Monday, October 31, 2011

Let's Chat!!

From my last post, ya'll know about my recent struggles. I posted that thinking, "We'll see if anyone says anything" But instead I got a phenomenal response! (for me at least) And I realized, it's not just me, or one or two. There's lots of us, going through the same thing.

So why don't we get to know each other a little better! In a place where we could truly chat.

Would any of you be interested in a FB page? What about a forum?

And of course we'd keep our lovely blog going, and try to keep it full of encouraging articles and maybe a fun giveaway or two! :D

There'll be a poll in the sidebar here in a minute, just let me know if you're interested!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lately I've been discouraged.

Yup it's true, I admit it. Perhaps it's not elegant in Cranford, but I said it. You would think that with one of the oldest and most revered occupations it would be easy to learn about and be accepted.

But alas in this "Age of Equality" It isn't....

I keep watching people, and their reactions. I Watch how people act on an everyday basis and laugh at how they screw up their faces when I tell them my reasonings for being a stay-at-home-daughter, and someday, wife.

Here are some things I've heard;

  • An eight year old girl asked me why I was still living at home if I was 20...

  • A matron in my church told me I had to go to colledge because if I didn't my husband would leave me for being un-educated.

  • "Why don't you just date that boy? What does marriage have to do with it?"

  • A french guy told me if I went to colledge I could go to Europe whenever I wanted.

  • "I think a girl should wear what she wants, if you've got it flaunt it! Besides my underwear match my skirt, it's all good."

And many more.. trust me..

After a while it gets really old. Why can't people just accept me. That's supposed to be part of this modern mantra isn't it? Acceptance?

Or does that not include Biblical womanhood?

So here I sit discouraged..

"What's the point" Has entered my mental vocabulary a lot now. Usually as I give up and slide into a pair of tight jeans, or turn from my sewing machine to lose myself in a computer game. (my computer is in the same room) Or even when I go to type up a blog post.

So what IS the point. ...

For the first time in a while I picked up my Oswald Chambers Devotional this morning and this is what I read;

The viewpoint of a worker for God must not be as near the highest as he can get, it must be the highest. Be careful to maintain strenuously God's point of view, it has to be done every day, bit by bit; don't think on the finite. No outside power can touch the viewpoint.

The viewpoint to maintain is that we are here for one purpose only, viz., to be captives in the train of Christ's triumphs. We are not in God's Showroom, we are here to exhibit one thing- the absolute captivity of our lives to Jesus Christ. How small the other points of view are- I am standing alone battling for Jesus; I have to maintain the cause of Christ and hold this fort for Him....

..."For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ." We are enwheeled with the odour of Jesus, and wherever we go we are a wonderful refreshment to God.

So what is our point? Keep going. So that when God looks down and sees the same things we are, and is just as discouraged, He can look at us and say, "Ahah! There's one who's still striving for Me."

If God can look at us and smile, can't we keep going? One day at a time?

I think so.

As a side note though, To those of you who read my blog that are not stay at home daughters, please encourage those you see. We struggle daily against the wiles of this world. Being us is harder than it looks. Especially when we live in an area where being a stay at home daughter is virtually non-existant.

We've chosen this path for a purpose, and begging us to go elsewise is just painful.

Keep up the Faith Girls!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Stay At Home Sunday: He Is Always Near

Sometimes when everything around me seems to be falling apart at the seams, I tend to forget that I have a friend who will help me to repair those seams & put the pieces back together or just plain start anew.
When the day is long & I am worn through, my friend will be there to uplift me & give me strength to continue. My friend will stick by me closer than a brother ever could.
Who is this friend?
My loving Redeemer, Savior, & Friend, Jesus Christ. He will always be near my side through thick & through thin, for He said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. I know that my Lord never will lie & that His Word is true. So when I need a shoulder to lean on, He is always near.
My Mother loves the poem Footprints in the Sand, which I think is very true.

God bless & have wonderful weekend,
Sarah Grace

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fall In Love With The 1930's

A few weeks ago I did a post on 1940's styles that would be lovely for autumn & I know that the styles of the 1930's would be lovely for this time of year also. So below I have a few photos of the fall/winter styles that I think would be wonderful to recreate.

A simple, yet lovely frock with an equally lovely coat. Very nice if made up in a tropical weight wool for the frock & a medium or coat weight for the coat. The frock would be nice made in a silk for a special occasion gown, just lengthen the hem to floor-length.

This photo is from a catalog, showcasing some of their wool fabrics for winter. The colors are wonderful. It helps to understand what colors were considered fashionable at that time (not to mention that the two coats shown are simply elegant).

This frock would be a great fall/winter or even spring/summer piece, depending upon what fabric was chosen. The neckline is something I think would be very flattering & would draw the attention upwards to the face. A great addition to the wardrobe.

Another frock that would be a great staple in the wardrobe, perhaps the new Little Black Dress. If you were to add different accessories it could be made to look like an entirely different frock.

This coat is called the Swagger coat. I would assume because when you wear it, it makes you feel so smart & stylish that you swagger about,:). A wonderful coat to wear with casual or dressy outfits.

If I ever would want a nightgown that was form fitting, then I would make this clingy creation. Make it up in silk for luxuriousness, cotton or linen for practicality & constant use. It is a very flattering cut.

This coat is very stylish for the 1933-36 time range. The wonderful thing about this coat is the full sleeve with fitted cuff. The brown fur collar & matching muff are eyecatching.

A nautical inspired lounge or beach wear ensemble that would be great for the lady who wears slacks. Made in linen it would last for ages & stay cool during the heat of the summer.

A bias-cut 1932-34 frock with fabulous shaping by the use of the piecing. Lovely done in a medium linen or tropical wool. Lengthen the sleeves for truly frigid areas.

The green frock in this photo is my favorite of the two. The contrast of the white & the green is striking. When a white collar & cuffs are added it really sets an outfit off. I have a piece of fabric that would be perfect to reproduce the green frock. Maybe someday I will have the time to attempt it:).

This last photo is a good example of the transitioning of the style of the 1930's into what became the 1940's. With the double-breasted buttons on the blue it reflects military styling, but also is slimming. Worn with warm leggings, it could be an attractive fall frock.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend & enjoys the changing of the seasons.
God bless,
Sarah Grace