Getting Hitched: PartIV

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above: Savanna Lewis and Seth Short. Courtesy of Savanna Lewis.

 

contributed by Breezy Peterson

We hope that you’ve enjoyed following the “Getting Hitched” series. Between Savanna’s amazing fashion designs and Seth’s romantic proposal, we could just camp out in this sweet story forever.

We’re having such a hard time saying goodbye to this couple that we hope you will indulge us as we stretch this piece out into one more part (since Part I, Part II and Part III were just not enough).

Enjoy!

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part Iv: binding a dream

Savanna, like any young woman, has a heart full of dreams.

She dreams about her future

as a designer and a business owner.

“In my wildest dreams,” Savanna said, “my future would be designing Taylor Swift’s latest red carpet dress in my very own fashion studio, which would have endless fabrics to choose from.” Savanna took the initiative and reached out to the singer on social media.

In January, Savanna’s offer to design Swift’s upcoming awards show look went viral, getting shared nearly 300 times and mentioned on the local news station. The Grammy season came for Swift and, sadly, Savanna’s phone didn’t ring. But disappointment isn’t slowing her down.

Savanna plans to continue expanding her brand in the fashion industry. Upon the completion of her Associate’s Degree, she hopes to find a job in her field as well as maintain her sewing business on the side.

She dreams of being a good wife

to a good Christian man.

The intentional way she lives this desire out, and the boundaries she agreed to put on her relationship with Seth, reflect their relationship goals.

“Look for someone who makes plans with you for years down the road, not just for the party next weekend, ” Savanna said. “Look for someone who tells you that they love you every day. Look for someone who tells you how beautiful you look every time they see you.”

Savanna and Seth also purposefully chose to no longer preserve close relationships with friends of the opposite sex, preferring to close the door on any doubts or jealousies that could have arisen.

She dreams of her wedding day

as the winter weather slowly

but joyfully turns to spring.

Savanna and Seth plan to say their vows in a wooded area on her parent’s property during what photographers call “The Golden Hour”—the magical moment when the setting sun bathes the earth in a warm, brilliant light. We imagine Savanna won’t need any extra help glowing on her wedding day, but the timing suits her designs for a fairytale wedding.

Though the process has had its challenges (weddings can be expensive), she’s still bubbling over with anticipation.

“The best thing about planning our wedding is just thinking about how excited we are going to be on that day, and all of our friends and family who will be there to celebrate with us,” Savanna said.

“And the dress, of course, the dress!”

 

She dreams of a life built side by side with her husband,

sharing the responsibilities of married life,

honoring God’s design for man and wife.

“There are many unique benefits and challenges to getting married young,” she said, “but the benefits outweigh the challenges.” Savanna looks forward to figuring out everything from stocking the fridge to paying the rent with Seth.

“I’m ready to grow up with him. We are going to make dumb decisions together and learn from them together. We’re going to learn how to cook together, live on pinching a penny together, and love together.”

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Tune in for our Epilogue, coming next week…if we can bear to bring this story to an end…we make no promises.

Getting Hitched: Part III

contributed by Breezy Peterson

As we sit here looking back on Valentines Day weekend, we can think of no better way to kiss that saccharine holiday goodbye than with a good dose of God-centered, Christ-honoring love. If you missed Part I or Part II of our series on Savanna Lewis (the gorgeous gal behind Sew Savanna), you can read through them first. Or you can simply enjoy this post all on its own.

We thought we would be bringing this series to a close with Part III, but there’s just so much more to this story we want to share with you. Warm up a mug of hot chocolate and settle in for the newest installment of the “Getting Hitched” series. We know you’ll love it!

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Part III: Match Point

The beach has always been one of Savanna’s favorite places. Over the summer of 2015, during a family vacation on the coast, Seth added one more reason for his future bride to love the sand and surf.

“On the last night we were there,” Savanna said, “Seth told me he wanted to take me out to a nice restaurant. After dinner, we took a walk on the beach.”

What started out as a romantic stroll on the sand turned into a soaking wet scene as a sudden downpour caught the two of them out in the open. They ran to a pier to take shelter from the storm. “We waited for the rain to let up, but it never did,” she said.

“We were already wet, so we walked out and the ocean tide was washing up to our toes. He hugged me tightly and told me some very sweet things.” Savanna said she’d leave out the mushiness for you, dear reader.

“And then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.”

After making sure he was serious, Savanna accepted and “cried like a baby for a solid hour,” she said.

“That was the most perfect engagement ever.”

Seth’s decision to propose at Savanna’s favorite place comes as no surprise. His tender heart for his bride shines through his choices as a young man. In addition to regular prayer, Seth has been reading through a devotional series for young couples getting married.

“He is such a strong Christian and so gentle,” Savanna said. “Throughout our relationship we have prayed together and I feel like that is the reason we have stayed together so long and had such a wonderful relationship.”

