1L, 4Ds and 5K

1L, 4Ds and 5K

It’s been a girl themed week.

Last Thursday my 4 daughters and I went big city shopping.  It was a birthday shopping trip for my oldest daughter Grace since I was going to be gone over the weekend of her birthday.  We spent the whole day hitting everything from anthropologie to thrift stores.  The girls are now set for clothes for the rest of the warm weather season, which is a relief to me since shopping with them is a test in endurance.  Of me and my wallet.

daughters

For myself, I am on the search for t-shirts with sleeves.  Not long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves.  Just plain old short sleeves that are long enough to cover my arm flaps.  It’s a sad day when you nearly slap someone with your extra arm skin and I am trying to avoid that with sleeves and prayer.

Saturday and Sunday I went to Austin.  I ran my first 5K this weekend.  I did it with my sister….she gave it to me for my birthday and it was a double treat to get to spend the time with her.

I have never had any interest in doing any kind of running or, really, moving at all.  But after walking every morning since last July it was pretty easy.  And on a cool spring morning….almost heaven.

My first 5k

To keep the girl theme going I will be going on a photoshoot for my daughter’s 17th birthday this week.  Shopping is not her thing.  She asked for a photoshoot in the city and as an added bonus she wants to be there when the sun rises to get the best lighting.  Leave the house at 6AM….oh sure.  Because giving birth to you wasn’t enough of a sacrifice.

Next week I need to have a boy themed week.  Those are much easier.  Just dump some Legos in the living room and throw food into the middle every few hours.

Have a great April!

Christian Worldview Film Festival

Christian Worldview Film Festival

Did you know that my older kids went through a film making phase?  My son Jacob made 2 animated movies and entered them into a Christian film festival several years ago and was a semi finalist with one of his films.  My oldest daughter also entered 2 films.  It was such a blessing to watch my kids develop skills that they both use today.  My son is still into animation and hopes to develop that into a career.

So imagine my excitement when I heard about a new festival in town!

Don't miss the Christian Worldview Film Festival in San Antonio TX!

The Christian Worldview Film Festival is coming.  Yep.  It’s right up our alley.  And if you like to see good, wholesome films made with purpose you should think about going.  If the 60 films, incredible speakers, wonderful music (our friends the 4 Proches will be playing live!) aren’t enough….then come to spend time with us!

Here’s a great list of reasons to attend this event!

The festival starts Thursday, March 13 at noon and goes through Saturday night.  There’s also a Filmmakers Guild (which we are super excited to go to!) on Tuesday and Wednesday.  You can buy tickets to just the festival or the whole event.  If you have anyone in your family that is interested in making movies or being involved in the media industry you would be wise to go to the whole thing.

AND if you use the code “PENNINGTON” you will get 25% off of your ticket.  How’s that for an added blessing?

Embracing Modesty, No. 49

Embracing Modesty, No. 49

Wow!  Only 3 more modesty posts to go and the year will be over.  I can’t believe how much we have enjoying doing this series.

Which makes me wonder….what do you want to see for next year?  More modesty pictures?  Or something else like our meal plans?  Or maybe homeschool ideas?  I’d love to hear from you!!!

For this week I am going to show a few things my girls have been wearing.  They are such cutie pies that I have to share some of their looks.

This first look was on a day before it got so c-c-cold.  Faith is wearing a skirt she got at Versona and a layer of t-shirts and a vest.  She made the necklace with 3 bullet cases she found in the yard.

I’ve said before that my youngest daughter, Patience, likes a more sporty look and this picture proves it.  This outfit is her personality to a T.  Most of it we got at thrift stores.

This next picture of Hope shows her personality too….she likes a simple outfit with a teeny twist (as in the tights).  She got the sweater and skirt at JCPenney.

Grace is my classic girl.  Scarves and hats are the name of her game.  And oh my this green is her color!  Knowing what colors look good on you is a great way to know how to shop.

And oh the red hat…..how adorable is that?!  I am not a hat person….I mean I want to be then I try one on and realize, nope, not good.  But Grace wears them so well.

It’s such a delight to see what outfits my girls put together each day.  Winter is a fun time to play with layering and leggings. And boots….how could I forget the boots?!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Embracing Modesty Gallery with all of the posts from this series!

And don’t forget to let me know if you have a preference for what series we should do for 2014!

Embracing Modesty, No. 42

Embracing Modesty, No. 42

This week the girls are taking over this post because I am at a conference.  I will show y’all what I wore to the conference when I get back, but for now we’ll talk scarves.

My girls love to wear scarves.  Grace wears one every day and the other girls at least once a week.  Here are just a few of their scarf styles….

Faith’s favorite way to wear them is just to loop it in the front and let the sides hang down in the front.

