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A sojourn



Last week I hit a wall.  I was overtired, not feeling well, and completely overwhelmed.  Completely surrounded.  I NEEDED space.  Physical space to make space for emotional roominess.

So, I did.  My parents have a home they are selling, and it is empty.  So I went there for an overnight.

First I emptied my brain and just let my body take over.  I trimmed bushes and cleaned off flower beds.  No music, no podcasts, no one to talk.   Just me.  Enjoying the labor.  And the next day, more of the same.   I sat and manically created paintings and journals.  Again, just the sounds of birds and trees.

And you know what  struck me:  I enjoyed the sight of a FINISHED PRODUCT.  I loved seeing that pile of sticks grow.  I loved seeing a clean and tidy space that won’t get bad again for at least a year.  I was so excited to see that giant pile of finished artwork.

Because that is the hard part of IMPORTANT WORK AT HOME.  There are no finished products.  My kids will always evolve and need new guidance.  (Heck, I called my own parents and I am almost 40!)  My marriage is always going to need a bit of polishing.  That laundry and pile of dishes….wait, I don’t even want to think about how quickly they return.  Hardly ever is there an end point in this journey.

I am so glad I took the time to rest.  I needed it and the perspective it afforded me.  It helped me realize what was wrong is really alright.  It helped me realize I can’t control or change it.  I am always surrounded by people.  I am never going to see a completely finished project.

And that is okay.

As long as I take time to rest on the journey and at least enjoy what I have accomplished so far.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.




Do you remember that book The Purpose Driven Life  by Rick Warren.  I never got through it.  I was too young really.  I was in the baby steps stages.

Heck, I am still in the baby steps!

But I think I know my purpose.  God is showing it to me right here.  I am supposed to be sharing my faith through art and supporting the faith of others.

Now….I still don’t know my right from my left.  (Sad, but true.)  I have NO IDEA what 90% of the roads around me are named (just turn left at the yellow tree, right at the green house, go by the duck in rain gear).  I still measure how long it takes to get somewhere in songs and time (it is 3 movies to my parents, 2 songs to the grocery store, and an hour to go anywhere in Chicago).  I struggle with GPS (she recalculates constantly and is always telling me to make legal u-turns).

BUT, I know where my paints are!  Where and When are up in the air.  I hope Jesus calls me to big things.  We’ll see!

How about you?  What is your where or when in this giant Candy Land game of Life?

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

Life and Laughter




This is the title and tagline for a comedienne I know, Tracy DeGraaf.  Great lady.  She is doing a show at the end of the month and I really want to go.  You should go…I will post the info on the facebook page.

But life happens.  I planned in August things for ME.  I thought…now is the time!  I am going to start recharging Me!  I can do things I enjoy!  I can meet with my friends!  I can make art and sell it!  I am not volunteering, I will have so much more time!

Laugh with me here.  Loud.  Cue lots of moms laughing hysterically.

I was so silly!

I bought tickets to a play, I signed up to go to a retreat through church with good friends, I looked up concerts for favorite Christian bands, I promised to go to the comedy show.  I have a craft show planned.  I am participating in gallery shows.

Uh, huh.  Silly.  I am not sure ANY of that is happening now.

BECAUSE the kids schedules gelled.  I am pretty good about making them only sign up for ONE thing.  I was adamant about this starting in early childhood.  Or at least I THOUGHT so.

But, ONE thing means THREE days a week.  And Phoebe, miss 11 year old, is doing more than ONE.

Plus, we have homeschool and the art lessons I teach.

And there are two of us parents, two cars, and Jeff is coaching.  So now that there is baseball, football, and dance all at the same time and every Friday night, every one, and every Saturday…guess what is getting cut.

Yep.  LAUGH.  THAT IS ALL I CAN DO.  Because otherwise I am going to cry.  I will smile at all of them, and darn it, they better smile back.

But really, I should laugh.  Because I am blessed with three talented children and I love sharing in their joys.  They are important work.  And they make me laugh and smile all the time.

Now I understand why my retired parents are living it up right now….hmmm.  Life happens, doesn’t it?


Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

Wonderful Angelou #2


What a wonderful thought!  Each and every day is fresh and filled with promise.  Even if I wake up back aching, nose stuffy, still tired, to a packed schedule.  It is fantastic.  I am alive.  There could be all sorts of great surprises that can happen.  I have the chance to love and laugh.  That is wonderful and new.

