Feb 27, 2013

In The Early Morning Light


In the early morning light,
I sit with my Saviour by my side.
I talk and I listen and wonder at His glory,
Basking in the quite and still of the morning.
He will meet me daily, if I do come.
He calls out to me, I am the One.
The One who cares, the One who loves.
The One who carries prayers to the Lord above.
And so, in the early morning light,
I sit with my Saviour by my side.
I read, I pray and I marvel at His glory,
Basking in the quite and still of the morning.


Feb 22, 2013

Our Family Art Project

Last weekend we worked together to create a master piece!

At least, we think it's a master piece!


But wait...

what's this...

a secret message.....

 hidden in our art??

Philippians 4:8!

Okay - so for anyone who's stalked through Pinterest lately probably recognizes this technique.  I don't 'do' Pinterest per say...but yes...I have on occasion wasted, spent too much time, some time on there. 

The secret is alphabet stickers!!  Or in my cheap...err, inexpensive way...homemade alphabet 'stickers'.  Want to know more?  Okay, well here's how it all went down....

I took an old canvas...and painted over what was on it - bye-bye unsold art, hello re purposed canvas into masterpiece!


I painted it first with some beautiful antique white paint we had laying around. Yes, I know that using wall paint is a big 'no no' when it comes to fine art but meh, when have I ever been known to followed the 'fine art' rules!?!


So here is where it gets a bit finicky - at least for me - you can take the easy road if you like...take the easy road!


For most people they just run out to the local craft store and pick up a nice pack of some pre-cut all done up for you, stickers...not me...nooo!  I wanted to created this project using only materials we had on hand...even the frame my hubby made from material we had around the house!

So to make the stickers, I used a roll of that sticky tack/self laminating paper stuff that I already had.  I cut it to sheets of 8 1/2 by 11 (standard paper size)  Then using Microsoft Word and Paint Brush (move over photoshop, there are some 'new' programs in town!) I created my words, choosing a much loved font (bonus points if you figure out why...!) and printed each word on the reverse of the laminating paper.

Then...I took about a week...yes, seriously!  To cut out each word...letter by letter!  That is some painstakingly..... dry...mundane work, let me tell you!  But I won't...just trust me on this.

Then the fun began.  I stuck them to the canvas and once everything was on and all lined up...well as lined up as it was going to get, I painted over the whole thing.  Using a roller and some colour left over from a room we had just finished the day before! (I have been on a roll *groan* with painting these last couple of weeks!) 

Once that dried, I got out the acrylics (proper fine art material now!) and let the kids go at it.  Well, all of us 'kids' actually, went at it!

And yes, Joe was so excited and interested!  There was no way he wasn't going to get involved in the whole thing!

So it turned out better then I had expected...and even better then I hoped!  I had been wanting to do more scripture based art and this just fit the bill.  I love how it looks in our living room and I LOVE that we did it all together!

So it may not fit this 'fine art' criteria - but I still think it's pretty fine art!


Feb 14, 2013

Moving Forward

So I wrote that letter, my last post, and I knew I wouldn't be able to say everything.  I try not to think about all I have missed telling him...there is so much....there always will be...  I knew that writing a letter would help me put some things into perspective and help me come to realize how final this all is.  It was helpful...but I still sit with a dose of denial, if I'm to be honest.  I am still waiting to tell it all to him in person.....*sigh*......

And just so you all know, I really do appreciate your sweet and heartfelt comments, you are all a blessing to me!

I know that this past year I have had many posts about grief - something I never considered I would actually be blogging about.  I never knew before how deep something like this can go.  How far it can permeate into your life....and how often it comes about in ones life. 

But the Lord has been so good to me. He carried me through each and every day of this past year!  A few people have said it and I'll remark on it here, what do people, who do not know God, do?  How do they handle grief and loss?  I know they do and they can but I am so thankful that I have hope, trust and comfort in my God. ♥ 

I feel almost like a chapter has closed...I hope to post less on the loss I have faced - not because I want to forget.  No, I could never forget my dad, he was not a man easily forgotten! :)  But because the Lord is carrying me forward and I am to look to the things ahead.

I want to thank you all for your encouragement, support and prayers through this! 

I wish to go forward and celebrate the man my dad was and the impact he has had in my life and the lives of those around me.  And in honesty I am glad that this past year is behind me.  All those 'firsts' are over and now the new normal sets in.

There are many ways I will hold to his memory.  Food! ;)  He loved food!  Cooking was a passion of his. It's because of him I learned that they have a whole tv station dedicated to food!  Music - you all know what I think about that and much of my love of music is rooted in him.  Gardening...I hope!  He was an amazing gardener and I hope to follow in his footsteps!  Family - he loved his family! Deeply, passionately and loyally.  I will uphold honesty, integrity, determination, hard work and a hearty laugh all in his memory.

With this one year anniversary behind me, I feel as if a weight has lifted. I am ready to move forward.  I will move forward, holding in my heart a great man, and looking to what the future will bring.  I have learned to embrace the precious moments that life offers and live fully right where God has me.  I have grown to know the Lord in a deeper and more intimate way - a way that I would never have known for not this past year.

And so I have loved and loss and yes, it was better then not having loved at all!  It hurt...hurts, but there are many good things.  Beautiful memories and cherished moments!  There will always be a part of him with me and in me.  I praise my heavenly Father and thank Him for the gift that my earthly father was to me.  And I will celebrate his life by living mine fully, without regret and with great love. 

I think both of my Father's will be pleased.

Feb 6, 2013

Thoughts at 30!

.....problem is....I don't have any!

That look?! I don't know...a blank stare?  Fear of getting older?? A woman with too much time on her hands???

I sat down a few days ago to type out my "Thoughts at 30!" and stared blankly at the screen....okay..so it's not like I don't have any thoughts...just nothing particular to turning 30 I guess.  I mean, any birthday will bring about reflection and contemplation.  But I don't worry about getting older or aging - I'm not bothered by the number of candles on my cake or the fact that the only gift I really wanted was paint for my kitchen - that yes, I've reached the age where practicality wins out when it comes to gifts.

But then I still have a wonderful man who brings home these for me...

And I can't say everything I 'wanted' for my bday was entirely practical - I did receive an iPhone!  That's right, my 30's has brought me into the age of technology! ;) hahaha!  The wonderful thing of it all is that the iPhone cost me nothing but a visit with my brother!  What a blessing!

I had contemplated getting an iPod, mainly to stream Christian radio, (since we have no radio reception a way out here...well no Christian radio reception), for taking pics when I don't want to bring along the big camera and for music while I'm in my studio or what have you.

So I emailed my brother to ask his opinion on what to get and if I should buy second hand or not.  (He's the tech guy in the family - and my husband is so NOT a tech man!)  A few minutes after sending the email, I got a call from my big brother.  He told me that they had an 'old' iPhone 4 that he and his girlfriend did not use and I could have it, for free!

Ain't that sweet of them!! 

So my hubby planned a nice little day up in our Nation's Capital for my birthday and to pick up my new 'toy'! ;)   It was a great day!  The weather was amazing...well amazing for what it usually is on my birthday, I got in a visit with my bro, a trip to the most amazing coffee shop, complete with bringing home a bag of delicious 'black gold' (coffee!), hubby and I took in a little gluten free cafe and then home again to spend the evening...and part of the early morning (see I'm not that old...yet!) with dear friends.

My actual Birthday was on the Sunday - we skipped out on church - bad, I know - but it was nice to actually sleep in! Yes, the baby let us, good boy!  Dave made me a lovely breakfast complete with homemade home fries, fried eggs, bacon AND sausage! Fantastic - oh and of course complimented with that amazing coffee we picked up the day before!

We had our closest friends - who were good and went to church - come over for lunch and stay for supper.  We played a fantastic giant game of Settlers of Catan - I love this game...we all do!  And if you haven't played, find someone to teach you - 'cause it's just too much fun!

And for those of you who know the game, check out what my hubby had made me for Christmas;

My own BLACK pieces!!  Fantastic aren't they...why black?  Well...let's just say, I'm a little competitive when it comes to games...and we'll just say it's a good "strike fear into the hearts of your opponents" kind of colour....did I say a little competitive..???


So it was a weekend of blessings, fun and love!  And I feel very special for it.  Even my mother-in-law contributed by babysitting for us and also trying her hand at some gluten free baking for me.  She made this very lovely cake;

And well I'm officially not a twenty something anymore, that decade is gone and I am at the brink of a new one.  What will my 30s bring?  The last ten years brought some fantastic and dramatic changes to my life.  Ten years ago I did not have a relationship with God - I had no focus or direction for my life, I am so thankful to know Him now and to be able to continue to grow in Him!

These last ten years also brought me my wonderful husband, three beautiful children and three lovely homes.  They brought much, much joy and some serious sadness.  They brought good memories and bad ones as well.  They brought dear, dear friends and the loss of some too.  These past ten years taught me to continue to try new things, (like photography and blogging!) and to know when to say 'no'.   They taught me to slow down and take each day as it comes.

In that time I have rediscovered who I am and who God is teaching me to be.  I see that I am a more confidant woman then I was ten years ago.  And I am learning more and more to trust God and to truly put my life in His hands. 

I have no idea what the next ten years will bring...honestly a year ago I couldn't have imagined what awaited me just a few days a head....

So I try to not focus on what the future may hold and I try to be thankful for each moment the Lord gives me.  But I am also both anxious and excited to see where the Lord will take me.  To see how He will mold and shape me through my 30s.  I know there will be many more ups and downs - the ebb and flow of this life but I know that my God will carry me through it all! 

And fitting enough I find Psalm 30 to speak much on where my life has taken me to this point.  I feel very blessed by my God and I want to continue to strive to live for Him, in all ways.  I celebrate the now with love, peace and grace and I look forward to what lies ahead with anticipation, hope and a growing trust in Him.

Psalm 30 

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have drawn me up     
and have not let my foes rejoice over me. 
 O Lord my God, I cried to You for help,
   and You have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
   You restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
   and give thanks to His holy name.
 For his anger is but for a moment,
   and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
   but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
  “I shall never be moved.” 
 By your favor, O Lord,
    You made my mountain stand strong; 
You hid your face;
   I was dismayed.

To You, O Lord, I cry,   
 and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
 “What profit is there in my death,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
   Will it tell of Your faithfulness? 
 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
   O Lord, be my helper!”

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent.     
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever!



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