Justice Pirate

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

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My Summer and How You Can Help a Program

I haven’t posted much about my personal life lately.  I’ve been attempting to be more private for various reasons.
My church has a summer program every year, which I was able to a part of for six weeks this past summer teaching vocal lessons, Bible lessons to 9-13 year old children, and photography.  Basically, my church is the only church in its small town and is between a liquor store and a strip club in the middle of a low-income housing area filled with heroin use and sexual exploitation.  Homelessness is definitely all around.  There is a lot of spiritual warfare there that I have been a witness to.  The summer program is to help give outlets for children through teaching them the arts and the gospel.  We want to be able to help them have something to do in the summer so they don’t end up falling into many of the problems in the neighborhood. I had such joy in watching these kids smile and learn and ask question after question about God.  They showed a great interest in learning.  A lot seem to have hopelessness, but in their eyes I saw great desire for hope.  I saw great faith being developed.  I see that they will be able to have futures that are bright. Every week we had a different amount of kids and got a lot of kids that returned each week too. It was a lot of hard work and wore me out, but it was so great to build relationships with these kids.

We have such a tiny church (with about only 30 or so members) but our heart for the community around us is so large.
We have a fundraiser right now where if you buy a Yankee Candle, 40% of your purchase will go to the Summer Program so that we can have funds for supplies needed to do it next summer.  We have a lot to do in preparation!
To buy a Yankee Candle, go to this link. On the left hand side there is a box that says “Group #” – please put in this number 990068895.  In the second box it will ask for a Seller ID.  Put in Victoria82.  Then click the orange “Start shopping” button.  Go on and look through and do your purchasing and the final order will let you know how much was donated to the program.  Thank you so much for anything you can do to help.

Here are some photos from this past summer.  SummerThumb5summerthumb3summerthumb1summerthumb4summerthumb2summerthumb6


Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 42 of 52

PumpkinSammthumbpumpkinMicahthumbpumpkinvictoriathumb pumpkinLetothumb1-4: We went pumpkin picking as you can see.  The downside to this day was that it took Rob a full hour to park (I drove a Jeep filled with girls from our new youth group and got a spot someone was about to get out of).  It was a nice day regardless though!  We went on a sweet hay ride.  I hadn’t been on one since I was about Leto’s age.  We each picked out a pumpkin. The boys have since painted theirs.


Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 41 of 52

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1. Micah’s game was indoors because of rain.  He (#1) seems more interested in just jumping up and down and having fun than playing, but he is adorable and even got to play goalie at one point, which he seemed to have fun trying out.  He was all sweaty afterwards so he definitely had a good time running about.
2. Rob’s band (he plays bass) called Vowels played their first live show during the week (we all went).  They did SO SO SO amazing.  I got a video clip played at the bottom of this, but wish I recorded through their whole set and entire songs.  There were so many people there to support them and cheer them on.  They already have more shows coming up!
3. Leto has been being more helpful when we go to the laundromat.  He carries my basket for me willingly and tries to help me with the clothes.  Here he is helping me out while we were going in to switch the laundry from the washer into the dryer.  He’ll hate it in no time, I’m sure.
4.  Here I am working on my last quilting block for my first quilt.  This is an applique.  I put a lot of work into this one and think it was one of my best blocks too.  I can’t wait to piece them all together and finalize the quilt too!  

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Movie Suggestion Post #97

Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5.  Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is usually a pretty good rating (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). I usually rate based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.]

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 1989 (w/ Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin) – 3.5 stars – Yes, this movie is good. I really do like it and hadn’t seen it since maybe 1992. I think I could re-watch it every year now because it is funny and actually well done.  I like 80’s movies (for the most part).  The story is about two kids who have a band (though they don’t know how to play their instruments yet).  When one of them is threatened to be sent to military school and the other doesn’t seem to really know much of anything school related at all, they decide to study hard so they can have their band in the future.  Because their future seems to not have that outlook, a man from the future comes to help them go back in history to learn firsthand about what their teacher is trying to get across their heads.  It leads to some strange situations but is fun.
content:  teen boys look at a woman’s cleavage, teen boys call women “babes”, some innuendos, deceit, guy’s midriff shown, boxers shown sticking out of pants, kissing (including a known barbarian who kisses a servant without asking or her seeming to be interested), someone is kicked out of a bedroom because they may have walked into a room where sex was happening (nothing at all shown, but you figure that is the case), sword fighting, shooting, people drinking in a bar and smoking, disobedience, stealing, language: (someone is called a “fag”, and “dickweed”), the “s” word said once in English and several times in French, misuse of the word “hell”billandted2bill and ted 3

