I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed having my daughter Abigail visit for the past two weeks. She’s such a joy. Of course one of the things we did during these two weeks was shop. So when she purchased this off-white sleeveless summer sweater that’s just like the multi-colored one I already had in my closet, I began plotting this photo session. Who can pass up a photo shoot with this beauty?
Abby’s been living in the Atlanta area in Georgia for the past two years, but she’s headed to the coast of Oregon for the summer. She’ll be a staff minister to the college and high school kids working at the Cannon Beach Conference Center family camps all summer. The conference center is situated in one of the most breathtaking locations along the Oregon coast, and our family has fallen in love with it. Abigail worked there for two summers while in college and is looking forward to going back to minister to those kids who are working there now. It’s an amazing family camp, and if you’re looking for a unique experience for a family vacation you really should look into it.
My daughter is 24, and for my readers who are a little younger than me who are wondering if your children will ever grow up…and if you’ll survive the process…yes! Yes they will, and yes you will. Here’s my bit of advice though. Look forward with enthusiasm to the day when they will become your dear friends…because they will…or at least they can. But right now, while they are still growing up and there is still shaping and molding to do, don’t rush into friendship. Be the parent! Then, when they’ve grown up more and set out on their own you will be able to enjoy a sweet friendship.
Abby doesn’t normally like to dress like her mama. But I was in charge for this photo shoot, and she gave in. I just wanted you to see this marled sleeveless summer sweater on two different women…of very different ages! I really like Abby’s natural colored sweater because it can be worn with so many different things. My pink multi-shade sweater is a little more limiting, but it looks great with white, beige or blue denim. I also think it would look stylish with olive green. For reference, we are both wearing a small…and Abby feels like she might should have gotten the extra small.
Here’s a shopping widget with our sweaters as well as a few other beautiful sleeveless sweaters I thought you might like.
Do you hesitate to wear sleeveless tops? I get it. But here’s my story. For about twelve years in my 30s and into my 40s I had a bulging fat tumor on my right shoulder. You can’t make these things up, ladies! It started out pretty small, but it grew over the years to about the size of a golf ball. I liked to think no one noticed it, but they did. It made for awkward conversations and after a while I stopped wearing anything sleeveless. It wasn’t until I’d put up with this adipose tumor for too many years that it finally occurred to me that I might could have it removed. And sure enough, I did. I have a tiny scar now, but it’s nothing compared to the bulge that once sat on top of my shoulder.
The moral of the story? I’m going to wear my sleeveless tops! No my arms don’t look like they did when I was Abigail’s age. And yours don’t look like your daughter’s arms either. But who cares? I think most of us gals spend too much time worrying about what our body parts look like when no one else is looking at us that critically. Let’s just enjoy the bodies God gave us and even be grateful for the years those bodies have served us well.
Okay. I’ll stop preaching now.
My shorts are the Loft Bermuda roll shorts in milky tan. They also come in olive, a pretty light blue, a pale pink and grey. The last I checked they were marked down considerably with an online exclusive sale. Abigail is in the GAP Girlfriend Chino Shorts with a 5″ inseam in capri pink. Her shoes are the Karolyn Flat by Steve Madden. My shoes are from Talbots; they’re the Keri Double Strap Sandal in Napa.
Abby’s earrings are darling. She just picked them up at Loft. And her watch is from Fossil. I’m wearing my James Avery French Heart Pendant and Butterfly hook bracelet. Here’s a similar one. My earrings are from Brighton. Both of us are wearing sunglasses from Loft, but we’ve had them a while. I like buying sunglasses at Loft because they have them marked down often and I’m hard on my sunglasses. I don’t deserve expensive ones!
Y’all! Isn’t she just so pretty? And Abigail is a beauty inside and out. I’m going to miss her so much!
Tell me about your children. I’d love to know. I’m assuming most of my readers are like me with empty nests. But I’d love to know how many kids you have, their ages and genders and a little “somethin’ somethin'” about them!
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Blessed for My Day
Do you ever worry that God is mad with you? That you have somehow embarrassed Him? And that if you return to Him, He may shame you? You do realize that those are whispers from the enemy of your soul. Truthfully we have a gentle and compassionate God. He loves you so much. And He has promised to deal graciously and tenderly with you when you return to Him from your wanderings. There is nothing you have done that will cause Him to treat you harshly. He is a good and loving Father.
“He will not cry out nor raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish.” ~ Isaiah 42:2-3a