bible Study Material
  • Church Materials
  • Music
  • Sheet Music
  • CD’s
  • DVDs
  • Toys
  • Kids items
  • Kids Books
  • Kids Bibles
  • Clothing for adults and Children
  • Art work
  • Home Decor
  • Seasonal Items
  • Other Gift items
  • Gift Cards
  • and MUCH MUCH more!

The Family Christian Bookstore ALL over including my store in Barboursville, WV has special days throughout the year. On the 31st of October, 2014 they will have a Veggie Tale Day for the kids!!! You can come and participate in the fun activities. If you want to, you are also welcome to come dressed as your favorite VeggieTales Character!

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On this day customers are encouraged to bring in their child(ren) dressed like Veggies!  Each child that is dressed like a veggie is encouraged to take their photo and share it onto Twitter/Instagram.  For inspiration on how to Dress like the VeggieTales check out this Pinterest board. http://www.pinterest.com/familychristian/dress-like-the-veggietales/.

Come look for me, I will be there! Here are some guidelines for the VeggieTale Day:

This is a contest!  To enter, the participants must have 1 child dressed up like a veggie (it does not HAVE to be a VeggieTales veggie…just a veggie).  Their parents must upload and share one photo of the child(ren) in their local store dressed like a veggie.  They must tag @Familychristian in their post and use the hashtag #FCVeggies

The grand prize winner will receive a $250 gift card for Family Christian.  Five runner ups will each receive a $50 appreciation certificate.

I have a very special offer for you! There is a gift certificate that Family Christian is offering to my readers!!! You can take it in to your local Family Christian Bookstore and redeem it!!!!

Click HERE for your coupon!!!!

In Christ,

Laura

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Oct 21

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Oct 20

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me {Movie Review and 5 SONG EP giveaway!!!}

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Glen Campbell is a country music artist, songwriter and actor. He is best known for his country music song “Rhinestone Cowboy” and his starring role in the 1969 film “True Grit.”  He is also known for something else – redemption.

Glen Campbell battled substance abuse throughout the majority of his career. His addictions affected his career and his personal life. His choices became the center of many tabloid gossip magazines. However, in the 1980s, Campbell left Los Angeles, successfully overcame his drug habit, and became a born-again Christian! Praise God for his redemption and his abundant grace and mercy!

In 2011 Glenn Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His announcement struck a personal chord in my life. My grandmother lived with this disease during the last few years of her life. This horrible disease robs the mind of memories. I cannot explain the devastation I felt as I watched my grandmother live with Alzheimer’s. It was as if she left us mentally before her body failed her, if that makes sense. I watched my Grandmother transition from a loving grandparent and pillar of the community and church to a lady who viewed me as a stranger. It was gut-wrenching. She would walk a few houses down the road where my other grandmother lived, but wouldn’t know how to return home. I could step out on my porch and see her standing in my other grandmother’s yard. She bought me toys when I was a child and when I was a teen she was playing with the toys. By the time I was 20 years old, my grandmother’s mental status was like that of a baby. At this point in the disease, she could only eat baby food. When Glen Campbell announced his disease to the world, all these memories of my grandmother came rushing back to me.

After Glen Campbell was diagnosed, he decided to record one more song before the disease robbed him of his mind. The song was difficult for me to listen to because of what I witnessed with my grandmother. The song is reminiscent of my grandmother’s latter life. Here is a clip to the song:

I’ll Be Me - the movie is about Glen Campbell’s life’s work – is an amazing movie guaranteed to inspire and bring tears. The movie begins with Glen watching a video clip of a younger him and shows his oldest daughter and her mother the clip. However, he had no idea who these people were. He also did not recognize himself on the footage to include the clip from the Johnny Carson show. I shed many tears watching this movie. It is a painful reminder of how incredibly sad this disease is.

As the movie continues, many musicians and actors make special appearances, including Brad Paisley and Cheryl Crow. All these stars speak about this legend’s life, the legacy and impact of his music, and how he paved the way for the stars of today. The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. I highly recommend this move for all to watch. If you have a loved one who has suffered from Alzheimer’s, you will want to watch this with tissues. Glen Campbell has left his mark and legacy in the world and it saddens me to know how the rest of his life will be lived.

I give the movie a 5/5!

You can get Glen’s latest two CD’s at the following links:

You can also enter the giveaway for my subscribers by clicking below! If you’re not a subscriber then just got to the top of the blog, enter your email, check your inbox and confirm! It is quick and easy! This way you never miss a single post!

In Christ,
Laura

***Thank you to Propeller Consulting for allowing me to review this film! I was given the chance in exchange for an honest and fair review. ***

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