Coyote Ugly 2000 (w/ Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Tyra Banks, John Goodman) – 2.5 stars – This is about a girl who has dreams of having her songs being used by big singing sensations.  She decides to move from Perth Amboy, NJ (I’ve been there myself for shows during the time that this movie came out) into NYC where she thinks she’ll get her break.  While there she meets a guy who works as a burger flipper and she ends up landing a job at a place called Coyote Ugly where girls are dancing bar tenders.  The place is chaotic.  LeAnn Rimes makes a cameo appearance.  This movie had a pretty good plot and at least they sorta showed how you can’t easily get known by just trying to bring your songs into places (she uses cassette tapes which made me laugh).  I think I would have liked this more if I didn’t hate the objectification of women throughout it (you’ll have to check the content for that).  I fast forwarded through a couple scenes too.  The music wasn’t that great in the film by the way. haha.
content: immodesty throughout (women shown in bras, underwear, taking off tops where some are shown naked from the back, women’s midriffs shown throughout and cleavage is shown too), a man shown naked in bed with a sheet just covering his man-part, kissing (and passionately), women and men dancing very seductively and stripping a bit (such as men taking their shirts off and women rubbing their bodies), talk about virginity, lots of drinking and alcohol throughout the movie (no drunkenness shown), dangerous driving shown, women being cat-called and objectified throughout, pre-marital sex (not shown but you know it happens), a woman shown wearing just a sheet, language: (“s” word used a few times, short “b” word used a few times, “hell” used incorrectly, “d” word, God’s name used in vain)

It Happened at the World Fair 1963 (w/ Elvis Presley, Gary Lockewood, Vicki Tiu, Diane Warren) – 2.5 stars – So many strange things about this movie.  First off a man leaves his tiny niece with strange men he just met for the first time to take care of.  It was really strange, Also just the womanizing done by Elvis’ character is really annoying.  The plot is basically a guy who is going to the World’s Fair hoping to make some moolah.  Because the little girl who he had already met before and took care of at another point gets pretty much abandoned, he starts to care for her.  The whole time he comes across a nurse that he wants to swoop off her feet.  It had good music, but not much else.  It was nice that one of the lead roles was Asian who didn’t have to speak “Engrish” but talked with a normal English accent is something rare for a 60’s movie.  That part made me happy.  There is also a smuggling incident included in the story.
content: abandonment, a guy lusts in front of a little girl and gives double meanings to the things he says, lots of objectification of women, kissing, fist fights, immodesty, people threaten to shoot someone,  someone bites someone’s finger, smoking, talk about drinking

What Women Want 2000 (w/ Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Ada) – 2.75 stars – This is about a man who pretty much has a way with women and knows how to get them where he wants them.  He is a charmer, though very selfish.  He suddenly has to take care of his daughter for a while and is pushed aside at his job.  He decides to try out products at his job that are geared towards women and an accident happens that now causes him to be able to hear women’s thoughts.  Although it frustrates him, he uses it sometimes for good and sometimes for his own desires.  In the end he realizes that he hasn’t been the best guy in the world.  It is a good lesson learning movie.  The content threw this film off though.  It could have been better.  The concept was good and Mel Gibson was great.
content: a whole burlesque scene at the beginning of the film of a little boy surrounded by half naked women with pasties and lingerie on, a teenage girl talks about how she wants to lose her virginity, a woman states what she wants sexually as she is in bed with a man – he is wearing no shirt and she is in a bra (I fast forwarded through most of this so I don’t really know what went on otherwise), a man shown naked on a toilet covering his man part (you see the entire profile of him being nude), a man shown often without a shirt on and wearing just a towel, kissing, marijuana shown, smoking, a man drinking with intent of becoming drunk, deceit, sexual innuendos, a girl talks about her boyfriend going up her shirt and noted that she is not wearing a bra,  a teen girl making out with her boyfriend, a few near death situations, language: (a lot of the “s” word, “hell” used incorrectly, God’s name used blasphemously, the “d” word)

