A lovely giveaway by Eden! ~ You may want to join!

Greetings dear sisters! I recently began following Eden at her blog- Heirs of Promice -a very lovely blog. And  she is hosting her first giveaway! She has crocheted three lovely dishcloths and one dish towel and she would like to invite you to join in on the fun! Her link is at Heirs of Promice and there you will be able to see how to register!

                                         Here is a picture of her hand-made, lovely dish towel!
    And here is a picture of one of her dishcloths!
Can you tell I’m excited? πŸ™‚

Well, off I go to unload the dishwasher! If you would like, sign up to Eden’s contest sisters and have a blessed day!
 Through Him,

McGuffey Mondays

Hello again my dear sisters in Christ! About two years ago I picked up a few  revised McGuffey Readers published by Christian Liberty at a yardsale. At this time I’m reading a revised McGuffey Electic Reader. Some of you may have read these before, but I have never read one and I am so thankful I found it! I have been blessed many times by the various stories within this Electic Reader and because I was so blessed I wanted to share a few stories with you! So, after seeing the creativness of other fellow bloggers I decided to make Mondays “McGuffey Mondays”! I’m very excited. I’m hoping that the sweet old-timiness, slightly difficult reading, and the uplifting of good character may bless you as much as it has me. So, even though today is not Monday I thought I would get started.

“Who Made the Stars”
“Mother, who made the stars, which light
The beautiful blue sky?
Who made the moon, so clear and bright,
That rises up so high?”
“‘Twas God, my child, the Glorious One,
He formed them by his power;
He made alike the brilliant sun,
And every leaf and flower.
“He made your little feet to walk;
Your sparkling eyes to see;
Your busy, prattling tongue to talk,
And limbs so light and free.
“He paints each fragrant flower that blows,
With loveliness and bloom;
He gives the violet and the rose
Their beauty and perfume.
“Our various wants his hands supply;
He guides us every hour;
We’re kept beneath his watchful eye,
And guarded by his power.
“Then let your little heart, my love,
Its grateful homage pay
To that kind Friend, who, from above,
Thus guides you every day.
“In all the changing scenes of time,
On him our hopes depend;
In every age, in every clime,
Our Father and our Friend.”
Isn’t that lovely dear sisters? If the Lord wills, may we be as the mother in this poem. And if God decides to keep us single, may we be kind and gentle, answering younger people’s questions, and always pointing to our Lord. Well, that is all for today! Let’s be all He wants us to be my fellow sisters.
By his grace,       

Feminine Farmgirl Challenge~ Day Three & Four

Greetings my sisters in Christ! Today has been a blessed and adventurous one for us Halberts. . .we worked in our garden! We haven’t done many gardens before and we are looking with great anticipation for the fruits of our labor. How exciting! We’ve battled roots, weeds, and just a moment ago Momma faced her most feared nemesis. . .a snake! πŸ™‚ I think it got away, but not without a few scars and scares (I’m sure we frightened it as much as it did us!) :o) It has been such a blessing to work in God’s creation and I want to thank and praise Him for His marvoulous handiwork. Truly, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalms 19:1
 Well, my purpose for this post is to show my outfits for Feminine Farmgirl’s April challenge. Ever since I became convicted to wear modest clothes I’ve struggled between wearing practical and feminine clothes. (Momma’s been trying to tell me that!) I have found this challenge very helpful because it has reminded me that God desires us girls to be feminine. (I knew that, but was having a difficult time applying it :). I think this challenge has helped me become more mindful of how feminine and modest I can be. I’m excited as God takes me down this new path!

Day Three:
Yesterday I wore one of my favorite jumpers which Momma and I (mostly Momma πŸ™‚ made. It is a blue jumper with light blue flowered print and at the moment is pared with slippers :). Yesterday I spent alot of time studying and then both Momma and I went to two of our classes.
Day Four:
Today I wore a white blouse with light pink flowers which we bought from Dress Barn while visiting Pennsylvannia. Underneath the blouse I wore a pink shell. I was very blessed by finding this jean skirt which I didn’t think fit any more. Praise the Lord it does! I’m also wearing a  pair of leather sandals which I’ve deemed work shoes. Since I have worn jumpers and skirts I have rarely felt constricted or unable to do certain things. Today we worked in the garden and I found wearing a skirt did not hinder me at all, infact I think it may have kept me cooler!
I hope you all have a blessed night. Let’s keep pressing higher dear sisters!
 Because of Him,

Feminine Farmgirl Challenge~Day One & Two

Hello all! I joined Jenna at Feminine Farmgirl and Feelin Feminine  for the April challenge. . .the challenge of dressing femininly and modestly for one week! I’ve been wearing skirts and jumpers for about five years, pretty much since I became a Christian. I did not start out dressing modestly though. Before I became a Christian I tried to dress as immodestly as I could in order to gain attention from men. This is such a sad state to be in and I thank the Lord that He has helped me in dressing modestly and desiring to be a blessing~ not a hinderance ~to men and Christian brothers in Christ. I also cover my head. . .something for which I have gained many bessings from! So, I hope as I post my outfits for this week I may be a blessing and encouragement. Let’s rise to the highest, dear sisters, and glorify our Lord in our dress (which starts with our hearts!)  

