Quote of the Week // 34th Week

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Wilma Rudolph was an Olympic gold-medalist as an American sprinter. Known as the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s, Wilma was nicknamed “The Tornado” for her running speed. In 1994, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and died later that year at age fifty-four. Ten years after her death, The U.S. Postal Service issued a series of stamps in her remembrance.

Today, America experienced something special. From coast to coast, millions of people were focused on one thing. That one thing practically stopped America in its tracks, making them pause to experience something they are likely to never see again.

The Solar Eclipse – (when the moon is directly in line with the sun, causing the shadow of the moon to fall upon the Earth, and in some areas, complete darkness in the daytime). This happens roughly every 18 months all over the world, but today, most of America was able to see it over the course of a few hours.

So what has this got to do with Wilma Rudolph’s quote above? I’m glad you asked! Well, the two things are entwined with “the Sun.” I quite agree with Wilma, that when the Sun is shining, I feel as though I could do anything; run through a field, climb a mountain, and touch the sky! The Sun can empower and motivate us to do great things! But what do we do when the Sun goes away; when the light is extinguished and we are left in darkness? What do we do when a shadow falls on our world, like when the moon stood in front of the light?

It happens to everyone. A lovely, sunny day arrives, and then something, some sort of trouble comes along and steals our light. What do we do? What should we do?

I’d love to say, “Just trust in God and He’ll fix it before you know it!”

But it’s not that easy. These “eclipses” of darkness in our lives appear out of nowhere and they don’t come with preset ending dates! They can last a day or a decade, sometimes we don’t know. So while you do have to trust God, here are some things that can help you during “a darkness eclipse.”

Prayer –

Just talking to the Lord of the universe can help us. Telling Him know how I feel and asking for strength and courage is something that always comforts me.

Reading –

The Bible was written to be read. It was given to us for a reason, so we have to read it! God can use every page and every verse to give us something, whether it be relief, strength, or peace. Reading scripture is so helpful!

Talking to others –

Confiding in those who love and support you is one of the most helpful things you could do. Having someone beside you in the darkness is always comforting, but they won’t know unless you talk to them.

Know that at some point, things can only get better –

This one sounds pretty uninspiring, but it’s true. Yes, your situation may be bad at the moment, and you may feel like you’re blind in a raging ocean, but you can always know that it could be worse, and it isn’t! A few years ago, someone in my family had a heart attack, and as I rode to the hospital in the back seat of the car, God placed eight words in my heart – “Things will get better, I promise they will.” And things did get better, eventually.

Now that I’ve realized that this post is way too long (nearly 600 words – yikes!) I will leave you with one more thing.

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present day are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” KJV

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Did you watch the Solar Eclipse today?

What is something you do when the darkness takes over?

Was this post too long?

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Megan Joy

Forever Summer // Ruffles and Grace Blog Party

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I’m quite excited to announce that a fellow blogger, Victoria, is having a blog party over at Ruffles and Grace! She is a feminine fashionista, seamstress, published author, sister to eight siblings, and a good old fashioned, Christian gal! To celebrate, I happily agreed to do a summer fashion post!

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Along with the party, Victoria is hosting three awesome giveaways today!

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The three items included in the giveaway are sold on Victoria’s Etsy page. You could be a winner and get one of these great items for free! Visit Ruffles and Grace to enter!

Giveaway items include:

·        Headbands by Ruffles and Grace

·        Wallet by Ruffles and Grace

·        A custom making of a Patsy Jean or Ella Grace Dress

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Don’t forget to check out Ruffles and Grace and to enter the giveaways! Go join the party or just say hello over at Ruffles and Grace!

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 33rd Week

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This quote is from the 1985 film, “Anne of Green Gables” (my all-time favorite movie!). If you remember, there is a scene where Anne and her school teacher, Miss Stacey are walking along the wooded road with books in hand. As they chat, Anne comes to the conclusion that, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.” In return, knowing of Anne’s past history, Miss Stacey answers: “Well, no mistakes in it yet.”

I found Anne’s quote to be so lovely and pleasant that I hand stitched it onto a piece of fabric. It hangs on my bedroom wall and I look at it every morning.

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After it had hung there for a day, I realized something about that quote. I realized that I had made a few mistakes in the stitching. Some letters were too big, others were crooked, and some of the flowers weren’t ideally perfect. I had made some mistakes and as I thought about it, those mistakes had carried over into the next day. The mistakes didn’t just fade with the sun, they continued to be mistakes throughout the days and soon, weeks. Was Anne incorrect in her assumption?

