Saturday, August 15, 2009

Celebrating Three Years

Maidens of Worth...
Three years ago (plus 4 days, to be exact!), Maidens of Worth was launched. Our first posts on August 11th, 2006 shared about our friendship - our similarities and differences - and pictures of us growing together through the years. It's hard to believe that it's been 15 years since our families first met each other, 8 years since we began to really have a close friendship, and 3 years since we began this blog together. So much has happened, so many memories have been made, and through it all, God has kept our friendship strong. There still more to learn about each other even after all this time, and we continue to grow closer each day.

This last year has been full of changes, but though separated by miles, we continued to keep up-to-date with letters, emails, and occasional phone calls. After a wonderful summer together, the miles will again separate us, although in a sense we've traded places. This time, it will be Miriam headed off to college while Anna stays at home. However, both of us are excited about the year ahead, though our circumstances are quite different.

Though we have and will continue to make new friends, we will always share a special bond. No matter where life takes us, we look forward to being together, either in person or in thoughts and prayers.

This blog has continued to grow, although posting has slowed down in the past few months. It is our hope to write more regularly in the coming year, but we can't be sure of what the future will bring. There will be many things demanding our attention - college assignments and music practice for Miriam, teaching, directing, and studying from home for Anna - and real life ultimately takes precedence over the virtual.

Our thirst for writing and sharing hasn't diminished, however. Sometimes it takes a while to put things into words, and we're also learning that not everything is worth being shared. We pray that what we have written has been a blessing, however, and we have enjoyed connecting with readers throughout the years. It has been an encouragement to hear from people all over the world!

For our 3rd blogaversary, we are asking you each to share one of your favorite quotes. It can be a Bible verse, a line from a song, a saying you like, or a quote that has been meaningful for you. Please include the reference or author if possible.

Of course, if you wish to include in your comment how you found our blog, how long you've been reading it, favorite posts, and/or topics you would like to see us address, we would enjoy your doing so!

Please comment, whether you do frequently or never comment at all. It's fun to put a name to those reading our blog! With Google Analytics reporting an average of 216 visitors per day, we are curious as to who you all are! =)

We look forward to continuing our journeys through the year ahead, living life as unto the Lord, purposing to be maidens of true worth in His sight, and sharing our thoughts and experiences. Each day is a new adventure!


Allison said...

That's such a hard question, because I love collecting quotes! I tried very hard coming up with a favorite, but it's no use. ;) Here are a few that I like very much!

"In all places and circumstances, something is doing towards the formation of character." Harvey Newcomb from the book How to Be a Lady

"You are not likely to see any general reformation till you procure a family reformation. Some little religion there may be, here and there; but while it is confined to single persons, and is not promoted in families, it will not prosper, nor promise much increase." Richard Baxter

"Cultivate only the habits you are willing to have master you" - Elbert Hubbard

Kathrann said...

Miss Allison is right, this is a hard question. I love to sing and play music so I have many favorite songs. Here is one of my very favorites:
My Savior first of all

When my life work is ended and I cross the swelling tide, when the bright and glorious morning I shall see; I shall know my redeemer when i reach the other side, and his smile will be the first to welcome me.

I shall know him, I shall know him, and redeemed by his side I shall stand I shall know him, I shall know him, by the prints of the nails in his hands.
Text: Fanny J. Crosby
I didn't include all of the song, but that is my favorit verse.

Your blog has blessed me in many ways, thank you for maintaining it for so long.

May the King receive the glory,

Anne-Marie said...

I am not a Christian so my two favourite quotes are not Biblical.

Why do I read here, you ask? Because I admire you both as ethical and dedicated young women, and simply because I enjoy Anna's excellent writing [which is not to say I don't enjoy Miriam's posts, but Anna writes more!].

The first quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson and is an inspiration to live boldly: "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, breathe in the wild air."

The second is from Australian rock band Midnight Oil and is a reminder to act peacefully and with integrity: "I hope virtue brings its own rewards and I hope the pen is mightier than any sword."