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box   2013/2014 (w/ Aneurin Barnard, Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, Keeley Hawes, Xavier Atkins, Lena Headey, Mella Carron) – 3.75 stars –  I have not read the G.P. Taylor’s steam-punk tale that this is based off of, but goodness this story was really well developed!  This is an adventure/mystery/thriller tale about a teen boy named Mariah Mundi who lives in the Victorian age of England.  His parents suddenly say goodbye to him and his brother, leaving them with something in which many are in search for.  Mariah and his brother get separated and they work their ways to find one another and to solve the mystery of what they were given.  I thought this was a kiddie cheesy movie when I saw the title and the picture that went with it, but as I watched it, it was certainly nothing like that at all.  It was very good and I don’t think it would be good for a kid under 11 to see this, because of some scary imagery.
content: gun shooting, a gun that vaporizes people, a man falls to his death, slavery is shown (children chained doing labor), a man hits other people with his cane’s club handle, a teen girl falls on top of a teen boy and they kiss gently very briefly after gazing at one another’s eyes, name calling, social drinking (no drunkenness shown), a man shown smoking, scary imagery (such as cards flying up and spinning around people and some monsters), cleavage shown, a teen asks for some spirit’s help at one point, Mariah mundi2

Gothika 2003 (w/ Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penelope Cruz, Charles S. Dutton, John Carroll Lynch) – 3. stars – I used to have this rated higher but because of the content I had to lower it.  I saw this about a year after it came out and haven’t seen it since.  A woman works as a psychologist in a mental facility that her husband runs.  Suddenly she finds herself as a patient there and she is blanked out about her memories of what happened to cause her to be there.  Bits and pieces come to her at a time and there is only one person who worked with her who seems to believe her and have faith in her.  It is an excellent story and will definitely cause you to wonder what is going on throughout it.  I love psychological thrillers.  The outcome of thestory is surprising and unexpected!
content:  women are shown naked in this in an open shower at a mental facility, a woman is shown tied to a bed without a top on seen from a distance, immodesty, kissing, a woman is attacked and sliced with a razor on her arm, scary imagery, talk about murder, talk about rape (a woman in the institution talks a bit graphically about her abuse), alcohol shown (not being consumed), smoking shown, flashbacks that show blood, language: (God’s name in vain, the “s” word used a few times, “f” word 1x, “hell” used incorrectly)

Meant to Be 2012 (w/ Bradley Dorsey,Erika Eleniak, Erin Sossamon, Della Reese, Dean Cain) – 2.5 stars – Another Christian movie that slacks a lot and almost did a good job if it didn’t have such a dragging story.  It had a bit of a sci-fi twist to it though that was neat.  It is basically about a guy who is in search of his birth mother and wants to just see what she is like.  It also follows the pain of a teen girl who is pregnant and thinking about possibly ending her child’s life.  It wasn’t a bad movie, it was just boring.  The message was good though.
content: talk about abortions, talk about death

Sins of My Father 2009 (documentary) – 3 stars- This follows the son of Pablo Escobar who reigned as a drug lord of Colombia in the 1970s-early 1990’s.  It follows what he went through as a son and how he has overcome becoming just like his dad as many thought would happen in search for peace with those whom his father harmed.  It was good but a bit slow at times.
content:: gruesome scenes of dead bodies shown or assassinations shown, some bad language every so often

