Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Feminist Who's Sick of Feminism

I would without a doubt consider myself a feminist but, honestly, sometimes feminism makes me SO MAD!

I'm sure a lot of you have seen the video going around of little girls dressed like princesses throwing the F-Bomb around to promote some shock value awareness for women's rights.  Nope, I'm not going to link to it because I think it's just WRONG!  That is NOT feminism - that is child exploitation.  I do not believe that anyone should use children in that way to get their point across.  Please do not tell me that it's just because they were little girls that people like me are all hot and bothered about it.  If it had been little boys dressed like superheroes cussing up a storm in order to promote some cause I would be just as disturbed.

To be honest, it's my precious little sisters who remind me of why I am so upset my the video.  It's my unborn son who reminds me that it's important to speak out when I believe something is wrong.

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Let me tell you, I would hate it if my little sisters were used in a public service announcement like that one - displaying blatant disrespect and language that is not ok for a child their age to use.  No one should demand respect by being disrespectful.  That's a completely ridiculous way of going about things.  Sure, the issues the PSA is speaking out about are horrific.  A woman should not make less money than a man for doing the same work.  One in five women should not be sexually molested - none should!  A woman should not be judged by her physical appearance but instead by her character.  (Those little girls weren't showing the best character, though...)  All that is correct but I would still be so angry with the producers/camera people/editors/anyone else involved in producing the video if my sisters were a part of it - just like I'd be angry with an employer paying either of them less than a man for equal work or with a man who sexually molested either of them or with a person who judged my sisters based on their physical appearances.  Two wrongs don't make a right.  Getting girls to act out in order to raise awareness for other wrong actions is still wrong.  That is not feminism.

Feminism is recognizing that we are all made in the image of God.  He instilled His character into each and every individual walking the earth and we should treat each other in that light.  Since we are all image bearers of Christ, we should be treating one another with love and equality.  We should show others respect simply because of their intrinsic worth in light of God's Kingdom.  We should not be so quick to break things into "women's roles" and "men's roles."

I desire to raise my son in an environment where gender roles are not a huge deal.  I want him to see his daddy cooking dinner and his mommy messing around with tools but I also want him to see his mommy sewing and his daddy chopping wood.  I want him to feel as though roles are interchangeable and fluid.  I want Caleb to see his mommy and daddy working as a team - as equals - and for him to understand that that's how men and women should relate to one another.  You better believe that Nate and I are going to get Caleb a play kitchen AND toy tools.  We'll be getting Caleb trucks AND baby dolls.  He may love all his toys or he may be drawn to some and not to others and that is more than ok.

We certainly will teach Caleb what it means to be a man - treating all others with respect and kindness (yes, that includes women!), being a hard worker (just like women should be!), and loving the Lord with all his heart (just like a woman should!).  I guess we're going to be raising Caleb to be a true feminist...  I'm sure the women in his life will thank us.

Did you see that PSA?  What did you think about it?
How do you feel about feminism and gender roles?
How do you explain humanity being formed in the Image of God?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Simply Loving ~ Jamberry Nails {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received this product in return for a review.  Everything I say in this post is my honest feedback.

I am unbelievably excited that today is the very first Simply Loving giveaway here on Simple Moments Stick.  Ever since my relaunch, I've been looking forward to this new feature - sharing products and companies I love with my amazing readers.

This month I wanted to try out Jamberry Nails.  If you've been around facebook or the blog-o-sphere at all recently I'm sure you've heard all about these fun nail wraps that adhere to a person's nails and give a fun twist to nail art.  I LOVE fun nail art but am not at all skilled at doing my nails.  I mean, really, I can hardly paint my nails without smearing them. Thankfully, the beautiful Aleisha from Britches and Boots is a Jamberry Consultant and was more than happy to hook me up.  She sent me a sheet of the prettiest ombre wraps and a bunch of great pinky sized wraps.

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If I'm being totally honest with you all, there is quite the learning curve when it comes to applying these nails.  Altogether I was working on getting them applied for about an hour.  For a girl that spends five minutes putting on her makeup in the morning, it really felt like forever!  Thankfully, as I got into a groove and had a better idea of what worked to get these nail stickers attached to my nails each one took shorter and shorter to apply.

The Jamberry site says that nail wraps will last about 2 weeks and I'd say they were pretty accurate.  After about a week and a half some of my wraps were starting to peel (mostly the ones I applied first, before having the correct application process down) but a lot were still going strong.  The sheet of nail wraps has enough for another application so I'm going to try them out again and see if they'll last longer!

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Aleisha was kind enough to offer one of you the opportunity to try out Jamberry nails for free!  All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  There are all sorts of wraps and I'm sure the winner will have the hardest time picking out the sheet she wants to try out!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Can I Be Done Now?

