Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Quiz Answers!!!

Wow!!! I was very surprised at the big response I got with the Christmas quiz. I'm very glad, though, that y'all also found it an interesting quiz. I couldn't believe how many 'hollywood' answers I gave. Well, now it's your turn to see what you got!!!

I'm posting the answers down below. My mom had the biblical side of the answers somewhere, but we can't find them, so I'm going to do my best to remember... or I may not try at all.. ;-) hehe!

Q: 1. When Mary became pregnant, Mary and Joseph were:
 B. engaged
Mathew 1:18 (engaged would be the modern term for 'betrothed')

Q: 2. When Mary became pregnant
E. both B (Joseph wanted to split up) and C (Mary left Nazareth for a while)
Mathew 1:19, Luke 1:38-39

Q: 3. Who directed Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?
C. Caesar (was that the early IRS??)
They were going for the Census

Q: 4. Joseph's family was originally from:
B. Bethlehem
Luke 2:4

Q: 5. For the journey to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph (walked, rode a donkey, etc)
D. the Bible does not say

Q: 6. Who told Joseph to name the baby Jesus?
C: an angel of the Lord 
Mathew 1:21

Q: 7. What did the innkeeper say to Mary and Joseph?
D. none of the above
There is no innkeeper in the Bible. It simply says that there was no room at the inn. Luke 2:7

Q: 8. The baby Jesus was most likely born in a
D. house
This answer is based off of historical accounts of where animals were usually kept in a house, or in modern terms, a 'lean to' right next to the house with a small, long window where they could feed them and keep them warm. I imagine that having the animals inside the house helped with your heating bills! ;-) 

Q: 9. What animals were present at Jesus' birth?
D. the Bible does not say

Q: 10. What is a manger anyway?
B. a feeding trough

Q: 11. When did the baby Jesus cry?
B. whenever babies usually cry
When Jesus came to earth, He was made human. Human babies cry, so it is likely that He cried as well.

Q: 12. How many angels spoke to the shepherds?
B. one    
Just one actually spoke directly to the Shepherds, and then the rest joined him. 

Q: 13. What sign were the shepherds told to look for?
 C. a baby in a manger
Luke 2:12

Q: 14. Just what is a 'heavenly host?'
C. an army of angels

Q: 15. What song did the angels sing?
D. none of the above
"...and there appeared with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and  SAYING..." Luke 2:13

Q: 16. Who saw the star over Bethlehem?
B. the wise men
Only the wise men saw the star (see Q.13)

Q: 17. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
D. the Bible does not say
Mathew 2:1 It simply says Magi (or wise men in different translations). 'men' would indicate more than one, but it never specifies how many for sure. However, there were the three gifts.

Q: 18. What in the world are Magi?
D. astrologers
They say this because astrologers would have better noticed a new and bright star as opposed to some king from the east... or been intrigued enough to follow it!

Q: 19. When the wise men brought their gifts to Jesus, they found him in:
B. a house
Mathew 2:11

Q: 20. For about 250 years after Christ's birth, Christmas was celebrated
D. not celebrated at all

Alright! Now you can go and check you answers on the other post (I published all the comments) to see how you did! It really is funny. :-)  I'm thinking that, since I got a great response on this one, that I might do another quiz. This would be on Christmas songs. Anyone up for the challenge? 

I pray everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that y'all will have a wonderful rest of the week!! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Quiz #1

Hello lovely readers!

As we get nearer and nearer to Christmas day, the stress level seems to hit the top of the charts as we try to rush those last Christmas gifts, finish up the last bits of wrapping, and hope you don't run out of ingredients for all the Christmas baking that you still have to do.

In all of the bustle, we tend to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas. Even as Christians we can sometimes get 'wrapped up' (excuse the pun) with the gifts, the baking, the things to be done, etc, etc. It isn't easy to sit back and just think about that very first Christmas. That holy night when our Savior was born. can you imagine what it must have been like? What was going through the minds of those Shepherds when they saw their Messiah before them? Did they realize that He was actually going to DIE for them, or were they like the rest of the Jews, thinking He would be powerful and smite their enemies? What about the wise men? Did they really realize WHO He was? Who that babe would be when He grew up? I mean, they knew He was the Messiah, but could they have really known Who and What He would become?  And Joseph! What about Joseph? As he gazed down at the babe in Mary's arms, did doubtful thoughts run through his mind? Thoughts like, how am I going to raise the Son of God? What kind of a father can I be to him? How can I give Him the training that He needs?