Day One:
Here is the outfit I wore on Easter Sunday. Momma and I found our outfits while visiting Pennsylvannia last week. I’m wearing a paisly light pink and black skirt, a purple shell, and a light black sweater which I really like because it is feminine and modest. Momma is wearing a purple flowered skirt which buttons in the front and a purple blouse (very sweet).

Here’s Momma! So pretty!

I work at a Christian camp called Discovery Ministries as a cook. Because we had a group of campers over Easter weekend I had to go in on Sunday afternoon to make up a little meal. So, I quickly changed into a jumper, white shirt, my favorite white sneakers and bobbie socks (so cute:). I have found jumpers to a real blessing. They are feminine, practical, and because I am a little bigger they have proven to be one of the best ways to be modest. Please excuse the dying dandilions! πŸ™‚

  

Day Two:
Here I am on Monday afternoon. I’m wearing a white jumper with a blue and red flower print, a blue t-shirt, and a pair of sandals. Thank you Jeremiah for being such a willing and good photographer.

May the Lord bless your day sisters! By His grace,

Our Pennsylvannia Trip and Photos!

Greetings Friends! I hope you all are having a blessed Easter Day. I have a few things I wanted to write on so I’ll get started!
~Today is Easter Sunday and the day we celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Is it not amazing to think that because Jesus loves us he died and then rose again? Truly we serve an amazing God. I feel my heart becoming more in tune with His, yet growing in the Lord is so painful some times. Isn’t it amazing that the God who died for us is willing to help us? “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
~Last week I was priviledged (and blessed) to go with most of my family (Daddy had to work!) to Pennsylvannia. We spent five days near the Poconos where Allie and Jeremiah snowboarded at seventy-one degrees! (Since we’ve spent most of our lives in Alaska I’m sure you can imagine the fun and heat-related-exhaustion they experienced :). While at the Poconos we spent good time resting, visiting with each other, sight-seeing and town-seeing, and shopping. We enjoyed eating at authentic Chinese, Indian, and Bulgarian resturaunts. Near the end of the week we left for New York City and that was an experience! We had alot of fun walking on Time Square, eating a hotdog from a hotdog stand (isn’t that what New Yorkers do?), looking at the Statue of Liberty from the shoreline, walking little Chinatown, cruising through Macy’s, and riding double-decker buses. There are so many people it all seemed a little chaotic, but I enjoyed it and am thankful for the time Momma spent in taking us. : )   

A tremendous waterfall at Shawnee-on-Delaware.
Doesn’t Momma remind you of Maria from Sound of Music?
Indeed, New York is a big place. It is sad to think though, that many of the people are not saved.
It was a fun and relaxing trip and I haven’t even finished yet!
~Saturday morning we left for a wedding in Ephrata, PA (our main purpose for our trip). It was such a blessing to see two godly young people marry. I don’t think I’ve been to a wedding whose obvious and sole purpose was to glorify God (while marrying two who love each other). I was/am so blessed. This couple hadn’t even held hands until their wedding day and were marrying each other in complete purity. What a blessing. Let’s take encouragement, my fellow sisters in Christ–if we will submit ourselves to Christ He can make any relationship pure, holy, and blameless. I have not had many godly examples of courtship and boy/girl relationships, but because of this wedding I am striving foward to become the woman God desires me to be–married or single!  
~On our way home we were able to stop and see my momma’s younger sister and her family. You all are  such a blessing to us and it was alot of fun (and giggles) to be with family. We love you guys!
One extra blessing was that we were able to stop in at my dear friend Diane’s house. What a sweet blessing and encouragement to visit a friend’s home! Thank you Diane and your sweet family for your time, puppies :), coffee, and brownies! We loved seeing you all!  
This trip was a real blessing and time of refreshment (even though we missed you Daddy!) thank you Mommy and Daddy! We loved it! Have a blessed Easter Sunday my sisters and let’s keep pressing on to the Lord!
By His grace,