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wife, homeschooling mom of 2 sons, photographer, abolitionist to end modern-day slavery/human trafficking, aspiring missionary, vintage fashion wearer


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The Barefoot Family

As a child I was barefoot most of the time.  I remember when I started to see those signs in stores here in NJ saying, “No shoes, no service.”  It bothered me for some reason (though I do understand people don’t want to clean the floors so often in their stores).  When I was 13 I got planters warts because I was barefoot so often and germs from a public place attached to my feet (man did my feet itch for a few years).  It didn’t stop me from being barefoot. I don’t have planters warts any longer but have the scars. I used to walk around in my socks or barefoot in high school and I think honestly, people were used to me being so.  I got married barefoot.  I gave birth barefoot. I love calluses on feet and don’t understand why people want such soft and pretty feet.
barefootfamily4thumbbarefootfamily3thumbWhen Rob and I were on the worship team in our former church, we were usually barefoot. Our children don’t like wearing shoes either, though they only have one pair each at this point as it is.  They normally have dirty feet and I often find myself cleaning them.  We are usually always barefoot.  It can be dangerous in our state to be without shoes with all the litter we see and people chuck glass bottles around, or if a recycling can had some glass escape, it is dangerous.  At a beach once my brother stepped on some sharp glass.  I understand why it is important to wear them if you have a long distance to walk or if it is very hot and your feet are burning or if you are walking in harsh areas though (we get snow here for a few months each year so I definitely would’t be stepping out barefoot in that, though I have before a couple times), so don’t think that I am one of those “all barefoot all the time” people. I prefer being barefoot but I wear shoes in public. We live in the suburbs near the city but my heart has always wanted to live in an open country farm area where you don’t need to worry about pollution and weird things to step on other than maybe bees and cow dung (I’ve stepped in poop though before and it honestly doesn’t really bother me as strange as that sounds. . it just washes right off).  barefootfamily5thumb barefootfamily2thumbAnyway, if you like shoes, that’s cool. Don’t look down on people who walk around barefoot. Remember that most of the population of the world can’t even afford shoes while most Americans seem to own 5-10 pairs (myself included – though they are all 2-10 year old pairs).  It is better to live simply though than to spend money and be weighed down by materialism. By the way, there are loads of health benefits to walking and being barefoot. Check them out.barefootfamilythumb[outfit details: Sevenly shirt from 1.5 years ago, Target skirt from 2 years ago, Simply Fair bracelet]


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Saachi: Engulfed by Shame

Saachi had thought her marriage to be wonderful. Her husband had a good job and her children were safe.  Suddenly the mannerisms of her husband Udit began to change. He started to beat her and would not give her money. She started begging and her children were going hungry.  Udit had confessed after time that he had another woman that he was living with.  Saachi went into despair and sobbed time and time again.  Her husband left her completely. Saachi didn’t know how to provide for her children since her husband refused to help her.  She found a job at a garment factory to help her.

Saachi started to see a man at her new job but was fearful of what he would think of her own children. She started to realize that she needed to break ties with the man, as she was doing as her own husband had done to her, while she was still married to him.  She was a wreck and decided to end her life.  She thought there was no way she deserved to live with the actions of her life and what had happened to her.

Saachi poured kerosene all over her body and was ready to light the match.  In a few moments it would all be over—the guilt, the shame, the pain. She struck the match, its small flame sizzled, and before she allowed herself to change her mind, she let it drop.

As the flames enveloped her, the pain was unbearable and Saachi started to scream. The neighbors heard her cries, hurried over and rescued her. But her burns were already extensive. She was immediately taken to a hospital.

GFASaachiWhen a woman missionary for Gospel For Asia named Jabeen heard about Saachi, she felt she could relate, as she had a husband who had an affair and left her as well.  She was led to a pastor who had told her about Jesus’ love. She started to devote herself strictly to God and doing His work.

As Jabeen stood beside Saachi’s hospital bed sharing her story, she told Saachi about Jesus and how precious her life was to Him. Saachi didn’t need to pay for her sins; Jesus already did. Saachi wept as she realized that this man would never be unfaithful to her or abuse her. He loved her perfectly. Three weeks later, Saachi was released from the hospital and decided to go to church. There, she made a decision to fully accept the love of Jesus.