Then there was Mary. The woman who had carried this child for 9 months, knowing that she was going to give birth to something so special, so wonderful. How humbled she must have felt when that Angel first told her these tidings. How in awe must she have been? Did she realize that those tiny feet had walked in Heaven? That the little voice, now making nothing  but baby noises, had once commanded Angels? Did she realize that when she was kissing his little cheek, that she was kissing the Son of God? Below is the song that asks those very questions. Mark Lowry wrote this song, and, although there have been many different versions out there, I think his is the best.

Alright, to see how well y'all know the Christmas story, I'm putting up a quiz. Now, there are a few rules that you need to follow, so please be sure to read them below. :-)

1. You must answer these off the top of your heads NO LOOKING in your bible to find the answer. Answer as honestly as you can remember and no cheating. This is just for fun, so let's try to keep it that way. :-) I promise I won't share your answers with anyone.

2. You'll need to write the answers in a comment. be sure to number each answer to the question (ex. Question #1: Who was Mary? -you would put- Answer #1: a. She was the virgin who gave birth to Jesus Christ.

3. You will then submit your comment. I WILL NOT be publishing them, just so y'all know. Otherwise it might give answers away. :-) I might decide to post them after the quiz is done, but if you don't want yours posted, please be sure to say so.

4. Spread the word about this!!! It will be fun to see your friend's and family's answers! :-)

Just so y'all know, I didn't get all of these right. So, no pressure. :-) Also, I recommend that you write your answers down somewhere else so that when I post the correct answers, you can go back and check them (in the case that your comment wasn't published). :-) Alright! So here it goes!

Question #1: When Mary became pregnant, Mary and Joseph were:
a. married            b.engaged
c. just friends       d. none of the above

Question #2:  When Mary became pregnant...
a. Joseph Married her      b. Joseph wanted to dissolve their relationship
c. Mary left Nazareth for a while    d. and Angel told them to go to Bethlehem
e. Both B and C              f. Both B and D

Question #3: Who directed Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?
a. Herod             b. An angel
c. Caesar            d. The IRS

Question #4: Joseph's family was originally from:
a. Jerusalem        b. Bethlehem
c. Nazareth         d. None of the above

Question #5: For the journey to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph...
a. Walked          b. Joseph walked, Mary rode a donkey
c. Took a bus     d. The Bible does not say.

Question #6: Who told Joseph to name the bay Jesus?
a. Mary            b. the chief priests and scribes
c. and angel of the Lord.    d. Herod the king

Question #7: What did the innkeeper say to Mary and Joseph?
a. There's no room at the inn    b. I have a stable out back
c. Both A and B        d. None of the above

Question #8: The baby Jesus was most likely born in a:
a. cave            b. tent
c. stable          d. house

Question #9" What animals were present at Jesus birth?
a. cows, sheep, and camels   b. cows, chickens and donkeys
c. lions, tigers, and bears       d. the Bible does not say.

Question #10: What was a manger anyway?
a. a small shed       b. a feeding trough
c. a place to keep hay    d. a Greek term for a nursery.

Question #11: When did baby Jesus cry?
a. when He saw the wise men       b. whenever babies usually cry
c. when the cattle started lowing     d. no crying He makes

Question #12: How many angels spoke to the shepherds?
a. A multitude        b. one
c. two- Gabriel and Michael    d. who knows

Question #13: What sign were the shepherds to look for?
a. a star over a stable   b. a barn outlined with Christmas lights
c. a baby in a manger    d. both A and C

Question #14: Just what is a "heavenly host"?
a. an angelic choir    b. the welcoming angel in heaven
c. an army of angels   c. none of the above

Question #15: What song did the angels sing?
a. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"    b. Handel's Messiah
c. "Glory to God in the Highest"   d. none of the above

