The only idea I had was to BE the safari and dress up like a lion. So, 14 hours before ladies retreat I picked up white makeup from PartyCity and gold tulle from Joann. Making a tie-knot tutu is soooo easy and I had the whole thing put together in less than an hour. I originally was wearing it on my waist, but the ladies got a kick out of it when I jokingly put it on my head, so there it stayed. So, for under four dollars I had a killer outfit and made everyone laugh. Awesome.
It is a very good thing the only people reading this blog are my darling friends… Seriously, I have been neglecting the crafting/picture taking/writing. Ugh.
The ladies retreat at church was a “safari” theme this year: “Faithful, Abundant, True On the hunt for life’s greatest adventure!” I about nearly fell out of my seat when Pricilla Shirer started speaking on the Saturday night session (on DVD of course) and the verse she was using was: Ephesians 3:20
She challenged us with lessons I will forever treasure. “Pray to God to do ___ or BETTER!” “God doesn’t want to only go beyond what I can imagine… He wants to go beyond the WAY BEYOND.” Why do I limit God in my prayers and in my faith? He is soooo capable and has my best interest at heart. I suppose the thing that makes me fearful is knowing His plan may be completely different from MY plan – and the control freak in me lashes out in rebellion.
The ladies have a “parade” each year for outfits that correspond with the theme. This year’s categories consisted of: most classic safari look, creative use of prints, and overall outfit. Well, my bedroom and bathroom is completely decked out in leopard but I only own ONE leopard necklace. So, unless I was going to wear a robe or my shower curtain… I needed to figure something else out!
School is back in session (being a 28 year old student is exhausting!) and I completely procrastinated on even attempting to gather anything for an outfit. I hated the idea of buying something to wear for two hours and it would probably be so gaudy I would never wear it again.
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