Thanksgiving Weekend Outfits + Thankful for the Trials

Hello everyone! I hope everyone has had a wonderful thanksgiving so far. This weekend my family and I are going to visit some family out of town- I'm really looking forward to it! I decided to share with you the outfits I picked out for our little trip. Both of them are fairly casual, but I decided to go with wearing a dress one day and jeans the other. 

Scarf -- Gift
Mustard cardi -- Target
Sweater dress -- Rue 21 via thrift store
Tights -- Target
Shoes -- second hand store

Oversized cardi -- borrowed from my big bro
Shirt -- hand-me-down
Undershirt -- Target
Necklace -- hand-me-down
Jeans -- Express via Plato's Closet
Shoes -- Walmart

This year I've been thankful for sooo much. The Lord has blessed me unimaginably- It would take me much too long to say everything I'm thankful for, but I want to say something about my siblings.

I love them more than words can express. They have taught me so much through their Godly influence.

But sometimes we argue. I get annoyed with them or I don't agree with something they are doing. But I'm thankful for that too. Because even then, God is teaching me through them. 

He is teaching me to love and be loving even when it's not easy; to have patience; to have a servant's heart. He's teaching me that everyone has their own opinions and that that's okay, and that I don't always need to be right- I can just let things go sometimes. This year I've learned to be thankful for the trials (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Well, I'm still learning. It's hard, and everyday I fail, and am discontented. But everything that happens, good or bad, is making me who I am today. I just have to control how I respond to things. I can learn from my mistakes and just trust that the Lord has a plan for me and that He is in control (Jeremiah 29:11). 

James 1:2-4(ESV):

Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Have a blessed day! 

-Ashley xx

Three Outfits

 Hey guys!
Typically I use my Mum's camera for my outfit photos, and for the last several days the uploading cord for the camera was not to be found. Mum just recently discovered it wedged between the wall and our entertainment center! So, as I couldn't upload them to the computer before, today I have three different outfits for you all.

The first is from when we went ice skating with some home school chums. It was a lot of fun... I fell three times though. I am not the most graceful ice skater.
My sister and brother. 

Sweater -- Banana Republic via thrift store ($5 bag sale)
Jacket -- Hand me down
Scarf -- Gift 
Jeans -- Express via Plato's Closet ($16.00)
Boots -- Plato's Closet ($10.00)

I didn't want to wear a large coat if I could help it (I typically don't enjoy wearing heavy coats, I think mine make me look frumpy at times), but I brought one along just in case. I didn't end up wearing it even though it was quite chilly.

And then this next one is an outfit I wore to church.

Chambray button down -- Gift 
Shirt -- Gift 
Jeans -- Express via Plato's Closet ($16.00)
Shoes -- Plato's Closet ($10.00)

And then I wore this one to bible study.

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Sweater -- Plato's Closet ($10.00)
Grey shirt -- Hand me down
Jeans -- Express via Plato's Closet ($16.00)
Shoes -- Unknown ($12.00))

My sister recently had the good idea of starting a bible study with a few of our friends. It turned out really well- we met in a cute coffee shop and discussed which bible study books we should do. Altogether there were seven of us, including a dear friend I hadn't seen in awhile and one acquaintance with whom I could see myself becoming good friends with.  Altogether I had a lot of fun.

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That darling little boy in the background is my nephew. (I don't know what he is doing in this picture.)

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He was very fascinated by that tree and he seriously just stared at it for practically the entire time. I think maybe he was posing... ?

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So yeah, I'm sure you've seen adorable little people before but... Isn't he cute? ;)

So what did you do this weekend? Which outfit was your favorite?

p.s. I just want to show you how I look while ice skating- (the faces are drawn on for privacy reasons.)

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Majephtic. I am pho majephtic. Hahaha it will never not be funny...

(To be fair I think I was flailing around on purpose, as I tend to make funny faces whenever mum points the camera at me. Still funny though.)