We all make mistakes, and unfortunately, they don’t just go away when the day is done. Sometimes we have to live with the consequences of our mistakes for days, months, or even years. But while I point this out, I must also include that I believe that what Anne said is actually true! There is a way that we can start over daily, a way to put the mistakes behind us, and carry on with a fresh view. All we have to do is ask the Lord to forgive us, to heal us, and to helps us continue on the right path. Lay your mistakes at the cross and He will give you strength to endure! There is no way to live a life without making mistakes, but there is a way to leave them behind and be renewed, with His help.

Psalms 55:22a says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee:” KJV

1   Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” KJV

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What are your thoughts on mistakes?

Do you like needlepoint/hand stitching?

Do you remember that scene from “Anne of Green Gables?”

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Megan Joy

SIY (Sew It Yourself) // Garden Dress

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I made this dress last summer for gardening. It was one of the easiest sewing projects I’ve ever done! The top quarter is elastic to make it stretchy, and you can find this kind of fabric at JoAnns or any fabric store for around $8 a yard, which is great because you only need 1.5 yards!

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I finally weeded my flower bed that I let overgrow for too long! The weeds choked all my flowers and only one bloomed this year. That’s what happens when I don’t keep up with the weeds! But next year will be better. . . I hope!

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P.S. Last week I wrote a post about my vintage key collection. I had asked if anyone could guess or count how many keys were in one of the photos and then put your answer in the comments! The winner is. . .

T.R. Noble over at Inside Cup! She guessed 68 keys and she was right!

Second place goes to Margaret from The Word, she guessed 69, just one away!

Don’t forget to check out their lovely blogs!

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Do you like gardening?

Did your flower/vegetable garden do well this year?

Do you like quick and easy sewing projects, too?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 32nd Week

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William Tecumseh Sherman was a Union General in the Civil War born in 1820. He is known for his outstanding command of military strategy and in his later life, wrote a memoir which is considered one of the best depictions of the war today.

Some say that fear is the opposite of courage. They say that having courage means that you can no longer be afraid, making it seem as though facing your fears means that you must cast out all fear. However, this doesn’t seem all that logical. In many ways, it is heathy to fear. To fear lightening when out in a field is a good thing. To fear a poisonous spider is also a good thing. Sometimes, fear is just called “smarts!”

I think that William Sherman summed it up quite nicely in one quote. After all, he had many first-hand experiences of fear and courage while serving in the war! He explains that having courage means being aware of the amount of danger ahead and being willing to endure it. I consider this a helpful way to think about fear and courage. Fear is not always a bad thing, and sometimes it even helps us! We needn’t be ashamed of fearing things that should be feared! What makes us brave is knowing the fear and enduring it anyway.

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What do you think about fear and courage?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Nifty 50s

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What, another polka dot post?! Yes, indeed! You can never have too many polka dots. This 1950s outfit reminds me so much of “I Love Lucy,” my all-time favorite TV show!

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My Ginger Rogers moment, dancing atop a picnic table!

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Last night, I whipped up a crinoline to wear underneath the dress to make it fluffy. I still have to add a few more layers of tulle to make it puffier.

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dress // gift from my cousin

jacket // gift

shoes // payless

clutch purse // thrifted

dress crinoline // made by me

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What do you like about 50s styles?

Have you ever worn a crinoline under a skirt before?

Do you like “I Love Lucy?”

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Megan Joy

Keys to My Heart // A Collection

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I’ve got a thing about old skeleton keys. I just love them and have to have them. My last birthday was even themed “Vintage Keys!” So along with my love of old keys comes my collection of them!

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How many keys are in this picture? Comment below and the first 5 people to guess it right will get. . .umm, well, nothing. On second thought, if you guess it correctly, I will post your name and blog link (if you have one) in one of my upcoming posts!

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This is a book of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poems and short stories I found at a flea market! On page 31, is my favorite Tennyson poem, The Lady of Shallot!

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This part is so beautiful, I’ve got in memorized! I love that the key looks as though it is unlocking the words!

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Well, that’s the whole collection so far! Don’t forget to count the keys a few pictures above and comment below!

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What things do you collect?

Do you like vintage keys?

