My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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The homeschool dance dress code and the Bachelorette

On Saturday, Izzy will be going to the homeschool dance for the very first time! She is so excited (much more so than her brothers I might add). But she is also concerned about what she is going to wear - you see there is a pretty stringent dress code for girls in the hope of maintaining ladylike modesty.

Last night, we watched the premiere of the Bachelorette.   When Emily Maynard, this season's Bachelorette, showed up in this glittery frock, Izzy promptly noticed that it broke almost all of the homeschool Dance Dress Guidelines!!

So to illustrate how two worlds clash, let me illustrate with pictures and the guidelines.

 Ladies:  - Wear a modest, formal, or semi-formal dress. - No very short dresses.  Hem of dress and/or any slits should be no higher than a couple of inches above the knee. 

(well, at least this was a long gown!)

"Bachelorette" Emily Maynard

- No revealing necklines.  No cleavage whatsoever.  (Be sure to check the view from above.) - Midriff must be covered - No strapless or halter dresses. No one shoulder straps.  Spaghetti straps are permitted. 

keyword- All areas that are to be covered must be covered with solid fabric, not sheer fabric. 

- No low backs (below the bottom of the shoulder blades) or laces revealing low back.

Emily Maynard back view of dress

Ah... thank you ABC for illustrating what we are NOT to have our girls wear for the sake of modesty.  I can now look at Izzy's dress and note that it would be inappropriate for the Bachelorette - so it's probably fine for the homeschool dance!

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