Monkey see monkey do. It looks I am going to follow Charlotte’s footsteps by doing my own “All Time Favorite Posts”. Like her, I decided to arrange mine in chronological order, starting from Spring 2015, ending in the Fall of 2016. I am going to be very, very frank with you all, this is super hard for me to see these old posts. That’s because there once was a time when my life looked and felt very different from what it does now. I am no longer the same, carefree girl that I used to be. Even now my heart is still processing the hurt. But, ever so slowly, I am healing from the breakup. For those of you who have never gone through one, this is no small matter. A breakup will affect you and everyone around you, leaving a fair amount of destruction in its wake.
This will sound odd, but I am laughing right now because we used to get critiques from people who complained that we looked at life through rose-tinted glasses. They said we needed to break out of the safeguards our parents put in place for us and discover who we really were as young women. That was some of the worst advice I’ve ever heard! On the flip side, God knew that we needed to do a little growing up. However, we didn’t have to break rules and go outside of our God-given boundaries to find it. He brought it to us.
This post, Delft-ly, marks the time when things began to stir in our lives. I am thankful to look back and remember the peace still was with us at this point. I also remember blooming under the warm sunshine of Spring. My work had just ended at a greenhouse, which meant I was ready to tackle anything. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I was told what was coming on the other side of 2015…
In Everyday Jessica, I wrote of how pleasant it is to wear modern clothes. Yes, there is no denying how much fun I have dressed up in vintage clothes, enjoying the nostalgia of history. However, there are times even now when I still love to pull out some modern pieces and wear them around the house from time to time. Clothes, no matter what the era (the 80s and 90s excluded, personal opinion 😉 ), can make you look beautiful and showcase the person you are inside.
I still love to take an Evening Stroll when the sun is setting and the birds are singing their final goodnights. Now, more than ever, walking through God’s creation is a balm to my soul. I love to feel the grass under my feet, and fill my lungs with fresh clean air! All my senses are awakened when I go outside, and no matter what the season, God feels closer somehow when I am standing in the midst of His handiwork.
Oh! I only have to look at this picture and the words You’re a Grand Old Flag go zipping through my head! You all know how patriotic the girls and I are, especially after years of singing tunes of the 1940s. It’s no wonder I have an instant recall to the days when we were in the thick of showbiz. Chills still run up and down my spine when I hear the sound of those old favorites. I miss singing with the girls, but we had our season, and a completely new one is just around the corner… Wait and see!
Summer Polka has got to be one of my favorite posts. EVER. Not only does it showcase a super retro outfit, it also displayed the work my Mom and I did in the garden to create an oasis of color and beauty. I just loved being surrounded by my favorite flowers! It seems the joy of standing in so much radiance was reflected in the smile on my face. And I won’t lie, I miss my garden. But I do love the place we live in now. In the summer, I live in a world of green, and I get to enjoy so much more wildlife around here than I used to at our old house.
Ah! Stop it with the flowers! Okay, maybe I have just a touch of Spring Fever, but seriously! We had the best garden in those days!!! My Verdant 1940s Formal was so much fun to wear at Remembering WWII, and as far as sewing accomplishments go, it was definitely a highlight of the year.
Fast forward to 2016, we are at our new house, enjoying a sweet summer day with our dear young friends. Fairy Houses will forever fill a special place in my heart. I am quite out of practice now, but when I have a family of my own, I envision many hours spent in teaching my kiddos how to build tiny, little homes out of nature’s craft supplies.
Farmer Girl is my all time favorite post from last year. I shed many emotions and spiritual pain during the time it was written. I will never forget how the Lord tenderly revealed Himself to me through a living metaphor. It took my breath away and still does when I think back on it. He keeps reminding me to work with Him and lean on Him through the toughest times. He truly is my strength! Those words hold a new weight with each passing day, becoming the rock upon which I stand. I have never loved, or known the Lord as intimately as I do now. He broke me down so that my desires would be flushed out and everything that I ever held onto would be removed to reveal the true beauty of Christ.
I feel like I could write a book on the transformational work the Lord has been done in my life! Butterfly Days was yet another post in which marked the beginnings of my struggle to let go and let God. I had it all figured out, but the practice part was yet to come. I wish I could tell you that it has been a fun ride, but it hasn’t. When we are filled with junk that needs to go, we are only going to see junk come out. It’s not pretty! A release must happen, and God will make it happen whether you and I like it or not.
If you are reading this, and find truth in what I just said about your own life, then rejoice! God is doing a good work in you! Don’t give up, because the fruit and bounty are just around the corner. I am so excited to see what the Lord is going to do in my life this year, and I cannot wait to share it with you! So here is to transformations and renewal of our spirits! Here’s to the good God we serve! And here’s to the life He blesses us with every day!
Blessings, love, and thankfulness for you all,