Mar 31, 2010

Breakfast

It's gloomy again.
I'm tired.
My kid won't sleep through the night anymore.
She got up early today.
My sister in law isn't coming to visit.
I have cramps.
The cat just threw up.
I'm tired.

So THIS will be my breakfast! :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mar 30, 2010

Strange.

Something strange is going on at my house....


Last Saturday a girlfriend and I escaped, leaving the children with our husbands, to go shopping at.... hardware stores???


And last night my husband came home with a cake, for no reason, he was just craving it...the cake is called "Death by Chocolate", stranger still - I didnt' want any.....




But don't worry I still like coffee!

Mar 29, 2010

Homepage

“I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.  I will set no wicked thing before my eyes...”  Psalm 101:1-3a



 I don't know if many of you have ever given thought to the homepage of your computer - the homepage being the first page that you see when you go to the internet.  I know I hadn't thought about it until a few years ago and today I was reminded of my reasons why, and I think I shall share them with you all.  (Just know that these are my reasons and it works for me, I am in no way condemning or judging anyone who does differently - this is just some food for thought! )

Firstly my home page when I go onto the internet is Bible.com.  I recommend it for your favourites as it has some great keyword and scripture searches and many other neat and usefully features!  The one feature I really like is the 'verse of the day' feature - and that is where the Psalm verse above is from.  It was the verse of the day as I logged on to come write for you all - which in turn directed this post - Yeah for divine inspiration!

I chose this as my homepage because some years ago I got to thinking...the internet is a wealth of knowledge, an amazing ability to stay connected and a horrible playground for the devil!  My husband and I used to keep Google as our homepage - made sense - usually when we went onto the internet we were searching out something, recipes, info, etc.  But as I was thinking I also realized that it left us open to allow the search to direct us, in that starting this way could lead to other avenues...

So checking through my favourites I re-found this little gem of a site, Bible.com and set it to our homepage.  Not only that but I made a promise to always - yes always - to read the verse of the day, before doing anything else!!!  Like the Psalm says, I will set no wicked thing before my eyes, and I wish to behave myself wisely in a perfect way. 

I find that I may not always glean wisdom or insight from the daily verse, or I may not even remember it ten minuets later (bad I know) but I do know that on many occasions it has encouraged me, lifted me up, strengthened me and gave me that reassurance that only the scriptures can.  I like starting my internet/computer time with God's word - it sets the tone for what I am going to do from that point on and leads my heart and spirit in the right direction.

Now I'm not saying this is the way it needs to be for everyone, set your homepage to what suits you - I just like having mine set on God.

“I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.  I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.  I will set no wicked thing before my eyes...”  Psalm 101:1-3a

Mar 25, 2010

Not the Energizer Bunny…

So dear readers, I am writing in apology and for information to you all.  Firstly I apologize for the infrequency of posts lately and I am informing you of why.

I have been ill.  As the title states, I am not the energizer bunny and therefore I have been unable, as of late, to "keep going and going".  For a couple of months now my lack of energy has been a real drag and I have found it hard to keep up with all of the demands I have right now.  So I am sorry that the blog has not been getting the attention it deserves.

But after some blood work the Dr. thinks it is low iron.  So we will get out (soon, hopefully) and get some iron supplements and then, as they say, I shall be right as rain. Though I much prefer the sunshine lately! 

Thank you in advance for any prayers and please know I'm still here and love you all.  Blessings.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Mar 20, 2010

Fresh Flowers


There is nothing like having fresh flowers in your house.  The invigorating smell, fresh, rejuvenating, alive; it makes me smile from the inside out!   I love the smell, but the look of a flower is just lovely too - to see God's amazing artistic skills in person and up close is such a blessing!  One of my favourite versus says; "And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these"  Matthew 6:29 ( This is in reference to lilies)

Wow, such beautiful imagery!  I love it!!! Truly!!  Think about it.  Solomon a great king, powerful, mighty, rich -  yet he could never compare in all his glory to that of a lily.  A simple flower.

