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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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Modest Fashion Digest (I made it in)

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Victoria’s note:  I’ve posted in the past how modesty is important to me. This used to be a blog specifically about modest fashion and I used to even highlight other people’s modest fashions.  I haven’t had the time to do hat but am glad to be a part of a Modest Fashion community now!  I hope you enjoy the digest from this week!!  Be sure to join in if modesty is also important to you!

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Quilted Tulip Table Runner

I know I haven’t posted my 4th and 5th quilts yet (though they are done – I won’t post them until after the people I made them for receive them).

Right when I finished my 5th quilt I saw this Tulip scrappy table runner tutorial on Southern Fabric.  My only issue was they didn’t explain the border too well, granted I ran out of fabric for my border and used another scrappy one that looked similar enough and I added a few more squares to fill in the spaces of my issues. . .the top doesn’t line up right because of it but it still works out and looks great.  I am glad to put use to some of the scraps I had.
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My table has compartment areas under it and it is glass, so if it is cluttery looking it is simply because I keep books for schooling the boys under there and any magazines or newsletters I get in he mail that I haven’t read yet. haha.

My favorite part of this was doing the free-motion quilting designs. I was trying to figure out what to do for each piece and I loved doing it. So yey for my sixth quilt (even if it is a small quilt).tulipquilt3thumb tulipquilt4thumb tulipquilt5thumbAnd the back of the quilt shows a neat pattern from the free-motion quilting too.tulipquilt6thumb


The Handsome Blondes in My Life

Children are hard work. It is always strange to me when women tell me how they “couldn’t” handle being at home with their kids all day like I do and that they are glad their kids are in school away from them during the week.  I don’t understand that mentality, but I hear it often.  I have a hard time some days and other days it is very easy.  I told my sons the other day that I sacrificed having a job that paid me and that I was a good worker and such because I was upset at how they were acting towards their school work and I was just angry that they couldn’t understand what I do for them.  My husband lovingly reminded me that I sacrificed nothing because it was always my plan to be a stay-at-home mom and that this is what I wanted to do before I even met him. He is right.  I need to be a harder worker for them so that I can see them become the godly men we pray and hope they’ll be.  It is not easy.  Being a mom is rough sometimes but very much worth it.  They each have such differing personalities and mentalities but it has been great loving them, guiding them, teaching them, and watching them grow.Schoolinittogether5thumb Schoolinittogether6thumbLeto is the serious one, though he is so happy that he laughs at everything.  He is sensitive and very caring towards others though often doesn’t think before he acts and is easily distracted. He loves reading books, dancing ballet, drawing, playing piano, listening to music and singing all day long, playing video games (he gets mad when we tell him to stop), and has a hard time just staying still. He is our social butterfly who wants to talk with everyone.
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Dragonflies and Weddings

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We were able to go to the wedding of my God-brother Jonathan and his wife Carmen (pictured).  JonCarmenwed5thumb

I was excited about the wedding, but the truth is – even though I spent most of my childhood around him, once we became teenagers we started to drift and do our own things.  Since I was about 16, I just wasn’t around him much anymore, so in a way it was almost as if I was watching a stranger get married because I missed out on half of his life.  He is a year and a half younger than me and his sister is six years younger than me, though at least with her I have some memories that are more recent (like when I put dreadlocks in her hair a few years ago which she cut out last year after keeping them for a good three to four years) and we have e-mailed one another on occasion.

Jonathan and I when we were very little in the 1980's (we seriously were like siblings).

Jonathan and I when we were very little in the 1980’s (we seriously were like siblings).

Me and my God-siblings in the mid 90s.

Me and my God-siblings in the mid 90s. I was 11 here.


My God-father dancing and singing with his daughter (so cute) and the Bride & Groom cut their cake.

I do spend time here and there with my God-father though, who has been a widower for four years after my God-mother died to ovarian cancer.  She was my mom’s best friend. They seriously were/are the best God-parents ever and I never felt unloved or left out of their lives. They were always a huge part of everything I did. I got to spend time with my God-father the day before the wedding and he read a diary entry that my God-mother wrote in the late 1980s explaining how I was a good example and influence on her son’s life. I was little when she wrote this.  I was so touched that he knew where the entry was and shared it with me before giving the diary to his son for his 30th birthday (which was the day after his wedding).  Apparently it was a diary she wrote specifically to Jonathan.JonCarmenwed2thumbJonCarmenwedthumbagain1JonCarmenwed7thumbJonCarmenwed8thumbThis wedding was a little tough to watch (mainly lacking the presence of my God-mother) and sadly, we didn’t have that great of a time, though at least I got Rob to do a slow dance with me to “What a Wonderful World” (he only likes to dance with me at home – he’s shy).  I feel a little badly (though I shouldn’t, I know) that my own God-mother was very involved in my own wedding but she couldn’t and won’t be a part of her own children’s weddings. My own husband got to spend some years around her and we even had a pre-marriage dinner that they gave to us, while her children’s spouses only get/will get stories but don’t get to hear her great laugh or hear her advice.