Question #16: Who saw the star over Bethlehem?
a. Mary and Joseph     b. the wise men
c. shepherds     d. Both B and C
e. None of the above

Question #17: How many wise men (or magi) came to see Jesus?
a. one        b. three
c. Twelve      d. the Bible doesn't say

Question #18: What in the world are Magi?
a.Persian tribal kings     b. men of a sacerdotal caste
c. magicians          d. astrologers

Question #19: When the wise men brought their gifts to Jesus, they found Him in:
a. a stable         b. a house
c. a church        d. an inn

Question #20: For about 250 years after Christ's birth, Christmas was celebrated on:
a. January 6       b. March 21
c. May 20         d. It was note celebrated at all.

Alright! Write down your answers, put them in a comment, and post it. Now be sure to tell all your friends. :-)  I'll be posting a couple other quizzes in the next day or two. I'd hoped to get this done several days before Christmas so I had more time... however, it is what it is. :-) This year has been slightly wacky for our family. Mostly just that we haven't been able to do all the 'traditions' we normally do. However, it is wonderful to know that even though this Christmas season might be different, our Savior never changes. :-)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

So Close, Yet Still So Far to Go

I sometimes feel like I've made great progress in my walk with Christ. I feel like I'm finally beginning to understand this or that and I feel elated with my progress. Guess that should be the first sign that I'm not as far as I think I've come! However, I will say that I do tend to know when I've grown more in the Lord. It shows itself in many ways, usually small things here and there. Maybe I don't just yell at my brothers when I'm mad at them. Instead I'm able to bite back the cutting words and speak gently, or at least with more kindness than what I would have done earlier! Or perhaps I feel more like serving my family one day, or maybe when I don't grudge about housework when I feel like I've done everything. In any case, I believe God is faithful to let us know that we are growing, that He loves us, and that He is proud of our determination, dedication, and hard work.

Yet, somehow I still feel like I'll never reach my goal. My goal of becoming more like Jesus every day. I have my setbacks and cringe, after I've yelled at a sibling, to know that the Devil has prevailed once again. I know that a lot of folks have said, 'well, we'll never be perfect, so there's no use trying'. Believe it or not, we can be perfect. Now before you exit out of my blog thinking that I've totally lost it, let me explain. I've been reading a book called 'Hungry for More of Jesus' by David Wilkerson and have found a lot of his thoughts have spot on. One of the things he said, though, was that we can be perfect. We need to strive to be more and more like Jesus. Well, if Jesus was perfect and we can be like Him, then we can be perfect. Now, unfortunately sin has entered the world, so we 'can't' be perfect because of that, yet we can strive for all we are worth to be so.

One of my newest revelations that God has shown me recently is to trust Him in ALL things, the big and the small. I was laughing one day, thinking about my 'business', if you can call it that. For a couple of months now, I've been cleaning house for a couple. It's a wonderful job for me because its something that I can do, and it isn't far from where I live. I was thinking how nice it would be to get another house to clean in the nearby area. I've got several things I'm saving up for, so why not? I began to fret and worry about how I was going to go about asking for house cleaning job. You might think, 'well, do the same thing you did to get the first one'. Ah yes, well that was totally a God thing. My brother and I ran into a friend at the grocery store, visited for a few minutes, then went on our merry way. Little did I know that God was answering my prayers-prayers to find a job so that I would be able to get my books published. This man went home, told his wife (who had just lost her other cleaning lady) that he had seen us, and didn't think much of it, I imagine. However, she did and the idea came that perhaps I would like to clean house. We had attended church with them for many years a while back, so we knew them pretty well. She liked the idea of having an independent, trustworthy young lady cleaning her house. So, she called me up and I've been cleaning ever since. Any way, that was obviously a 'God thing', as I might call it.

Well, there I was, worrying about how I was going to get another house, when it dawned on me. "Sarah," that little voice said. "What do you think you should do? You should trust God! He'll bring another house if He wills it. Now, you pray that He'll give you an answer, and then sit back and watch." I chuckled to myself, realizing how I really hadn't been trusting God! I trust Him to bring me a husband, tell me how to live my life, and yet I forget to trust Him about the little things in life. How foolish I am! Ah, thinking I've made leaps and bounds, yet still suffering great set-backs. I will say that, although He hasn't shown me the answer to my prayer yet, I know that He has heard me and will answer in His timing.

