Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 27th: International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Throughout history people have tired to extinguish the Jews. Every time they fail because God is on their side and He fights for them. Today the battle to wipe Israel off the map continues with anti Semitism cropping up again--- sneaking into the church with its fancy name "Replacement Theology", and Nations coming against her, but once against they will not succeed because God will fight for them.

This picture is what you see after going through Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum)-- in the midst of persecution for generations--- Israel continues to live and they have come back to the Land once again.

Today, I am remembering the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust: the children who's names I heard as I walked into the first section of Yad Vashem, the families, the single people, the elderly--- I saw their pictures, I read their names, and read their stories. I remember my relative, Bina Bornshtein, and possibly other relatives who's names I don't know. And I remember those who miraculously survived like my adopted grandparents, Michael and Sema.

There is hope
if we cry out with praise him all together
[b/c] faith is stronger than fear
[we] won't "fall", won't tremble
b/c we are not alone
we have the one G-d
(Benny Friedman)

#neverforget
#maytheirmemoriesbeablessing #internationalholocaustremembranceday #shoah #yeshtikvah #yeshuaishatikvah

Anti-Semitism in the Church Today


Some thoughts I wrote on anti-semitism a little over a year ago...  still true for today.

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Recently due to some friends recommending a documentary online, I wasted some time and watched it-- "Marching to Zion" and then wasted some more time watching clips from "Did the Holocaust Really Happen" which was made by the same group. I came away from them totally shocked and disgusted with the anti-semitism expressed and spoken in the documentaries I can't believe that someone could speak so nonchalantly about the Shoah as if gas chambers and bodies being burned was a trip to the grocery store and being loaded into cattle cars and having to shave their heads was just a normal everyday occurrence. Calling the stories of survivors lies and the nation of Israel a fraud and then blaming Christians who believe that Israel is still God's chosen people for the muslim's hatred of America... I don't even know what words to use.

I am saddened to see how Replacement theology has crept into the church today and also to see Christians embracing anti-semitic lies. When I read the writings of the early church fathers it's no wonder that they (the Jews) wouldn't come over to "our side" ("Christianity"). No wonder my unsaved Jewish friends are confused today about who Christians really are.... We have Hitler who quoted from Martin Luther and was influenced by his book "The Jews and Their Lies". Then we have Natzis who burned down synagogues full of people all while singing Christian hymns (Did I mention that Luther wrote about how synagogues needed to be burned?). Many people believe that the anti-semitism found in works by early church leaders (not just Luther-- many of the others as well: Calvin, Jerome, Augustine of Hippo, etc.) paved the way for the Holocaust.

During the time of the Reformation Jews who come to faith in the Lord were ordered to break all ties with their people and publicly renounce all customs.... feasts of the Hebrews..... prayers... Sabbaths.... etc. Basically publicly confess that they were renouncing their Jewishess.

But it has never been an issue of the Jews coming over to "our side". It's the story of Ruth - Jew and Gentile becoming one in the Messiah. We've been grafted in with His chosen people. God never turned His back on Israel and yes even though they are blind right now to knowing that He is their Messiah God will open their eyes. His promises and His covenant with Jacob still stand today.

#somethoughtsonantisemitsim #neverforget #Godspromise 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sewing!

Quite a few months ago....  March to be exact~ I found this sparkly dress at the Goodwill and loved it!  I thought it would be fun to fix up a bit.  I don't wear spaghetti straps and the back was a bit on the low side for me so those of the things I wanted to change about the dress.  I decided to model my dress after Disney's live action Cinderella (the movie is incredible, btw!).


Someday, I want to do this dance from the ball-scene!  I love it!
So, I went to JoAnns with my sister and tried to find a matching blue tulle... which was basically impossible!  Everything was either too blue and didn't match the soft blue or brought out a greenish tent in the sequences.  Defiantly did not want that.

Matching.....
Finally, I settled on a white cause-- you can't go wrong with white!


Then my other sister and mother helped me sew it on--- literally sew it on me.  Apparently I need one of those dress forms....


Then we had to figure out what to do with all the extra fabric everywhere.  I did *not* want my dress to look like Elsa from Frozen!  Oh, and by the way, this fabric got glitter all over the place!  I loved it! So much fun!!



I asked a seamstress friend for an idea of what to do with all my extra, bulky fabric.  She sent me these beautiful illustrations of her ideas!

by Mrs. Silliman

by Mrs. Silliman

I ended up doing Idea #1 with a little blue rose accessory pin and left the fabric draped down, but I wore my hair down so the flower didn't even show--- oh well!

After my sister and mother tacked everything~~ I sewed it all together.


And then ta-da!!  It was finished!!

Front view 
Side view in action
My siblings decided to get in on the action and all find their own unique sequence/sparkle looks!  I think I started a pretty fun trend. :)



So.....  that's how I put together my "Cinderella Dress"!!  

This year I've been sewing a *lot* more!  I started helping out with sewing for Northwest Classical Ballet's Cinderella show this past Spring and am looking forward to helping with the costume sewing for the Nutcracker production this winter!  Brace yourselves, I plan to post lots more pictures of sewing!  And I keep visiting the Goodwill and the dress section keeps calling my name-- so you never know what will be up next for editing and adjusting and dressing up!



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hey Girls, It's Not That Hard to Find Modest Swimwear

I thought I'd do a post on purchasing Modest Swimwear that's also affordable!  I'm a swim coach so I'm in the water often during the week and the chlorine certainly doesn't waste time in consuming your swim clothes!  Here are some tips that my sisters and I use to find affordable swimwear.

First, there are several great companies out there that make some lovely modest swim clothes...  Here are a few of my favorite: 
There are even options out there to make your own swimsuit!  Fresh Modesty is by far my favorite and something I'd totally like to do someday-- Summer just keeps getting away from me each year! 

For most of the modest swimwear companies we're looking at $80 plus for a swimsuit....  if that's not in your budget for a swimsuit or if you're looking to save money-- here's what I do to get a modest swimsuit that will will not break your wallet and is pretty cute too!!  

Personally, I wanted a swimsuit that didn't have a low neckline, I was ok with a tank, I wanted a skirt or shorts, and I personally prefer to have some swim pants just above the knee.  I'd totally recommend taking some time to figure out what you want!  That way you have an idea when you start to look rather then going in totally blind!



First....
Swim Tops 

My sisters and I are always looking for tops at the Thrift Stores in the active/athletic wear area.  We usually pick up a new top or two whenever our old one starts to deteriorate from the chlorine.  You can get a decent top from the Thrift Stores anywhere from $2.50 to $9.99.  If you don't like tank there are plenty of short sleeved active wear shirts too! 

We also keep an eye at our local grocery store's clothing area... after summer the swim section goes on a huge sale! 

With lower necklines on swim tops we've found that using a colored sports bra will bring up your neckline.  Depending on the type it might also help with the shoulders and back area for extra coverage.



Next....
Swim Skirt/Boards Shorts

Tennis Skirts are my favorite to use to a swim skirt!  The fabric is already perfect for swimming and they have shorts build into them.  The Thrift Store also has a section with boards shorts which can also look pretty cute with your swimsuit!

Last time my local grocery store had a huge swim sale I bought a pair of their swim boards shorts and I love them!

Optional....
Swim Pants


My pants were the most expensive part of my swimsuit!  There are other cheaper options out there... such as on Etsy, but back when I needed them I needed something right away so when I found these Rach Guard Short Pants they were exactly what I wanted.  So far, they've held up longer then some of my swim tops!

Finally....
Piece everything together.....


 


And you have a swimsuit!  Super easy, right?

Where do you get your modest swimwear?  Have you ever made your own suit?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tips for Playing Harp at a Formal Event

or What I Learned from Playing Harp at a Formal Event....  :)


Awhile ago I was hired to play harp for a benefit fundraiser.  It was an amazing opportunity and I was happy to be able to help with the musical atmosphere for a great benefit!  Here are some things I learned from playing at the benefit as well as a few additional tips:

Number 1: Find out what the dress is for the event-- then dress the part!  I wore formal clothing and was so glad that I did!!  When I arrived to the benefit I was surprised to see how fancy and very formal everyone was.  Wearing anything else I would have been under dressed.   

Number 2: Arrive early with time to set up, tune, decide where the instrument should be placed, become familiar with your surroundings, and if you don't bring your own chair-- get comfortable with a provided chair.

Number 3: Find out exactly what time you are expected to start playing and what time they would like you to stop.  Wear a watch or have one nearby!

Number 4: Bring a mat that will stick to the floor so that your harp will not slide on the flooring. 
I played in a room that had wood flooring and boy did my harp slip!!!  I had to keep it squeezed tightly between my knees the entire time which made for a very uncomfortable position, sore legs, and worry over keeping my harp from sliding.

Number 5: It is ok to play the same song twice....  or three times!
Just add in some ornaments the next time through, play up an octave, or do something creative!  I think as harpists we get away a bit on this.  It's a harp and to everyone else it's angelic or some sort of an amazing instrument they've never seen up close before....  so yes some random broken chords before starting the next verse will sound heavenly. :)


Number 6: It's ok to play the same song again later on!
Seriously no one is going to notice!!  That is unless they are sitting next to you listening to every single song and making check marks.  But, hey no one is doing that!  

Number 7: Bring extra music!!!
Nope, not for the audience...  Bring extra music for YOU!!  As background music in a crowded noisy room no one is going to notice when you play piece a third time through, but YOU are going to notice and you'll probably start to get bored over some of the same music especially if you are playing for a long time.

Number 8: Have some music to fall back on
Have something or a few favorite pieces memorized.  Pieces that you can be creative with-- without sheet music.  There were a few times when I was playing that I just needed to go to a solid piece-- so I played through of the very first Irish piece I learned on the harp.  It's a lullaby which I've played around with and experimented with in my practice times so it's the perfect piece for when there's a lull in playing or you just need something to play.

Numbers 4, 7, and 8 were especially great ones for me!  I did get bored with my music and I don't ever want to have a sliding harp experience again!!

Have you ever played at a formal event?  What would you add to the list?

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Favorite Things: Blog Tag!

I received a blog tag!! Elanee over at Elanee's Endeavors tagged me for a Favorite Things Christmas Posting though I think I'll have to change it to Winter Posting of Few of My Favorite Things!

I just realized today that this has been in my drafts since January....  I better post it!

Winter Posting ~ These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
Blog Tag ~ Questions & Answers

1. What are some of your favorite "Snuggle Weather" books?
I'm not sure...  haha!  I guess my favorites would be whatever I am currently reading!  I read constantly!

2. What is your favorite wintry snack?
Hmmm...  what's the definition of wintry snack?  I guess during the winter time I like anything from pumpkin to chocolate!  

3. What are some of your favorite hot drinks?
Hot Chocolate, Sugar Plum Tea (the best tea ever!  I wish they had this year 'round), and Mocha.  Seriously though....  I drink blended Mochas in the winter cause they're that great!!

4. What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?
The Nativity- hands down- yes I watch it any time of the year and A Royal Christmas

5. What are some of your favorite holiday songs?
What Child is This, O Holy Night, any Hanukkah covers by the Maccabeats, Hanukkah, O Hanukkah, and so on...  I love songs!

6. Favorite snow day crafts?
Does playing outside in the snow count?  I like sledding, ice skating on the road if there is ice, and building snowmen with my youngest siblings!  Other then that...  I think making blankets are perfect winter projects-- they keep you nice and warm!


7. Do you want to build a snowman?      
Yes!  I build one every time we have snow even if it's only a little bit! :)

I'm tagging... whoever is reading this that would like to do it! 

Hope you enjoyed my extremely late Winter Favorites!! 
Thanks for the tag, Elanee!  I promise to post in due time in the future. :) 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Recipe: Butterscotch Bars | WF


This is a super easy recipe!  It only requires 5 ingredients that I'm sure you probably already have on hand in your kitchen!!  My family loved the recipe so much that we've already made it twice!

Wheat Free Butterscotch Bars 
 ~adapted from HeavenlyHomemakers.com
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cup Sucanat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  •  2 cups Spelt Flour
  • White chocolate chips (opt.) 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F

Melt the butter and stir in the Sucanat.  Add vanilla and eggs- mix well.  Stir in the Spelt and once everything is well combined pour into a greased 9x13" pan.  I used parchment paper as well which I greased with coconut oil.  This way I didn't have any sticking problem!!  Sprinkle with the optional white chocolate chips  Bake at 350*F for 25 min or longer...  I baked for about 33 min, but I was using a roaster oven and the heat likes to escape out of the top. :)

Let cool, slice, and enjoy!

Now go and make another one cause this one will not last long!!