My God-family with us on our wedding in June, 2004.

My God-family with us on our wedding in June, 2004, nearly 11 years ago!

As for the dress. . .I bought it because I had no fancy dresses since I got rid of most of what I owned.  Rob always is reminded of me when he sees dragonflies because they were always everywhere at the home I grew up at and I have a way of being able to hold them or touch them without them flying away from me.  I thought he’d like it and he does! JonCarmenwed14thumb

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Movie Suggestion Post #102

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)]

Big Hero 6 ,  2014 (animated w/ voices of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk) – 3.5 stars -Hiro gets himself in trouble and his big brother Tadashi always comes to help him out. He looks up to Tadashi so much and finds out he is a big of a science geek like him with working on “science projects” of sorts that might be able to help people out a lot. Tadashi also has friends who are similar. Hiro decides he wants to go to the same special academy school as his big bro, and that he is of age where he could possibly do it if he invents something amazing. Microbots is what he creates, but in the wrong hands it can be pretty dangerous. In the process of everything, Tadashi’s invention becomes a bit of a helper to Hiro named Baymax. Baymax looks like a big vinyl marshmallow. How in the world could he really help out? This was a very heartwarming story with lots of action and typical “coming of age” type of situations. Parts of this film reminded me of Bladerunner, Half Life, and Portal (the games). My sons both cried while watching this movie which surprised me a lot. They also laughed loads too. Definitely cute. I am not too into the violence in it though. The animation is amazing in this by the way.
content: talk about puberty (nothing sexual that I picked up on, mainly emotional talk and body hair), a character acts drunk but is not one bit, there is some wine showed at a ceremony, a death, some characters longing for revenge to where they are willing to kill people (and mentioned that this is wrong), someone cries out to God (could be both appropriate in calling out for help or blaspheming depending on how you look at this one in the scene), fight scenes happen where people get attacked and fight with weapons, possible scary imagerybighero6

Moonstruck, 1987 (w/ Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello) – 3 stars – I so wanted to make this more stars, but I just couldn’t (content is the reason).  This is about a woman who is ready to settle down and marry after being a widow for several years, even though the guy she has been seeing isn’t really a guy she loves, is excited and knows he will take care of her and is a good man. When he goes away to visit his dying mother, she has to try to make amends with his brother for him so that he’ll attend their wedding. However, this guy is crazy and irritating and somehow is interesting to her. This movie was funny but there were definitely some “Oh no!” instances that make you concerned. Cher and Olympia Dukakis were wonderful in this and shone the most (no wonder why they won awards for their roles). Nicolas Cage’s acting was so bad to me though.
content: kissing, a man and woman kiss passionately in a bed (clothed) and you only see their heads but they moan and you know more is happening, a woman’s body is dark with an outline but you know she is naked even though you can’t see anything but she puts a sheet around her body, affairs are talked about as well as cheating on people in general, calling people prostitutes, immodesty (a woman is even powdering her cleavage at one point), drinking alcohol throughout (no drunkenness), a woman slaps a man a couple of times, a man threatens to cut his own throat, a woman holds up lingerie (she is fully dressed), language: (“s” word several times, “d” word, “Hell” used improperly, God’s name used blasphemously)

From Up on Poppy Hill, 2011 (anime) – 2.5 stars – This was a little boring. I didn’t realize it was newer and thought it was from the early 90s honestly. Umi raises flags constantly at her home where she cooks food for those who live there (there are boarders that live there too).  She is only a teenager but has the most responsibility in the home. This is set in the early 60s around the time that the Olympics were in Japan. Regardless, being post Korean War, Umi hopes to find her father who went missing but raising these flags. She meets a charming young man in her school named Shun. He is smitten with her. However, there may be a circumstance that will tear them away from one another in one way and possibly bring them together in another.  I will say once that situation became known I got a little weirded out but thankfully it had a happy ending. It was a sad story, and was sadly a little boring. I was hoping I’d like it more.
content: talk about death, flirting, rebellious talk, daring activity, some name calling