So, I've been trying to work on trusting Him more on the small things, as well as the big. He has proven to me over and over again that He has it under control and that nothing can stop Him from doing His works. He has surprised me with enough funds to publish my book, has blessed me with the knowledge of the next step that I'm to take, and has shown me His unending love and mercy. How can I continue to doubt that He will take care of me? It is something that I am still learning, I'm afraid. However, I am glad to know that He IS working on me, and that He loves me enough to keep pushing me beyond my limits so that I continue to grow in Him and His love.

It gives me strength to know that I still can strive to be perfect like Christ. I won't get there on my own, but God will continually guide me and give me what I need to make it through.
Just a few rambling thoughts from a learning student. :-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

In Which I Tell You About Our Adventures

Hello my lovely readers! I'm finally posting after having been gone for some time to tell you about a wonderful adventure I've just gone on. Accompanying me was my beloved family. This sort of adventure is what is called, I believe, a vacation.

Yes, we were finally able to go on a lovely, 5 day vacation! I will let everyone know, at this moment, that our family hasn't taken a vacation in 6 years, and it was with a multitude of excited cheers that we set off on our little adventure. We programmed our ship to head due West, towards the great state of California, on Tuesday, November 20th. Our first leg of the journey was rather boring, but, armed with audio books, crocheting, and other things of employment, we were able to make many miles before we stopped in the very warm state of Arizona for an overnight stay.

We awoke refreshed and ready to travel again. As we neared California, the excitement mounted once again, although whether it was from the thought of getting out of the tiny rental car, or getting to our destination, I'm still at a loss to know.

Ah! California at last! The state right next to the ocean! The state that had palm trees growing on the side of the streets. Oh my! What a shock for these poor desert folks to come up to a place where it practically rains every evening. Where everything around them was green, green, green. Why, we had to learn that color on our way up in order to know what it was. Perhaps I'm exaggerating, but it is very close to the truth.

 ('Birds of Paradise'. These were just so cool!!)

 (Normally we have rocks and gravel in our medians... not so here!)

(All the beautiful palm trees!!!)

Our first business was to find the hotel. During this rather stressful point in our journey, we learned that the TomTom knows much more than an ordinary paper map. Thankfully, being armed with this wonderful device, we finally 'reached our destination' (in the words of the TomTom).

We scrambled out of our means of transportation and quickly unloaded into our lodgings. Everyone had a bed, which is quite a bonus for our larger family, and we settled in at a speed which would surprise a race car. (or perhaps just a turtle).

Our first thing for this grand adventure was attending a meal with the king and his daughter at a lovely place called, Medieval Times. There, we were given crowns, placed in our seats along a very long, narrow table, and settled in for our meal. What luck! The princess had arranged a tournament of the knights for her guests. We had front row seats and had a very good view of every event that happened.
(Our handsome knights. I have to admit that they were MUCH better looking than the ones in the ring! They are wearing some tunics that I made recently.)

There was jousting, sword fighting, and several other competitions. Our knight, the Green Knight, won several different competitions. We feasted on soup, chicken, potatoes, beef, and bread. All on tin plates and cups, and having no utensils. This was quite fun, though, and everyone heartily enjoyed it.

(This guy was the horse trainer. He did a couple of spectacular little shows in-between fights with his beautiful horses.)

(The first two knights next to ours - Red and Yellow, and Blue- are our allies)

However, the evening would soon see a disturbance to this jolly gathering. An evil knight appeared and wanted to bring the princess to his master in order for their to be peace between the two countries. Well, this wouldn't do! Our knight, along with 2 other comrades, set off to the Grand Tournament in order to defend their Lady.

