live and let light

ahhh. last saturday.
what a great time we had!

we got out some of our favorite art supplies.
papers, paints, markers, inks.

 and we made signs with words that mean something to us.
it was an assignment of our brave girls club art class.

there were giggles, teasing, and learning from each other.

the dining room table was a mess...

but our  hearts were 'home'.

this was emma's sign.
she papered, painted, doodled to her hearts content.
it now sits on her window seal.
and mine.
'let your light shine'
sits in my studio...
a reminder of why i do what i do.
matthew 5:16

we are going to sit down.
my daughter and i.
with a calendar to schedule more art dates.
our goal is once a month.
more if possible.
and ohhhh do we look forward to it!

are you creative?
i'm sure you are!
in your home, in your kitchen, with your kids or with a craft or art.
why don't you link up and join us!

today i am thankful for
~creating with my daughter
~inspiration from everywhere and everyone
~finding a friend who has the same tastes i do
~my treadmill
~an upcoming art retreat


and the walls came tumbling down

have you heard that song?
'joshua fought the battle of jericho, jericho,
joshua fought the battle of jericho,
and the walls came tumbling down.'

i have or rather had very high,
and thick walls built around me.
the details don't matter,
but because of things that i have done,
things that have been said and done to me,
i built walls.

i felt safe behind them.
like a cocoon.
but i heard God saying...'your walls are not a cocoon, but a
'you were not made to be safe. you were made to fly.'

 'you were made to show the world My light through you.'
so He has been removing my walls.
brick by brick.
softly, gently and whispering...
'i will catch you.'

 so i am gripping white knuckled
to the one that knows.
i am scared,
but i am ready to shine for Him.

do you have walls?
if you do, pray.
pray for strength to hang on to Him.
He will not leave you...scared and alone.

today i am thankful for
~warmer weather to walk outside
~ watching eagles fly above our home
~tearing down walls
~new paint
~figuring sales tax

today i am linking to 
please be sure to check out what everyone else is creating.
happy friday everyone!


i see His beauty

 this year i want to concentrate on
in my art.

so this week i have been practicing.
i have found out
that doing eyes is my
favorite part.


of course...
maybe that is because
the eyes are the first thing
i notice in a person.

the color, the shape.
the laugh lines.

i have been reminded
that i have to open my eyes.
to see Him.
and His gifts.

His gifts are all around us.
God not only shows himself in the large things.
God also shows himself in the smallest of things.

are we slowing down
to see them? 

today i am thankful for
~new friends
~being able to be patient enough to talk a kitten down a tree
~faces to draw
~my eyes to see

today i'm linking to
studio jru in the studio sneak peek friday
paint party friday
be sure to check out all the other lovely creations.


my 2013 word

 happy new year everyone!
i hope you enjoyed the holidays with
your families.

we had the flu in our home.
then the ear infection that apparently
went with it.
we are all on the mend....
and i am finally starting to feel human.

do you have a word for the new year?
last year was my first.
and boy was that right!
my art...
our marriage...
it was one wild ride!

this year,
it is a more quiet word.
more grounded.


it means many things to me.

home is our family.
to spend more time doing things together,
to encourage each others'
gifts and talents,
to help each other grow in our

home is also the place where we
so purging and clutter control
is on the agenda.
to make our home a sanctuary

home also means our bodies.
for they are the home
for the holy spirit.
healthy foods and more home cooking,
and playing together.
we will also be spending more time
reading God's word,
praying together,
and just sitting at His feet.

so what is your word this year?

(my home)

today i am thankful for
~my husband and daughter
~our orphaned kittens that our dog found
~art classes
~snow...much needed moisture