Thursday, June 27, 2013

A+A Multiple Movies and Car Batteries

Hey y'all! Hope you're having a great week! It's been a crazy yet slow week around here.

Awkward:
  • Going into town dressed in just what you had put on that morning-- a fun wrap dress (this one actually) and heeled flip flops. Your hair is braided up and you look like a 50's housewife or something. So, you bounce into the auto parts store needing a battery. (just the stop you're dressed for! :P) You have no idea what you're getting so you're on the phone with your dad the whole time and the tough mechanic lady behind the counter who is helping you is totally confused by your translating via phone and even your dad isn't sure what you need so there's a whole lot of mess and people behind you in line and googling and trying to keep the mood light so you laugh a lot. The whole time you are thinking, "This lady probably thinks I'm a totally incapable girly girl who doesn't know the positive from the negative on these things..." And then you end up not buying anything.
  • Burning your neck really bad with the curling iron. You tell your sister the temperature you had it set on (450*- late for church) and she said, "My goodness girl! You're baking your hair! That's what we cook asparagus on." :P
  • Another occasion in the auto parts store, this time with a dozen tough rednecks standing around, your grandpa is on a speaker phone talking to your aunt about your swimsuits and the new followers you've gotten on Facebook this week, going on and on about you like grandpas are wont to do. 
  • Going into Old Chicago, a pizza joint, and after climbing into the upper-waist-high booths, they clear enough tables for your group of 14 to sit together so you all climb down again and move spots.
  • This may be more on the "gross" list, but your sister reading all quiet at 11:30pm and all of a sudden jumping up yelling, "ew ew eew aaaa ew EWWWW". There was a 3 inch centipede on her shoulder.in.her.bed. You're laughing so hard at her reaction (this is the nothing-phases-me-get-er-done-no-complaints-its-just-blood sister) and you're so scared of the thing that you can't really help her capture it. She manages to, but not without a lot of shivering and ugh ugh ughing.
  • Going running early in the morning on roads through the woods and having to jog with a stick in front of you so you don't get tangled in all the spider webs.
  • Putting orange oil in your homemade deodorant because that's the only good-smelling essential oil you have on hand and now you smell like Citri-Solv when you "refresh". :P

Awesome:
  • Having grandparents visiting!
  • The huge encouragement that friends can be. When they take the time to just write a note saying they support you, or that they are rejoicing with you, or that they love hearing about your day, it is genuinely one of the greatest joys and can totally change your mood. I think we can often think of the verse, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend" and think about building each other up in the Lord as pointing out one another's weaknesses and helping each other overcome them. While that is a great, sanctifying part of friendship, I think an equally important part is praising, cultivating, and supporting one another's strengths. Knowing that my friends back me up is such a blessing.
  • Being able to call up a friend and say, "Hey, bring a movie over and we'll watch it!" and they're over before you can clear the toys off the couch.
  • Texting. It's got it's problems, but it is such a great way to keep in touch with friends.
  • Going to a drive-in movie! We have a {very} run-down theatre about 35 minutes away that we went and saw Monsters University at this week. We threw couch cushions in the back of our van, opened the trunk, and were very comfortable! Great family time.
  • Getting back into sewing a little bit! If I can keep up the pace of one project/week this summer, I will be *very* happy. I've missed it so much!
  • The hope in death that we have as Christians. Been on my mind as my great grandmother passed into eternity this morning.
  • Spending an afternoon/evening uptown with your best friends. Movie, dinner, Starbucks... and 3.5 hours in the car laughing and singing.
  • Following someone's parents home and them texting, "Eat my dust" as they zoom off. :)

This was the outfit I wore to the movies this week. I wanted to wear my new shirt and then chose a shorter skirt for a summery feel. My new favorite heeled flip flops happened to have the colors of my outfit in the floral pattern they're decorated with. :)
Shirt: Made by me (details on my sewing blog!) ($6 material)
Skirt: Made by me (Buy the eBook here!) ($5 material)
Tank: F21 ($1.80)
Shoes: Charity store ($2)
Necklace: Made by my sister ($7-- yes I had to buy it from her!)

