I originally found this at Cindy’s blog, Keeping the Home (which at this time is not active, but hopefully it will be soon) and my friend Michelle posted it with her answers at Faith, Family, Friends. I wanted to answer this sooner but am just now getting around to it, that’s what a busy mom’s life does. If you want to answer the questions on your blog, feel free, then come back here and leave the link so I can come and read your answers and follow you! Feel free to follow me as well if you haven’t already.
Do you wear makeup?
No, however this is more due to convenience than a conviction on the matter. When I had our first daughter in 2002 I found I had less time to spend on my looks and so my use of make up began to diminish then when our second daughter came in 2004 I realized that I no longer wore make up at all. This was pleasing to my husband and he said he thought I looked better without it and also saved him money. Now I understand what Scripture says and I know it’s possible for women to wear make up that doesn’t create a painted woman look but for me it has become a conviction that I not wear it. Although when I had a part in The Nutcracker last year I did have to wear make up, which reconfirmed why I don’t like it not to mention the cost of buying it blew me away.
Do you wear a head covering?
Yes, for church. I have been convicted to wear a head covering sometime after having our second daughter however my husband isn’t convinced that I need an outward covering since I have hair that falls to my waist. He does consent to allow me to wear one to church and has said if I can find something that doesn’t make me look frumpy he may consider letting me cover full time. I’m trying to find something that he would like at this time.
Do you wear dresses?
Yes, I like to wear jumpers with blouses although I find myself wearing more skirts that fall well below my knees. I’d like to wear cape dresses but it’s another thing that my husband and I do not agree on. Opposites truly do attract LOL.
Do you wear a modesty vest over your dresses or a cape dress?
No, as I said above I’d like to wear cape dresses. I do like to be double covered but do not feel it’s a Salvation issue and will wear shirts or t-shirts by themselves. When I spent time in Holmes County, Ohio it was required to wear either a vest or cape dresses (I wore cape dresses) and it wasn’t an impediment to me. I don’t believe you have to wear a vest of cape dress to be modest.
Do you wear stockings or knee socks for added modesty?
No, I do wear hose when I have someplace that socks wouldn’t look right. During the summer I will wear bike shorts or stretch capri’s under my skirts/dresses as this gives me more assurance of modesty should I need to get on the ground with my children. I would like some old time unmentionables for winter but haven’t take the time to make any. I would like to wear some of the stockings that the Amish/Mennonite women wear, they look warm and modest, again not something I’ve looked into with a lot of gusto.
Do you wear open toed shoes?
No, again this isn’t a conviction though. If I had sandals I would wear them, my last pair of sandals bit the dust awhile ago (with my feet Birkenstocks are the only ones that are comfortable and I can find other needs to spend our money on than new sandals). I have two pairs of black dress shoes (one flat and one low heeled Mary Jane type), Crocs and a pair of tennis shoes. Again with my feet issues it’s hard to find a pair of shoes that I can wear – Crocs fit the bill and they get worn A LOT – my dressy shoes get worn when the Crocs or tennis shoes wouldn’t look right.
Do you sleep in your head covering?
No. My first experience though with someone wearing a covering at night was when I was in Holmes County.
Do you wear modest swimwear?
Sort of. I’d like one of the actual modest swimsuits but again I feel there are other things we NEED more than a swim suit that I’d only wear once or twice a year. Right now I have no swim suit as I got rid of it some time ago and we don’t really go swimming. If I needed one I guess I’d just wear a pair of my culottes and t-shirt.
Yes and no. Most of the time no. I do have my ears pierced and there are times when I want to gussy up for my husband and I’ll wear a low key pair of hoops or studs. My wedding band was bent and I can’t wear it any longer so my husband bought me a silver band which I rarely wear unless I go somewhere and don’t want to deal with the stares of those who think I’m a single mom to 3. I would wear my cross necklace if the chain wasn’t broken, it was gift from my dad. When I do wear it I don’t wear it to bring attention to myself, unless it’s my husband’s attention, I wear to make myself feel a little less every day.
Do you have a TV?
Yes, I would like to be rid of it but again it’s another issue where we disagree. I could do with keeping it and getting rid of satellite and using it just for movies or the Wii. I’m definitely much more strict regarding rules for T.V. use.
Do you have worldly magazines and books in your home?
I have books about breast feeding that aren’t written or published by Christians however I do review books and I am very selective on what I choose. However there has been times when all the information wasn’t disclosed about the book and I’ve begun reading it but couldn’t finish it – these I get rid of. I do get Woman’s Day and Remedy, which my husband ordered me for free and these I use for the recipes and toss. Otherwise my magazines are Keepers At Home, TEACH, AEW, HSD, TOS. My oldest gets American Girl and between the three we do get Nat Geo for children, Turtle, as well as Nature’s Friend. I do proof read and we either discuss it or I tear out or cover up what they aren’t allowed to read.
Do your children have worldly toys and interests?
There are some toys that I know other Christians feel are bad and wouldn’t allow however we do allow Barbies, Hot Wheels Cars and princesses. We also allowed our oldest to have her own Nintendo DS. My girls enjoy tap dancing, ballet and gymnastics and sports. My son enjoys boy stuff, cars, sports, etc. There are toys they know they can’t have such as SpongeBob, Bratz, etc and those are promptly disposed of as soon as the giver is out of sight.