today is day #4 of wearing the exact same outfit.
i didn’t begin the week intending to wear the same outfit four days in a row…
but as it happened, there was a surprising freedom found.
Monday I put on the jeans i wore on Sunday {so technically it’s been 5 days of wearing the same jeans} and the tank tops, sweater, boots and scarf to make the outfit. then on Tuesday, i had a bunch of ladies and their kids coming over for a Bible study in the morning, so it was just easier to throw on the same outfit than to waste any extra brain power on thinking of something different to wear. then on Wednesday, my mind was on what i was going to wear later for halloween. ¬†
not really.
just kidding.
{as a side note} our halloween clothing was a pretty simple decision:
i dressed as *myself* ~ a super cool mom with a coffee addiction.
the wee babs dressed up in sweet hand-me-down costumes we already had.

Photo: Me & Les!! :-)
me with my friend Kristen ~ another super cool coffee addicted mom ūüôā
Photo: My ballerinas and Iron Man :) #Halloween
the wee babs ~ two ballerinas and an iron man

i think we all looked pretty cute ūüôā¬†

so even though i was not thinking about halloween outfits on Wednesday morning, my mind was distracted *as usual*… hence, i took a whiff of the jeans and sweater and thought they smelled fine…ish. {and believe me, i know a thing or two about wearing¬†stinky pants}¬†i threw on the clothes, sprayed on some perfume and went out the door. then on Thursday, i¬†was running late getting myself ready and forcing the kids to get ready for school… and you guessed it: the same outfit went on again…for the fourth day in a row.
now let’s be sensible. yes, i took a shower. yes, i changed my underwear.
but i have worn the same tank tops, sweater, boots and scarf for the past 4 days…and the same jeans for 5 days.

when i was in college, there was a fellow student in my biology class who wore the same outfit every single day. ¬†he wore a denim button down shirt and jeans. ¬†i always wondered if it was just on the days we had biology… but the other days i would see him around campus, he always had on the same outfit. i wondered why he wore the same outfit everyday, but i never asked him…

maybe it was just easier.
maybe he hated shopping for clothes.
maybe he didn’t have money for more than one outfit.

maybe it was just for the sake of simplicity.

i like clothes. and shoes. and bargains.
i’m not a big spender or a name brand snob, but i do like new clothes. and shoes. especially boots.
there are times in my life when i shop more, and other times when i give things away and forsake all further shopping.
when i do go shopping, i can easily get caught up in a buy/regret/return cycle.
and with 3 wee babs to buy clothes for, this cycle can triple itself.
this can be exhausting.

so for me, it really is better to keep it simple.
and wear the same outfit.
i mostly wear the same things anyway.

so this week i didn’t intend to wear the same outfit four days in a row…
but i am thankful i did…
it reminded me of how much i have… and how little i truly need.
it reminded me of how little the majority of our world lives with…
compared to the excess we live with.
it reminded me of the Pioneer times¬†when American people owned very little clothing… an outfit or two for the work week¬†and another dress for their ‘Sunday best’.
it reminded me how we are blessed with more than¬†enough… and how quickly we can be burdened by living with too much.

i’m thankful for the surprising freedom found in wearing the¬†
same outfit this week.

what have you simplified in your life?

Model ~ Size 8

I’m not a model…
But that doesn’t matter…
My hubby thinks I am the most beautiful woman in the world.

Most of the time, I wear a size 8. 

Sometimes, I can wear a size 6.
I’m only 5’3″, so I’ll never be a model.
You’ll never see my face on the cover of People, Cover Girl or Vogue magazine.
Oh, and add the fact that I’ll most likely never wear a size 2 again either.

Usually, Models are super skinny… super tall…and for some reason they always look super sulky, serious or sad.
These things I am not.
However, I am perfectly comfortable in my size 8 jeans.
And… my hubby thinks I am the most beautiful woman in the world.

When we went on our 15th Anniversary trip to the coast a few weeks ago, we were goofing around with Adam’s camera on his new phone which does rapid shooting.
I absolutely LOVE laughing, making silly faces and having fun.
This is our¬†photo shoot ūüôā

Adam and I have known each other for 17 years…
In that time, we haven’t changed that much.¬†
We have a few more wrinkles and silver lining in our hair.
There are times when we feel strong and times we feel more like jello.
We’ve had times when we both put on weight and lost it.
There are times when we feel comfortable in our own skin and times when we don’t.
Now we make it a priority to¬†work out, eat healthy and¬†take care of ourselves…
For ourselves, for each other and for our family.
I think Adam is the most handsome and amazing man in the world.
Here is a little photo shoot I took with his camera when we went to Smith Rock in Oregon.
He wasn’t a fan of my taking his picture with his rapid shoot camera phone, but I did it anyway ūüôā

Take time to take pictures.
Take time to take care of yourself.
Thankfully, we are all unique.
I know that God sees me as His beautiful child.
I know that God loves me more than Adam does!
Take time to Know God’s love for you.
Take time to Know how God sees you.
He sees you as beautiful!