Alright, gonna hang with the grandparents now-- y'all have a fantastic day! What's been awkward or awesome about your week??

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  1. I really feel for you at the auto shop! It made me feel awkward just empathizing with you!

    Adorable outfit, as always, and what a blessing your grandparents must be!

    Have a blessed weekend!

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  2. Praise The Lord for the hope we have in Jesus. That we know our eternity is secure in Him. It's beautiful to see someone else who grew up with their grandparents. May The Lord bless you!

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  3. I just thought I'd let you know how excited I get each time when I see that you've posted. :) And, it cracks me up that you had to buy the necklace. Sounds like me and my sister when I was younger.

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  4. Cute!! And I love the story of your battery adventure :P

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  5. The centipede incident is my favourite... I can't tell you how many times that has happened with my sister and I. :) Not to mention all the other siblings.
    I love the style of flip flop sandals that you have been wearing lately.

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  6. I am so sorry about your great grandma! May the Lord bless you with peace, as I know He already has. :)

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  7. ....Burning your neck really bad with the curling iron. You tell your sister the temperature you had it set on (450*- late for church) and she said, "My goodness girl! You're baking your hair! That's what we cook asparagus on." :P..........

    A couple weeks ago I was using a new curling iron. It either malfunctioned, or just gets REALLY REALLY hot, because it actually burned my hair! Charred it; it was breaking and crumbling. Needless to say, I had to get my hair trimmed. =) I can laugh at it now, but it wasn't too funny when it happened. (Note to self - avoid high heat irons!)

    The shirt it cute, btw!!

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  8. Ooh, what movie did you see? Also, I LOVE your outfit!!

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    1. We saw Man of Steel. I enjoyed it because I'm not real familiar with the Superman story. It had some language though, so I can't really recommend it. :)

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    2. Oh yeah, my dad has been wanting to see that. I haven't really watched any Superman movies before either, so I'm clueless. :P

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    3. Oh yeah, my dad has been wanting to see that.

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  9. I'm sorry about you great-grandma's passing. I truly love the wrap dress! I will have to learn to sew before long, your blog inspires me so.

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  10. LOVE the purple hooded shirt. Would love to have one of those of my very own, but I don't think I'd look nearly as awesome in it.

    I'm sorry for your family's (temporary) loss of your great-grandma this morning. I know how tough that can be, to reconcile the grief with the joy of where she is now, you know?

    My A & A:

    Awkward: Tromping around our (incredibly wet, needed to be mowed) lawn in my super-cute (open-toed) new shoes trying to track my dog down while he bounds happily just out of my reach, for ten straight minutes. Then going to work with wet feet.

    My attempts to both clean up the mess and praise my dog for being such a good pack member when he brought me the head of a rabbit he killed as a gift. You have never heard such a mixture of shrieking disgust and "good boy, good job, thank you" in one voice before.

    Waking up in the middle of the night because my cat decided that she needed to sleep on my neck and I was breathing nothing but fur.

    My awkwards are very pet-focused this week, apparently.

    Awesome:

    My outfit today! THe museum I work at is doing a special military-and-military-vets preview for a Vietnam-focused photography show by a wonderful local photographer, and I put together a patriotic, classy outfit that I'm pretty proud of. I'm even debating taking pictures of it.

    GETTING THROUGH LEVITICUS AND NUMBERS in my read-through-the-whole-Bible-start-to-finish challenge for myself. That got tough, for a while, not to skip through all the descriptions of length and cubits and the color of robes. But I told myself I'd read every word and I did. It's funny, because I used to read the Old Testament all the time as a kid, but it's much harder to do as an adult.