Which work of Tennyson’s do you like best?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 31st Week

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Gilbert K. Chesterson was an English writer, poet, journalist, and theologian born in 1874. He is known to have written over 4,000 essays during his sixty-two years of living, along with multiple books and short stories.

Sometimes, it’s hard to love the unlovely. Sometimes, it seems impossible. “Why should we love someone who is so rude and impolite, anyway? Why don’t we give them what they deserve and be rude right back? Maybe it would teach them not to be rude anymore.” Umm, probably not. Here’s that good ‘ole saying, two wrongs don’t make a right! So what do you do when you encounter an unlovely person? Here’s a little story.

Last weekend, I was at a large event that involved taking a shuttle bus to and from our car which was parked in a cow field half a mile away from the event. At the end of the day, we got in line for the bus and waited for twenty minutes for it to arrive. After the people in front of us got on the bus, the driver told us that there were only five seats left, and there were six people in my group, one too many for the bus. Then the driver began auctioning the five seats off to the people behind us. “Five seats? Anybody for five?”

Then, suddenly, he noticed that there were really six seats left on the bus. “Six seats!” He called. Just as he said that, the people behind us jumped in front of us and into the bus. After seeing this, we went to the window to ask the driver why he wouldn’t let us on the bus, but instead give our seats to the people behind us. He looked straight at us, the door closed, and off went the bus, leaving us to walk the half mile in the dark to our car.

I was certainly mad that night. How could someone do something like that and think it was ok? It took me a whole day to stop being angry at the bus man. It got me thinking about loving the unlovely.

I’m sure you’ve all had an experience similar to mine, where you had to deal with an unlovely person. It’s easy to love the lovely, but hard to love the difficult, that’s a fact, and it’s probably true that the unlovely are the ones who need the most love! The question is, what are we supposed to do in these situations? Here are two Bible verses that will answer that question.

Luke 6:27-28 says, “But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” KJV

Proverbs 15: 1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” KJV

‘Nuff said.

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Have you ever been in the same kind of situation?

How do you treat unlovely people?

What do you think about the two verses?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // A Few 70s Vibes

Hello, all! Today I’ve got a quick Sunday Bests post to share!

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This 1970s inspired outfit is so enjoyable to wear! It’s comfy and carefree, two things that are a must in every wardrobe! The head scarf, pumps, and long hair add a few 70s vibes.

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A twirl is always fun!

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skirt // thrifted

blouse // thrifted

shoes // thrifted

purse // thrifted

head scarf // thrifted

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What do you think about 1970s styles?

Do you like polka dots?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 30th Week

I can’t believe that it’s been thirty weeks since New Years! Time goes too quickly!

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William Aloysius Keane was an American cartoonist best know for his 1960s-1990s newspaper comic, The Family Circus. He was the author of nearly 90 comic books and his son Jeff Keane is still producing The Family Circus comics today.

This past week I went hiking with some of my siblings. Parts of the trail were going to be pretty rough, so I decided not to take my camera. At this time of year, nature couldn’t have been any more beautiful on the hike. Tall looming trees surrounding the trail, big round patches of deep green meadows, cliffs, gorges, and amazing wildlife made it a wonderful experience (despite getting hit in the knee with stinging nettles). At one place on the trail, there was a deep ravine to be descended and then a climb up the other side. When I got back to the top, everything was just so beautiful that I really wished I had taken my camera for the hike. If I had had it, I could have gotten some amazing footage and captured some awesome pictures. It would have been nice to have something to remember the hike by and I was very disappointed that I hadn’t brought a camera. Later down the trail, I found a patch of sparkling quartz rocks. I picked up a tiny one, dusted it off, and held it in my hand. Today I consider it a keepsake of the trail, something that will forever remind me of that hike.

I realized that I didn’t need a camera to capture every single memory of my life. Yes, it’s always great to have pictures of the great times in your life, but sometimes you just have to forget about that, stop worrying, and live in the moment. Set your mind to enjoy the present and focus on the here and now. Let your heart be content with the time at hand and appreciate the experience.

I was so focused on not bringing a camera with me that I got distracted and couldn’t appreciate what God had given me, a beautiful moment to live out. I’m glad now that I’ve learned that lesson so that I can focus on enjoying the present even without a camera, and I hope to remember that lesson for a very long time.

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Have you ever read The Family Circus?

Do you like hiking?

Have you ever forgotten to live in the moment?

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Megan Joy