Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”

John Muir

Hey All!  Today is the beginning of a little over a week of different types of posts.  With Labor Day weekend here, my husband and I are getting away.  We are going to do some camping and hiking in some pretty cool spots. I am hoping to do some writing around the campfire, and we are both hoping to take lot’s of photo’s. Though I am not always thrilled about the bugs or bathroom arrangements camping, I can’t quite explain how peaceful it can be in the outdoors and how it has a way of filling up one’s soul.

Though I will be away, there are still some good posts coming your way next week and the following Monday.  My favorite is next Wednesday’s post, when we will hear from a guest writer–so stay tuned! Also, I am looking forward to coming back and continuing this journey with you,  as we work at Redefining Female.

Finally, I haven’t forgotten today is Fabulous Female Day, and today we are doing something different.  One of the blogs I follow did a “Women of Valor” contest this past week, in which people wrote in about a Women of Valor that they know, and there were some incredible posts.  The Blog is by Rachel Held Evans, and she explains:

“Eshet chayil—woman of valor— has long been a blessing of praise in the Jewish community. Husbands often sing the line from Proverbs 31 to their wives at Sabbath meals. Women cheer one another on through accomplishments in homemaking, career, education, parenting, and justice by shouting a hearty “eshet chayil!” after each milestone.”

Here are two of the posts that touched my heart:

Sarah–A Woman of Valor

Her friend Jenny writes:

Today, Sarah’s life bears so little resemblance to the woman of Proverbs 31 that she would probably laugh at the thought of inviting a comparison. There are no fields to be bought, because there is no money left. There is no husband to sing her praises, because she left him after he smashed in the cabinet door inches from her head. Her three children may rise in the morning and sing her praises – or they may rise in the middle of the night, complaining of a tummy ache or a molar cutting through. Yet she will still be up before dawn, preparing for work at a job for which she is severely overqualified.

If I had been asked 10 years ago to describe a woman I admire, or a woman I deemed valorous, a single mother barely making ends meet would not have crossed my mind. Yet it is when I look at Sarah that the meaning of Proverbs 31 becomes most clear.

Sky–A Woman of Valor

Her Husband wrote of her:

“For three years, my wife has been a stay-at-home mom to over 20 foster children under the age of six, one adoptive son, two soon-to-be daughters, and a soon-to-be son. She has been raged against, spat upon, hit, kicked, scratched, insulted, and ignored. She is isolated by circumstances, by confidentiality agreements, and by her fierce protection of her children’s dignity…Faced with crippling tragedy, she speaks resurrection to our children. With a passion that rivals the best of gospel preachers, this 4-foot-8 suburban white woman will decry complacency, hopelessness and fear, guiding our children into a vision of healing, restoration and wholeness.”

Please take the time to read the rest of their stories by clicking on their names above. If you are interested in reading more women’s stories, check out Rachel’s blog:

Have a great weekend, and may you find Rest!