The couple divides their time between classes at Central Virginia Community College, where Seth is studying architectural engineering and Savanna is finishing up her AA in Business Management, and work. Taking a few classes together helps them to stay connected, but not everything has been coming up roses for the young couple.

“The greatest challenge in our journey since we’ve gotten engaged is the friends we have lost from it,” Savanna said. “Some friends you find are forever, some are temporary.” The choice to get married young has caused a few grumbles in their social circles, but ultimately, has not deterred them.

“When you know you’re with the one, you know. And honestly, there is no point in waiting if [getting married] is what you both want,” Savanna said.

“The greatest blessing is that we’ve had God on our side through it all. Having Him on our side has made us feel bulletproof. We haven’t felt hopeless and we give all the credit to Him.”

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We can’t bear to cut this story short! There’s so much more we want to share with you that we have yet to put into words. We’ll be back later this week with more from Savanna as we finish up this series.

 

 

 

 

Getting Hitched: Part II

contributed by Breezy Peterson

Something about a great romance just makes our female hearts melt, doesn’t it? The number of views on Part I of this series was CRAZY! Our humble little blog hasn’t seen that much traffic since we mentioned Prom. It just goes to show: no matter our age or phase in life, we were all created to love a love story. In case you missed Part I, read it here first.

In case you missed her gorgeous designs, go show Ms. Lewis some love here.

Without further ado, we give you Getting Hitched with Savanna Lewis: Part II.

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Part II: Anchoring Stitches

The days of girlhood passed for Savanna as she continued to grow in her craft, her family and our God. She even embraced the dreaded “middle child syndrome”, preferring to find joy instead of discontentment in her rank among her siblings.

“A lot of kids complain about being the middle child, but I loved it,” Savanna said. “I always had a big brother [Lee, seven years older] to call on when I was being picked on, and I was the big sister for Cassidy [six years younger] to call on when she was getting picked on.”

With a 13 year gap between the oldest child and the youngest, it would seem like the differences would be too great to bridge. Yet Savanna says that some of the warmest memories she has include Cassidy.

“My favorite memories are of when me and my sister would finish our school work for the day,” Savanna said. “We would go to the park across the street and play together until it got dark outside.”

The high school years arrived for Savanna, bringing new opportunities to challenge her developing expertise. In 10th grade, Savanna accepted an internship with Anne Younger. Their task: to handcraft all of the Gretna High School Color Guard uniforms. Though Younger used patterns as her starting point, she let Savanna improvise a portion of the design.

In 11th grade, Savanna took another internship, this time with The Gilded Thimble. Her senior year, Savanna was accepted into the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Lynchburg, which has launched more than 1,500 talented individuals into the small business world since 1977.

“They taught me how to run my business and paid for me throw my very own fashion show—which was a dream come true,” Savanna said.

As Savanna took each step towards her future in fashion, the Lord was leading and weaving in a thread of a different kind . The anchor stitch of her love story was being placed by God when she was just 14 years old.  In the summer of 2011, a mutual friend mentioned a “cute blond guy” who attended Gretna High School.

His name was Seth Short.

“The thought of having a boyfriend was, of course, very thrilling!” Savanna said. She met him for the first time that fall. They saw each other every other Friday during football season, and began dating the winter of 2011.

“To say my parents were protective is an understatement. My family was very involved in our dating relationship for the first year and a half. They wanted to get to know Seth before they just shipped their daughter off with him,” Savanna said. “Our first dates were with my mom, dad, little sister and one of my friends. Really romantic, huh?”

“We weren’t allowed to go on a date by ourselves until February 14, 2013.”

“After we were able to go out by ourselves, you better believe we went out to eat or to the mall every chance we could!” Savanna said. “When we didn’t have gas money, we stayed home and binge-watched Smallville.”

The cords of affection and friendship were being woven deeper into the fabric of both Savanna and Seth’s lives as they continued to go out on double dates and meet up with friends to catch a movie. Not all of their peers followed the same standards for dating, however, and they found themselves moving away from certain influences.

“We soon learned that some of the relationships our friends had didn’t have the same morals or expectations for their relationship as we did,” Savanna said. “After we were able to go out on our own, we didn’t do stuff with our friends quite as much.”

The high level of involvement in the early stages of their relationship guided them in keeping their eyes on the future instead of getting wrapped up in the impulses of the present.

“It helped keep so many temptations away that are naturally there for everyone,” Savanna said.

“I think God knew exactly what He was doing when He began our relationship.”

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We hope you’ve enjoyed Savanna and Seth’s story so far. Keep checking in for the rest of their journey, including the engagement (she said YES!) and their plans for the future.

New series! Getting Hitched: Part I

contributed by Breezy Peterson

Local fashion designer Savanna Lewis is not just an astonishingly talented young woman, self-starting entrepreneur, business woman (just look at these lovely designs!) and college student.

She is also a gorgeous bride-to-be.

