A moment of quiet reflection

As we near the end of the first month on Living Proverbs 31, I want to take a moment of quiet reflection on why I’m doing what I’m doing.

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10 An excellent wife who can find?

She is far more precious than jewels.

11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,

and he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax,

and works with willing hands.

14 She is like the ships of the merchant;

she brings her food from afar.

15 She rises while it is yet night

and provides food for her household

and portions for her maidens.

16 She considers a field and buys it;

with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

17 She dresses herself with strength

and mades her arms strong.

18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.

Her lamp does not go out of night.

19 She puts her hands to the distaff,

and her hands hold the spindle.

20 She opens her hand to the poor

and reaches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,

for all her household are clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes bed coverings for herself;

her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates

when he sits among the elders of of the land.

24 SHe makes linen garments and sells them;

she delivers sashes to the merchant.

25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,

and she laughs at the time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,

and the teaching of kindness on her tongue.

27 She looks well to the ways of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many women have done excellently,

but you surpass them all.”

30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,

and let her works praise her in the gates.

The response to this blog has been unbelievable and I am enjoying every second of it. I’m so thankful for each one of you and the awesome things you say and do. We’re growing in God together despite many of us not seeing each other face to face and that’s a pretty amazing thing. Here’s to an amazing month and 11 more (or more, who knows?!) to go. Cheers, friends.

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Also, I found this in an old Bible this morning–Matt had underlined it one Sunday morning during church….look at the date: September 27, 2001.  We were 19 years old–how very, very, very, very, very far we’ve come.

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Blogs I love

I’ve been a daily blog reader for the past 4 years or so.  I now have a handful of blogs that I follow on a regular basis.  A few years ago, my friend, Melissa, said that one of the reasons she likes Facebook is that, as a stay at home mom, it’s her “water cooler.”  What (I think) she meant was that it’s a way to stay connected to adults when she’s at home all day with her kiddos.  I actually find that the opposite is true for me–I check a couple of family-life blogs a day during my breaks from work to stay connected to family life.  For the record, I never get on blogs when I have kids in the classroom or when I’m suposed to be working on something, but when I get those few minutes each day to breathe, I find that reading a blog or two soothes my soul.  As a teacher, I need that.

Anyway, I thought you might like to see some of the blogs I follow–mostly so that you’ll know for sure that most of the ideas for this blog were someone else’s great idea first. Here’s a list of women who inspire me:

The first blog I started following religiously (for those of you who read this one, enjoy that pun) was MoneySavingMom.  This blog is written by a woman named Crystal.  She posts deals, freebies, motherly advice and encouragement.  Because of the nature of her domain name this is one I can access at work, so it’s a blog I read daily.

The second blog I picked up to follow on an almost-daily basis is Jen’s Balancing Beauty & Bedlam.  This blog changed my life and it can change yours, too.  Jen does amazing things with second hand clothing.  Since becoming a daily reader of her blog, I’ve bought almost all my clothes second hand.  She teaches you how to shop garage sales, thrift stores, and second hand shops.  And her home decor is amazing!

The third blog I started following/stalking is Jessica Quirk’s What I Wore.  Another awesome, awesome blog.  Jessica is a woman who lives and breathes fashion–AND she’s from Indiana, so she totally gets seasonal dressing. Buy her book, rearrange your closet and check out her amazing outfits daily.  I actually got to meet Jessica in person at a book signing over the summer.  She is as beautiful in person as she is in her pictures, and she was so gracious and kind.  We’re so lucky to have her in Indiana!!

From a mommy stand-point, it doesn’t get any better than Melissa from Dear Baby.  Melissa is a working mom whose style I really admire.  Of all the blogs on this list, she’s the one I’d most like to spend an afternoon with–her love for her little family is poured into each post.  I can only imagine what her children will think when they read their mother’s words one day.

I’ve followed Rebecca’s Fosterhood NYC journey for over a year.  Her dedication to her foster daughter, Jacket (name changed to protect the adorable), post reunification is nothing short of inspiring.

I also have some personal friends who blog on a regular to semi-regular basis:

Melissa is a local photographer whom I am fortunate enough to call my friend.  Her blog features photos from her latest shoots as well stories about her sweet family.

My adorable husband is attempting to blog.  We’ll see how it goes.  He’s a way-gifted writer, he just needs to sit down and DO IT.

My sister-in-law, Jen, has a blog that she updates occasionally.  Her son Koko and her daughter Tiny (names changed to protect the adorable) will probably be mentioned frequently on this blog.  Check them out–they’re CUTE!

My friend Ratina has begun a blog through her weight loss journey.  She’s just started, so it’s a great time to jump on board and support her.

Stephanie, my old college roomie blogs about her awesome family when she gets a chance.  Her blog has lots of sweet mommy-ness and she’s hilarious.  Win/win.

Sara hasn’t blogged since July, JULY people, but when she does, she’s so funny and honest and awesome….I was thinking maybe if I put her on the list she’d start blogging again :).

My friend Sue’s husband Justin’s little sister, Lauren, (who has become my friend) has a beautiful blog. She posts recipes, home and design ideas and family life posts.  This is especially nice because she and her husband currently live in Canada, so it gives all us Hoosiers a chance to keep up with her.

That’s all I can think of for right now–if I’ve forgotten anyone that I follow regularly, I do apologize.  If you have a blog of your own, won’t you please leave a comment with a link–I’d love to see what other people are doing!!