 (The King deciding what he shall do)

This was when the real jousting began. Splinters of wood flew everywhere as the knights collided with their wooden spears. Both were still astride their steeds (which were just beautiful, I might add). Another joust would have to happen. This time, our opponent fell. However, he recovered and continued the fight from the ground. The Green Knight soon jumped from his steed, and relied on his shield and his Morning Star (this is a weapon, I've checked with my historical tutor). The Morning Star soon proved fruitless, and both knights engaged in hand to hand combat with their trusty swords. Sparks flew, ringing sounded all around. Finally, the Green knight conquered the enemy. (Sadly, my camera died on me right as the 'real' fighting began.. and I'd forgotten to put the extra battery in the case!)

It started over again with a new knight from each side. I will shorten my tale by saying that our side won in the end, although the Green Knight was not the final conqueror. However, the Blue Knight, our ally, was and  we were all satisfied. The evil knight was taken away to the dudgeon and our fair lady was saved. Thus ended the lovely evening. We headed back to our lodgings quite satisfied and jolly. The next day would prove to be another adventurous one, but that shall have to hold for another time.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Long Awaited Drama Video!!!

Hello everyone!! I put the video together (finally!) and have it up on our website. Please go check it out on the Drama Website.

I'm hoping to put up some posts soon from our vacation, but I've lost our camera with all the pictures. So, please be praying that I find it soon!!! :-)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Update Over at My Writing Blog

Hello Friends!!

I just recently updated my writing blog, so if anyone is interested in reading a small tidbit from a book I'm writing, be sure to stop by!

Also, I'm currently working on getting that promised video up over at our drama blog. We had our dress rehearsal tonight, which went fairly well. However, as our marvelous director told us, "If the dress rehearsal is awful, the performances will be wonderful." The reason being that everyone will go home and practice, practice, practice! :-) So, although our rehearsal wasn't absolutely terrible, it wasn't perfect either. So, I'm praying that the performances will go well, that everyone will remember their lines, and that the audience will really enjoy the evening. :-)

So, just popping in to say that real quick. :-) Thank you to those who have been praying that our performances will go well! They are always appreciated. God has blessed our group tremendously, and I think that it will go well. :-)

In Christ's Service,

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Yes, I'm Still Here... :-)

Hello readers who have been so faithful! Y'all haven't left, even though I haven't posted in such a long while.

Life has been rather busy as of late. Having just graduated (hoping to post some pictures soon!) has been a tremendous step in my life. It was so nice to see all the love and support of my many friends and definitely of my family. :-) Now that I've graduated, I can't wait to get my life 'organized' in the sense that I can get my schedule figured out, get really serious about my children's books, and begin volunteering at some places I've been eyeing. However, before I get to do all that, I must wait for one more week. Why?? Because our drama performance is next weekend!!!

I can't believe that this will be our fourth performance! It's very exciting. I will give a small spoiler and say that I get to play a villain! It's been rather fun, I have to admit. :-) Perhaps because playing her gives me some more flexibility to test out my acting skills and to really expand the character more than I ever got with playing the old ladies in the other two plays. In any case, she's been rather fun (perhaps because I get to also use a Southern accent and wear tons of jewelry??).
   This semester we did a fundraiser to help pay for some of the expenses. It's amazing how much money goes into props, sets, costumes, etc. If anyone is interested in helping us out, you can go and check out our SUPPORT US page on our website. We're selling Entertainment books. This little book is filled with tons of coupons for restaurants, hotels, theaters, and even car rentals! If you go online to order, you can pick a book for your state. :-) (Ok, that was my little speel. =D). I'm hoping to get some video up on the website of some drama stuff, but we'll see how that goes. Unfortunately my computer editing program has NOT been working (which has been a huge frustration to me!).

It was a very exciting election this year because I got to vote!!! That was quite an ordeal to go through, but thankfully I was able to cast my opinion among the other folks. Sad to say that the outcome wasn't what I was hoping for, I'll be honest to say. However, I know that God has it all under control, and that this is just part of His plan, whatever it may be- and, believe it or not, that makes me rather excited. Excited to see where God is going with this. :-) Perhaps I'm just weird that way... ;-)

Other than life just going on as normal, there really isn't much else to tell... well, except for something pretty exciting, but I can't say anything about that just yet. You'll have to wait in suspense. :-) However, I won't make you wait very long, I promise.