The scars from Saachi’s burns remain, but God is healing the scars on her heart. She has found a job that helps support her and her children’s needs. Her friendship with Jabeen continues, and they stay in touch. She knows that God sent Jabeen along when she needed her most.

Gospel for Asia women missionaries like Jabeen can minister in ways men can’t. Understanding the struggles of other women in Asia as they visit homes and hospitals, they are able to share the Gospel with those in need of hope. Sponsor a woman missionary today.


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Modest Fashion Digest

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Aw, so glad that Rachel (who I know in real life too) is in this digest with me and her photo is on the left of mine!  Yey! Hi Rachel!

Summer activities are picking up this time of year, and we get a chance to take a look at the lives of our sisters and what they are up to—from serious thrifting to conferences to just goofing around! No matter where you are and what you do at this time of year, a good pick-me-up is to wear something pretty and bright! Read on to find out our top 5 links for this week:

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Leaves Quilt

I had asked my eldest brother what size quilt he would have wanted for his home and what types of things he’d like as a quilt.  I asked him and his wife what colors they liked. Basically they liked the color of leaves and purple.  I didn’t really know exactly how to combine those colors. Baggiesquilt2thumb A few years ago when I wanted so badly to learn how to quilt, I bought a book of patterns. There was a leaf applique pattern that I really wanted to do.  I figured this was a great chance to do it. This is one of the most fun I had in making a quilt.  It was the fifth quilt I have finished, and I apologize for taking so long in posting it.  I basically used fat quarters of each color in various fabric choices that I bought from JAQS Fabric (minus an unused fat quarter left over from my 4th quilt).  I then cut out the applique leaves (two different sizes) and ironed them on in the way the pattern stated. Then I sewed each leaf on. There were 24 leaves per block (16 blocks total).  I was trying to figure out what to do with the backing. The pattern showed purple and orange – two fabrics put together as I did.  I really loved the unicorn fabric because my brother and sister-in-law love fantasy stuff.  I was thankful to find an orange fabric with purple in it that looked great next to the unicorn fabric. Both were from JAQS Fabric again.  I don’t know if I’d choose the green for the binding again, probably an orange if I were to make a quilt like this again, simply because to me it clashed with the backing a little, but looked great with the front.  I used a meandering quilting design on the whole quilt which was my first time doing so, and can understand why it is such a popular design. It is fun and easy and looks great. I was nervous about doing the meandering on the leaves, but it came out great! Baggiesquilt1thumbBaggiesquilt10Baggiesquilt11 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Baggiesquilt12Baggiesquilt4thumbBaggiesquilt14Baggiesquilt8thumb Baggiesquilt6thumb Baggiesquilt7thumb I was nervous as to how it would be liked and was overjoyed that my brother and sister-in-law were impressed and loved it.  I haven’t been at their home since to see how it looks in their living room as a lap quilt, but I am sure it will receive attention.


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Justice Always Prevails

Schoolinittogether7thumbSchoolinittogether8thumb Schoolinittogether9thumbSchoolinittogether3thumbI had the great opportunity to attend The Justice Conference simulcast here in NJ.  Although most of Justice Network (which I am a part of) were at the event, I had a table set up for Gospel for Asia.  I wasn’t there the entire time, because the boys had a ballet rehearsal, but while I was there I loved listening to speakers Eugene Cho, Louis Dooley, and Bob Goff. I also heard most of Lynne Hybels‘ powerful reconciliation speech.

