Thursday, October 18, 2012

tugged and stirred.

 dress: Belk / nude pumps: Madden Girl / lipstick: Nars Heatwave / earrings: c/o Le Mode Accessories

it's been a very busy week in our household. our church is hosting it's first ever Missions Conference where missionaries supported by our church come from all over the globe to be reconnect with the local church and other fellow missionaries. so in between lunch meals and hosting dinner parties in honor of our missionary friends, we've had the opportunity to hear speakers, testimonies and listen to fabulous worship music throughout this week. and though it's been a very busy week (what i wouldn't give for a long cat nap right about now), it's been a rejuvenating week - a time of reflection for me personally and a time of encouragement to hear the testimonies of so many people who have given up their lives to help people all over the globe for the sake of Jesus Christ and the message of the cross. 

and this morning, my mom, sister and i got dressed up (note me all dressed up above - well, not really but it's not your typical t-shirt and jeans attire) to attend the Women's Tea and Breakfast where we got the chance to talk with some of the female missionaries one on one as well as hear several personal testimonies of the work that they are doing overseas and within the U.S. i gotta tell ya - my own heart was very much tugged and stirred - both to be praying more for these women and their families and for my own heart with it's own yearning to go overseas (particularly to serve in the Philippines as a translator among many other dreams to help women out of poverty and trafficking - but that is a story for another day ;)). 


so for now, i'm gonna sneak in a nap before our meal with the missionaries and friends tonight!
*big cheesy grin* and this girl is over and out! happy weekend, folks!

much love.
{happy friday, friend.}

32 comments:

  1. You.Are.So.Beautiful!!!

    p.s. - when I saw the "happy weekend" sentence, I smiled. . . yay! its the weekend! almost!!

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  2. Borrowing those shoes!!! Please and thank you <3

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  3. Gorgeous! I love that first picture :)

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  4. I looooooooove this outfit, Ilene!! I've always wanted nude pumps -- haven't bought a pair, yet. And the dress >>> super cute.

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  5. Ilene! Love your heart to work with women out of human trafficking. What a beautiful ministry of healing and learning love. Oh, and your outfit is lovely as usual :)

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  6. Va Va Voom! You look amazing in this dress!
    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  7. Jaw droppingly gorgeous. And with a heart of gold. What a life of service you have.

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  8. you are so beautiful. I hope you have a great weekend and fun at the conference at your church. I hope that everything goes well.

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  9. I love that dress! You look great. Is the dress a recent purchase?

    www.domesticatedworkingwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. i bought the dress back in May, so not sure if Belk would still have it on its website. it was made by ND (New Directions) if that helps you out, friend! :)

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  10. beautiful inside and out. God is using you know and will use in you in such great ways that you can't even imagine!
    happy friday!

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  11. I love that dress, and it looks fabulous on you!

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  12. This is such a cute dress! You look super classy. :)

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  13. I love going to missions conferences! Its so great to see what God is doing all over the world!!

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  14. You look drop dead gorgeous! Love that dress!

    Have a great weekend :) xoxo

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  15. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time of fellowship. It's such a joy to hear what God's doing in and through you, Ilene. The best is yet to come!

    Thanks for sharing this post :)

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Kinsey

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  16. Adorbs girl! Just adorbs. I swear thats all i comment about on here is your cuteness :P lol!

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  17. where did you get that dress? because I have one sort of like that :)

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  18. Love that dress - you look beautiful!

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  19. You look beautiful as ever friend! What a great weekend! Enjoy your nap :)

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  20. great dress
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    xx Jules

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  21. I am madly in love with that dress, it looks stunning on you!

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  22. I've saw so many people went home for this....it was like homecoming!!! Wish I could have popped back in to have lunch with everyone! You are totally rocking those dots...and the red lips! Loving it!

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  23. You are such a natural beauty, girl. LOVE your polka dots. I'm obsessed with them right now! My grandma always used to say polka dots are friendly, and I'd have to agree. :)

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  24. You're so pretty! my parents went to the Philippines a while back for 4 or 5 years in a row. Our church supports missionaries there. I personally haven't gone, but they just love the people. Do you speak tagalog? How cool!! Hope you get to live your dream someday!

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    1. i understand tagalog very well and would translate for my american friends on mission trips but i cannot fluently speak the language. when i try, it is very broken and i def. struggle. yes, i hope i get the chance to grasp all of it! so cool about your parents! :) i love it in the Philippines!

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  25. You look gorgeous! I love that dress. So elegant.

    Kacie

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  26. I just got a dress like this and you've made me excited about wearing it, now I just need an occasion :)

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