    Waking up in a completely great mood for the first time this week. I consider that awesome... getting up at 6:30 has been tough going lately for me, for some reason.

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  11. Lovely, as always, Olivia!
    I'm so sorry to hear about your Great Grandma.

    I've had similar experiences in auto parts stores, skirts aren't well accepted...
    My dad's a mechanic and we own an auto repair shop/gas station, occasionally, he'll have us pick up parts for him, to which they treat us like "know-nothings" till they find out who we are...*rolls eyes*
    I'm so behind in reading your blog! I've been on vacation for the past week (visiting my grandparents in CO) so, alas...I'm way behind and need to get a post up!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  12. Sorry, forgot to ask if you liked Monster University? Thinking about taking my younger siblings to go see it, I know it's rated G but...you know how that goes! ;)
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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    1. We all really enjoyed it! I'm sure some of the college-setting references went over these homeschooler's heads, but it was very clean and we got some laughs from it. :)

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  13. Cute shirt!!! God has really given you a great talent in sewing, and in creativity! I've been reading your sewing blog lately, and I especially love how you transform normal, sometimes ugly pairs of jeans into something beautiful!
    Oh...one thing I wanted to ask you. I really, really love your Awkwards and Awesomes, and wondered if I could borrow the idea for my own blog. If you prefer that I not use it, that is okay...just thought I'd ask. ;)
    Thanks so much for all of your posts!
    Katie

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    1. Thank you so much! You may certainly use the idea for your own blog-- I actually "stole" the idea from another blogger that I've lost track of now. :) Thanks for asking!
      Blessings!

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  14. I'm glad that centipede decided to avoid me...I think the I might have had a heart attack and had to go to the hospital and never ever ever gone near my bed again. I seriously hate insects.
    Awkward:
    My riding instructor telling me just how out of shape I am after having to cancel a couple lessons due to weather. I was wiped out by the end of THAT workout...
    Trying desperately not to die on your iPod game while your friends brothers and your own brother are all staring at the screen telling you to "Go that way!!" and "Shoot him!" and "Can I play?"
    Reading a book and forgetting you need to mark out certain spots. I had to reread a couple parts...

    Awesome:
    So honestly, the first awesome I thought about writing was ME! Ahem, humbling... Humbling...
    Cookie cake! And eclair stuff!
    Last night. We went to a party then came home and watched experts shoot guns and bows and gatling guns.

    ~Aleni~

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  15. Your A+A posts always make me smile! I had a similar incident with a spider in my bed a few weeks ago.....*shudder* Bugs are fine, they just need to stay out of my bed, and the bathroom!

    Where is that drive in? I figured moving down south we would have lots of them, not living in n snow country anymore, but I've been asking around and no one seems to know where there is one around here!

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  16. Lovely outfit, Olivia! I love that t-shirt!(:
    I'm sorry to hear about your great-grandma. It is truly beautiful and wonderful, though, the hope that we have in Christ.(:

    For me this week, awkward was having my aunt randomly drop in on us when our house (my bedroom especially, ahem) was less than clean, and still having my hair up in curlers and mascara circles under my eyes. Awesome is learning that my uncle, currently a preacher in Illinois, will be moving to a pastor a church much, much closer to my home, which means (hopefully!) more visits with him and his family.(:

    ~Vicki
    Decked Out in Ruffles

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  17. I am very sorry for your loss...great-grandmothers are VERY special!

    A couple of comments...
    Very cute top, although a bit snug.
    Do you think that the skirt is a little short? Is it drawing attention to your countenance or your legs? I know for a fact that many men (including married with children) find legs to be extremely tempting. Just something to consider, as we will be accountable for being a stumbling block to others and we are talking about the effects that immodest dress can have on a WHOLE family. Seriously, there are many broken homes as a result of immodesty and sinful thought lives progressing into deeper sin! Younger girls, especially, can think something is really "cute", but this is NOT how most men think! They are not thinking, "oh, that outfit is really cute on her." We have to be realistic about the fact that men and women are different and they are do think differently about this subject especially. It is not loving to cause our brothers to stumble simply because we want to look "cute" or we think it should be fine and they should get over it. It doesn't work that way. Both the men and women will answer to God for their sin. We cannot plead ignorance on this if we are abiding in His Holy Spirit.