I have taken the opportunity, on occasion to look closely at flowers.  If you haven't, I recommend that you do so!  Check them out, and take your time doing it, look at them from every angle, close your eyes and breath in the aroma and take a moment to enjoy this masterpiece.

Thankfully I am blessed with a husband who buys me flowers, and quite regularly, so I have this opportunity often.  As I am typing this I can see a bouquet of dainty purple flowers on my coffee table, a set of orange Gerber type daises by the tv and a beautiful spring mixed planter on my dining table.  Now he may be good, but these are not all from my husband.  The reason we have so many at the moment is because my little baby girl just turned one and seeing as her birthday was the first day of spring, the house is adorned in flowers.  But oh, does it ever smell lovely in here!

I guess what I am getting at is that fresh flowers in the house are quite a treasure.  Be it from the store, your own garden or some wild flowers picked on a walk any fresh flowers in your home to brighten your day are a good idea.  Is there any better art or any better home decor then that which God created to outshine the finest of kings?

Mar 16, 2010

Spelling

Okay, so some of you may have noticed ( and even some of you have been kind enough to point out) that I have some spelling..."issues".  Yes, it's true, I Kaitlin am a poor speller!

Now I mean well in what I do, it is just that this has always been a weakness for me.  I thought I could hide behind a spell checker, but alas....no.   So why write a blog or run a magazine, both major written language outlets, you ask?  Well it is because God has lead me to do this.  (At least I have faith in that or why else subject myself to such work)

Writing and, now as you can obviously see, spelling/grammar are not strengths of mine!  I do have a few good people who will help me out, but still that is not their full time job.....and well, some days it would be! ;)   I do apologizes for my errors and hope that you can understand.  I mean you might even be laughing now, because who knows how many mistakes I have made in this post alone......don't worry, the irony would not be lost on me!

So there you have it, a truth and a confession.  After all I am only human and I'd much rather talk in person anyways.  I know, let's get together for coffee! :)

Mar 14, 2010

A Portrait

So for those of you who may not know - among many other things- I am an artist/design/illustrator.   More specifically I tend to do drawn portrait work.

I used to think...and on occasion still do think that this type of 'art' was; how do I put it......common.  In that it is not special or unique.

You know how it is, some art is just "something real special" or it is so obscure they call it art because well, what else would you call it!?!  Some people's art really tells a story, conveys a message or invites you into that strange world that so many artists live in.  I thought I didn't belong in this art scene, that my work was unimaginative and either not a part of the 'art world' or anything of real artistic nature.  ( FYI - illustration and design are actually considered a separate field and therefore you are technically not an "Artist" if you are solely an illustrator/designer)

But portrait work is an art.  And no, not just because I can do it well (it's taken years mind you) but because through this style I have found my "Art".  In my portrait work it may appear as just a well rendered version of the picture I work from but it is not, I now realize, it is more!

When I create a portrait I am telling a story, conveying a message and inviting you into my little 'artist' world.  I express this through careful attention to detail, composition of the piece and my own style of drawing.  It is possible to be handed a picture and reproduce just as it is, either in pencil or coloured pencil but it will be just that, a well rendered drawing of your loved one.

 But it is when I know the story behind it or if I can give it a story; then the picture comes to life.

Take the one I am working on now.  If I didn't know the history behind it, I would think I was just doing a picture of two high school students from the disco age.  But ah, this is actually a story of love, lost love, and refound love.  It's quite touching actually!  I so deeply want to express that tale.  I want to express through gentle, young, yet time worn eyes all that these two 'star crossed lovers' will experience, before it has even happened.  I want to tell their story.

Or the portrait I did of a small child, whose father passed away only days before the mother discovered the pregnancy.  I gave to that portrait the glory of God found in this miracle of life.  I expressed the love of our Lord beaming out of her sweet young eyes and I detailed it all with the tenderness a story like this deserves.  This picture was a gift to the widow, the mother of this child, and in it I wanted her to feel and see the little girl's father.  To both find joy and reflection in all that was captured in that portrait.

This all may not seem so profound to you, but for me I have come to a realization.  My skills as a portrait artist are honouring to the art world - that somewhat prestigious scene - but my work is honouring because it honours God.

My work may never be sold around the world - as it doesn't have mass appeal - and it will most likely not hang in any gallery any time soon.  (One already told me they don't hang portraits, they don't sell!)  But I see now that all of that is not important to me.

What my work will do is - it will make people happy!   What more could I want.  They best gallery that these pieces will hang is in the homes of those who love this piece of art.  They love it because it is a piece of them and someone who loves something I can create through a gift given to me by my Creator, now that- that is not common!

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit   Romans 15:13

Mar 12, 2010

Naps

Why is it that my kids cry when they have to have a nap and I cry because I can't....?

Mar 11, 2010

Life's Road Map

A while ago I was reading the last two chapters of 1st Timothy.  When reading it I was once again reminded of what is truly important in this life.



...pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  6:11b,12

Now there is a lot there we could get into.  Much that we could expand on and explore in depth more, but I think I will leave you with less of my talk and more for you to think on for yourself.  I will just say this - forget the worldly ways and focus on God!

This passage is a road map for our lives so take these directions and enjoy the trip. (Oh and leave the GPS at home! ;) )






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Mar 6, 2010

Fitted Sheets

You know....something that is very difficult is folding fitted sheets.  Even more difficult, is folding fitted crib sheets.  Fitted sheets are the bottom sheets with the elastic corners and shrink them down to the size of a crib mattress and you've just got a balled up mess that will be crammed into your linen closet....with the other balled up masses of "folded" fitted sheets.

That's it.....just a rant about fitted sheets.....now I'll go put my laundry away.

Oh Mr. Sun! :)

AH sunshine!  It is glorious - how it hints at the warmer days ahead. 


It has been somewhat bleak lately - little or no sunshine, even my toddler noticed when the sun came out.

"SUNSHINE!" she exclaims, pointing to a spot on the floor now drenched in the sun's brilliant rays.
"Yes dear, it IS the sun.  Do you know God made the sun?"  I ask.
"For me?" she asks with the sweetness only a young child can muster. I laugh.
"Yes honey, for you."
"OH Thank You God!" as she smiles towards the ceiling.

Yes, so sweet, warms me more then the sun ever could!  Oh how sunny days make me so happy and so anxious at the same time.  I feel like going in a million directions at once.  These early 'spring' like days are the strangest I find.....they really play on me and I don't think I am alone in this either.

I understand that spring time can really be tough for some individuals.  I don't know if I can put it into words, but for those of you who understand...well....you understand.  And for those that don't and are just thankful for the warmer sun, melting snow and the songs of birds filling the days - good on you!

But for all of us remember - God made the son and He made it for you!

For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and it's shoots will not fail.   Job 14:7

Mar 2, 2010

HMD Magazine

 Homemaker Design, the web-zine, launched yesterday.  It went fairly smoothly and after a quick link fix today I think all things are in order.  I thank all of you who are checking it out and I hope many of you will become loyal readers!  Our goal is stated on our About page, but really the magazine (and even this blog with all my ramblings) is here to encourage, enlighten and entertain women around the world. 

So Congratulations to my team - WAY TO GO!  Now get to work on next months issue! ;)  

But most importantly thanks and glory be to God - with out His guidance and direction none of this would be possible.

So enjoy this months addition of Homemaker Design - savour it's articles and features, enjoy them when you are able, relaxed and especially with a cup of coffee (there goes my caffeine addiction again.)  Keep coming back to the blog for tasty and some times useful tidbits, the occasional bout of wisdom and hopefully a laugh or two.

Thanks again to my team and to you - the readers!

God Bless you.

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