Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I am So EXCITED!!!!!!!!
Film Version of 'O Jerusalem' to be Released Next Month
(IsraelNN.com) A popular literary account of the 1948 War of Independence and the founding of the State of Israel is being made into a movie to be released next month."O Jerusalem" - as both the book and now the movie are called - was a bestseller when it was first published.The movie is due out in October.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I was preparing next month's issue of "The Well" a newsletter that we do for young mothers and wanted to share this article with you all.

Lemuel’s Mother Wise indeed was the teaching which king Lemuel’s mother conveyed to her son (Prov 31:1). Into the contention concerning the identity of king Lemuel or his mother we need not enter. It is sufficient for us to recognize that the words of this exemplary woman bear the seal of divine inspiration. In view of the wholesomeness of such instruction well might the inspired writer of Proverbs enjoin his readers to “forsake not the law of thy mother.” “Bind them”, he says, referring to parental admonitions, “continually upon thy heart, and tie them about thy neck.” How do we stand, dear sisters, as touching the instruction which we convey to our sons. Is it worthy of the treatment above described? The wise mother of the Book of Proverbs sought to brace up her son for the requirements of his responsible position, and to warn him against the sins which would be peculiar to it. By this example being placed before us, it is evidently one which God would have us follow. Ere long, to all appearances, the Truth’s affairs will be largely in the hands of the children of the brethren and sisters. Should these coming custodians of God’s work fall short in regard to their great privilege and responsibility; let it not be through failure on our part to counsel them wisely. As a means of discharging our duty let us hold aloft those standards of manly excellence which God Himself has provided. Let us teach our sons that God looks not to the faultless clothing and distinguished appearance, or to education and rank, or to powers of oratory. These things are not so much as named in God’s list of the necessary qualifications of a tried man. What God requires is a man who has behind him a career of self-restraint and plodding, humble work. Let us put our sons in the way of serving and apprenticeship in such necessary qualities as industry, purity, vigilance, sobriety, modesty, hospitality, aptitude for learning (from those instructed in the Word) and for teaching (when in contact with the alien and in the Sunday School). Let us counsel them to be temperate, not given to the love of money and covetous, or to quarrelling, striving and unseemly contention (1Tim 3:2-3). Let us encourage them to be faithful and regular in the ecclesial meetings, but let us not fail to point out in connection with this, that the object in view must be the exaltation of God, and not of self, and that the man who reverses the Scripture injunction to be swift to hear and slow to speak is no blessing to his brethren and sisters. Were king Lemuel’s mother in our midst we may be sure that she would not only emphasize all these matters in the ears of her son, but that she would forewarn, and so forearm him against those sins of the last says, which Paul so vividly predicted. Said this faithful servant of God: “Men shall be despisers…of those that are good.” We have only to mention a good man’s name, be he a prophet or apostle, to find how rampant is this sin in the world. And who has not seen it at work even in the ecclesias? Let us strive to fortify our sons against this woeful sin of these last days by teaching them to respect those, who, from years of exemplary work in the Truth, are undoubtedly good men from the divine standpoint. Let us remember, however, that our sons are not likely to respect the brethren unless they are first taught to revere and listen to their parents. Disobedience to parents is another unholy trait which Paul indicated would be a feature of the present time. Let us early direct our energies towards securing from our sons, dutiful behavior towards both father and mother. He who despises father and mother and those whom God esteems, must, of necessity, be a despiser of God. The mother, who in the quietitude of home, devotes herself to the wise training of her children, performs a part which, for its far-reaching effect cannot be exceeded in importance. The work will call for many an inward battle between the inclination and duty, and will cause for many a headache and even heartache. Let us, however, go forward undaunted by difficulties, knowing that we have the strength of God’s own authority and His encouragement behind us. Lemuel’s mother appealed to her son on the ground of his kingly office. Our sons do not hold this high position. In the mercy of God the gospel has called them, no less than ourselves, to the rulership of the age to come and we can appeal to them on the ground of what is seemly conduct for those who will enter the Kingdom of God. As Paul indicated to Timothy there is an etiquette divinely prescribed for the “house of God” and it is necessary that this be learnt and observed by those who desire to associate with the immortal royalties of the future. A God-fearing woman may have to endure scorn from the unfaithful, but the praise from on high is certain. Sis. C.J. Lois & Eunice Cookbook pg 128-132

