Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Good Sunday, A Ponytail and a Maxi. Simplicity 4881. Thoughts and More Things I Like-Love!

A Day Trip to Galveston...Do you know that Galveston was the First Wall Street until The Great Storm of 1900?  My Grandma and Grandpa Oddo spent their honeymoon at the Galvez Hotel still in operation there.  This pic is taken on the historical Strand.

I'm wearing one of my favorite things:  A Maxi skirt!  A cotton maxi!   Nothing like them in warm weather!   I wear a culotte style slip underneath for perfect touristing or shopping etc.

This historical Island city has beautiful historical things to see,the craftsmanship of the buildings, the iron work and statuary...Gorgeous.  This is just barely a teensy sampling.  This was in the old ice cream parlour, I notice the floors there and they are so very much like the simple wood floors in my Grandma and Grandpa Oddo's simple home.   There was lots of good eats and laughter in that home...

Their life was simple and I often think of my Italian grandparents and even my parents in their small 30s home where I grew up.  In this day and age where people are in so much debt, they both have to work, leave the home they are in debt for in a car they are in debt for to a job they are in bondage to, to pay for the stuff, not enjoying the home they are in debt for nor their precious children.  I don't think that is life.  The culture has been duped.  It's so sad to me..Often some young people when first married think they have to have a home like a retired oil executive!  Why are the churches not teaching on this!?  Yes, churches!  Donna Reed is alive and well and there would be more if there would be some simple teaching and encouragement on this!   When we first got married we lived in a little condo with outdated everything!  Haha!  And no money to update it either!  But I was able to be there with my baby!  Priceless!  : )


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This used to be the family home people saved up for to raise children.  This was considered most likely even above average.  (Photo by Robert Stock).   Anyone seen the old vintage Donna Reed show?  In the television episodes she was married to a pediatrician who practices out of their home, they had two teenage children.  The camera panned the outside of the home in one of the episodes the other day.  Their home was a rather modest white framed wood, two story, maybe a story and a half with dormer windows.  Not at all what one would think of as an executive home now-a-days.

I didn't intend on writing that but perhaps it will bless or encourage someone, perhaps someone who is seeking and praying on direction in the area of home and such. 

EDIT 5.19  4:46P.M.  When my daughter, Zuzu and her husband, Tommy went to a premarital class at a large church that would be considered biblical, the young teacher said concerning two income families as he thought it the norm...Let's face it...There is no Ozzy and Harriet any longer.  It was very disappointing for Zuzu and Tommy to hear a teacher in a church say such a thing since Zuzu would be staying home as a homemaker. Let's be careful about the plum line we present, and be very careful as to what is norm, what is discouraged and what is encouraged. With God all things are possible. : )

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My Maxi:

Cotton Nautical Fabric from good ol' smalltown Walmart.  Woo hoo Walmart for placing fabrics and patterns back into stores!

I buy many themes of fabrics, dogs smiling, Christmas dogs, Christmas poodles, Kitty-Cat faces in huge pastel polka-dots on black, WWII maps, and many more novelties!   ...And those maxi skirts will be another blog!  lol

Pattern:  Oop Simplicity 4881, I add around 8 inches to make it a  maxi.  I make my own tie belts out of extra fabric.  If you want a neat look, you can wear the maxi with the seam going down front!  It gives a neat illusion.  An illusion of what?  I don't know...Just neat and adds interest in some patterns.

While we were in Galveston on the Strand, we sat a spell and enjoyed the heartfelt street preaching of this precious young man:

We crossed the street to talk with him, and he was truly precious.  People were just passing him by etc.   We were so blessed by this young man.   Jem had said, Let's go talk to him, if it were Jesus there we would. 

Here are a couple of clips I caught on video, in the first clip there is an older woman sitting next to me on the park bench speaking, it's not me.

A glimpse into his testimony here in part II...

In other news our first little grandbaby, was dedicated at a sweet church dedication service on Mother's Day.  Of course Timmy has always been dedicated to God from the beginning and in daily prayers.  We don't think official Baby Dedication ceremonies are necessary but very sweet and nice if parents would like to participate.  This church is very accepting of new people, and welcomes all.  Zuzu is attending their ladies Bible study with little baby Timmy, all children are welcome to the Ladies Bible Study and Zuzu said how sweet it is to have mommies with their babies playing around their feet.  How precious!  It's truly amazing how autonomous each church is.  They can even be of the same Christian denomination and yet be very different. The pastor at this church found out that the certificate and little Bible presented had Timmy's middle name printed incorrectly.  He told Zuzu that if he had to drive the new corrected certificate and Bible to Zuzu's and Tommy's home he would!  Wow.  And this is a larger church as well. What a difference.

I kind of like what Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer prize winning novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird" said concerning various life situations:

Best Harper Lee Quotes - Quotes From To Kill A Mockingbird

Tommy, Zuzu and Baby Timmy after baby dedication.

I just loved this little photo of Timmy taken a few weeks ago, so sweet I think.   He truly is a happy baby.

Well, that's the latest in a quick little update here.  

As you can see, we enjoy day trips. This shot was taken in a little town, and it was a windy day, thus a scarf draped around my neck was thrown over my head 50s style.  I kind of like that look, so feminine don't you think?

Music that ministers to me:

Kristene DiMarco  - It is Well

Fernando Ortego - Chimayo

Last Evening:

The lighting was beautiful, even in the back, there had been a glow, it was as if I stepped into another time...I could feel God's Presence and wonder somehow if my dad's presence wasn't with me somehow...Another time in my life...I froze in the lighting...I felt as if I were to blink I would miss it...

