Archives for December 2011

Know Why You Do What You Do

I’ve kept this post open in my browser for days.  Daye posted the top ten things she’s learned about blogging this year.  Something about her first point has stuck with me.

Know why you do what you do- It is okay to not have a well thought out vision for the next 20 years of your life.  But it’s important to have a reason for what you do.  For me this means that I write because when I do, I feel God’s pleasure (One of my favorite quotes is from Eric Liddell of Chariots of Fire fame- "I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast.  And when I run, I feel His pleasure.").

I didn’t blog for much of December.  Time and inspiration were not lacking.  But I didn’t feel like it would please Him.  Not because of their content because many of them would have been tucked away in the spiritual category.  I don’t know why it was but I didn’t feel freedom to blog.  The day after Christmas I finally felt His permission to write but He needed to ask me that question: why do I do what I do?

I don’t know how the content will change in 2012, if at all, but my goal is to work on this thing called writing and to do that for as long as I feel His pleasure.  I hope you’ll join me.

Happy New Year!

Fashion Friday: Dress Like a Mad Man

Or, Mad Woman.  Well, not a Mad Woman.  Oh golly, Buy a Dress Like the Ones They Wear on Mad Men.  Hmph!  Have I mentioned my love of the show Mad Men?  At least the first 3 seasons.  I was not fond of Season 4’s storylines one bit.  But the first three are dramatic gold.  Sure it’s dark and twisty and there’s not a redeemable character to be found but the writing!  the acting!  the sets!  the clothes!  If nothing else, Season 1 is worth the look (all 4 seasons are on Netflix).

I bumped into this store on etsy where you can have CUSTOM dresses made that will make you look like Joan Harris.  Well, in my case, without the perfect curves.  But custom made!  A pencil dress that actually fits like a glove!  Just look at these:

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If the pictures and price didn’t sell me, the feedback did:

I never had such a great fit ! Excellent workmanship,beautifull fabric and great communication made this a very positive experience.

The dress is absolutely amazing and rich in color! I got it in purple with gray trim and in swing skirt. The fabric is high quality. It fits me beautifully. I can’t wait to wear it.

…thank you so much for the fast work, the dress arrived today, it’s very beautiful and fits perfect (as always ;-)).

i could not be happier with this purchase. the dress fits amazingly well and the design works really nicely with plus-size measurements.

I love that they’re modest and most are modern enough that people won’t realize your nod to the 50s and 60s.  She’s got many, many more styles, most of which I could not pull off but I would gladly walk around in one every day if I could!

The best part is I contacted the store owner Cynthia and she graciously gave me a 10% discount for YOU: HEART10.  If you like it, how about pinning it?

OK, so go visit the store and tell me which you would (or will) order!  I’m having a hard time deciding!

This post was linked up to Musings of a Housewife for Fashion Friday.



I mentioned it in passing in a blog post but I’m in the midst of reading through the Bible again.  I’ve done it 2 other times but this time, this section stuck out to me from 2 Chronicles 6.  Solomon had just built the temple and was dedicating it:


“When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; 37 and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’; 38 and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; 39 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.”


A light bulb moment this time.  That entire paragraph is the story of Entangled.  No, I didn’t have soldiers in another land the God gave me over to but I was my own worst enemy. Satan was right with me when I sinned and God let me dwell in captivity in an emotional affair.  My body was not held captive but my mind was.  But when I had a change of heart and turned back to Him, He forgave me.  I give Israel a hard time for continually turning to their wicked ways but I’m no different.  Not at all.

What to Do When Your iPhone Lock or Home Button Quits Working

I’m hard on phones.  I really am. It’s sort of a joke to the folks around me.  I’ve had two drop in toilets, screens shatter in my driveway on more than one occasion and the latest mishap is my lock button has quit working.   Don’t be shocked but this happened last February too.  Since my phone was still under warranty, Apple was quick to replace the entire phone.  But now?  I’m out of warranty and the only thing they offered is a new phone for the low price of $149.  I only have 2 weeks until my phone upgrade is available (hello, Siri) so it’s silly to pay for a new one.  Without my lock button functioning, I can’t shut my screen off which means I’m draining battery about as fast as my kids can make a mess.  And I can’t restart it.

Well, I found this handy thing called Assistive Touch and I just think it’s the neatest little thing.  I’ve had 3 models of the iPhone and have never heard about this.  I have no clue how long it’s been there. 

Oh and PS, I can’t take screen shots on my phone since, you know, my lock button is broken.  This fix doesn’t fix that unfortunately.  If you know of an alternate way to do that, please let me know.

Go to settings:



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Turn Assistive Touch on.



A little black box with a white circle will show up somewhere on your screen.  It kind of jumps around on the screen depending on what you’re doing.  You can see it here on the right side in the middle-ish of the screen.


You can also drag it around on your own.  Here I’ve moved it to the bottom right.  You can see it right under that fingerprint and glare.


When you need to lock your screen or go Home, click on it and you’ll see this menu pop up:

IMG_7360For Home, click on Home or for the lock button, click on Device and you’ll see this sub-menu:


Click the Lock Screen and voila!  Your phone is locked and you can see your fingerprints and smudges perfectly!


As you might have seen in that submenu, you can do several other things.  This can also be used when the volume/mute button is broken.  Handy little thing.

So for two weeks, this is how I have to lock my screen.  Works for me! Think it might work for you one day, pin it to keep it handy!

I’ve linked this post to Works for me Wednesday at WeAreThatFamily.

Permission to Peruse’s Top 10 Posts of 2011


I just *know* you guys come here every single day and read every single post so this one you can skip.   Buuuut just in case you haven’t and may have missed one of Permission to Peruse’s most popular posts, I thought I’d put together a little list:

  1. More Working Mother Rambling
  2. Introducing Entangled (Entangled: Launch Day and Things I’ve Learned Writing an eBook also made the list but I thought I’d combine)
  3. Top Ten Reasons to be an Early Riser
  4. Top Ten Tuesday: Lighting Choices
  5. My {Current} Take on the Topic
  6. Top Ten Reasons to Watch Downton Abbey
  7. Sacrifice
  8. My Experience with the Daniel Fast
  9. Jewelry Holder
  10. Would You Quit the Internet?

This one gets an honorable mention because it didn’t have the most comments but I believe it got the most views: My Favorite Things

As we begin to finish out 2011, I can’t thank you enough for coming to read here.  I’m looking forward to what 2012 brings for Permission to Peruse!

You can see more Top Ten Posts at