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Saw this article on one of my fav places to look for clothes on the web. Had to share. Ofcourse I was "window shopping" as my belly has already started to grow!
Anti-Britney: The New Look Designers make modest clothing for women who don't want to show so much
The idea came to Chelsea Rippy when she found herself surrounded by low-rise jeans and short shirts. Nicole Thomas thought of it when she was shopping for a wedding dress and found two options: strapless or frumpy. Tedd Doucette got the idea when he and his wife couldn't find any clothes they considered appropriate for their five daughters.
Rippy, Thomas, and Doucette each founded companies specializing in modest clothing after noticing a dearth of options for stylish, yet discreet, young women. They are part of a growing number of niche retailers that cater to women who want more coverage than the typical mall outfit provides-for religious reasons, comfort, or a simple desire to look classy. Large retailers are starting to pay attention, too: This spring, Macy's will feature full-coverage dresses from Rippy's collection at stores in Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. "The customer is starving for a fashionable, covered product. There's a real market out there," says Jeff Gennette, CEO of Macy's Northwest region.
Soaring sales. Rippy noticed the need several years ago. At the time, she says, "fashion took a sharp turn for the worse. Pants were crazy low, and shirts were crazy short. Modesty aside, I didn't feel cute in anything." In 2004, Rippy, 32, founded Shade Clothing and started selling undershirts that could be worn under cropped tops to cover midriffs. Today, the company sells dozens of shirt styles and has launched new swimwear and semiformal dress lines. In 2006, Shade sales were just under $9 million, nearly double the 2005 figures.
When Thomas, owner of LatterDayBride, a bridal store based in Salt Lake City, was looking for wedding dresses in 1997, she couldn't find anything fashionable with the coverage she wanted. "Anything that was modest was really ugly, like Molly Mormon," she says, referring to a local term for homeliness. She now sells over 1,000 dresses a year through her website and recently expanded into prom dresses. "Just because you're modest doesn't mean you can't have style," she says.
Doucette launched Hannah Lise, an online retailer based near Tampa, in 2002 after his wife began sewing clothes for herself and their daughters because they couldn't find clothes in stores that met their preferences. He says his sales, which approach $3 million a year, have more than doubled over the past two years.
Part of the sudden interest in modesty is a reaction to the extreme immodesty of recent fashions, says Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for the NPD Group, a market research company. "The consumer rebelled," he says. "More than half the market is over 35. They don't want to look like they're 16 and doing a music video." He adds that retailers listened to customers who were saying, "We don't want to walk around like Britney Spears."
Wendy Shalit, author of the forthcoming Girls Gone Mild and founder of a group blog about modesty (http://blogs.modestlyyours.net), says women are "tired of the expectation that they present themselves in a sexual way. ... Girls are discovering that showing their belly button to strangers is not as empowering as they have been led to expect."
Many of the niche retailers selling modest clothes were inspired by religion. Brooke Samad, founder of Marabo, a clothing line aimed at Muslim women, says of her customers, "They may believe in Islam, but at the end of the day, they're a young Muslim woman in this country, and they want to go shopping and get what's hip and stylish."
Rachel Lubchansky, 29, founded the online retailer Funky Frum after discovering that women in her Jewish community shared her frustration with the lack of trendy yet modest clothes. She helped launch her site by sending fliers to 500 synagogues across the country. She's since found interest from women of different faiths as well as nonreligious women.
Rippy also found that Shade Clothing resonated with women beyond its original Mormon base. "Such a small percentage of women genuinely feel comfortable exposing their body," she says.
While national sales numbers in modest clothes are hard to come by, analysts describe an overall trend toward layered looks that expose less skin as well as classier looks. "We're back to refinement," says Roseanne Cumella, senior vice president of merchandising for the Doneger Group, a retail consultancy.
Not everyone's jumping on the modesty bandwagon. When asked whether J.Crew was following the trend, a spokeswoman said, "No," adding, "We do what's fun. We're not looking to cover up." Still, alongside skimpy bikinis and short skirts, knee-length dresses with high collars are featured in their spring catalog-outfits that could easily be sold by a retailer specializing in modest clothing.
While Rippy acknowledges that shopping at mainstream stores is easier today, she says she's not counting on that trend to last. "For me, modesty is not a trend. It's a lifestyle. ... We'll be here regardless of what the trends do."
-Kimberly PalmerUS News & World ReportApril 2007 www.usnews.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Olmert is defainately insane, look at what he's done now!

PA Leaks 8-Point Agreement Made With Olmert

(IsraelNN.com) The Palestinian Authority-based Maan News Agency claims to have received a Hebrew document from an Israeli source outlining eight points agreed upon by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government:
1. Israel withdraws and destroys Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in stages. 2. An “unarmed Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. The specific details of the borders will be determined according to security needs, demographic developments and humanitarian requirements. This will pave the way to for an equal territorial exchange. Israel will keep some settlement blocs and maintain geographic contiguity in Palestine and horizons for economic prosperity.”3. Dividing Jerusalem: “There will be two capitals in Jerusalem, one for Israel and one for Palestine.”4. Israeli relinquishes sovereignty to a committee to oversee Old City and holy sites.5. “Palestine to be declared a national homeland for the Palestinian people and Israel to be declared a national homeland for the Jewish people.”6. “A just solution to be agreed on for the problem of the Palestinian refugees with recognition of their suffering and understanding of their individual right within the framework of a comprehensive solution.”7. “Both sides must declare an end to the conflict and fight terrorism on both sides.”8. “Both sides to consider this agreement as being in accordance with the principles of the peace initiative proposed by the Arab League.”
Ma’an reported that, “Immediately after the [November] international summit and simultaneously with ongoing negotiations to reach a detailed agreement, Israel will start to withdraw its forces and evacuate settlements from territories in [Judea and Samaria].

Sunday, September 09, 2007

I feel so blessed, we just found out that we are expecting another little olive plant!