Monday, July 26, 2010

Gearing Up for Fashion Week

photo- fashion wire daily (but really I have no idea where it originally came from)

This week I am gearing up for Fashion Week 2010. Clearly I am a year behind as this photo, which will inspire my wardrobe, is from the Hermes Spring ‘09 line.

But I find this photo to be quite appropriate as the venue is the dusty and hot, West Texas, Ft. Davis Mountains- Bloys’ Camp Meeting. A gathering place for generations of God-fearing and God-worshipping fashionistas.

Usually decked in a t-shirt and yoga pants, I rarely fret about fashion. I find the comfortable clothes quite fitting for rolling around on the floor with toddlers and washing laundry like a champ.

My husband jokes that Camp Meeting is one of the best and worst things that he inherited when he married me. Blessed to gather with cousins and second cousins and three times-removed cousins under the aged oak trees of Skillman’s Grove, just as my great grandfather did with his cousins a hundred and twenty years ago, we join together to hear the Word of God and worship to hymns of old. Camp Meeting 099 He claims that it is a curse, in that it is one of the only times that my blatent insecurity surfaces as I fret over what clothes I will wear for the week. And not only my clothes, but his clothes, and our children’s clothes. And should it even matter? After all, Caleb doesn’t care, the kids climb trees and roll around in the dirt, and “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)

I don’t know why I feel such pressure of comparison, perhaps it is reuniting with the people I love the most, and the desire for them to “approve” of how I am pulling off this thing called mother of four small children. Perhaps it is the fact that they all look so marvelous in their garb as they show up to the dusty Means Evans Cookshed to get a generous helping of steak and cowboy beans.

I am glad that the equestrian style is hot, because I do have a couple pair of fabulous custom made boots, and if I pair them with one of Caleb’s dress shirts, a belt and a top hat or helmet, I should be quite up to par!

Really, this week as I pack up sheets, towels, snacks, and a few pair of blue jeans, I am determined to work more on my heart than my wardrobe. Because the Lord looks at the heart. And I want to be pleasing to the Lord, and have a heart to worship him. And I want to LOVE the people that I love and only see but once a year. I really want to love them and encourage them, and inspire them- not just to be a fashionista, but to be a people after God’s heart!


Elaine A. said...

Of course you'll be beautiful no matter what you wear! And have fun! :D

Anna said...

I totally get the fashion week thing - sadly I usually pack 3 times what is necessary for that week and never wear it! I am just so sad that we're going to have to miss it this year - I've only got about 4 weeks til baby #2 is here so the drive across TX to the mountains is just not going to happen. :( We'll miss seeing you this year and I know Josh will be sorry to miss bocce with Caleb!!! Hope you guys have fun!

Katie W said...

I am so looking forward to seeing you, even if you're wearing your yoga pants :) I had a full-on mini-panic attack last night thinking that I didn't have a single "new" outfit to wear at Campmeeting (I'll be in Ft. Worth and Austin this week for my cousin's wedding so I had to pack early!). Isn't that so silly? As IF anyone would remember last year's fashion! And of course, it's not at all what's important about being out there for that wonderful week.

Vashey Fam said...

Tyne, you always look fabulous!! It's your beautiful blue eyes and caring heart that everyone loves anyway. Come by today or tomorrow and pick out some accessories sista!

Lauren said...

I'm right there with you on the comfy clothes thing! Yes, you are right, God looks at our insides, not the clothes we wear. I do agree that sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the moment of wondering if what we are wearing on the outside will "fit in" or "be approved". But, we shall remember that what we are wearing on the inside in our hearts is the ultimate of importance! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your super nice comments! It is so nice to hear from a new reader, so thank you - thank you! I am sure you have your hands really full with four little blessings! They are all adorable in the pictures! I completely understand about blogging sessions times. There are nights where I have to stay up late after the baby and husband are asleep....just to have some time to catch up on the computer. But, I could not imagine the available time with four little ones. Love your Christian beliefs and your outlook on life - - I am a new subscriber! Have a good night! :)

McKay said...

ooo! I know I'm behind, but I'm sure you totally rocked that Hermes look! And I love all your boots!