We reached out to Ms. Lewis via email after coming across her stunning engagement photos. With this year’s MODFEM theme being “The Bridal Edition”, hearing Savanna’s story seemed like a perfect fit. Which sounds really great. But basically…Savanna graciously allowed us to ask all sorts of nosy questions.

Her life has been uniquely woven by God, and is being exquisitely crafted for His glory. Over the next couple of posts, we hope you find as much joy in her words as we did. Here’s Part I.

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PART I: SEW IT BEGINS

Savanna was born 19 years ago in Lynchburg, VA. Although her designs reflect the sleek elegance of high fashion, living in Hurt all of her life has not seemed to have cramped her style. Savanna says she has enjoyed this provincial life, even if it came with certain challenges.

“I have loved every second of the small town feeling we have here,” Savanna said. “Of course it kind of sucked having to drive 45 minutes from my house to get to the nearest mall, but you get used to it pretty quick.”

Savanna’s childhood was a bit unconventional. Her family chose to homeschool her exclusively, training her up from preschool to high school graduation at home. She says that her family’s stance on Godly values did not fit in with the public school options, and that although she once bristled at the peculiarities of homeschooling, she is now appreciative of her parent’s choices.

“Being homeschooled really shaped me into becoming a designer,” she said. “The extra time I had to spend at home kind of got the creative ideas spinning in my head.”

Savanna also spent a great many hours on the floors of her grandmother’s sewing rooms, soaking in the lifetime of skills both women offered.

One of her earliest memories, Savanna says, centers around sewing.

“I can remember sitting on my Granny’s floor while she sewed. She would hand me a needle, thread, and a swatch of fabric for me to make anything I wanted.”

As talented as Savanna is today, she concedes that she was not a child prodigy. “I couldn’t make anything when I was that young, but I definitely knew how to put some very crooked stitches in a piece of fabric!”

Savanna continued to hone her technique, culminating in a particularly frustrating project she was trying to complete by herself. The pattern for a skirt proved to be maddening, and she threw the whole thing into the trash.

Then, she fished it out.

“I said to myself, ‘I can make this without that stupid pattern!’ At the time, I didn’t really think I could, but a few hours later I realized—I was right.”

That was the moment a spark was lit for Savanna.

“I could make a skirt without a pattern and without any guides,” she said, “because I’m a designer, not a seamstress.”

“From that point on, there was no stopping my designs.”

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To discover more of God’s design for this sweet southern gal, tune in on Friday for our next installment of “Getting Hitched with Savanna Lewis”.

 

Be a…man?

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contributed by Breezy Peterson

Here at ModFem (which stands for Modest Female, in case you were wondering), we’re all about encouraging and training up amazing girls to be Godly women. We pour our hearts into this conference. We cover it with prayer. We cook and clean and bake our socks off at Camp Pitt—for you! We do it all for the young ladies we love and the young ladies we have yet to meet (but we know we’ll absolutely love them, too).

So why are we taking a time out to talk about being a man?

Let’s be honest. You’ve probably already thought about that “special someone” today. If we want to be really honest, you probably stalked his Insta or checked for his Snapchats or looked for his texts before you even poured yourself a bowl of cereal this morning.

Come on.

Fess up.

As your Titus 2 Women, WE have to find a God-honoring way to talk to you about guys and help you think about guys and figure out how to be in relationships with guys because YOU already are! Or you want to be. And we don’t want you wandering into that battle field unarmed.

Each new idea you encounter outside of Scripture that concerns boys adds a new dimension to the Prince Charming you are building in your head. If you accept what you watch on TV and in movies, what you hear about in song lyrics, or what you see on all those “teenager” memes—your Prince Charming is going to fall incredibly short of what God desires a man to be.

Why is that?

Because being a boy in the world today is a lot less demanding than being a man in God’s Word any day.

If you’re not sure what God wants of men, here are a few helpful hints: A Godly man has more time for the Bible than his Xbox, more interest in your soul than how short your skirt is, and a greater love for Jesus than for sleeping in.

If this very basic description of your crush or BF does not describe his behavior—he’s not a man. In fact, just like you, he’s got a long way to go before he reaches Godly adulthood.

God calls all Christians to forgive readily, to love justice, to always be truthful, to show mercy, and to walk humbly. That’s a pretty tall order for a kid who’s still in middle school or high school.

We don’t expect you at this point in your life to know any Godly men your age. That wouldn’t be reasonable. Nor do we expect you to never want to be “more than just a friend” to that special someone in your life.

But if you want him to someday be a guy worthy of being called a man, encourage him! Spur him on towards love and good deeds! Hold him accountable for any unforgiveness in his heart. Praise him when he confesses his shortcomings. Thank him for opening doors. Admire his affection for his little brothers or sisters.

Be

his

friend.

One day, he will be a man. He may not be swift as a coursing river, or have the force of a great typhoon. Honestly, that sounds kind of scary any way. With time and encouragement, he will grow in Christ’s likeness—and that is the most attractive thing any guy can do.