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I was so fortunate to have an incredibly easy first and second trimester.  This third trimester is kind of kicking my butt, though.  Seriously, it's no fun!  Want to hear what I'm dealing with?

  • Braxton Hicks Contractions
  • Hemorrhoids
  • The Inability to Sleep
  • Acid Reflux
  • Heaviness
  • Excruciating Hip Pain
  • Waddling
  • The Inability to Breathe
  • A Baby Foot that Digs Into My Side
  • A Baby Head and Hand that Dig Into my Hip
  • Clothes that Don't Fit
  • The Inability to Get Up Off the Couch/Out of Bed/Off a Chair
  • Constipation
  • Consistently Being Overheated
  • The List Goes On...

All that being said, I still wouldn't change it for the world.  My little man is so worth all this pain and problems and I can't wait to hold him in my arms!  Four weeks!!!  (Or hopefully less!)

Did you experience any of these symptoms in your third trimester?
When do you think Caleb's going to come?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Why I Celebrate Halloween {Giveaway}

Why I Celebrate Halloween

I love Halloween!  I always enjoy dressing up and using my creativity to express myself as another person.  I'm the girl who "took my siblings trick-or-treating" in high school since I wasn't allowed to go myself.  Although Nate and I haven't had a reason to dress up the past few years and no kids come trick-or-treating at our apartment, we always go on long walks Halloween evening in order to see all the cute costumes.  (Are we creepers???)

I know many Christians view Halloween differently than I do.  I understand that many Christians do not and will not do anything that has to do with Halloween.  I do not judge these Christians for feeling this way because Halloween does have dark, pagan roots and the day is still used for many evil deeds.  The satanic and occult rituals that happen on the 31st of October are disgusting and heartbreaking to hear about and I will have no part in that aspect of Halloween.

That being said, I would love to share with you - especially those of you who are Christian - why I feel strongly that Christians should celebrate this holiday.

1.  Just because a tradition has its beginning in demonic, pagan, very un-Christian practices, that does not mean we cannot redeem it and turn it into a fun rather than satanic tradition.  I know some people will not carve jack-o-lanterns because of the history and satanic story behind the tradition.  If that's the case, they should also not have a Christmas tree in their home because of the pagan beginning of that tradition.  So many of our "Christian" holidays (Valentine's Day, Christmas, Easter...) have traditions that stem from pagan traditions.  I believe that all traditions (that aren't against the Bible) can be redeemed and Christians can celebrate them without making it about paganism or satanism.

2.  There are so many fun events to enjoy during the Halloween season that I don't feel can be separated from Halloween.  I can't wrap my mind around an event that, with non-Christians, is all about Halloween but with Christians is called a "Harvest" event.  No, a party where kids dress up and go to a church on October 31st is not a Harvest Party, it's a Halloween Party.  No, a trip to the pumpkin patch is not celebrating Harvest time, it's celebrating Halloween.  (Since why would you get a pumpkin other than the tradition of turning it into a jack-o-lantern)  I'm definitely an all or nothing person - either you celebrate Halloween or you don't - so I can't get behind Christians going so far out of their ways to not celebrate Halloween but still get all the fun out of it.

3.  When else do strangers knock on your door and allow you to enter into their lives if even for a brief moment???  No, I'm NOT suggesting handing out tracts instead of (or even with) your Halloween candy.  Unfortunately, in today's world most non-Christians are way jaded against tracts.  To tell you the truth, I don't blame them.  I know how I feel when Jehovah's Witnesses come to my door with info about their church.  I kind of just roll my eyes, throw their information away, and move on with my life.  When a Jehovah's Witness actually wants to talk, though, I'm more than willing to sit down with them and have a conversation about their faith.  It's fun and so informative!  Instead of handing out tracts, build relationships with your neighbors!  When Nate and I have a house, we are planning on opening up our home on Halloween to whoever is trick-or-treating.  We plan on having hot cocoa, apple cider, and other treats for the kiddos and their parents to enjoy.  We want to invite them to relax for a little bit so we can chat with them and get to know them.  We want to build friendships and relationships with our future neighbors and, in time, share our faith with them and get to know what their beliefs and passions are.  (The only issue with that is that one of us is going to have to take Caleb trick-or-treating so we can't both be home meeting our neighbors.  I guess both will be fun!)

Do you celebrate halloween?  Why or why not?
If you do celebrate, what are you doing this year?

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief:
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53
Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #faithandfellowship or pin the button on pinterest.

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick


Meet This Week's Cohost



Hi, I'm Anne – child of God, writer, missionary, advocate, linguist, wife, and mama. I write about my family’s journey of living out our faith. God has placed us in a special neighborhood, one that is home to people from around the globe. Through this experience, we are learning about living missionally and opening our doors to the nations. I try to share this experience on Front Porch, Inspired and to encourage others to embrace the everyday divine - may you be inspired to live intentionally, wherever God has you!

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


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