Liesl too was enjoying this most beautifully ethereal evening...

Don't ever let yourself get so busy that you miss those little but important extras in life---the beauty of a day...the smile of a friend...the serenity of a quiet moment alone.  For it is often life's smallest pleasures and gentlest joys that make the biggest and most lasting difference.                                              (Unknown)

Take care, Loves,   ~Amelia in the Forest


Michelle said...

Cute skirt mom!
Galveston has so much rich history and beauty! Josh has been trying to take me there but something always comes up! Lol.
Love the Donna Read show. So different back then. I'm baffled how many young couples around my age think they have to have the very best and don't think they can make it on one income. It takes a lot of hard work, but you can do it and I believe God honors those who choose to put material things behind and their family and home ahead. Things can be replaced and bought later down the road, but your family cannot. I'm grateful you always put your family first!

So awesome that man ministering on the streets! We need more boldness like that.

Thanks for sharing the songs..I will have to listen later.

And so happy y'all were able to be there for Asher's dedication. What a special day that was! ❤

Amelia said...

Thanks Michelle!

"I believe God honors those who choose to put material things behind and their family and home ahead. Things can be replaced and bought later down the road, but your family cannot." Truth.

Far too many playing "Emporor's New Clothes" striving to impress folks that they don't even like as I'm sure you would agree.

The dedication service was a delight and I just so enjoyed the pastor there as well, what a friendly bunch! Watching the little children sing sweet Christian praise songs was wonderful, they sang like they meant it! And of course little Asher was the star for me that day. <3 God is good!

The songs will be there to enjoy, I share what blesses me in hopes of blessing others and perhaps widening music choices as my borders have been expanded by reading others. : )

Happy Sunday, Love, Mom <3

Sandi said...

I wonder how our country would be different if Galveston had not been hit by the hurricane and remained the financial center!

Christine said...

Hi Amelia,
I'm coming over from Mrs. White's blog, The Legacy of Home.
We have the same values, yay! I believe our churches should be teaching a lot more then they are (the Bible, for one.)
Then when you had Fernando Ortega's video/song posted, I knew I had to reply!
PS; Loved the Street Preaching, too! God sure got a hold of him quickly! What a testimony!

Amelia said...

Hi Sandi! Very good question! It's amazing the beautiful homes and buildings there from that time period. You must be a very good teacher! : )

Amelia said...

Hi Christine! So very nice to meet you! Thank you so much for coming on over to say hello! I appreciate it so much.

So you like Fernando Ortega too? Isn't his music so beautiful? You nailed it on the churches. It seems one extreme or another. I was very encouraged by the church we visited at the baby dedication, a breath of fresh air! Do you listen to by any chance?

Blessings to you dear Christine, I look forward to reading your blog as well! : )

Marianna said...

Listening to the Kristen DiMarco song right now -- so encouraging for those of us going through uncertain times! I also love the Fernando song. :)

Adorable skirt, perfect for Galveston! Galveston is such a fun and historic place to visit. It special to me since I got married and honeymooned some there, too! I love the scarf, too -- so feminine and retro!

I enjoy the Donna Reed Show, too, and sometimes put it on while I do my housework in the mornings. I love the way she maintained elegance and style as a homemaker -- I know it is a show and not real-life, but it is something nice to strive toward on the days we can! Life can be done on a one income... you just exchange certain luxuries for others is all. I'd rather have the luxury of time with loved ones and a peaceful life, personally. If James and me have done it on one income this year, anybody can -- haha. And it's fun how the Lord provides inexpensive ways to make home a pleasant and welcoming place even on a tight budget. Resale shops are a blessing!

The street preacher is to be applauded for his boldness! Good for him!! Glad y'all encouraged and spoke with him that day.

Peaceful outdoor pics. I love y'all's place in the spring -- it's so beautiful.

Asher sure is a cutie! I know he's enjoying his MiMi!! <3

Amelia said...

Marianna, As I was listening to Kristene DiMarco this morning and knew you too were listening to he beautiful praises and cries to the Lord, I thought about your upcoming delivery that could be at any time of your first newborn baby for us all to see...It is good to sing with Kristene...It is well with my soul! As Elisabeth Elliot once shared with me when I was carrying your baby sister, Rebecca..."He is already there with you".

The Donna Reed show is a precious one, especially the older episodes.

Yes, those resale shops sure are a blessing! You can find all kinds of treasures in the resale shops especially when one is shopping carefully. I know God sure has a way with creativity right? He is able. It's kind of fun too! : )

That street preacher was the sweetest thing, he invited us to his church down the street and was just a gem. As I listen to his words here I know God's timing was perfect.

Asher is so darn cute and I know you will be holding your cutie soon, so we will have two precious little baby boys to hold and they will be able to play with each other!

Have a sweet and restful day....It is well! <3

Barbara said...

You continue to dress yourself so cute and modestly. You are an inspiration to all of us in so many ways.

Amelia said...

Thank you Barbara! You made my day! : )

Linda said...

Hello Amelia, I am new to your blog. I was blessed listening to the young street preacher that you shared. I'm a Nana too, isn't it wonderful. Blessings to you ~ Linda (New Zealand)

Amelia said...

Well Hello Linda! Welcome! I'm so blessed that you were blessed by the street preacher, he truly was the sweetest thing when we talked with him too.

Yes, being a Nana is so fun! It makes me want to be like Tigger bouncing around thinking of all the fun and amazing things we can all do together! Haha! I'm a creative messy type of gal, so I'm thinking those little boys will get a kick out of MiMi!

Your comment was a Blessing to me and made my day! I'll be coming to visit your blog very soon!

Blessings! ~Amelia