Friday, December 28, 2012

Ellie's New Look

Ellie recently got glasses!  And I think she looks just peachy.....

I like to call her my "brain child" because she looks smart in them :)  

Hope you all had a joyful Christmas and are looking forward 
to the New Year of our Lord 2013!


PS-My dear sister Libby, the talented photographer in our family, has a beautiful new blog-- 
Go take a look at Libby's Lens!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


“Patience is more than endurance. A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says--'I cannot stand anymore.' God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God's hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. 'Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." ~Oswald Chambers

(quote from Kaitlin, picture from Libby)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

We're back!!

Hello friends!  

I am pleased to announce that Winsome Skirts is back up and running!  We've made a few improvements, added some Winter-appropriate skirts, and, for Cyber Monday, made a special coupon for you to use!  If you place an order anytime tomorrow, you can use the code AUTUMN10 to receive 10% off your entire order of skirts.  

Happy shopping!

Friday, November 16, 2012


Many years ago, when I visited my dear friend Kaitlin in Idaho, I started becoming good friends with her younger sister, Annika.  Our friendship has since grown and we love being around each other, laughing, talking, playing piano duets, or just spending time.  Today, she is actually my height or taller, so I cannot truthfully call her my DLF (dear little friend) but I will anyways :)  

Here are some pictures of our misadventures over the years :)

Making peanut butter balls, January of 2009.

Annika is keeping an eye on her younger brother Isaac (but didn't catch him in time!) as he snitches some chocolate :)

Swinging together, summer of 2010.

Standing tall with the Statue of Liberty in Sandpoint, not NYC :)

Sharing a joke on a fence, December 2011.

Frolicking on the trampoline, summer 2012.

Ditto :)

A quick nap after the frolic :)

At a dance, summer 2012.  (I might add we both got bangs around the same time :)

Annika is brilliant at....
-managing children
-shopping wisely :)
-giving strong hugs
-quoting silly movies
-being my fellow "eggless it" :D  (neither one of us can eat eggs)

Thanks for the years of laughing uncontrollably, cooking, cleaning, bouncing, swinging friendship, Annika!
I love and miss you bunches!

Friday, November 9, 2012

What True Prayer Is

"Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised or according to His Word, for the good of the Church, with submission in faith to the will of God."
-John Bunyan

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Prayer as Communion

A dear friend of mine shared this video with me some time ago, but I didn't get around to watching it till tonight.  I wish I had watched it before,  but watching it tonight was another perfect example of God's timing being better than mine!  

Please, please take the time to watch this video!  It encouraged me so much, and I know it will encourage you as well.

I hope you all had a sweet Lord's day!  I certainly did :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A few thoughts...

  We have so much to be grateful this 4th of July.  Current happenings in America are often discouraging, and to make matters worse, the church is asleep.  We seldom counter our discouragement with gratitude for the good things we still have.  We still have religious freedom.  We can still home-educate our children.   For the most part, we can still make our own health decisions.  We need to thank God for the liberties He has preserved for us.  We have many freedoms where we do not deserve even one!  This Independence Day, I want to encourage you to thank God for the many blessings and liberties we enjoy in America, and to pray for the repentance and restoration of the church as God's covenant people.

Most of you have seen bumper stickers that say "God bless America."  But how can we ask God to bless us if we are not living in obedience to His Word?  The Bible is clear:  "Wherefore it shall come to pass, if you hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD your God shall keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers." (Deuteronomy 7:12)  We cannot expect God to bless our nation until we submit ourselves to His law and obey His commands.  

"Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth."  (Deuteronomy 28:1)

Let us be grateful for the freedoms we possess, and plead with God to forgive our sins.  You and I may never have murdered a baby or lived in immorality, but as a nation we are responsible for gross sins in these and many other areas.  The state of the nation always reflects the state of the church, and the church in America today is not faithful to preach God's Word with boldness.  We are afraid to call sin sin, instead trying to "tolerate" everyone with whom we come in contact.  Instead, we must speak the truth in love and pray that the church will lead America in repentance.

"If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

There is hope for our country, because our hope is in the LORD, not in government, and not in any president or politician (who, by the way, are all fallen men just like the rest of us).

"Blessed are the people who are so situated; how blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!" (Psalm 144:15)

Thank you for reading, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Happy Independence Day!

<photo credit goes to my fair sister, Libby>

Monday, May 28, 2012

A hammy family....a "hamily"?!

Our family laughs.  A LOT.  We love rhymes, quips, puns, corny jokes, etc...(with the exception of Mom, who has more refined taste :)

Naturally, many of our family photos convey that corniness.  Here are just a few I thought you might enjoy.

Who says refilling the water filter has to be a chore??  Here I go to great lengths to make it a sport while Ellie looks on.  Her clipboard and measuring tape are behind her back.

No, I didn't really strangle her :)

I found a highly affordable vintage car and HAD to try it out:)  
(that is a broken plate I'm clutching, not a steering wheel)

The Groucho Marx walk.

