Hello dears! Fancy seeing you here! It has been an age and an age since I posted an outfit it seems. Hmm… when was it? Before Christmas I am certain. Golly, that is a long time! Well, I am glad you dropped by, because I am not only sharing my outfit with you all today, but addressing a topic that some of you have been asking about in regards to Jessica’s engagement. Namely, what do Charlotte and I think of the whole thing? Well, I can’t answer for Charlotte (though her sentiments are similar to mine), but I can certainly answer for myself, which is what I shall do! But let us talk about my Edwardian inspired outfit first, shall we?
I have long held an admiration for the styles of the later edwardian, and WWI eras. It was with the Gibson girl that shirtwaists and skirts were introduced and made popular to the working-class woman. Then, during the Great War, styles seem to have taken a shift to the more practical side of the silhouette spectrum: Shorter, mid-calf skirts, waist-definition without the odd shape of the earlier edwardian era. And these styles inspired my outfit for today. A cozy sweater with a blouse, and one of my favorite pleated wool skirts. Comfortable, practical and feminine. Just what I like in an outfit.
Forgive me while I have a prideful moment, but do you see those boots? Yes, the leather lace-up-no-zipper-anywhere-on-them-edwardian-adventurer-boots. Those, my dears are an investment I made earlier this year. I have been searching, and SEARCHING for the past 3 (or is it 5?) years for a good pair of 100% leather high-cut lace-up boots, without those modern zippers up the side for “convenience”. I just about flipped when I saw that Miss L. Fire had released a pair exactly to the specifics that I had in mind. But. There was the money to think about. Fudge-butter.
After pondering the expense for a decent amount of time (and by that I mean 3 months), I came to the following conclusion: The boots are made of high-quality 100% leather, and are made to last. This will probably be the only time in my life where I can make such an investment, and if I take good care of them these boots should last me for years and years to come. So, I decided I would make the investment. But, serendipity of all serendipities! Miss L. Fire had a sale, so I was able to buy my boots for a smaller amount than I was prepared to pay. Hooray! And let me tell you dears, these boots are SOO worth the money. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. And just in case any of you were interested, they are still on sale currently.
So, the other topic that you all have been asking about. What do I think about Jessica’s engagement? I get an older brother!!! 😀 Do you realize how huge that is for a girl who has never had a brother, older or younger, to call her own? Jessica’s engagement has changed everything. The Lord bringing Levi into our lives has changed everything. Nothing will be the same. Yes, there are times where I worry and complain, getting frustrated with myself and the changing scene around me. But overall the Lord has given me a great sense of peace about this change in our lives. There is a new adventure that lies ahead. The door is just being opened to a new world that we have yet to explore.
Jessica, my dearest sister, confidante and friend is to be married! MARRIED! She will be blessed with the fulfillment of a dream that we girls have hoped for, discussed days without end, and waited upon, our entire lives. But the better part of it is something that I wasn’t looking for: the brother that I would get in the end. I had always had this picture in my head that some young man would come along, take an interest in Jessica, and he wouldn’t care too much about the rest of our family. But the Lord brought us Levi, the serendipitous brother. He truly is the older brother that I never had, and the joy in my heart at the fact that Jessica is to be wed to such a godly man overcomes all other fears I may have about the future. The Lord has changed me in so many ways throughout this past year, and if I have learnt anything, it is that I can trust Him. He holds me in the palm of His hand, and His thoughts toward me are thoughts of good and not of evil, to give me a future and a hope. He says so in His word (Jeremiah 29:11), and I know I can trust Him.
How have you reacted to a life-changing event of an older sibling?
How has the Lord provided for you in ways that you did not expect?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer