Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Modest Dresses

I'm in a never ending quest to find modest clothing that is also cute. While I want to remain modest in everything that I do, I also don't want to look like I'm wearing a sack cloth! One of my favorite clothing suppliers is Corset Story. Yes, you can get corsets there, but they also have an amazing supply of vintage looking dresses. And if you know me, I love the 1950's clothing line!

Now, these dresses are rather pricey, especially for my cheap money saving self. Back a few months ago I received an email from Corset Story, for their Rock-A-Billy dresses, where I could get three of their dresses for a total of $150! After asking my husband, who was shocked I had to even ask at those prices, I bought my three dresses.

This dress is actually sleeveless, but pairing it with a cardigan made the dress more modest. It comes to my knees, and is such a fun print! You can buy the dress Here. Be sure to check the sizing guide, as these dresses are made in the UK and are different numbers then US sizes.

This dress is more dressy and classic. Pairing it with a simple turban wrap left a more classic look. You can buy the dress Here

This is my Passover dress/wrap. I love the contrasting buttons and the tulle bottom. I had a lot of compliments on this dress and it was so comfortable to wear the entire day. You can buy the dress Here

I have many modest dresses, and a lot more dresses that I've had to refashion into modest ones. It doesn't take a lot to look nice, but be covered as well!

Until Next Time,

Passover/First Fruits Week 2015

This year has been a trying year for us. We've been going through a rough time helping two people get away from some people that are serious monsters. I can't go into more of it then what I just stated, but we needed time to just be together and love on one another. It just happened that the Passover Seder and beginning of First Fruits was coming up and it was just what we needed.

For those of you who don't know, the Passover Seder is a celebration when G-d released the Jewish people from their slavery and oppression in Egypt. We remember and celebrate the Seder as is commanded in the Torah. The very next day, though, starts a celebration into First Fruits. First Fruits is the celebration when the first harvest comes ready for harvest. This is usually the barley harvest. We are commanded to eat matzo bread for seven days during this celebration, and to rejoice in the harvest that has been given.

As Messianic Jews this holiday serves so much more significance than just a barley harvest, or remembering the freedom of the Jews from Egypt. Yeshua (Jesus to the modern church) was crucified and brought back to life during this week, over two thousand years ago. He is the Passover Lamb, the perfect sacrifice, and the First Fruits. 

1 Cor. 15:20 But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died. 

21 For since death came through a man, also the resurrection of the dead has come through a man. 
22 For just as in connection with Adam all die, so in connection with the Messiah all will be made alive. 

23 But each in his own order: the Messiah is the firstfruits; then those who belong to the Messiah, at the time of his coming; 

Yeshua is the First Fruits, and when we- as Messianic Jews- celebrate Passover and First Fruits we not only celebrate as G-d commanded in the Torah, but we remember fully Yeshua's sacrifice for us and His victory over death and the grave.

We are so fortunate that our congregation loves to serve each other, and do it in a way that lets you know that you are needed and wanted. It was such a blast helping set up the Seder meal, running around like a chicken with my head cut off as we had forgotten a couple of place settings, and just enjoying time with friends and family. It was a blast just to be together, serving and having so much fun while doing it! The full symbolism of the Passover Seder; from the bitter herbs, to the horseradish root all meant so much and was very interesting for our children to experience. We did warn our children to only take a little of the horseradish root onto their matzo bread. Jackasauraus looks at me and says, "OK" only to shove the whole blob of horseradish root into his mouth! Once we got him calmed down, it was quite comical to look back on! Next year I'm willing to bet he will listen!

Our children, in the congregation, got up to ask the four questions for Passover. They did amazing asking us the questions in Hebrew! Then they sang us a song in Hebrew. We were all quite impressed!

Daddy was getting a little hungry waiting for the meal to start, so Alexsaur's cheeks were a good snack to tide him over!

After dinner our music team got up and sang a gorgeous song about the power of the blood of Yeshua, while some members of our dance team walked around with a dark red scarf that they passed over the people sitting. The symbolism and beauty in the words didn't leave a dry eye in the entire place.

Finally, after drinking our fourth cup of grape juice, it was time for celebration! And there's nothing like just dancing to celebrate!

This night, and the rest of the nights remaining, are just what we needed to regroup and really relax as a family. We still have a few nights left of eating Matzo bread, but we remember and honor not only what G-d did for the people of Israel, not only what His son Yeshua did for us on the cross, but what He is doing in our lives now. 

Baruch haba b'shem Adonai

Until Next Time,

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