A lot of people might or might not care for the anti-human trafficking passion that I have, and some probably got sick of hearing me always try to tell them about slavery still existing in the world over the near eight years of my understanding of it.  When you meet and talk to someone who survived sexual slavery, it grips you even more.  At our simulcast, we took some time to have an actual speaker (not on the screen) come to talk named Danielle Douglas.  Before she gave her testimony, I had the chance to talk to her and ask her for advice for a girl I know who is being trafficked currently.  She was very sweet and insightful and the whole time she talked to me I wanted to honestly just cry in her arms for her plight, as weird as that sounds.  I am grateful to see someone who has come through and acknowledge that Christ has healed them.
Danielle then went up to speak and explained how she first became trafficked.  It is one thing to sort of know her story from seeing her in documentaries or read about her, but when she spoke in front of me, I held back tears a few times because I would have just sobbed right there.  That could have been me. She is only a year older (she’s an ’82 baby. I’m an ’83 baby) and was trafficked when I had wanted to become a model but something stopped me and protected me when a few lone photographers wanted to photograph me in lingerie and were angry when I refused to meet them: God.  I am glad I didn’t go through with it. Danielle didn’t even seek out that sort of attention or vanity as I once had and was thrown into prostitution against her will. God saved her and she acknowledges Him for doing so and has only been a Christian for two years now and announced that she was going to be baptized the following day (which was yesterday).  What a blessing she is!  Her children played with my children and her church is in the town where my husband works. It truly opens your eyes to who and what is around you and how we are all once lost and that God is always finding us even when we hide from Him. It made me feel so grateful.

When we fall we can always stand up tall and hope to continue on without falling ever again! True justice comes from God’s healing through acknowledging His son’s sacrifice for us.Schoolinittogether12_thumb Schoolinittogether10_thumbOutfit from Modcloth, bought a couple years ago, so I am unsure if they sell these anymore.


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Movie Suggestion Post #103

Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. I tend to start at a 5 star rating and deduct things based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.  Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, which means I enjoyed it and would probably recommend it or watch it again.  (5 star ratings are very rare with me)! – Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view (or what to be aware of)]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, 2014 (w/ Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne) – 3.25 stars – This was a cute family movie (though I suggest your kids being older kids in watching it. . 10+).  Alexander’s family all seem to have perfect lives. Everything has been going their way.  Alexander on the other hand seems to have things going terribly wrong for him regularly.  Nothing goes his way.  On his birthday he decides to make a wish that they would basically experience his life.  That is when everything just seems to go very wrong (as you can tell by the title of the film).  I enjoyed learning about each of the family members and liked the story. It was fun. Dick Van Dyke made a nice cameo (hilarious too). I laughed a few times in watching this movie. I have not read the children’s book.
content: A mom walks into the bathroom of her teenage son and he gets upset because he is supposedly naked (we see his chest only) but she says she’s seen all the penises in the house; a baby bum is shown, a baby is pees a lot (nothing shown), a kangaroo kicks a man, brother shown slapping his bro, a man shown with fire on his arms, usage of “penis” 3x, “crap” is the worst word used in this movie though someone almost says the s word but doesn’t, people shown throwing up, a person’s head is photoshopped on pictures of women in bikinis, male strippers accidentally hired for a kids’ birthday but they only show their chests to keep it “PG” as the parents yell out to do, some scrapes and falls and mishaps throughout the film

BAD DAY -- Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Zoey/Elise Vargas, Kerris Dorsey, Dylan Minnette and Ed Oxenbould portray a family enduring a very bad day in the heartfelt and hilarious big-screen adaptation of Judith Viorst's 1972 children's book. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" hits theaters Oct. 10, 2014. Photo by: Dale Robinette. ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Red Tails, 2012 (w/ Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrance Howard, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Bryan Cranston, Lee Tergesen, Method Man, Andre Royo) – 3 stars – During WWII African Americans were deemed unfit for combat in the war because of their skin according to the military at the time. This film is set in 1944 based on a true story of a air fighting group unit of African American men called “Tuskegee Airmen”. They are looked down on by other American troops simply because of their race.  If you like war movies in general, this one might be one you’d like. Also this is about overcoming racial injustice issues, so that is why I watched it. Very sad but good movie.
content: people shoot many people in planes which you will see blow up or go down in flames throughout the movie, many explosions where you know people are killed in them, bombs shown being dropped, drinking, smoking, a man shown with blood dripping down his face, blood shown being spat up by a man who is injured, a man has a pipe in his mouth often (doesn’t seem to be lit ever), punching, kissing, people shown on fire, prayer shown a few times, sexual innuendos (talking abut if a girl was worth it the night before, someone mentions “balls” hanging from a neck), a woman shown wearing a full slip going to embrace a man shown without a shirt on (sex implied), language: “d word” 8x, long “b word” 1x, “s word” 3x, small “b word” 2x, racial slurs used 1x, God’s name used blasphemously 3x, small “a word” 2x

