There are many of reasons why we would want to get up in the morning and it's so much more enjoyable to be up when you're fully awake. You may want to wake up early in order to do your daily devotions, pray or journal. Maybe you have school, classes or a job. No matter your reason, these techniques should help you be more awake, alert and refreshed in the morning.
Did you know that you can turn a pair of jeans into a skirt? It’s a fun project and it doesn’t have to cost you anything! You can use a pair of jeans that you already own and a piece of scrap fabric.
I didn’t have either of those so I bought my supplies at Goodwill.
Instead of buying scrap fabric I decided to use a dress that was half-price. The jeans were half-price too!! I was so excited to get started making my skirt! My mom said she would help me so that I could get it done faster. I’ve made this kind of skirt before with Bethany but those skirts are too small now.
My dress from goodwill.
First what you need to do is get a seam ripper and start picking apart the seam of the inside of the leg. When you get all the way to the top then you continue picking down the other leg. Once you get started it's pretty easy.
Rip out the seam about 4 or 5 inches in the back until it lays flat and to where the zipper starts on the front.
Lay the pants out so they are flat and you can see the triangular area you will need to make a pattern to fit into. Tape a couple of pieces of paper together. Put the paper inside the pants and trace along the leg of the jeans with a pencil.
Make sure not to pull on the fabric while tracing!
Next Make dots around the outside of the triangle. use a ruler to make the dots 1/2 inch from the line. After you have done that cut on the doted line.
When you have cut out the triangle place it on the fabric and trace it with a pencil. Remember, don't pull on the fabric!
Cut on the pencil line.
Lay the jeans out flat and place the fabric under the one side of the jeans.
Pin the fabric to the jeans.
Now use the sewing machine and start sewing the fabric to the jeans.
Repeat steps 3-8 for the back
And we're finished!
Seek YHWH with all your Heart!
This past week-end our Family and two families from our fellowship went to United in Worship. United in Worship is a conference where people from all over the country come and are united through worship.
They have worship leaders come from all over the country. Here are the names of the Worship bands, Teshuva, Elisha, Ross, The Zion’s Sake band, Mishkanim, Mason Clover, Heather Porch, and Steve Manning. They were all great worship leaders.
They had people leading dance during the worship. It is called Davidic Dance (This is a type of worshipful dancing.)
“Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.” Psalm 149:3 (NASB)
“Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.”
Psalm 150:4 (NASB)
It was a lot of fun getting to know other people and building stronger relationships with the people we already knew.
Here is a list of my siblings favorite parts of the weekend:
Naomi- She liked Teshuva and For Zion’s Sake band.
Bethany- can't decide. But she enjoyed the dancing and singing. She especially liked Zion's Sake Band's "Come Rule Over Me" song and all Teshuva's new songs. Getting to hear Mishkanim was really great because she'd never heard of them before.
Me (Emily)-I liked spending time with friends, dancing and I pretty much liked all the worship bands.
Lydia- She liked getting to spend time with friends, getting to see old friends ones, getting to meet new ones, and listening to Teshuva, Ross and The Zion’s Sake Band.
Sherman- He liked it all.
Clayton- He liked spending time with friends and getting a shofar.
I loved going and would recommend it to anyone wanting to go to a Worship Conference.
I hope you have a great week!
You may have noticed our lack of recent posts. Our lives have been very busy for the past month, we traveled to KY and TN, and also had an out of town guest for two weeks. The biggest thing is very exciting, I (Naomi) am getting married in September! With the excitement winding down, hopefully our lives will kind of settle down into a new normal.
We have several new things planned for the blog in the next few months, including some guest posts and a giveaway.
We love to hear from our readers, so please let us know your comments and suggestions.
Joe and I hope to write a story post to share with you after our Betrothal in May. In the meantime, here is a video that Zach at New2Torah has made.
This video is sort of meant as a joke but it's partly serious...
Proverbs 15:13 "A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit
This past month our family went to Family Week during Passover/Unleavened Bread.
"In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover.
Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread." Leviticus 23:5-10 (NASB)
Family Week is a week-long camp centered on family, modesty, purity, Israel and zealousness for the Torah.
Our Family loves Family Week. We went last year and loved it so much we came back. I love Family Week because even though everyone does not agree on everything we still have unity.
The people there are all zealous for Yahweh and His Ways. This makes the camp have an atmosphere of shalom (peace).
Every year we've been to Family Week there has been a Wedding. This year we went a few days early so we could be there when the bridegroom came to get his bride.
Let me explain it to you so that you know what went on.
Nate is the bridegroom and Katie is the Bride.
Nate represents Yeshua and Katie represents us (The Bride). Nate and Katie got betrothed and then they had a time of separation. During this time of separation, Nate is preparing a place for his bride.The bride does not know the day or hour when her bridegroom will return for her.
"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” John 14:1-4 (NASB)
Only the Father of the Bridegroom knows the time the bridegroom will return to get his Bride.
We were there when Nate came to get his bride. After that we followed the couple to the place where they held their ceremony. After a short ceremony they went to the wedding chamber for seven days. When the seven days were up they came back and there was a big wedding feast with dancing
and celebration. They danced until midnight! We left the celebration at 11:00pm and slept-in the next morning.
Every morning at Family Week there is a time of Worship at the Tennis Center which they call Tabernacle of David, it is not the real Tabernacle of David they just call it that because it is a practice for the real Tabernacle.
After Tabernacle of David there are two teachings and then everyone goes to eat lunch at their campsites. Some days having a pitch-in at the Tennis Center. After lunch it is quiet time so people can fellowship with others, play games or just relax and take a nap. We kids played at
the park. Then at night you can have people over at your camp site for dinner.
While at Family Week we met a lot of great people and were encouraged in Deepening our walk with Yahweh.
My favorite part of Family Week was the wedding feast where we had a feast and celebrated with dancing.
The Bride and Bridegroom hugging after not seeing each other for a couple months. Here is Hayovel telling what happened in their words.
The Bridegroom and Bride walking to the place where they had the ceremony.
What took place here was the Bridegroom came and got his Bride and then everyone followed them to where they had the Wedding ceremony.
Here is everyone waiting for Nate and Katie to return for the Feast on the eighth day.
Here is some food from the Wedding Feast.
Matzah! The wedding feast was during Unleavened Bread :)
Chocolate moose that the bride's brother made. It was very good!
Dancing was hard to get pictures of because they started dancing when it was dark, so I did not get very many good ones.
We had Passover with a big group of people in the lodge because it was to cold to have it at our campsites.
Here are some pictures from our Passover.
My grape juice
Matzah with horseradish. Hot and spicy!
My brothers waiting for the sedar to start.
Here are some pictures of perfectly cooked (KOSHER!) marshmallows by Bethany.
Here are my siblings and some friends standing around the fire while it is snowing trying to keep warm.
One of the days Bethany, Lydia, Sherman, Clayton, and I all went on a long hike and saw some pretty views and had a great adventure.
Here are some random pictures!
A flower I took a picture of while we were on a walk.
An old rusty oven we found on our hike.
Clayton by a big, dead fish we found on a walk. ewwww
A beautiful view.
Overall Family Week was a great experience and I can't wait till next year!
I hope you all have a great week!
P.S. Here are what the people who put on Family Week said about it. Hayovel.
At the beginning of the year the decision was made. All four of us girls would cut our hair. The length that was cut would be donated to help women who suffer from baldness.
Just ignore Emily's toe in this picture.
From left to right; Lydia (so poofy!), Emily (so tall!), Me (I had a 'ponytail bump'), and Naomi (Sooo long :))
A family friend cut and styled our hair-- so much fun :)
Four ponytails :) Lydia, Emily, Bethany and Naomi. All so different! None of them would lay straight for a picture :(
The inches cut from out hair came to a grand total of 42. Seeing these tails in a bag is rather creepy.
We mailed the limp locks to Pantene Beautiful lengths.
And this ends our haircutting adventure. Thanks for reading! I plan to post again on Tuesday.