    I have seen many of the longer skirts that you showcase, and they are both beautiful on you and appropriately modest. Just an opinion and food for thought, if your open to it. Hopefully this won't open up the usual debate and defense that seems to come along with the modesty topic. It usually does because people have something besides the Holiness of God that they want to defend, namely their own rights and pride to dress the way they "feel" is "modest." Honestly, modesty is hard to define, but we all know it when we see it and we DEFINITELY know it when we don't. It's just that sometimes we get caught up in the "cuteness" and "popular" trap of fashion and we veer off course in our path to remain holy, pure and true to Our Lord. Dress is important..but more important to focus on would be our character in obedience to feeding the poor and helping the orphans, the sick, the lost. This is true beauty in God's eyes and deserves more time and focus than anything. Serving, not self-seeking. As women, we know in our hearts when we are dressing in attempt to gain attention somehow or if we are dressing to please Our King. One of the best ways to do a test that I have found is to ask your father's opinion.

    The Lord be with you always,
    Jill

    p.s. I did a test with a male member of my own family and showed your picture to him (and I warned him ahead of time and asked if he was willing to give his opinion.) His response was that by today's standards it was "relatively modest", but that it still posed a threat and he considered it to be a possible stumbling block for him.

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    1. Thank you so much for your honest thoughts! I really appreciate my readers keeping me accountable and voicing their concerns in such an encouraging, kind manner as you have done. Unfortunately I don't have time to respond at-length to your comment, but I have considered your words. The skirt does sufficiently cover my knees, which is my family's modesty standard, but the combination of it with heeled flip flops may give the illusion of more leg and thus not be as modest as some of my other combinations. I'm sorry if it has caused offense to anyone.
      Like you said, the best test is to ask your father's opinion. All of my outfits here on the blog are Daddy-approved, and actually, my dad really liked this outfit.
      Thank you again for your thoughts! Blessings!

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    2. Dear Olivia
      I think you handle everyone's questions in a very gracious manner. I need to learn how to do that. I've been thinking a lot lately (ever since I made an atheist really mad on a forum about modesty because I stated that I want to please God with my clothing) about how to walk the fine line between being a dogmatic know-it-all who condemns everyone who doesn't agree and a wishy-washy person who compromises their beliefs in the interest of not offending anyone. On the rare occasion when someone asks why I do certain things/dress modestly, what is the best way to answer? Do I say, "because I'm a Christian and I think ___ is wrong." which would be true. Or do I say something like "my church requires this" or "these are my personal beliefs" Sorry for the epistle, any thoughts?
      Trisha

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    3. Trisha,
      It is hard sometimes to convey an entire worldview through simple words without offending anyone in a bad way-- although we have to remember that the Gospel IS offensive to those who do not know Christ, so I'm not sure that's avoidable.
      Whenever someone asks why I do something, instead of saying that I believe such and such is wrong or I do it because my church does it, I try to take the more positive approach and convey the joy that comes from following the Lord and how He has worked in that area of my life. So, like with modesty, I answer that I dress modestly to please the Lord and honor Him in the way I dress. Sometimes I'll go into how important I believe it is to be a good ambassador of Christ and how whatever we do reflects on our Lord. You're right- it is a fine line, especially with those who don't have the grace of the Lord. Sometimes just being gracious and humble is the best/only thing you can do-- your attitude speaks more than a well-rounded, solidly grounded argument. :) Anyway, those are my quick thoughts on it. :)

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    4. Oh, and btw, in nooooo way do I have "gracious answers" figured out. :P

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    5. I agree, attitude is soo important. I tend to be very opinionated but God keeps reminding me that I have a lot to learn.
      Btw, homemade deoderant sounds cool! How do you make it? I'm going to try homemade shampoo, but haven't got it all figured out yet.

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    6. Thanks for handling this in such a geeat manner! I do understand were she is coming from though.Your skirt is modest since it is past your knees (also my 'rule') but while you were something that short it can be hard to stay modeat while sitting ect..I would have to say that I would at leas r have to make sure to have leggings under.
      Thanks for all you do to encourage us and keep the 'the men folk'pure!

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    7. Thought I'd chime in and say something. The honest, bottom line is: no one is going to agree completely on modesty standards!

      2 or 3 years ago, God used some people on the internet to show me that I was being far too judgemental in my assessment of other people's clothes. I'd see someone wearing something I wouldn't wear (for modesty reasons) and I would tell them "It's immodest! Wear another skirt under it!" when really, it wasn't my place to say something. Sometimes it's more harmful to say something than to just keep it to ourselves-you know?
      So I guess I just wanted to comment and say that I don't think, personally, that your skirt is too short. You've always been a fantastic inspiration to me and all the other young women on here gleaning from your modest outfit inspirations.
      Keep going girl, it's worth it!
      Natasha

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  18. Your sister made you BUY it?! lol!! I can't say I've not done that to my sisters before hehe...
    So sorry to hear about your great-grandmother. Death is painful but you are so right that we have a hope in death as Christians.

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  19. I'm so sorry to hear about your great grandmother!!!!! I have met great aunts and great uncles but never great grandparents. Love your outfit!!!! Another style I like. Yes, I'm struggling with being modest, as my best friend has resorted to mini underwear shorts and shirts with the lowest necks and highest ends. :((( I'm very upset over that. Your blog is a big idea and encouragment place!

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    1. Hey, just reading over the comments and stumbled upon yours.I also have been having a very hard time with the fact of a friend leaving the 'the faith of modesty'.I know how hard it can be, especially if the friend is so defective to talk about it! We go to a very small church and my sister and I are very close to her.Even more impossible...Now to try to give you some encouragement...I found Debi Pearl's book Preparing to be a Help Meet so encouraging for this, though the topic is not completely based on it.Also the little book by Danah Gresh, The Secret Keeper is a wonderful recourse for this topic! Though I have to say that I do not agree with her actual standards, she is wonderful at how to explain it to others as well as encourage ourselves! :) I will be praying for you! I know so much of how you feel.
      Hopefully you see this and are at very least encouraged to know that you are NOT alone!
      Blessings and peace! -C

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  20. I really like the sweater you made...I recently bought a similat one at H&M (though it's simple knit and grey)and style it also with a knee length denim skirt...
    I really like your A+A posts, though they happen to always be full of things that would probably never take place in France ;-) But I enjoy reading it, it reminds me of my stay in CT !
    What was awesome about last week was to learn that I have my grant for my PhD, on the topic I've already been working on the past 6 months (my master degree internship) and with my bosses that are pretty awesome. Thank God for this, it's truly a gift & a grace !
    What has been awkward was working on my thesis (for my internship) for 2 nights, barely sleeping and then being so tired that I was sick on saturday...
    Have a fantastic week, I'm looking forward your sunday outfit post !

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  21. I love this outfit, Olivia! Great job!! ~ Sarah

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  22. I'll pray for the repose of your great-grandma's soul. By the way, I LOVE this blog!

    Katie

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  23. I laughed so hard at the bug story. I love your A&A posts.
    My week:

    Awkward
    -the Starbucks cashier somehow misunderstanding your name and writing something totally different on your cup.
    -Being almost the exact same size as your grandmother.

    Awesome
    -Being so close to your cousins that they're like family.
    -Having a grandpa who makes THE BEST BBQ in the whole entire world. :)
    ~Annemarie~

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