Here she is again.  Same way of wearing it.  Different outfit.

Grace does crazy cute things with her scarves.  She even has a YouTube video with some of her ideas.

Be sure to check out the Embracing Modesty Gallery to see the rest of this series!

Embracing Modesty, No 40

Embracing Modesty, No 40

So many of you have let us know that your girls are reading this and being encouraged to look for fun, youthful ways to dress modestly.  So I thought we’d show you some more of what my girls have been wearing lately.  With the changing seasons, they are enjoying some longer sleeves and boots.

What’s better than a pretty pair of boots on a cool day?  Nothing I can think of.

In this first picture Hope (age 19) is still feeling summery in her silver sandals and pink top.  But the little bit of layers helped her feel warm enough on the cooler mornings.

The combination of hot pink and white really brings out her complexion.  It’s good to know what color combinations look good on you.

Next we will warm it up a bit with Grace’s (age 23) denim jacket.  We all love a denim jacket for the fall.  It’s just right for the Texas weather.  And her black boots are so darling!

Faith (age 17), my little trend setter, looks so pretty in this lavender plaid top with rolled up sleeves.  The skirt was a bit too short, so she cut a strip off of an old skirt and sliced it into fringe then sewed it onto the bottom.  It made the skirt long enough and frilly-fun.

Her necklace is one she made with a clothespin.  She drilled a hole in it, write a Bible verse on it and strung a dog tag chain through it.

In this last picture Grace is wearing the same lightweight brown skirt as above.  But this time she put it together with some stripes.  I’m a big fan of stripes.  They are so playful.  And who doesn’t love a pair of metallic flats?

Thanks for joining us for our modesty series.  Be sure to check out our gallery of posts to catch up on everything!

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Embracing Modesty, No.32

Embracing Modesty, No.32

We’ve been in our paint clothes most of the week, so not much fashion is happening here.  Our paint clothes aren’t worth showing here except to say that we are still modest when we paint.  Dirty and messy, but modest.  You really don’t want pictures of us though; it’s not pretty.

I did get dressed one day to run some errands.  I put on my new Forever 21 tank over a black t-shirt (Cato) and pencil skirt (Target) and picked up more supplies for the bathroom.  I didn’t fix my hair but oh well…..you can’t be perfect looking all the time.

Since my daughter Grace is helping in other areas of the house while her sisters and I fix up the bathroom, she is looking pretty every day.  So we’ll show you a bit of what’s she’s been wearing this week.  At 23, she has a very sophisticated style.

And this other picture of her is my favorite of the week.  I mean let’s be real, if you have on a pair of red polka dot shoes then you look cute no matter what else you have on!

Perfection.

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Embracing Modesty, No. 17

Embracing Modesty, No. 17

I had planned to share some hot weather ideas with you today, but it’s been c-c-cold here this week and we couldn’t bear to wear our summer things.  So it will wait until the weather gets warm, which I am not in any hurry for.

Instead I’ll share few of the things Grace and I wore this past week.  The other girls wore mostly outfits you’ve already seen.

Grace has really embraced the scarf.  In fact, she is making a YouTube video of ways she likes to tie them.  I’ll share that with you when it’s ready.  Otherwise this outfit is a comfy skirt and top.  Easy-easy!

And I can’t leave this picture without mentioning her shoes.  Aren’t they darling?!  You can snap off the flowers and change them to others.  Cuteness!

It’s really all about the shoes, am I right?

I don’t remember what we were doing on this next day, but her little shirt vest is so cute I just had to show you.  She always looks so pretty.

This next pic is what I wore one day when I was running into town.  Just an easy day.

It’s finally getting warm enough for me to pull out my favorite Born sandals.  They are 10 years old, but I still love ‘em!

Even though you have seen many of these individual pieces already, mixing them up in new ways is what we love to do.

I hope you’re having a great time finding new ways to wear your things.  We will get to those warm weather ideas asap!

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Two Big Exciting Things Happening Here at the Point!

Two Big Exciting Things Happening Here at the Point!

I’m in a post-turkey day fog.  Between the amazing day we had on Thanksgiving with friends and Black Friday shopping at 5AM with my four daughters and my friend Sara….I am beat!

But a good night of sleep helped and now I think only one nap today will catch me up.

I have a couple of things I want to tell you about so you don’t miss the excitement around here.

1.  Our daughter Grace released her second book yesterday!  Whoop! Whoop! Dancing around my bedroom!!!

Her book, “Never”, is for sale on Amazon.  It would be a great stocking stuffer for an older teen, young adult.  Or if you have a niece/nephew you can’t find a gift for…this is an idea!  This book is not for young children.  I want to be clear about that.

It’s a story that shows how hard it is to hold to your convictions and never compromise.  The main characters are challenged in ways that could be upsetting to younger kids.  You can read more about it on her blog.