Stinky Pants

Sooo…. yesterday at church I wore a dress that I totally dig. ¬†it’s a Goodwill vintage treasure. ¬†and not just any ol’ Goodwill, but the Goodwill in Bend, OR. ¬†and I LOVE it! ¬†Never mind the fact that I look about 3 months pregnant in it. who cares? ¬†it’s just the style of the dress, but it’s too CUTE not to wear! ¬†So today i wore my dress with new leggights (Definition of Leggights: a pair of leggings and tights blended together) from Target, b/c I love Target and I buy many things that come from Target. These leggights were $5 and heather gray, which P.A. says is not a color. ¬†but i wholeheartedly disagree, i love wearing gray. and since i’m wearing it, the color exists. The outfit was completed by a braid in my hair, awesome brown earrings that my friend brought me back from Columbia, AND my tall brown MIA boots, which came from Marshalls, which look cute even on my large size 10 feet, which I expound on more here.

This Materialistic Combo = Awesome!

Now comes the dilemma with my super cute outfit. ¬†The new leggights from Target STINK! ¬†I noticed their smell during church but was too busy flapping my jaws with people, running back to the children’s ministry to do worship with the kids, and chasing my own kids after church, since they run around like they live there, and basically church is like their second home… and doing everything else a Pastors wife does on any given Sunday… My nose was sensitive enough to be bothered by the smell of the leggights during church, but I was too busy to worry with it…

Until I came home. ¬†I couldn’t handle it anymore. ¬†I couldn’t take the leggights off fast enough. ¬†That is until after I had P.A. take this picture of me and Selah, so you could see the super cuteness of my outfit… and her outfit too ūüôā

Sooo… the only thing I could relate this smell to is the same smell from stinky jeans i recently purchased – and then returned – to Old Navy. ¬†Seriously, these leggights stunk so badly the smell rubbed off on my dress and tank top. i couldn’t stand it. ¬†then i did some research on stinky jeans and found out that the smell could be formaldehyde. Yuck! ¬†Now i’m not sure how reliable all of this internet research is when you google “stinky jeans”, but something is wrong. ¬†and my search for “stinky leggights” didn’t produce any results… hmmm… not sure why, but¬†jeans, leggights or any clothing shouldn’t stink that badly. ¬†Some of the information i found suggested washing the stinky jeans several times in baking soda to get the smell out, but that seems like a lot of work for a $5 pair of leggights.

Well, I sure don’t want to wear anything that stinks like chemicals. ¬†Which brings me to my point. ¬†We should not have to wear clothes – or eat food – made from chemicals. But. We. ¬†Do. ¬†whatever happened to good ol’ fashion cotton? ¬†why does everything have to be synthetic, chemically enhanced or FAKE? ¬†and why do we – why do I – keep the demand going for the supply? ¬†why? why? why?

Our planet is so over run by chemicals we don’t even know what “natural” is anymore. Our food has been so depleted from its natural form. ¬†Even when we eat “naturally” it is a “been trained to eat corn instead of grass” fed cow, chicken or pig that has been treated like an incredible hulk, pumped with antibiotics, expected to grow exponentially over night in order to feed our over fed stomaches faster than we can even process our last meal. ¬†The demand creates the supply. ¬†So why? why? why? do we settle for chemically processed food and clothing and who knows what else?

I mean seriously… maybe the Amish are onto something… but i like my car, electricity, phone and my zippers too much.

It makes me want to live off the grid… but since most everything that we purchase is synthetic or chemically produced in some form, this STINK is going to be hard to avoid. ¬†Still, i long for the days when we can all live more naturally…¬†in the woods, eating tree bark and bugs. ¬†Not really… but at least natural enough so that our jeans and leggights don’t STINK, and our food isn’t so overly incredibly hulk pumped and processed.

Yes, i long for the day… so until then, and this will be tough…¬†i am going to wear leaves and twigs for clothes. ¬†Not really… but i am returning those leggights and¬†avoiding clothing that is overly synthetically produced and stinky, while eating only organic chicken or beef,¬†and¬†I am planning to spend most of time in my all natural stretchy pants.

Profoundly Noted by: Les Babs

Selah’s Outfit
Shirt ~ Walmart Organic Cotton
Skirt ~ Baby Gap / Thrift Store Find

Leslie’s Outfit
Earrings ~ somewhere in Columbia
Dress ~ Free People / Goodwill Find
Tank ~ Target 
Leggights ~ Target… you just read the whole story