Congratulations on the three years of blogging!

Sammybunny said...


~bakinghomesteader~ said...

I have two quotes. :)

"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it. --Thomas Jefferson"

"We would never appreciate the sunrise if it weren't for the darkness" --me

I found you after googling modest clothes. :)

Katherine Estes said...

Hey girls! Just wanted to post a comment since I probably never have, but wanted to let you know I have been reading your blog for a while. I found it on the Rebelution. And I simply love your commitment to serving the Lord in all things. Even though I don't know you, it shows itself clearly in what you write here. Keep pressing on and keep seeking Him first.
Soli Deo Gloria!

LeAnn said...

It's so encouraging reading your blog. I found out about it when Anna sent my mom an email which had the blog address on it. Yours is my favorite blog to read. (It also encourages me to blog more.)

Grace said...

Hi. I think I have commented here once before.

Congratulations on blogging for three years!

Two books that I recommend are "It's a God Thing" by Luis Palau (a collection of short stories about how God does work in people's lives) and "Dana's Valley" by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.

Have fun at college, Miriam!

Kate said...

Those 4 pictures of you guys are PRECIOUS!!

Nella Camille said...

Hi girls! Kudos on your three year anniversary!! Quite a milestone!

I don't remember anymore how I found your blog. The Rebelution, maybe?

A quote. Hmm. From Philippians 3:12 - "Christ Jesus has made me his own"!

Favourite post . . . I'm not sure I could pick only one! I love your book reviews, your organisation posts, your photo shoots, etc!

Anna Naomi said...

I've enjoyed all of your comments!

It's interesting to note in the pictures that Miram's hair seems to get longer each year, whereas mine stays about the same length. =)

Robert said...

Congratulations on three years of blogging!

I'd also have a hard time picking a favourite quote as I enjoy collecting them.Here are some favourites.

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10

"And be not conformed to this world:but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

"Be worthy love,and love will come" Little Women(a line from a poem Jo wrote.)

"If we emphasize on what the bible says about the wives we get a wrong impression.If we say that the wife is to submit and don't get the husbands part,we can get a wrong impression of what the bible advocates.When we see the fullness of what the scripture says,than we see the real wisdom of God." Help for Husbands-a sermon by Gordon Dane(from sermonaudio)

I found your blog around nov/dec 2006.I probably found it through Susan's blog.

I enjoy the reading lists and the postings on modesty and femininity

Kaomi said...

Anna and Miriam,
I love your blog. It is one of my favorites and one of the few I link my blog readers too. I have enjoyed growing along with you the past two years or so. I cannot remember when I first started reading, but I am so glad God lead me to your site.

Philippians 4:13 is my all time favorite verse. I have many favorite quotes, but I don't have them with me at the moment.

Keep on writing and may God bless you in the year ahead as you continue on the journey.
In Him,

Anonymous said...

Congrats on three years of blogging! I came across your blog when I saw the Maidens for Modesty button on another website. I stayed because I love reading what you girls write, you are both so intelligent and solid in the Lord!

I don't know that I have a favorite quote really, it changes by the hour. :). Here are two that I love right now though:

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~Elizabeth Kubler Ross

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
-2 Timothy 1:7

Stephen Camp said...

Quote? Hmm...the whole last chapter of C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters is pretty good. An excerpt, describing the journey of a man's soul from his dying body to heaven: "Pains he may still have to encounter, but they embrace those pains. They would not barter them for any earthly pleasure...He is caught up into that world where pain and pleasure take on transfinite values and all our arithmetic is dismayed."

I'm Elijah's friend, the one with whose family you stayed once, Anna. I found this blog via his.

Maria Pauline said...

This is the first that comes to mind:

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Harold Thurman

I look forward to another year of following Maidens of Worth.


Renee said...

Hello from Australia!

I read your blog occasionally - I stumbled across it both from the Rebelution and WIFD.
:) Keep it up!
In Christ,