Please do drop a comment and tell me what you've been up to! I've rather missed hearing from everyone... :-) Although, I have tried to keep up with your blogs if I can, although it has been difficult at times (especially when the internet won't work!).

Hope everyone is enjoying the lovely fall weather! I'm off to enjoy a movie with my sis and a nice cup of hot cocoa!! Yum!

Monday, October 22, 2012

With the Coming of Fall....

... I get very excited about a whole bunch of things... Here's a list of a few of my favorite things to do/about the season of Fall!!!

1. Taking Walks and enjoying the beautiful weather

2. Making the house smell wonderful by putting stews and soups in the crockpot (LOVE crockpots!!)

3. Sitting by a warm fire with a good book and a cup of tea

4. Wearing lovely Fall clothes and coming up with modest and feminine outfits

(I think these would look SO classy with a dark color denim skirt...)

5. Whipping up some yummy 'Fall' recipes like this delicious Pumpkin Cake Roll

6. Shopping at Summer Clearances

7. Getting some beautiful pictures of the season
(Not my photo)

8. Crocheting or Knitting up fun things like wrist and leg warmers, or fun hats

9. Decorating with 'Fallish' Things

10. Singing Christmas songs at the top of my lungs with my sister (yes, believe it or not, we've already started doing that... Seriously, though, the meaning of Christmas should be remembered every day of the year...)

What are some of your favorite things about Fall?

I'm dreaming/wishing I had one of these to sit on....

Thursday, October 18, 2012

And What Have I Been Up To?

Howdy!  I hope that y'all, or some of you, missed my regular posts while the fashion show was going on. I've missed it a bit myself! So, I figured I'd pop over here and see what y'all were up to and say a bit about what I've been doing. :-)

First and foremost, I've been busily getting my children's books ready for publication. They're still in the editing process, but at least it's moving along somewhat. I currently have 4 written with a 5th one in the making. It's extremely exciting and frightening at the same time! I will be sharing a table with a good friend of mine at our Homeschool Convention this next year. She informed me a couple of days ago that the Board had approved us as vendors and that we were now officially getting a table. That was rather stunning news, but only from the side that reality hit me like a demolition ball. "Wow, Sarah, this is for real. You'd better kick it in high gear and get this done!". So, a little scary from that point. I guess that I've dreamed and prayed about this so long that it feel weird when it is actually happening.  Oh, you should definitely go and check out Alicia's book on her website. It's really good and I definitely recommend it (if I haven't already!). She's currently writing up a second one, and will also have a 3rd book in the series. I'm looking forward to reading both of them! She is also selling on Amazon. She's got lots of neat things on her site, so definitely check that out!!!

Second, I've been preparing for my commencement (graduation) party. This has been SO difficult to prepare for... the biggest reason being that I couldn't invite every person I wanted to. My parents made me limit it to friends that I've either known for a very long time, or ones that have really been involved in my home school life. This was very difficult for me! I have lots and lots of friends that I would have liked to have invited. *Sigh*. In any case, it will still be nice with family and close friends. It's a rather big thing, for me, because I feel so unprepared for this next phase of life. I'm normally a very 'bubbly', happy-go-lucky person, but for some reason turning 19 and adding graduation on top of that has made me look at life rather seriously. I'm sure that's a good thing, though... ;-) Voting is a scary issue, too.... =P  (oh, if you want to see a sneak peak of graduation photos, you can go to Rebecca's site HERE)

Third, I've been sewing and making costumes for two things. One is for drama... the second is... well, that's a secret for now. You won't get to hear about that until later on, but I'll let you take a few guesses if you want. :-)
   Our drama performances are coming up here in November. for anyone interested, you can check out our new site HERE.  We're having a fundraiser this year, so if you'd like to support us, please visit the site and click on the 'support us' link. Our first fundraising day is this Saturday, so I'll be sure to get pictures and post them on the site.