Tricked, 2013 (documentary) – 1.75 stars – I have watched a lot of stories about human trafficking and the sexual exploitation throughout the world. This one is specifically about sex trafficking in the US.  It was probably the second most graphic of the stories I have seen too, which I think was something you didn’t have to do. There is a way to fuzz things out which this one didn’t really do, which could make it alluring instead of disgusting considering the message trying to be displayed.  The whole thing is about investigators who have helped women out of the sex trade, or at least tried to. They talk about the struggles and the abuse and the attitude of those who pimp the women as well.  It was of course sad and good, but not as good as many others I have reviewed. I wouldn’t recommend it.
content: Some nudity shown from the waist up, girls shown wearing underwear, a scene of a video surveillance of a woman giving a man a massage on his frontal unit (barely fuzzed out at all), lots of language used, sexual abuse recounted as well as a lot of words used to down talk women as if they are only good for sex, men shown wearing barely anything or about to have sex

No Time for Love, 1943 (w/ Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Richard Haydn) – 3 stars – Katherine is a well known photographer for a journal and she has loads of money and is engaged to her own boss. Her life is pretty simple and she pretty much gets her way all the time but doesn’t really have a very romantic relationship with her fiance. While she is on the job to photograph Irishmen who dig underneath the city in the Hudson River, she sees a hulk of a man who she thinks would be great to photograph for the story named Jim Ryan. Only problem is this man doesn’t want his photograph put in the paper because he doesn’t want to lose his job. She decides to try to protect him, but it is too late when he is published on the paper anyway! Now she feels badly and will try to help him even though she is annoyed by him and can’t stand him. He is annoyed by her and her ritziness and can’t stand her as well. They seem to get along splendidly even though this is troublesome. It was a very funny story.
content: Showgirls shown for a photo session wearing their dance costumes (lots of legs and a little cleavage), a man shown without his shirt with bulging muscles, a man shown wearing barely anything and his bum cheeks are visible for a photo shoot, kissing, a woman hits another woman, lots of men punch each other and have fights with chairs too, smoking, drinking (can’t recall if anyone was drunk or not), language: I think there was either one use of the “d” word or it was the misuse of “hell” but I can’t recall which one (but there was one)

The Good Lie, 2014 (w/ Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Emmanuel Jal, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel, Corey Stoll) – 4 stars – This is a great story about Sudanese refugees who were able to make it into the US.  There is quite a lot that we see to depict what children would or could have gone through in Sudan during their journey to Kenya seeking refuge.  When we get to the US part of the story, a woman who seems to only care about herself really learns about the people she has found jobs for who are refugees.  She had no clue and wants to help them.  Their struggle in the US is shown as they adjust to life away from home.  Considering the books I have read about refugees like them and considering a couple documentaries I have even reviewed here in the past few years, it seemed very spot-on.  I know that International Justice Mission had something to do with the making of this film and that was reassuring and how I even found out about the movie (straight from Gary Haugen’s tweets).  The story does not focus on the woman in the US much at all like the trailer seemed to do. It was more on the lives and the family made between the refugees who traveled together and lost their entire village.  It was a very sad and very good movie. I really enjoyed it and cried a bunch while viewing it.  What I loved most about this film is they actually had real Sudanese refugees playing Sudanese refugees! I still need to read Emmanuel Jal’s book (he was a former child soldier slave in Sudan) but he was in this movie. 
content: a couple shown making out which shocks people who are not used to such displays of affection, immodesty, a man shown in a tub, a man shown getting out of bed with a woman to indicate sex had happened, a village shown being rampaged by violence, bodies shown floating in a river, an animal is shot at one point, talk about God throughout it, people get shot, fires shown on buildings, starvation shown, a woman shown drinking alcohol (no drunkenness), men shown smoking marijuana a couple of times, language: long “a” word, “s” word, “d” word, God’s name used blasphemouslythegoodlie1 thegoodlie2

