The Busyness in Our Lives

This past week was indeed a busy one. Morgan had Spring Formal (homeschoolers version of prom) Friday night, her last youth turkey hunt early Saturday morning and finally, 4-H shooting sports practice Sunday afternoon.  In the midst of all of this, school work was done. Not much might I add!  Yikes!  

In preparation for these activities, camo and artillery were gathered and Morgan was girlied up!  We spent most of Friday afternoon at a friend’s salon getting Morgan ready. She had the works:  manicure, pedicure, makeup and hair done. She looked fabulous!  This momma was so proud and gushed over it all. Morgan on the other hand was more like, “hmm.”  

Don’t get me wrong, she appreciated the hard work that went into all of this, but it’s just not her cup of tea.  She’s more of a camo-clad, gun toting, hunting, archery and skeet shooting kind of girl. Several parents came up to us after formal telling us Morgan was ready to go early because of the turkey youth hunt Saturday morning. They got a kick out of her. 

Sadly, she didn’t kill a turkey, but had a good time with her dad. These are precious times the two of them spend together and we thank God for these. 

Sunday afternoon was just as busy. Morgan’s 4-H Shooting Sports Club met and had practice. She dominated the boys in archery and did great in the skeet shooting practice, considering this was the second time she had ever shot skeet!  

Needless to say, we were one worn out family come Sunday night. Our Monday co-op was cancelled due to state testing, and since Morgan is no longer required to test, we slept in Monday and caught up on errands. Today, however, we are back to the grind. She’s busy with schoolwork now, and I’ve got a few days of laundry piled up that needs attention. Eek!

Blessing to you all, 

JoAnn

James 4:14-15

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

She’s not in heels in this picture. However I am, and I’m still the short one!   

Where Art Thou, Modest Formal?

Next month our Christian homeschool group will be having its annual formal. This will be Morgan’s second formal to attend.  Pictures will be taken, food will be eaten, scavenger hunts and games will be plentiful.  Morgan is raring to go! The dress search has been under way for two weeks now. Heavy sigh. 

Let me explain shopping for formal wear with my daughter for you in one word, painful. You see, my lovely daughter is a camo-clothes wearing, deer slaying, tournament archer kind of girl. A tomboy if you will.  

Another problem we face with formal dress shopping is a lack of modesty in the dresses.  The dear daughter is about 6’0″ tall and finding clothing that provides length for those legs can be a daunting task.  This year we thought we would shop online, sparing us the agony and constant complaints from her.  Morgan’s idea of shopping is going to the local archery shop for hunting and archery supplies, not frilly, girly clothes shopping. 

With her measurements taken and written down, I began my lengthy search for modest formal dresses. Whoa!  Hold up a second there!  To quote my dearly departed Maw-Maw Morgan, “Land o’ Goshen!”  Yep!  Modesty is lacking in these dresses.  Big time!  Some of the lengths of the dresses are so short, they would be the equivalent of Morgan wearing a tee shirt! Oh, and the descriptions of these “little numbers” (pun intended) are not exactly my definition of modest, either.  Here are few of those descriptions:  SEXY PARTY DRESS, SEXY DEEP V NECK DRESS, and let us not forget this one, HIGH-LOW SEXY EVENING DRESS. I’m not sure what high-low means, but by looking at that particular dress my assessment was this:  the length went way upward from the knee and way lower from the neck!  And yes, these were under the search heading MODEST FORMAL DRESSES

Maybe to some we are prudes, but my a few of my goals are to teach my daughter to be a Christian lady, to honor God, to be humble and respectful, and to have self control.  Dressing or (not dressing in some cases) to distract and create a wrong impression is not on our to do list. 

For years now, fashion has seemed to push the “less is more” envelope. It’s not for us. Thankfully, it’s not for a lot of the mothers and daughters I know. Kudos to you wonderful gals!

With less than a month before the formal, the modest dress search continues for that long-legged, tomboy girl of mine! 

1 Timothy 2:9-10 ESV

9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 

Blessings to you all,

JoAnn