Ta-da!!  Libby is a ham, too :)

Ellie and I sometimes dress like twins.  And sometimes we see eye-to-eye.  
But not always :)

If you know what Elf Yourself is, you know what we're doing.

Me and adopted sister Kaitlin getting corny with our herb studies.

And finally, we assume the expression of a stuffed frog.  This was after a breakfast full of sausage, bacon, and eggy goodness.  :)

Well, I hope you enjoyed that, and laughed at least a little.
Yours till the banana splits,

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fathers and Daughters

We had the immense blessing of going to the Vision Forum Father-Daughter retreat this past March.  It was a wonderful weekend, full of encouraging messages, one-on-one time with Daddy, and meeting new and old friends!  Here are a few pictures from our trip.

 Us 3 girls in the gardens.  Everything was starting to bloom and it was lovely!

Me, Ellie, and Dad before one of the sessions.

Ellie and a new friend :)

More new friends!

When we got home, we each took pictures with Dad :)

Dad and Ellie

Dad and Libby

I want to share one of my favorite pieces of prose with you.  It was been an encouragement to me for many years, as I strive to be "a good daughter" to my earthly father.  Be forewarned, it can be slow reading, but I believe you will be encouraged and it will be worth the time you take to understand it.  


A Good Daughter, by J.G. Palfrey
(slightly abridged)

A good daughter! there are other ministries of love more conspicuous than hers, but none in which a gentler, lovelier spirit dwells, and none to which the heart's warm requitals more joyfully respond.  But a son's occupations and pleasures carry him more abroad...while a good daughter is the steady light of her parent's house.  Her idea is indissolubly connected with that of his happy fireside.  She is his morning sun-light, and his evening star.  The grace, and vivacity, and tenderness of her sex have their place in the mighty sway which she holds over his spirit.  The lessons of recorded wisdom which he reads with her eyes, come to his mind with a new charm as they blend with the beloved melody of her voice.  He scarcely knows weariness which her song does not make him forget, or gloom which is proof against the young brightness of her smile.  She is the pride and ornament of his hospitality, and the gentle nurse of his sickness, and the constant agent in those nameless, numberless acts of kindness, which one chiefly cares to have rendered because they are unpretending, but all-expressive proofs of love.  And then what a cheerful sharer is she, and what an able lightener of a mother's cares!  What an ever present delight and triumph to a mother's affection!  Oh how little do those daughters know of the power which God has committed to them, and the happiness God would have them enjoy, who do not, every time that a parent's eye rests on them, bring rapture to a parent's heart.  A true love will almost certainly always greet their approaching steps.  That they will hardly alienate.  But their ambition should be not to have it a love merely, which feelings implanted by nature excite, but one made intense, overflowing, by approbation of worthy conduct; and she is strangely blind to her own happiness, as well as undutiful to them to whom she owes the most, in whom the perpetual appeals of parental disinterestedness do not call forth the prompt and full echo of filial devotion.


This is a favorite picture we took with Dad several years ago. 

And a good random ending, here's me in the gardens posing with my old friend, the agavé cactus :D


Friday, April 27, 2012

She works with her hands in delight

Hello to all my blog readers, whoever they may be and wherever they are.  (In other words, if you read my blog and are out there, please comment!  I hate writing into thin air.)

Tonight, I share with you some long-overdue shots of my recent handworks.  First, a project I worked on for over a year, and am thrilled with the outcome--my Proverbs 31 cross-stitch sampler!  I saw one of these a friend had made years ago, and was inspired, but...........didn't get around to it for awhile :)


Second (and last for tonight) is a capacious, cozy shawl that I finished too late to wear this past winter :( 
But I certainly will next time cold weather rolls around!

Happy stitching!

PS---pssssssst!  Our website is open!!!  Do be a dear and go have a look and tell me what you think!  It's been a long time in coming and we are so thrilled.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

An announcement...

Hello everybody!

I have a special (and slightly late) announcement to make.  Libby and I are starting a home business!  This has been in the works for several months now (hence my silent blog), and we are thrilled to announce our opening next week!  

Winsome Skirts is the name of our business, and our goal is to provide modest, affordable, and adorable skirts at decent prices.  
We hope this will be a blessing to ladies of all ages who desire to dress in a way that brings honor and glory to God.  All our skirts are either brand new or gently used.  
For pictures, updates, and more information, please stop by our Facebook page!

Have a blessed Sunday, and we'll see you next week!

Friday, March 30, 2012


Hullo all! I've been inspired by Kellie's Pinterest posts to try my hand at it! So here are a few of my favorite pins. Enjoy!

Road trippin'

This NEVER ceases to make me laugh!

A great pair of cowboy boots

A lovely portrayal of a strong father-daughter relationship

Source: via Eliesl on Pinterest

An easy summer outfit

Mountain Retreat


Source: via Eliesl on Pinterest

Umm, Kaity?? :)

A lovely quilt

Refreshing drinks

A swing over some clear water :)

A house full of books

Enjoy your weekend!
xoxo, Elise