Wednesday, April 12, 2006

modesty this Spring

Spring is here. Time for mini-skirts, bikinis and halter tops! Whoa! Anyone who knows me is shaking their head to clear the cobwebs that must be in front of their eyes because they know that I do not wear those things. Don't think me toorighteous, though. I don't not wear those things simply from a modesty & purity viewpoint, but because I don't think they look good on me. However, regardless of whether or not they look good on me, I probably shouldn't wear those things.

I know it is a struggle sometimes to find appropriate clothing for my girls, even at age 2 & 5! I have been able to do it (thank you Ebay!), but there are many times we pass right on by displays because the clothing is "inappropriate" (Gracie's favorite word!) Gracie is pretty good at deciding what is appropriate or not. She will tell me that someone had on something too short because when they sat down, she could see their "unmentionables." (I don't want to type the word because I might get some weirdos looking at my blog!) Or she might look at something and deem it to be inappropriate for other reasons. We've been talking about the correct way to sit even in shorts that are long enough because they will ride up and gap while sitting. It's a hard thing when so many aren't teaching their children modesty, but Chris & I are determined to teach it to our girls early on. It helps that I have many friends with children who are of the same mindset.

Along these lines, I was browsing the girltalk blog today and saw that they have started a series on modesty now that Spring is here. I strongly urge all of you to read what they've written. Keep checking back too because I think they will be adding more posts on the subject over the next couple of days. I'd love to hear what you think.

1st post: Fashion & Following the Savior
2nd post: Fashion & Following the Savior pt 2
3rd post: Fashion & Following the Savior pt 3
Gracie had a bit of a fever last night and early this morning. She was complaining of not feeling well and various things, so we kept her home and I took her to the doctor. Of course, her temperature was 98 and she was giggling and bouncing around by the time we saw him! (Way to go Motrin, huh?!?!) He tested her for strep & flu because of the some of the things she'd complained about, but negative on both fronts.

So, of course you know what he said, "Must be viral." aaaahhhh! I mean, don't get me wrong, I don't want her to have the flu, but give me a name for what's buggin' her just once, please!!!!!!!!! She is feeling great now and is about to go take a nap. We're coming up on 6 hours since the Motrin so I'm anxious to see what happens to the temperature at that point....will it come back or stay away? At 7:30 was when she really had a fever, at 9:00 it was just a little above normal and she usually runs a little high anyway. At 10:15 at the doctor, no fever. So, I'm hoping it stays away and she gets to go to school tomorrow. She was crying last night saying, "I don't want to be sick!!!" I said, "Why not?" She said, "Because I want to go to school!!!!!!!!!" Sweet girl. They typically go by the "24 hours no fever" thing so I figure if it stays away, we're close enough to that. Chris & I both teach on Wednesday nights, so it looks like one of us will need to find a sub for tonight.


janjanmom said...

I, too, am a modest girl hoping to raise modest girls. I hope no fever returned to your family!!

I found your four things blog, so I am untagging you!!

Meredith said...

I have a 9 year old girl and it has been difficult to find clothes from about age 5 and on up. What I tell her is that why would I let you wear a certain thing now if I would not let you wear it at 16 even if you do not fill it out now. It is a struggle, but you have to put modesty in their hearts at an early age so there is no question as they grow up.

I have been reading girltalk for a while. I found it on your blog a while ago. Thanks! I love their entry on envy. It really made think. Blessings to you!

jettybetty said...

The girltalk posts are very good. The thing I agree the most--it's about the heart more than hemlines. It's hard for especially teen/pre-teens because they want to fit in--but clothing gives us a chance to say so much how who we are--without saying a word.

Hope Gracie is feeling better--sounds she is getting started on the right track to modesty!

Malia said...

I saw some tops at Target the other day in the girls section, they looked like sexy camisoles! Spaghetti straps, lace, low neckline...I was like, "no way!"

It's so hard to find tops for Sweetpea without buying them almost too large. She has a long torso so alas just about every shirt is a "belly" shirt on her!