We've also been excitedly looking forward to the community chorus doing their Handel's Messiah again this year! This will be our 4th year to sing, and I'm really looking forward to it! I might even try out for a solo... but I'm still contemplating that. :-) So far it is just Becca, Josh, and myself who will be singing.. but I'm hoping we can get Dad and Mom to do it with us as well. Caleb isn't old enough yet, but maybe next year. 

Other than that, we've pretty much been busy with just the normal things in life. Today we have been processing a BUNCH of apples. Some friends from church have a wonderful orchard, so we have bags and bags of apples to go through. They are really, good, though! We plan on making applesauce (we like the chunky kind!), and then freezing some for recipes. I'm not sure if we'll get around to making jelly (we're not too fond of apple jelly) or cider. I guess we'll see how far we get. ;-) Speaking of which, I'd better get back and start working again! ;-)

Oh, I'm hoping to get some hair tutorial videos up sometime soon.... If you have any requests, please drop me a line in the comment box, or in my contact page. :-) I'd love to be able to put up videos that I know you want to see! 

What has ya'll's week been filled with?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Let the Winners Be Announced!

Hello everyone! Just stopping in to say that Samantha has posted the first winner today! We decided to post one winner each day, that way we weren't doing a HUGE post. So, go and check out the winner for the Stripes 'n Dots Theme!

Samantha will continue announcing winners for the other themes the rest of this week, so be sure to check her blog daily. :-)

Also, I've been trying to work on some video hair tutorials and will be trying to get them on here sometime soon. So, stay tuned for that! :-)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fashion Show Officially Closed

Hello ladies!  Just dropping in to let everyone know that the fashion show is officially closed. Samantha and I are judging outfits and comparing scores. The stage is getting set to announce the winners!!!!!

We would like to thank each and every one of you who participated (whether you just read the posts, or if you actually entered some outfits). This was so much fun to do, and we're thinking we just might need to do another one sometime in the future. :-) Y'all have made it very difficult for us to pick the winners. Everyone did an amazing job on their outfits.

All winners will be posted over at Samantha's Blog. When she has posted, I'll post a quick update over here to let y'all know. However, I do encourage you to go and follow her blog, as I'm sure you'll enjoy any future posts that she puts up. :-)

As a closing note, I thought that I would share what the dictionary has to say about Modesty. :-)

Modesty: ...regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc. 

I think y'all did a great job of showing that during the show. :-)
So, thank you again and we hope to see you all around in the blog-sphere again soon! :-)

In Him,
Sarah and Samantha

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mix 'n Match

Hello Ladies!! I'm very excited to see everyone's outfits for today! It was fun, and difficult, to get an item from different themes to put into one outfit! :-) It's rather sad, though, that today is the last day. It has been so much fun, though!! I hope that everyone had a good time while participating or viewing. :-)

Samantha's Specs:
Shirt - Kohls
Jeans - Bergners
Scarf - Cato
Shoes - Kohls
Hair Accessory - Etsy
Hair - Dutch Braid updo ( one of my new favorite updos - really easy and keeps my hair out of the

(Sorry that my eyes look funny... I don't know why they did that..)

My Specs:
Orange Tank top- from the Flower's theme
Denim skirt- From the Stripes 'n Dots theme
Over shirt- from the Vintage theme
Jewelry- I wore the earrings in the Vintage theme, both are gifts from siblings
Shoes- Brand new! My order, that I placed about a month ago, finally came in!
Cat- I think we got him from somewhere around here... ;-) hehe!
Hair- Just a French Braid. French braids have become a favorite of mine recently. Great way to keep your hair out of your face, but it isn't sitting on top of your head in a bun (my hair is thick and heavy enough that I get headaches if I wear buns for too long.)

Alright, time to link up. This is the very last day of the Modest Fashion Show. Samantha and I want to thank all of you for participating! It was a lot of fun. We're thinking we just might do another one sometime in the future. What do you think?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Last Hair Tutorial for the Fashion Show!

I can't believe that tomorrow is the last day of the Modest Fashion Show! It's gone by so quickly.

Alright, so here is my very last hair tutorial for the show. I might end up doing more, if everyone thinks I should. I've had fun putting them together... and perhaps when the new video camera arrives, I can make some personal tutorials as well. Would anyone like to see those?

