03 July 2014

Our Plans for a Quiet Independence Day

Courtesy of Microsoft.


Due to the extreme drought here, our town cancelled its usual fireworks display and discourages home fireworks, which are forbidden where we live.  A few of us have decided to club together for a picnic and a little parade in our back parking lot.  I'm taking a fruit salad with marshmallow fluff and cream cheese "dressing."  Usually the dressing is more popular than the fruit.  To keep the dressing from turning I place it in a small bowl and then place the small bowl in a larger bowl of ice. Waxed paper covers all.

Sometimes I feel annoyed with the grief that goes on in our government, but I am grateful for the sacrifices that people made for the first Independence Day so long ago.  

Stay safe!

Agape always,
Cynthia

Fascinating Womanhood Class?

Seaside Promenade - M. Ancher - Public Domain


Greetings, All!

I would love to walk along the seashore in the company of friends today, wouldn't you?  We could even bring our parasols!  

I am writing because a dear lady from overseas wrote to ask if I continued to teach Fascinating Womanhood classes, and the answer is a resounding "Yes!"  My most recent live, online Basic FW Class commenced in March and ended a few weeks ago.  I will have another live, online Basic FW Class commencing later this year--August or September most likely.  I continue to offer the Advanced Class, too, but I am not taking any new students until August.  

The Recorded Basic Fascinating Womanhood Class remains available and may be commenced at any time.  If I were taking a class, I would choose a recorded class.  The recorded class features everything the live classes do, and students save $10.00.

Hugs and smiles!

Agape always,
Cynthia

30 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Thirty...

Call to Arms - Edmund Blair Leighton - Public Domain


My last suggestion is a lifetime project:  Live the Sweet Promise by fulfilling your role as a homemaker at an excellent level.  

As you care for the family and keep the home organized and clean, your husband will observe that if by some tragedy you are left on your own to head the family, you will have the skills necessary to provide for the family or to make whatever inheritance your husband is able to leave you stretch as far as possible.

I hope that all of my little "woman-to-woman" ideas helped you and that the 2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge blessed you.

Agape always,
Cynthia

29 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Twenty-Nine...

Courtesy of Microsoft.

Are you hanging on to an old bit of betrayal or injustice?  Why not forgive and be free?  Forgiving does not mean that whatever happened was or is permissible; forgiving may mean setting yourself free from being stuck in a bad memory loop forever. 

Recently a friend called me and delivered a rant, detailing the various and very real misdeeds of her deceased mother.  Mom died some thirty years ago, and my friend still rehearsed on a daily basis her mother's nasty behavior.  When she took a breath, I replied, "That load of hate for your mother must be heavy.  How would it feel if you gave that load to God and let Him handle it?"

My friend was annoyed with me, but the words stuck.  A few days later, I received an e-mail from my friend, which I opened with trepidation.  Four words greeted my eyes: "It feels pretty good."


Today's suggestion is to let go of an old resentment. It probably isn't harming the other person, after all, but the resentment you are carrying around may be harming you or someone you love.

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia 

28 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Twenty-Eight

The Accolade - Edmund Blair Leighton - Public Domain

As I ask and answer in class: Is chivalry dead?  No, but it may be on life support.  I don't know who originated the quote, but I have used it in my FW Classes since 2004.  

To do our part to support chivalry, today's suggested activity is to graciously thank men who hold open doors, offer their seats on public transportation, carry groceries, or help in any way.  All we have to do is say, "Thank you" and the chivalrous activity will be positively reinforced.

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia

27 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Twenty-Seven...

Courtesy of Microsoft.

Today's suggestion is to give up competing with men in their areas of expertise. If you truly love a more traditionally masculine hobby or recreation, do it in a feminine way. For example, I love to shoot, but when I do, I always wear a pretty denim skirt with a feminine top; in addition, I avoid competing with men.  If you relish competition in the field, then compete only with other women.

Enjoy the audio of Ethel Merman and, I believe, Howard Kiel.

Agape always,
Cynthia 



26 June 2014

2014 Thirty-Day Femininity Challenge, Day Twenty-Six...


The Marriage of Mary and Joseph - Church of the Assumption, Louisiana


Submit to your husband's leadership as long as he does not ask you to do anything immoral or illegal. Let him lead and avoid undercutting him.

Why the stained-glass window?  The window reminds us that when Mary and Joseph wed, he became her earthly protector, provider, and guide.  Mary followed Joseph's righteous leadership, helped him with the concerns of his life, and made a home for him and, later, for Jesus.  The Christian scriptures relate God communicating with Joseph to tell him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt.  God did not communicate to Mary but to her earthly leader.

I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.

Agape always,
Cynthia

   
 
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