From Here to Eternity 1953 (w/ Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober) – 3 stars – This was a very sad movie that focuses on three men who are soldiers stationed in Hawaii right before the Pearl Harbor bombing.  They all know one another in some way and each of them have various problems.  One man just seems to be mocked by someone who calls him, “Wop” constantly and he pretty much takes out his problems on alcohol and girls to feel better.  Another man is a bugle boy who doesn’t give himself much credit and who is falling for a girl while wanting to be appreciated more as a soldier.  The last one is a sergeant who is falling for a higher officer’s wife.  The stories were all very sad, sincerely.  I again have a hard time with movies that make it seem like affairs are okay.  The actors in this movie did such an amazing job portraying their characters.
content: kissing, men shown with their shirts off, women dressed modestly but are most likely call girls or prostitutes to “entertain” men at a bar, lots of smoking and drinking (and drunkenness), a man gets tangled with a married woman and they are shown making out on a beach and we know they are doing other things though it is never shown, murders (you know it happens but it is not actually shown on screen), war violence, fist fights (including one that is pretty long), racial slurs

The Munsters 1964-1965 (TV show) – 3.25 stars – This show is so much fun.  I used to watch it when I was a little girl as well as the films for it too.  It had great make-up and is a wholesome family who are. . . .weird.  You have a Count vampire who loves experimenting and his daughter Lilly who is married to Frankenstein’s monster named Herman Munster.  They have a son too who is a little werewolf boy who has a pet dragon.  They have their normal niece living with them too who can never hook a husband because of her family, but she loves her family so much!.  I am surprised this was only a two-season show (70 eps).  Fred Gwynne’s laugh is hilarious to me and I love Yvonne De Carlo’s sweetness and outfit and long hair.  haha.  Al Lewis is funny.  I allowed my son to watch a bunch of episodes with me.  A lot of people compare it with the Addams Family, but I’ve always been more of a Munsters fan.
content: Th grandpa says the other term used for donkey several times in the episodes, there is talk of spirits (rarely though), smoking, drinking, people breaking into other people’s houses, hitting, calling people ugly (who aren’t ugly at all), talk about death in a good way, people thinking a nice guy is scary because of his appearance, spouses assuming the other is unfaithful (they never are)themunsters


“What Happened to Your Outfit Posts?”

I used to post an outfit post either every week to every month depending on various factors: We used to have more money so I could afford to buy more clothes (Rob never complained about me doing so since he likes how I dress) or companies would send me free clothes at times or people would give me vintage clothes that belonged to family members who either died or had no use for them any longer (mainly vintage or handmade items).

I had hoped to mix up some of my older clothing a bit for newer posts and I did post maybe two outfit posts early on in the year.  Now that the end of the year is nearing, I realized I failed in this goal, but at the same time, I am glad about this.

I used to make it a priority to buy clothes and it was for the purpose of showing how modesty can be beautiful in a culture filled with sexualized fashions.  I did it as a sort of way to promote beauty through modesty without being frumpy, and it was swell for the time I did so.  I still hold true to my thoughts on the importance of modesty.  It is odd to me at times how I can get hit on by men or cat-called wearing modest clothing even.  If I were dressed immodestly, how much worse would that be?  I recently went somewhere with my children and parents, but my husband was working.  I was wearing jeans, Converse All-Stars, and a muscle tank that covered me (so no cleavage, a 3″ shoulder coverage, and slightly baggy rather than fitted even and high in the pit area).  A guy who worked at the place we went to asked me for a date in front of all, giving me a meeting place and time on the spot, and thought I was my sons’ sister!  I appeal to men I meet without trying to draw any of their attention.  If I were dressed immodestly, I am sure it would be much worse.  I value my relationship with my husband and leave my immodesty for our times alone.

