Monday, December 30, 2013

Pretty Thrifty Christmas and the Old Year

   My very late edition of Pretty Thrifty for Christmas.
 All our snow melted the week before Christmas.
Then we had an ice storm. That didn't last long enough to have a White Christmas either.
So here are my pictures in my wonderful brown and grey Missouri wonderland.
Amy's to blame for that twig!

Amy took these pics on my mom's Ipod.
I then went on PicMonkey and edited them.
Hopefully I will find my camera soon.
 I wouldn't mind if you prayed I would find it... really!
 I found this scarf at Salvation Army for $.50. I found the sweater last year at the same place.
Earrings (giveaway)
Sweater (thrift store): $2.00
Scarf (thrift store): $.50
Tank (given to me)
Skirt (made by me): $1.00
 Shoes (garage sale): $1.00
So much happened this year. Honestly I don't have the time to narrate it all, so I'll just going to make a list.
We got a minivan!
(This in itself is worth an enormous hallelujah!)
I won 2nd place for dance at Teen Talent Expo.
Amy joined me on the dance team.
 3 year anniversary of the Joplin tornado.
I started driving!
Michael and I became CPR certified.
I bought a camera for $5.00 at a garage sale, and it worked!
Rukia had her final batch of kittens.
I went to Youth Camp for the third time and enjoyed it the most this year.
 I started Pretty Thrifty.
Amy got her ears pierced.
We went on the first real family vacation we've been on in, well, a very along time.
Mom started eating the THM way.

Rukia, my cat, died.

I turned sixteen, so I got to start wearing makeup.
I broke a mirror.
Started my Sophmore year in high school.

Michael and I finally got to see the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Jack Sparrow...
"There should be a captain in there somewhere."

The first year my mom did not make doll clothes for Christmas or buy Legos.
We started to realize this is the end of an era;
from Legos and doll clothes, to knives and electronics.
I saw all three Lord of the Rings and finished the Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers.
(I'm going to start The Return of the King very soon!)
What have I learned?
(Ok. What am I still in the process of learning.)
God is faithful even when I'm not. 
I have to keep fighting without giving up.
God is the only one who can fill loneliness.
I want to love deeper with all purity.

That's what happened this year.

What changed this year for you?
Leave a comment below and tell me about it.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




  1. It is amazing what you can find for very little - your 50cent scarf is lovely. I bought some brand new tops today all on sale and reduced by 75% which was a very big savings. I find I rarely have to buy anything at full price, just need some patiences to wait for the sales.

    To your question about what changed for year (2013) learning patiences and waiting on the Lord, it can take many years to completely give up on trying to control things and leaving it all to the Lord. I think it is a struggle for many Christians.

    Blessings for the new year, which for us in Australia is not that many hours away:))

  2. Oh my! Let me see...
    I graduated, took over quick books for my parents business, took over payroll for same said business, lost 23lbs, learned to eat healthy, and much more I won't bore you with ;)
    Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog-they make my day!
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

  3. Hi Emily,
    Its so nice to "meet" you! I'm a bit older than you (28) but I too have a desire to dress modestly. I'm also waiting for God to bring me and my (Lord willing) husband to meet. I live in Mo (50 mile south of KC) and am blessed to live in the country. I'm always learning something that God has shown me and im anxious as to what 2014 holds.

    I know im a complete stranger to you but I just wanted to say "Hi" and encourage you to keep following Gods plan for you in this new year! :D


  4. Hi Bekah,

    Thank you so much and welcome to Teen for the Lord. I hope that you receive encouragement from this blog and that you have a blessed year!


  5. Hi Joluise!

    I understand the whole having a hard time waiting on God. I have struggled with that a lot. But God will do what is right in HIS timing, not ours. It's one of the great things about Him. :)

    Isn't it fun to find great bargains? Kind of makes you feel like you're on top of the world, doesn't it?
    Anyway, God bless, and Happy New Year!


  6. Super cute outfit especially that scarf.

    Visiting from Feminine Modesty. Answered your question on the blog. ☺


  7. Thanks, Iris. Got it at a thrift store for fifty cents! Love thrift stores!

    God bless,




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