Modesty for all Times, even when Homeless
by Rita Davidson
Some people might call me stubborn. St. Therese was stubborn they said, I think it can work in our favor. (well sometimes!) 🙂 That stubbornness has helped me continue with my modesty work since 1999, against every obstacle, including our latest FIRE!
Modesty for all times, even while homeless. YES, seriously, homeless. After our fire, we were thrust out into the street literally. With no insurance and nowhere to go, we were left in God’s good hands. And I do say God’s GOOD hands.
This is a picture story from the time of our fire. To show how I was always able to dress modestly in skirts every single day, even though we lost all our clothes in the fire!
If I can do it while homeless, with nothing but a petticoat and t-shirt to my name, you can do it too!
This was at the trailer we lived in for 7 weeks. Here I am in clothes donated to me by neighbors. Within a few hours of our fire, our neighbor Beth had come out with a basket of skirts for me to wear! Later others brought more skirts to share. Beautiful ones too! Even being plus-sized I was lucky these popular broomstick skirts fit well. I am forever grateful for the compassion they showed us that first day.
September 10, 2013: This was the day we moved to our cabin. This was the only way I could get Joseph inside – with balloons! Here I am wearing a skirt my dear friend, BobiBeth sent me, a vest and shirt from used stores! Mark found me a pair of FINN shoes from our recycle trailer, that I’ve been wearing ever since! (oh my gosh, have you ever googled FINN shoes, they are like $300 on Amazon! eek! no wonder they are so comfortable!)
November 10, 2013: Making phone calls at our cabin. We had no indoor toilets, showers, internet or phone. So walked 75 feet uphill to this cabin for it. Here I sat, well into December and -20C temperatures, making phone calls about Trust funds, building, and more. *sigh (keep in mind the bathrooms -and our cabin- were nice and cozy warm!)
March 6, 2014: Here we are at our temporary trailer, setting up my tiny closet with all the used clothes I collected. Top shelf is full of Vests, (my new favorite) and underneath Jackets and skirts. God provides all I needed!
March 18, 2014: Still at our temporary trailer, after I started blogging again. Here i am showing off a beautiful used jacket I found for $6 and one of my many scarves I re-collected from used shops and sales! And those are Vambraces on my arm…fingerless and so warm in winter. I got them for $1 !!!! I love how they look too! 🙂
March 27, 2014: finally settling into our temporary trailer. And I have a kitchen!! You have no idea how much you miss having a kitchen when you are living for 6 months without one!!!! 🙂 With a kitchen comes aprons! And if only I would wear them more often, I would need less stain remover! LOL (my sweet friend Dessi must show me how! 🙂
April 21, 2014: An everyday look for me. This skirt is the only one that was saved from our fire! YES! Mark found it in the rubble, and after a few washes for stains, it’s as good as new. No other clothing was saved from the fire that was usable.
May 7, 2014: Good morning time! Morning coffee time with pretty cups! Everyone on my Facebook page will have seen all these pics (and more) And join me for morning coffee there! This is before my hair is dry or makeup on! My modesty is for real. Not puffed up, fake or vain. I can go without make up when needed or open the door for our mail man, with wet hair. I can dig through rubble from our fire, with tears streaming down my face and tripping on my skirts. Modesty is me, its in my blood. I live and breathe modesty and I pray to show you all how.
Do I like to look pretty? Sure I do! There is a time and place for everything and I am just so thankful that God provided a way, for me to dress modestly, at the direst of times, when homeless and penniless. And He will for you too, when you are faithful.
Some of you need to hear this. Sometimes our excuses get in the way of making the leap. It’s too hot, it’s too cold, I can’t find any skirts, the list goes on. There will always be an excuse to hold us back unless we just DO IT.
There is no excuse, except for the ones we make up ourselves that make this impossible. All things are possible for those that love God! May Our Lady grant you the grace to see the truth always, and the courage to embrace it when needed!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Rita Xo 🙂
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Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!