Oh the brisk air, back to school and beautiful nights can only mean one thing… Fall is around the corner. The older I get the more and more I LOVE fall. I’m a summer girl with sunshine and water but I’m starting to love Fall just as much. Football games, sweatshirts and hot cocoa:) What’s not to love?!?! And of course I’m going to mention how fun it is to shop for Fall clothes and layers! I’m loving this top and I have a few more I can’t wait to post because they are perfect pieces to transition into fall. When it’s still a little warm out but you want to wear long sleeves and jeans. And I am loving how casual or dressy you can make this top. Here’s to an amazing Fall filled with wonderful layers and lots and lots of hot cocoa:) Love, Brig
Sometimes you have those sweet moments in life that you know will be etched on your heart forever. Tonight was one of those. Every year before the first day of school daddy gives the girls blessings, we pray together and I read this letter. This year Kira said the prayer and that prayer will be etched on my heart forever
Dear Kira, Bentley & Presley,
Tomorrow is a big day. First & Sixth Grade – wow.
Girlies – When I was in Sixth grade, there was a little boy in my class named Adam.
Adam looked a little different and he wore funny clothes and sometimes he even smelled a little bit. Adam didn’t smile. He hung his head low and he never looked at anyone at all. Adam never did his homework. I don’t think his parents reminded him like yours do. The other kids teased Adam a lot. Whenever they did, his head hung lower and lower and lower. I never teased him, but I never told the other kids to stop, either.
And I never talked to Adam, not once. I never invited him to sit next to me at lunch, or to play with me at recess. Instead, he sat and played by himself. He must have been very lonely.
I still think about Adam every day. I wonder if Adam remembers me? Probably not. I bet if I’d asked him to play, just once, he’d still remember me.
I think that God puts people in our lives as gifts to us. The children in your class this year, they are some of God’s gifts to you.
So please treat each one like a gift from God. Every single one.
Girlies, if you see a child being left out, or hurt, or teased, a little part of your heart will hurt a little. Your daddy and I want you to trust that heart- ache. Your whole life, we want you to notice and trust your heart-ache. That heart ache is called compassion, and it is God’s signal to you to do something. It is God saying, Girlies! Wake up! One of my babies is hurting! Do something to help! Whenever you feel compassion – be thrilled! It means God is speaking to you, and that is magic. It means He trusts you and needs you.
Sometimes the magic of compassion will make you step into the middle of a bad situation right away.
Compassion might lead you to tell a teaser to stop it and then ask the teased kid to play. You might invite a left-out kid to sit next to you at lunch. You might choose a kid for your team first who usually gets chosen last. These things will be hard to do, but you can do hard things.
Sometimes you will feel compassion but you won’t step in right away. That’s okay, too. You might choose instead to tell your teacher and then tell us. We are on your team – we are on your whole class’ team. Asking for help for someone who is hurting is not tattling, it is doing the right thing. If someone in your class needs help, please tell me, baby. We will make a plan to help together.
When God speaks to you by making your heart hurt for another, by giving you compassion, just do something. Please do not ignore God whispering to you. I so wish I had not ignored God when He spoke to me about Adam. I remember Him trying, I remember feeling compassion, but I chose fear over compassion. I wish I hadn’t. Adam could have used a friend and I could have, too.
Girlies – We do not care if you are the smartest or fastest or coolest or funniest. There will be lots of contests at school, and we don’t care if you win a single one of them. We don’t care if you get straight As. We don’t care if the girls think you’re cute or whether you’re picked first or last for kickball at recess. We don’t care if you are your teacher’s favorite or not. We don’t care if you have the best clothes or most Pokemon cards or coolest gadgets. We just don’t care.
We don’t send you to school to become the best at anything at all. We already love you as much as we possibly could. You do not have to earn our love or pride and you can’t lose it. That’s done.
We send you to school to practice being brave and kind.
Kind people are brave people. Because brave is not a feeling that you should wait for. It is a decision. It is a decision that compassion is more important than fear, than fitting in, than following the crowd. Tweet: Brave isn’t a feeling—brave is a decision that compassion is more important than fear.
Trust me, baby, it is. It is more important.
Don’t try to be the best this year, honey.
Just be grateful and kind and brave. That’s all you ever need to be.
Take care of those classmates of yours, and your teacher, too. You Belong to Each Other. You are one lucky boy . . . with all of these new gifts to unwrap this year.
I love you so much that my heart might explode.
Enjoy and cherish your gifts.
And thank you for being my favorite gift of all time.
Letter By The Momastery Blog: http://momastery.com/blog/2014/08/21/the-one-letter-to-read/
Oh I’m so happy to be back! I have had a crazy year…but I’ll save that for another blog post. If your new to this blog let me just tell you that I’m not a fashion blogger. I’m a fashion designer and I love showing you how I style my favorite pieces. But I have to be honest I’m not the most consistent blogger. I have 3 littles that are my whole world and I don’t want to miss any of it because they get big so fast so when they are all snuggled in their beds dreaming of dancing fairies that’s my magic time. But seriously lets talk about this fabulous floral dress. How adorable is this for Fall?!?! And I can’t wait to wear it with boots too when it gets a little colder and Spring…Oh my, the possibilities are endless. Who doesn’t love classy, comfy pieces to just throw on and go? You will see a lot of that here. I’m a big fan of comfort! So excited to show you all the new fall arrivals! If you are too antsy and can’t wait for my next post… Check out some new arrivals at sexymodest.com
If there is a favorite Fall color of mine it is burgundy! And the best part of about burgundy is that it is always a hot Fall color. I love comfy dresses like this that I can throw on for church or a date night. They make the perfect pieces in your wardrobe because you can just add the latest trends to accessorize. In this case I went with fringe heels because fringe is so popular this fall and a floppy hat. Now all I need is carmel apple spice in my hands:)
Ahhhh everyone knows I am a summer girl, but I can’t deny how amazing Fall is! Pumpkin spice, crisp air, comfy sweaters and warm drinks. I get pretty excited for all the new fall clothes! Plaids, Denim, Scarves and boots:) Who doesn’t love all of the textures and fall colors?!?! Carmel Apple Spice from Starbucks is calling my name! One thing I love about Fall is I feel like denim and plaids always have a way of making the perfect comfy-casual outfits! I’m loving everything about this skirt! It’s cozy and adorable and can be worn with just a tee and then it’s easy to add layers and boots. Don’t forget to find the perfect Fall plaid top. I’m loving this red and blue. Here’s to Fall and all the cute new things coming your way!