How about you?  What promises does your day hold?  What will be the wonderful thing growing in the garden of your life that blooms today?  Will you raise your face to the sunshine?  Will you look forward?

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

maya Angelou inspired #1




I painted this last spring right after Maya Angelou died.  I read many of her books and was always inspired by her prose and her attitude.

This one is so appropriate for this time of year with everyone going back to school.  Teachers are such an important part of life.  They affect the very threads of our social and cultural fabric.  Thank you to all of you who devote your lives to training others, no matter the age.

And not just in public school (which is only centuries old).  Most of our learning does not occur within the walls of a public school–as I discussed last week.  It takes place at home.  In our churches.  In nature.  In stores.  On dance floors and little league fields.  On sidewalks and roads.

Think of ALL of the people you learn from on a daily basis!  Think of ALL you learn each and every day still.  (And if you are not still learning you are in a heap of trouble people!)  Think of ALL the people you are teaching and touching.

This blog is one of the many ways I get to share what I am learning.  Thank you for all of the comments back last week.  I learned, I taught. You learned, I hope that you shared and taught as well.

Let’s do great work together.  Let’s make Maya proud.  Let’s make GOD PROUD.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

Swim and be sustained


I have had this quote for years and tried to illustrate it.  Finally I knew what to do with it this summer.  While I was in Iowa this came out of me and I shared it on facebook at the time, but this is the good scan of it.

This is yet another way of looking at what I talked about in the last post.  I noticed that many of my journal pages dealt with this theme…not being afraid.  Living each day.  Trusting God.  It is MY art and gratitude journal, isn’t it?  I guess I am drawn to these thoughts lately.  Or either God is slapping a big ole pile of learning on me.  Hmmm.  Maybe both.

How about you?  Are you drawn to a definite feeling in quotes or verses?  This fall (since I already have everything created and planned) you might see a lot of this type.  But I am going to challenge myself to verge off in a new direction.  Do you ever do that?


Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

Just in case you aren’t feelin’ it



I have been just a little ray of sunshine lately, huh?  I am trying to walk the walk and talk the talk friends.

Sometimes I don’t feel it.  Sometimes I feel like a big ole nothin’.  I sleep too much.  I am not a “fine” artist.  I have not created an orphanage or malaria hospital out of the country.

I have a temper.  Sometimes I want to throw pencils at people.  Spit wads.  Sometimes I actually do sit on the rock in our front yard (which is at a four way stop that no one stops at) and I literally SHAKE MY FIST at the people in the cars.  True story.

I was just listening to WBGL radio and they were discussing the comparison game that happens among moms so much.  And apparently, according to them, there seems to be a peak in this at the start of school.  (I think it never dips, honestly).  The comparisons can bring us DOWN super quickly.  I do not even look at, let alone subscribe, to parenting magazines of any sort.  They bum me out.  Because I don’t sit on the floor and play games with the kids.  I don’t make shaped pancakes every Saturday and never will I frost a sugar cookie.  I let my kids watch an ungodly amount of tv.  I swear, in front of the kids.  I don’t make them match their clothes and they will never look like little models.  Not happening at this house.

And then I remember this.  God can do anything.  He created everything out of nothing, including Moi.  And He will help me be awesome in my own way.

So I paint in my journal illustrationy little things…that ya’ll seem to enjoy.

I homeschool my kids and take them on field trips.  I am awesome at letting them be their unique selves and celebrating that.

I take super awesome naps.

I bake really good mac and cheese.

And sometimes I keep that temper in check and smile really sweetly at people, maybe think naughty words.  🙂

God created me to be who He wanted.  Who He needed me to be.

God will help me turn it around, he will keep me on the path.

Well said Martin Luther.  That Martin, he was one smart dude.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

Two Much

Guess what I did?  I did not let enough be enough. Mostly because I can’t focus.  ADD strikes again.  I made this artwork:

IMG_0041Then I found this artwork when I was scanning things in:IMG_0038

Seem familiar?  Huh.  Well, I guess I really liked this idea in my head.  Needing a little more organization I guess.

So what do you think?  Which one should go in the store?  I like them both.  I love the sentiment of this.  Might use it for valentine’s day actually.  Sunny people are so lovely to be around.  I strive to be sunny.  And if I can get every square inch of the day, awesome.  That would be enough.  And the people who are sunny around me, I want to cram them into every square inch.  The day is just so much better around those people.  Definitely an excellent card.  Good job Walt Whitman.


Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

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