Through Monday you can get 25% off if you buy it here or you can get a signed copy here.

2. We are having free shipping on the shop through Cyber Monday for orders over $50!

Now through Monday at midnight we are offering free shipping on orders over $50.  If you order $50 worth of product just put the words “Free Shipping” in the message box and we will refund the shipping costs.

Our Christmas stockings are our biggest seller during the holidays.

And we have a new style of stocking this year that is really cute!

Our hottest sellers under $10 are the Mason Jar Lids, Zippered Pouches and Chalkboard Labels.  They’d be great for teachers, neighbors, anyone you need to buy a small, special gift for.

Thanks so much for being such a source of support and friendship to our family this past year.  I am thankful for each of you!

Filling the Gap

Filling the Gap

Have I told you all that our oldest daughter Grace has written and published her first novel?  We are all really excited about it, so I asked her to tell you a little about it.  If you want to know more you can find her at her blog, J Grace Pennington.

In my “Firmament” series, each book has a specific purpose. Showing the importance of responsibility or trust, or explaining the significance of being made in the image of God, or demonstrating the foolishness of allowing the end to justify the means. But there’s also a single, specific purpose behind the series as a whole.

Perhaps you’ve noticed something about the young-adult fiction market: it’s sadly lacking in books that are both clean and well-written.

That’s the purpose behind the series. I want to help fill the gap in young-adult fiction between the well-crafted, demonic, sensual, graphic stories, and the sloppy, boring, squeaky clean ones. Within this gap, stories exist but are so few and far between that the gap echoes when you stand inside it and cry for good books.

A few days ago, I nervously but excitedly placed the first “Firmament”novel in the gap. It’s not enough to even begin to fill the gap, nor are the seventeen other books in the series that shall henceforth follow it. It’s not perfect, but it’s clean, and if my test readers are any indication, it’s not badly written for a first novel, by the grace of God alone. And it is my prayer that it can be a very small step towards filling the gap.

I don’t just want it to be full, either. I want it to overflow, for there to be such a surplus of good, fun, clean books that you are overwhelmed by the choices. That you can’t decide whether to spend your money on my novel or on Aubrey Hansen’s or on one of the other up and coming authors who I just know you’ll be hearing about soon.

“Firmament: Radialloy” may have some mistakes, but you won’t find any witchcraft, sensuous teenage romances, graphic violence, extreme darkness, rebellious children, or foul language in its pages. And that is a rarity I wish didn’t exist in today’s literature. I want that state of things to end.

Will you stand in the gap with me?

 

You can order Grace’s book through the Amazon link below or get a signed copy through her blog.

Go South to the Desert Road

by Grace

You know how sometimes you read through your Bible, perusing a familiar book you’ve read a dozen times before, and suddenly you stop — you stare — and you think, “Who put that there? It wasn’t there last time I read this. Or at least I didn’t see it quite this way…”

In my journey through Acts with my Bible Study Fellowship group, I’ve discovered and rediscovered many stories, incidents, and snippets of wisdom. So far, my favorite has been a little story of a man named Philip and an Ethiopian servant.

When people talk about their favorite Bible characters, Philip isn’t someone who comes up a lot. He didn’t kill any giants, he didn’t have super strength, he didn’t part the Red Sea — but he did something that, for many of us, is even harder.

He obeyed.

Philip was a deacon of the early apostolic church, and was one of their early missionaries, often referred to as “Philip the Evangelist.” After leaving Jerusalem, he stepped out in faith to preach the good news of Christ in Samaria, where an enormous revival followed his teachings. So great was the work he did there that Peter and John themselves came to Samaria from Jerusalem to see exactly what was happening, and to encourage him in his task. Things were going amazingly for this guy.

Then one day, in the middle of all this, God spoke to Philip, saying “Go south to the road — the desert road — that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” That was it. No explanations, nothing. Just leave your great, grand, fruitful work in Samaria, leave Peter, leave John, and go down to a quiet, dusty, hot desert road and stand there. No further instructions, just go.

And you know what? Philip went.

He walked down the road as God had commanded, and along the way he met an Ethiopian servant who was reading the book of Isaiah, perplexed as to its meaning. Philip explained to him who Christ was, the man believed and was baptized, and then God miraculously swept Philip away, and the Ethiopian went on his way rejoicing.

If you were Philip, would you have obeyed the call? Would you follow such a crazy command, leave the obvious work for something as mundane as standing in the sun on a desert road? I don’t know if I would.

But God knows the plans He has for each person. He cared about the Ethiopian, and wanted Philip to go out of his way to minister to the man. He has work for you and I as well. Next time He asks me to do something crazy, I want to remember Philip, and follow his example.