The Judge, 2014 (w/ Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga) -3 stars – This is one of those court movies, but the courtroom isn’t really the important part of the film. Hank (played by RDJ – which makes this my 72nd film I’ve seen with him in it) has been a big shot lawyer who seems to always defend the criminals. He’s been in the city for a while, but when his mother dies he returns to the farm town that he grew up in and the judge, who is his father (Robert Duvall) also is someone he hopes to not spend too much time around. They always had a bad relationship. His two brothers have always stayed near their home. Hank is also going through a divorce and his life seems to be falling apart around him. This is one of those bonding with family stories. I think it was filmed beautifully and the story was captivating, but it was a bit slow at times. If there wasn’t so much language in this especially that was unnecessary I would have rated it much higher.
content: A man makes out with a much younger (but legal) girl and finds out later something about her – he also gropes her bum while kissing her in public (they are dressed and she is immodest with a short skirt and cleavage hanging out), talk about murder, people trying to have a fist fight, some intense scenes of a man going through cancer problems of nausea, an old man shown without his shirt on, a man talks about how he is erect while making out intensely (clothes on), drinking (one character could be drunk), some talk about sexual things (maybe twice – once about how someone got pregnant – though not graphically talked about), smoking, language: (About 20-30 F words, God’s name used blasphemously a few times, short “b” word, “s” word, small “a” word, “hell” used incorrectly

The Egg and I,  1947 (w/ Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Louise Allbritton) – 3.25 stars – This movie felt really long but it was entertaining to the point where my sons watched most of it with me (they missed the beginning) and they cracked up in laughter at times. This was the second film of the double feature dvd with No Time for Love in which Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray return for a film. Newlyweds set out to buy a house on a farm together but there is a lot of work to be done and Betty is not so sure she likes the idea but her husband Bob is determined to make it work. A lot of mishaps happen and there are many neighbors that they meet including Ma and Pa Kettle (before the series was out, which I loved watching and got a kick out of as a kid watching reruns). Bob wants to have a great chicken farm. Betty just wants to be a good wife to him and goes along with him at times but she won’t give in to him as long as another chicken farmer who is a single woman keeps coming around to flirt with him (and he is such an airhead about it). This was based off of a book that I never read and was an autobiography of humor supposedly too.
content: kissing, immodesty, a woman set out for a married man regularly, smoking, drinking (no drunkenness that I recall but there is talk about a moonshine still)The Egg and I

Picture Bride, 1994 (w/ Youki Kudoh, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita, Akira Takayama, Yoko Sugi) – 2.75 stars – This film honestly is so beautifully directed that I thought it was much newer than a 1994 film. It looked like it could have been 2004. The quality is gorgeous. This is based off of stories of many of the women shipped from Japan to Hawaii as brides to men who wanted wives from their homeland by sending pictures to them and receiving one in return. They worked in the sugarcane fields and over time the men were very lonely. This story is about a very young girl who is only about 16 or so and is sent to a man who is in his 40s. She saw a picture of him looking much younger and was appalled to find out that he was so much older than she. Therefore, she keeps her distance from him even though they are wed but he is a very kind man who respects her and realizes that he did wrong in deceiving her in the first place. She wants to escape her past which is why she went in the first place. She makes a friend who teaches her how to survive Hawaii while she starts to learn about her kind husband. This was very interesting but as much as I liked it there were parts that I had to skip or I would have rated it a long higher. In case you are wondering, this is in both Japanese and English here and there throughout it.
content: there is death (though not physically shown), a woman peeks by accident on a married couple making out as their bodies are semi clothed on one another, a man goes to grab his wife’s breast, a woman is undressing and we see her bare back including her lower back as her husband peeks, people shown in a bathtub, a couple shown in bed as the woman’s bare shoulders and back (including lower back and hips) from behind, a couple shown in bed together making out (sex implied), a woman talks about domestic abuse, a man threatens to whip his workers, deceit, men’s bare chests seen

Paris When it Sizzles, 1964 (w/ Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Tony Curtis) – 2.5 stars – This is a story about a screenwriter who can’t figure out what to write for a movie. He hires a woman to type it out for him while he tells her the story, but he only has two days to do it. While preparing and telling the story, the two are shown acting it out (like a movie within a movie) and sometimes the plot has to change and other times not. The typist and the screenwriter begin to bond in the process. It was so strange to me and I don’t think the two actors meshed well with one another. I was pretty disappointed with the content too. I watched this while folding laundry and am glad I used my time semi-productively. The ending was nice though at least.
content: women shown in bikinis being objectified by an older man without issue, a woman later on is shown being carried on a fishing net by two men at a party with pasties on her nipples, lots of drinking (drunkenness), lots of smoking, a few kissing scenes (passionate), couples shown on beds kissing with suggestive ideas behind it, women dancing nearly naked for an older man in a party scene, a woman shown in a bathtub, a man shown in a bathtub (different scene from when the woman was in the bath), men punching other men, a woman smacks a man with her purse, ice cream is thrown at a woman’s cleavage and she giggles, the “d” word used once

