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Little or Big Things

enjoy the little things

This quote by Robert Brault is so true.

More tall houses,  more shutters, more hearts.  Hmmm, either this is what I want or I just like to draw them this way!  I originally did this on a huge canvas for a client, and it was a little different.  Then another client saw it and asked for it, so now I have a version for prints.

I am trying to focus a little more on my family–I am learning how to balance my art/work/teaching with my peeps.  It can be hard when my studio is right here in the house to delineate work time and home time–especially when they can’t tell if I am playing and relaxing or working.

So this weekend, I did skipped my work.  I fell behind on some projects.  Because I spent time with my kids and husband and a dear friend.  But THEY are the BIG things–taking Tanner sledding this week, taking Annika to the movies and going to her games, doing a craft project and going shopping for new “mature tween” clothes with Phoebe.  Baking with them, playing Clue, helping Tanner find the floor in his bedroom, hanging out with Jeff, wine and dinner with a friend with lots of catching up.  All of those seem like little things.  But the kids, especially, will remember them.  And more importantly these things build the relationships that are the biggest  and most important treasure of all.

All part of the knowledge and trust right?  I want my loved ones to trust me the way I know I can trust in God. I want them to know I will be there for them when they need me in good and bad.  That I will love them unfailingly.  That I want to be near them.  That I know them, and love them for who they are.  That I consider them the treasure in my life.

How about you?  Which big and little things are you focusing on?



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When I am with YOU

big heart little minds

Had to share this lullaby with you by JJ Heller:  When I’m With You

I included a piece of the lyrics below.  It is such a celebration of loving little ones.  I painted this piece for teachers this fall, but really it is for anyone who shapes a child–whether it be on a daily basis, on weekends, on rare visits, or merely for a season.  We have to be open to letting our hearts swell for these babies (and I mean all ages).  I still call on my mommy and daddy for help and love when my mind feels little and I need their big love.  So sit back, take a listen, and think about the littles you are shaping, and all those who shaped you.

When I hold you in my arms, Love
Something changes
It’s the strangest feeling
The things that used to matter
They don’t matter to me
When I see you
And you’re smiling
How my heart aches
So full it is about to break
You make me believe in love

I could never count all the ways
That you change me, Baby
Every day the sky is a deeper shade of blue
When I’m with you
When I hear you, and you’re crying
It resonates, Dear
In a place I didn’t know was there
You make me believe in love

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

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