 This last one I was very glad I found. I don't know about anyone else, but I've always had trouble with getting my sock bun to work! Now I know how to do it!! Yay!! :-)

Do come and participate in the very last day of the show tomorrow! It's the Mix 'n Match theme (which means you grab items from the previous themes to turn it into a whole new outfit!). Winners for each theme will be posted over at Samantha's blog, as well as what prizes they won... so, I'll let everyone know when that happens. Hopefully we'll get the judging done by next week. :-)

Also, if you don't mind commenting and letting me know your answer/thoughts on doing more hair tutorials (my question at the top). Thanks!

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Hello!!! I don't know about any of you, but I am SO excited that we finally get to do this theme! (yes, I know the delay is originally my fault, but I'm excited all the same!). I think I've had my outfit picked out since day 1. ;-) My sister took my picture for me. She did an amazing job, even with the issues we were having (windy day, bright sunlight, cats and dogs begging to climb all over me...)

Oh, and just a quick note to say THANK YOU  to all of my followers! I can't believe that I've reached 100. Never ever thought that I'd do that. So, thank you so very much for following my blog! :-)

Samantha's Specs:
Top - Kohls (Apt. 9)
Skirt - Junee
Scarf - Gift
Shoes - Kohls
Hat - Thrifted (only $1 and brand new!)

My Specs:
Hat- Antique shop (I was originally going to go with a red cloche, one that matched Samantha's-and no, we didn't plan it- but when my mom saw this other hat, she said it looked better with the outfit. :-)
Cardigan/sweater/thingy- Thrift store
Tank- Walmart
Cami- Kohls
Skirt- Thrift Store
Shoes- Walmart
Scarf- gift from a dear friend
Brooch- gift from my grandmother
Earrings- gift from siblings
Gloves- Antique shop, gift from a friend
Pearl rope (around my hair)- inherited from great-grandmother.

For anyone who might be wondering, I got the typewriter from my grandpa (as you can see, it still works. In fact, I've written letters to people using it). I got the suitcase from an Antique shop (same one as the hat).

Yesterday was rather fun! My sister and I got up early and got ready to do a photo shoot. It was pretty difficult to get some good pictures, only because of the weather (which I mentioned before). However, being such a good photographer, she was able to get some nice shots of me, regardless of the elements! ;-)  We came back from doing that, looked at all the pictures, did some editing, then had a few things to do around the house. By the time we were done, we needed to head out to go visit some friends. The parents went on a double date and we kids got together to enjoy some time together as well. :-) We had a blast... even made a spontaneous, total ad-lib movie. Well, part of a movie. We set it during the 1860s. They had some Civil War dresses, so it worked out perfectly. They just let me borrow a 'dress up' dress. It was loads of fun to do! :-) So, needless to say, I'm extremely sorry that I didn't get a hair post up yesterday.... ;-)

Alright! Can't wait to see your out fits!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Hello!  I can't believe we only have 3 more themes to go! The fashion show has gone by so quickly. I've really enjoyed it so far, though, and I hope you have, too! :-) Y'all are making it very difficult to pick winners, though. Everyone had such great outfits. :-)

Today's theme is Western. I will admit that if we were working cattle or something, that I probably wouldn't look this nice... for some reason, the cows just don't appreciate it. Wonder why.... =P In any case, it was fun to do this theme!

Samantha's Specs:
Shirt- Thrifted
Jeans- Bergners
Cami- Walmart

Samantha and I seem to match a lot in our clothing! But, I guess that when you think of western, plaid just instantly comes to mind. ;-) (oh, and thank you to the big bull for being a 'prop' in my pictures!)

Shirt- Cato
Skirt- Thrift store (same one I wore for the Stripes 'n Dots theme)
Boots- TSC (Tractor Supply Company)
Earrings- Borrowed from sis (They are little cowboy boots)
Bracelet- Given to me by a friend
Hair- Knotted French braid.

Samantha and I seem to match a lot in our clothing! But, I guess that when you think of western, plaid just instantly comes to mind. ;-)

Also, remember that you can email me your outfits. Just put the theme in the subject box, please. :-)