This really isn’t entirely about cheap Halloween costumes.
That’s my daughter on her third Halloween. She’s 20 now.
Someone gave us the costume and it was one of the only ones that actually involved a sewing machine.
Through the years she dressed up as the monster of the marsh (character courtesy of the Sammy Keyes books), Charlie Chaplin, an ice queen (blue lips included), Laura Ingalls, a sun-tanned girl (I thought the idea was lame until she explained she meant overly tanned with skin hanging off.) and many more. With the exception of a couple of school play costumes, these usually involved Goodwill, spray paint, costume makeup and colored hair.(The Ugly Caterpillar actually involved a trip to Hobby Lobby for flower mesh but it was for a play. A pattern, fabric and stuffing seemed way too daunting.)
Cheap, fun and relatively easy – because I really love costumes and I’m really not good at crafty.
To us, in the midst of children in perfect costumes and ones hastily pulled off-the-rack, she looked great.
But definitely not Pinterest-worthy. (I’m not very Pinteresting.)
We had a fabulous time dreaming up ideas. I got to spray her hair til she coughed and put on makeup that made her want to rub her nose.
The best part was that she stayed in character. The ice queen was evil and proud with her frosty hair, the monster of the marsh went wild and growly in its green hair and face and Charlie Chaplin mimed his request for candy, tipped his hat and then shuffled off with his walking stick.
The point of this however, wasn’t really to write about kids, costumes and frugality. (That’s where the cheating part comes in.) But it seems that my favorite blogs these days are all by moms of cute and incredibly clever children or are geared toward a frugal lifestyle. I don’t think anyone wants to read about Martin Mac – an almost weekly meal at our house. Two boxes of mac and cheese.(Not Annie’s, definitely not homemade, not even Kraft. Aldi’s brand for less than $.40 a box.)
Mix in a little ground beef or whatever leftover meat you have along with canned or frozen veggies and maybe some sauce.
Our version of Hamburger Helper. It’s good, inexpensive and different every time.
But definitely not Pinterest-worthy.
I think to some extent, we all desperately want to be someone worth pinning. A person held up as noteworthy. We don’t feel as good as the Proverbs 31 woman, Paul, Francis Chan, Jen Hatmaker or our Bible study teacher. And we want to be better homemakers, wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, Bible students.
Better Christians? What does that mean?
Does that mean knowing God better? Loving people more? Looking more like Jesus?
Many times in our poor striving little brains, it doesn’t. Instead it means praying, studying, reading or worshipping the way we think we are supposed to.
We get so confused.
2 Corinthians 1:12 expresses the way this should look beautifully: “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”
Simplicity and Godly sincerity.
Can I do that?
Can I utilize the wonderful Bible studies and women’s retreats to spur me to action rather than make me want to be a Pin-worthy Christian? “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” (2 Corinthians 2:5)
Costumes or Christianity. I may not Pin-worthy
But God is. And that’s all that matters.
“But he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
(2 Corinthians 10:17)