Promised Land, 2012 (w/ Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt) – 3 stars – A man who is very dedicated to his work with natural gas and who longs to help people out by finding rich land is ready to get pushed up in his business. He has an assignment with his fellow employee to go to a farm area where there are many poor people living. These people are pretty dedicated to their land and work and families. Steve comes across an older man who is concerned for the community who is going to make it harder on him. On top of everything, soon an environmentalist comes in to make matters worse. Steve wants to let us know that he really isn’t a bad guy even though his company may seem to have some shady business. This had a lot of talking throughout the film so you have to listen carefully and pay attention. There were funny parts throughout it. I am actually surprised it was rated R instead of PG-13 (check out content why though). My husband seemed to like this more than I, but it definitely made you think about companies and how things work in the country.
content: a woman mentions being kissed, there is a lot of drinking at a bar mainly in this movie including some drunkenness, pictures shown of dead cows, punching, a man has a bloody nose, language (25 “f” words, God’s named used blasphemously 3x, “s” word used about 8x, long “a” word used, “hell” used incorrectly a few times)

Rape For Profit, 2012 (documentary) – 4 stars – This is one of the best anti-human trafficking movies I’ve seen. I’d go so far as to say it is in my top 5, and I’ve seen dozens of films and documentaries on the subject. It was produced partially by Jada Pinkett Smith who has become an advocate for a few years on human trafficking for Don’t Sell Bodies in which this had much to do with (without mentioning them other than in credits).  Basically this documentary covers an area in Seattle where a police force works primarily in arresting pimps and “Johns” and try to help out the prostitutes who are caught in the act.  What I truly loved about this film compared to most I’ve seen, is they attach the issues of pornography with both being “Johns” and prostitutes. It also showed how many young women are devalued from an early age by their own fathers and needing a good role model in their lives who is a man that they get abused so often and at such a young age, that they feel there is nothing more for them.  A former prostitute who is no well into her adulthood, but was put into it during the 1970s and is overweight now said, “Ugly is so safe. I’m not afraid to be raped now because I’m ugly.” Hearing that broke my heart so much. Her story really was very heartbreaking.  There was a lot of footage of talking to pimps and Johns and prostitutes in this and it all tied into the safehouse and work of Genesis Project which as of 2012 when this film was made had helped work with 43 girls who were prostitutes.  I cried while viewing this movie and truly recommend it to those who want to know more about sexual exploitation in the US.
content: immodesty shown of girls walking streets not wearing much as well as photos shown at times with very blurred out parts if they were nude at all (they would show underwear photos but all girls had blurred faces) – some of these were backpage ads, talk about sexual abuse including as children, Little girls shown wearing bikinis from Vogue magazine, guys shown pulling pants up when caught in cars with prostitutes (blurred out as they would be doing so), language: God’s named used blasphemously, “f” word said several times, big “b” word, small “b” word, “hell” used incorrectly, “s” wordrapeforprofit


Women Illiteracy

Every day I am reading or writing down something.  I read a book and a half per week or so. I write or type daily.  Can you believe that more than one of every four people in India can’t even read? Rates are higher among women. Over 250 million women in Asia are illiterate. When a person is able to read or write, the opportunities for their life expand.  They can develop and learn so many things simply by having such a privilege!

Gospel For Asia will take $1 and be able to teach a woman how to read!
These women they interact with face many difficulties, such as failing to keep their children safe because they can’t read warning labels, debt piling up because they can’t understand the bad contracts they sign and being cheated in the market place because they can’t do basic math. While I have the ability to read the Bible, there is no way they can read even simple words of love. gfailliteracy

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“You Should Have Been Born A Boy”

RuthGFAIn many parts of the world, girls are unwanted and unloved.  Boys are the favored ones that father’s long to have. Being a girl is sometimes considered a curse.

Ruth’s father treated her very poorly. She had no idea why he would treat her the way he did when she did everything she could to make him proud.  After so long of being treated in such a way, she finally asked him why he hated her so. His response was, “You should have been a boy!” Afterward, he stopped speaking to her altogether. When I first watched this video about Ruth (which is in the intro before the GFA: Veil of Tears movie) I cried a lot.  It really was a touching and incredible story.  Ruth had found love through the Father when women missionaries reached out to her. God eventually brought restoration in her relationship with her father! Ruth now shares the hope she found in Jesus with other women, just like a GFA women missionary team first reached out to her.

I want to encourage you to sponsor a woman missionary today who will be able to connect with other women who feel pain and torment from their families or who may have been abandoned. These missionaries have restored much hope to many women by showing love to them they may have never received; love that comes from God.


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