Hey ladies! I'm a Mennonite that does not cover but have been drawn to covering lately and I'm not sure why. I have attended the same church my whole life and the coverings (my mom jokingly called them sin sifters because they are a mesh/tulle-like material) are dying out. I don't think anyone under 65 wears one, and a lot of the elderly women that used to wear them have chosen not to in the last 5 years or so. I always thought they were kind of silly and and unnecessary tradition (no offense meant...just wanted to share how I felt and how that has changed) but as I've said, I've been drawn to covering recently. It kind of started before this, but I really got thinking about it after watching a production of Fiddler on the Roof. I thought that the way the actors covered themselves looked really beautiful. Then I accidentally came across a covering mama's blog which led me to other covering mamas' blogs. Then today I stumble across this thread. Perhaps there is a reason for all this to happen at once? I think I'd like to try covering and see if it makes me feel any different. Or maybe that's not the right way to go about it. Maybe my heart should change first and then I should cover. I mean, while I've been drawn it is more out of curiosity and I don't necessarily feel compelled to do it myself yet. My husband is the associate pastor at our Mennonite church, but he did not grow up in the Mennonite church...he became Mennonite after we married. I'm not sure he would understand or even want me to cover up, although I know if I felt strongly about it he would support me.
Any advice? Do you think the heart should change first or should I try it to see if I feel different after covering for awhile. I mean I wear a bandanna on occasion when my hair looks terrible, but I haven't felt a noticeable difference on those days. Part of me (the vain part) doesn't want to cover because I've always felt like I don't look good in hats or bandannas. My face if very round with chubby cheeks and hats are just not very flattering (although I am working on losing weight). So, I don't know. I don't want my vanity get in the way of something I should be doing, but at the same time I have very low self-esteem and already don't like the way I look. I'm not sure if I would be more self-concious about my chubby face with a covering on or not. Thanks in advance for advice.
Totally off topic, but I went to your web album to look at your coverings and saw the poncho that you have over your baby carrier. It looks awesome! Did you make that yourself or buy it?