Kiss and Make-Up, 1934 (w/ Cary Grant, Helen Mack, Genevieve Tobin, Edward Everett Horton) – 2.75 stars – This is one strange story. A Parisian plastic surgeon is obsessed with making women feel better about themselves that he performs surgeries and tells them how to help their skin and how to eat better.  His own secretary does everything for him but she doesn’t fall for doing what he wants like all the other ladies who go in for surgeries. There is one woman that he has worked on so often that he calls her a masterpiece of his. He wants to have her as his own. That is when things just go crazy and even has some singing in it. It was very weird and definitely surprising to see for that time in honesty.
content: kissing, deceit, a woman flirts and wants to be with someone she is not married to, a man tells a woman to take off her clothes and she does it without question down to her underwear, other lingerie on women are also shown, women are objectified, drinking, smoking

The Missing Picture, 2013 (documentary) – 2.5 stars – This is a poorly narrated story (simply because the entire thing is monotone and very boring to listen to) though uniquely and artistically portrayed one. The entire story focuses using a story of one person who lived through the war of the Khmer Rouge genocide done by Pol Pot in Cambodia. It is portrayed through minatures carved out and also some video footage to go along with the story. Most of these films were nearly destroyed. The story is not bad, it just dragged a lot and made me sleepy.  I have read a few books from survivors that were so interesting that I was intrigued by how this one was portrayed. It was a let down.
content: talk about death and abuse and war throughout

Thirty Day Princess, 1934 (w/ Cary Grant, Sylvia Sidney) – 3 stars – A princess in a European land that is made-up comes to the US to represent her country in order to gain some funding to help the people there.  While she goes, she gets the mumps and a girl is found who has struggled with poverty and is an actress trying to make a living and looks just like the princess (same actress of course).  There are also journalists and newscasters who have been following the princess around. Cary Grant’s character happens to be one. The dual life is hard for the actress as she starts to fall for him. It was a cute little film. Definitely not memorable for Cary Grant’s ability in acting though. Sylvia Sidney is the one who steals this show folks!
content: deceit, someone tries to harm another person, kissing, drinking, smoking

The Imitation Game, 2014 (w/ Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech , Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong) – 3.75 stars –  Alan Turing was a man who believe he could crack a code used by the German Nazis during WWII.  He wanted to save people using this code although you’ll find out how difficult that could be when you see this film.  Throughout the film we learn about the life of Alan Turing, but mainly about his work and his love for codes starting in his elementary days.  Regardless of what your thoughts are on homosexuality, this film does show the hardships one would have gone through in being homosexual in the 1920s-1950s and is a biopic of a man who was extremely bright.  There is nothing sexual shown at all throughout this movie which I appreciated greatly.  The story is very good and it was interesting to learn this bit of history of Great Britain.   The acting was excellent!
content: sex references such as a heterosexual man making jokes about receiving oral sex from a female, use of the word “penis”, talk about death or controlling life/death, someone gets punched, someone gets slapped, war footage of things blowing up, a child is bullied and some of this intense treatment is shown, smoking, drinking without drunkenness, deceit throughout, use of words to mock someone homosexual, an injured man shown missing a limb, language: British terms used (I probably don’t even know them all), long “b” word used, short “a” word used, “Christ” usedimitationgame

(L-R) Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech star in THE IMMITATION GAME.


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Helping Widows: Lalita’s Story

widows-answered-prayer-2I like to sew (quilts) a lot.  I am glad that I know how to do simple stitching to fix clothes that get rips in them or put hems in things that need them.  Although I haven’t done much sewing outside of quilting, I am so glad that I own a sewing machine so I can work on quilts and I hope that one day (as I have only been making quilts since September) I can sell them to make some income. I live in a rich land where owning such things is not a big deal, but I want to tell you about someone who’s life was changed completely because of a sewing machine.

Lalita’s husband died in 2003 and she loved him very much and didn’t know what to do without him.  She suffered for three years trying to provide for her children.  Her brother helped her a lot, but what really got her going was that Gospel For Asia provided her with a sewing machine.  She is a tailor where she lives and every day fixes or sews clothes for others.  She now has no problem providing for her children.  Learn her wonderful story in watching this video. For $85 you can purchase a sewing machine for a family or widow.  Not only has Lalita’s life been blessed, but she passes the blessing of God’s love on to every person she encounters while at work.

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