At the same time my lack of clothing posts is because before I even did these outfit posts, I had all my clothes in a box in our closet that I lived out of and I had absolutely no problem doing so.  I wore the same things pretty much every week or daily.  I had one pair of jeans and a few skirts (most that ended up ripping because I wore them so often) and a few shirts and maybe two dresses.  To me that was enough and even maybe too much.  I like living simply.  I like trusting in God with this scripture: Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:25-33inthebluethumbThe truth? I have a hard time seeing people post pictures of the loads of clothes they buy from places and how expensive some of them are.  I see people who photograph their closets filled with clothes and I see they can wear one dress per day for a few months and it boggles my mind because it is excess!  You don’t NEED all those clothes.  Why do people need to have 7 pairs of jeans? I will gladly live in a pair of jeans every day for three weeks before even washing them (yeah, maybe that makes me a bit of a dirt bag, but I don’t wash them so often because I want them to last since I wear them so much and washing them also wears them out faster).  I recently looked through my clothes and noticed that I seriously stain things so badly.  I wear things until they get ripped, torn (and I try to fix them if possible).  I wear a t-shirt that has paint all over it that never washed out, but because it matches a color on the shirt, people don’t notice and still compliment the shirt, even though I’ve owned it for 7 years.  I now have a dresser (hand-me-down that is also falling apart haha) and sometimes it pains me how full it has become even if they are mainly over-worn clothes. . .I want to live out of a box again.  As a follower of Christ, I shouldn’t want clothes at all.  I shouldn’t worry about those things.  I stopped following loads of fashion blogs because it just made me want more and I’ve felt discontented in what I had. I don’t want to want, but be thankful and content with what the LORD has given me and be blessed that I have something to wear each day at all.

This outfit pictured is a dress I bought two years ago on sale at some store at the mall because I wanted to wear something “modern” and not vintage to my high school reunions (I went to two schools in high school and was invited to both reunions even though one I only attended in 9th grade).  I also wore this dress to my friend’s wedding in that same season.  It pretty much is my “wear-to-events” dress.  These photos are from early June (to explain the tan).  Sorry for the delayed outfit post. I never posted an official outfit post until now for this dress.

I may or may not post outfits in the future….depends on if more and more clothes keep ripping where I can’t fix them any more.  I’ll probably end up thrifting whatever I do get for extra cheap though. I’m cool with wearing what I have for another year or two if they last that long though.  Another reason why I don’t buy so much is because of all the slave-made clothing too…..oh but that is a whole other story in itself!!

If you read this post, don’t feel guilty at all about what I’ve said as this is a personal thought being revealed and doesn’t mean you should do what I do.  This has been a deep conviction of mine for 8 years and although I had fun doing outfit posts over the years, it made me vain and ruined me in various ways.  I feel pretty free lately as God lifts these burdens from me.  God has been re-prioritizing my life and I am thankful to Him in so many ways.

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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 40 of 52

chillyoutsidethumbringaroundthemicahthumb grilledcheesesuccessthumbhorseshoingitthumb1. The more that I age, the more I become simple in so many ways.
2. Micah tells me he gets sad when people don’t find him to be cute.  I haven’t heard one person yet who doesn’t find him cute!
3, This man can really only cook grilled cheese and mac & cheese.  He has become so fond of making grilled cheese while grilling it in ketchup for flavor. It tastes really good.  We ate lunch outside together this weekend because of how beautiful it was outside.
4. Leto playing with plastic horseshoes with friends (who aren’t pictured).

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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 39 of 52

cheeringonhisbrothumbhangingoutwithmybigboythumb gocutiepiegothumb fixingthewindowthumb1. and 2. Leto and I were hanging out together watching Micah’s soccer game.  It was such a gorgeous day. We didn’t really do much different than last week.  Leto has been hoping people will donate money through his fundraiser to build a church in Asia where there may only be one pastor for dozens of villages but no place to meet together to worship.  He will bake cookies for all those who donate $25 or more (read the info on the link about that).

3. Micah got to play goalie for a portion of his second soccer game.  He doesn’t really seem interested in soccer as much as I think he thought he would, but he has been having a nice time regardless.  I’m just glad he fit in Leto’s old soccer clothes and cleats!  He seems more interested in sitting with the “girls that are beautiful” as he says (there is a girl on each team) and being silly on the field than actually playing. . but hey, he’s 5.

4. Rob fixing an issue with one of our windows.  He saw something out of place hanging out and was irritated by its sight and had to fix it.  After I took this he said, “Did you just take my photo?”  . . .I like seeing him and capturing each moment, what can I say? He’s so cute.


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