Hello friends! I am not sure that Southern Ohio has really settled for Fall weather yet. The thermometer keeps a steady red line up into the eighty degree range, making it quite impossible to stay in sweaters and socks at present. Providentially, a lightweight turtleneck from recent shopping trip to Goodwill, and a sudden drop of temperature made it so I could comfortably fake my autumnal style for a day.
Top: Thrifted / Skirt, Belt, Earrings: Forever 21 / Shoes: Thrifted (Chelsea Crew)
When I first wore my newly thrifted grey turtleneck it happened to be in the mid seventies outside. I was getting ready for the day, and had an outfit of a short-sleeved top and light-weight skirt picked out, but I still was unsure about the paring. So, I consulted Charlotte for ideas. She took one look at the summery garments I had in my hand, promptly challenged me to try again, and this time come up with a Autumnal-looking outfit. She didn’t seem to care or even notice that it was rather warm outside. However, not wanting to make a fuss, I went back into my room, pulled out my new turtleneck, paired it with my rust and cream polka dot skirt, and tied it together with my black belt and shoes. I took a look in the mirror and thought, “Yes, I think looking like an autumnal fawn will fit the bill for today!” I met Charlotte in the hall, and she gave me the eye of approval. Success had been met.
So, about my turtleneck: when I was at Goodwill, I was looking specifically for blouses and sweaters. I didn’t find either of those, but what I did find were two lightweight turtlenecks, with waist-high ribbing; the grey one had 3/4 length sleeves, and the cream had full length sleeves. I thought, “Well, they’re not what I was looking for, but they’re just the things I need.” I was one happy lady!
As always, I want to leave something nice and thoughtful with you all as I do with nearly all of my posts, and today, its all about YOU!
There are many in the world, aye, even in the Christian world who would like to think that blogs serve no other purpose than to be platforms in which people like me and my sisters can put up content that thrills and informs at best, or merely entertains at worst. In their minds the content put up on sites like ours will eventually be forgotten and die away like so many flowers in Autumn. But those people have all missed something magical about the blogosphere–Community! There are real people behind blogs, who speak on real genres that they’re passionate about, to other real people. It is undeniable the sense of community involved with a blog!
But let’s get back to you. I want you all to know what a gift you have been to me, personally, over this past year. Though I met many troubles long the way, those troubles were met and matched in volume with love and support from all of you. Such memorable, well-written messages of hope could never have been given to me if it were not for blogging. The well-meaning people, who say blogging is a waste of time, have no real idea concerning the depth of sadness, understanding, encouragement, hope, love, joy, or peace just one post can bring to numerous people. Over and over again, I have read many of your comments that say things like, This post was exactly what I needed to read today, or, I know exactly what you’re going through…, etc.
More than anything, this year has shown me that when I am down, or am struggling with something, I know that there will be more than a few of you who have been there before, and know just what to say to help me back up again. The Lord has used you all in so many ways to get me through the year with my feet firmly planted at the cross. So, to you lovely readers, I give you my heartfelt thanks. Ultimately, though, I give the Lord my heart of gladness, praise and thanksgiving for using our blog to connect you and I together to “bear one another’s burdens in love”.
Along these lines, if you have not yet heard the plight concerning our beloved advertiser, Jessica, from Chronically Vintage, in our most recent post, then please, take a moment to read her tragic story of the fire that burned up her home and all her worldly possessions. The girls and I have already reached out to her to donate to her family’s cause, as well as keeping her in our prayers. As she has already testified on her blog, the sense of community that has come together to help her and her family has been overwhelming in the least, and has given her so much hope. Please join us as we band together to help this sweetheart of a woman, defying this belief that blogs are not worth our while!
What did you like about my outfit?
Is the weather at all like Fall where you live?
What do you appreciate about blogs?
Blessings and love to you all!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister