Sunday, December 30

On Being Broken

I loved this sermon this morning.
One of the best Christmas sermons I've heard. ever.
Because I'm so broken.
We are all so broken.
This world is so broken.
And honestly
 I love this message of brokenness. 
I always have.
It feels like freedom.
It gives me hope.
 like this huge weight is lifted knowing
that I am now, and always will be broken
this side of heaven..

Knowing that I don't have it all together.
I'll never have it all togther.
and I don't have to pretend like I do.

Knowing that (every day when I wake up)
I need a Savior like I need air and water
not just a decision I made when I was 12,
but every single morning knowing:
I can't do this alone.
I don't want to do this life alone.
I need Jesus.

And Jesus changes everything.

He makes all things new.
He breathes life into the dead.
He makes ugly, gross things beautiful.
He turns our darkness into light.

I don't know how He does it.
But I know that He can't NOT do it.
Not in theory or in idea but for REAL.
right HERE. right NOW.

Read the gospels.
He can't come into something and leave it the same.
There is always a change.
every. single. time.
That is my prayer for me and for you in this new year.
To invite Jesus in.
To let Him change us.
To have courage to follow Him.
To have eyes to see and ears to hear.

*In Life of the Beloved Henri Nouwen speaks beautifully about our brokenness. He explains it in a way that I've never heard before, in a way that has always stuck with me.
I love this book.

Saturday, December 15


I had this post planned and then everything happened yesterday.
And I had the kids with me all so I didn't know really what happened until 
I watched last night. Just wrecked. This can't be real.
Can we just stop it?!?! Please. Pretty please.
Then I read Jeanette's post and this is what she shared
and I wanted to share it with you
Okay, here's the post I was going to post:

Oh. And I'm going to continue the scripture journaling series. 
It just might take me a year. 
And I'm okay with that. 
Because I need to go sing Jingle Bells and rock out with my boys.
And feed them. I should probably feed them too. 

We've been doing lots of life. 
Sometimes my hands get so full, I have to 
drop everything that's not essential. 
Too bad that sleep is not an option...
We have spent the last few months...

watercolor painting

tree decorating

looking smart

Christmas card making.
(I still need to get them out!)

Studio mess making.

Santa meeting

nature hiking.
daddy + sticks + hiking =
heaven on earth for a little boy

stick collecting
It's more of an obsession.
(I find piles of them everywhere.)

mountain climbing

crack making for neighbors

art journaling

picture taking

coffee spilling
one big dump.
all over my computer.
one big humongous spill.

snowman family making
(need to finish...)

tree making
(need to finish...)

finger painting

backyard camping

backyard fire making

I'm really thankful for you.
Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, November 23

too much...

Okay, I promise never to attempt blogging for 31 days
in a row if you promise to forgive me.
Too much.
It's just too much.
I don't know what I was thinking.
Maybe in another life.
And I've been on the computer too much,
Not on the floor playing with these cutest boys ever.
Joshy is almost 18 months and everything he does just melts me.
Jack is 4 going on 44 and precious. hilarious. super serious.
We are in this sweet spot right now.
And I am going to soak up every minute
because I can't even believe Jack is 4 and
Josh will be 4 before I know it
and now is the time to just BE with them.
because that's all they really want.
mama and daddy and they're happy. that's pretty much it.
Okay, peeps, if you are crazy enough to go shopping today,
Happy Black Friday to you!
As for us, we are hanging out here and keeping a low pro.
Going on a little walk and making cookies for neighbors.

Saturday, October 13

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 7: Who Can Resist? Using Masking Fluid

Day 7: Who Can Resist?
Using Masking Fluid

This is really fun.
Am I saying that too much?
Too bad. it's true.

Masking fluid is kind of like magic.
You can find it at any craft store.
Use an old brush because it will be destroyed.

Masking fluid is a resist that you paint on and then peel off.
First, paint your designs with the masking fluid.

When it's dry, paint over it with watercolors.

When the watercolor is dry, peel off the masking fluid.

 Add some pen and you are finished.

Now go!

Get ready for fun tomorrow:
Day 8:Creating Your Mixed Media Art Journal
Oh! How I Love Gesso

You will need:
An old hardback book.
Lots of gesso.
Brushes (nothing special).
A few of your favorite acrylic colors.

See Day 8: Inspiration from really great people

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Kids Scripture Art Series: Sunday School Songs

I finally {finally} finished painting a series:
Sunday school songs {you love to hate}
that last part is a joke. please laugh.
This series has been in my head for about a year now
and it feels great to finally get it out.
All 12 are available in the shop right here.





Friday, October 12

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 6: Playing With Paper

Thank you if you're still hanging in there with me!
I hope you are having fun.

Day 6: Playing with Paper

Today we're going to start with watercolors.

And add some little pieces of paper with gel medium.

 And add details & scripture with extra fine pen.

Wednesday, October 10

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 5: Paint First, Doodle Next

Day 5: Paint First, Doodle Next

This is pretty much a no fail technique.
Really, you just paint blobs of watercolor on the paper

and doodle over them.

That's it.
Now go!

See Day 6: Playing with Paper
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