When your thinker is in overdrive with many things to accomplish, but you spend most the day reading books with the babe, letting her "wash dishes", cleaning up messes, and cooking all the food....you stop and say, these are the days that are flying by.The list is still there, and I'm watching time slip away every day...like a new baby boy is joining us in less than 7 weeks! I've not bought a thing for him yet, the nursery is about to go through more demo, I'm potty training baby girl next week, and learning to train a 2 year old about life in general, have a studio that's a wreck and full of half painted art, and my nesting mama feelings are wanting to organize everything in the house.....but it's not all gonna happen.And it's ok.I want to enjoy these last few weeks with Molly Grace, getting her ready to be a big sister, and soaking up all the sweet belly kisses she gives her baby brother☺️ I'm having to choose to let go of all the things my imagination is cooking up, and walk out each day as it comes.We are mamas, and it never ALL gets done....but our babies don't care.I remember always being told that "babies show no mercy", and this is very true!But they also continually pour out grace if we take time to notice.They don't care a thing about perfectionism or a tidy house or a checked off list....they just care about mommy and daddy.And I'm sooooo glad that is enough!❤❤❤
I've been talking about this series for a little bit now...and it's finally available for purchase! The Joyful Sound series comes from my love for music! I'm a worship leader, musician, and songwriter, so I always seem to have music on the brain. We laugh around here about our lives being like one big musical...singing all over the house all day long!
More than that though, I believe that the Lord has put a song in our hearts to sing, and that sound is joyful! It's not always a "song", but just the sound of our hearts proclaiming who He is! I also thought about the sweet sound of a kid humming a tune, and birds sweetly singing as they were created to do, and the angels singing around the throne of God.
I hope you enjoy this 10 painting series as much as I enjoyed creating it! Each painting is 12x12" and $60 each. Only one of each original painting! Click here to shop and purchase!
Thanks for supporting my family by loving my art!
Saturday we had a great family hike on part of the AT, Springer Mountain, and then we also the Benton MacKaye to make a 5 mile loop. It was soooo beautiful! Weather was perfect, the fern and rhododendrons were everywhere, and the views were great! I can't wait to do this loop again!
We had lunch in the best spot, MG got to do a little hiking out of the pack (which she loved), and I'm pretty sure I saw a bear! Fabulous. Below are a few photos and a little video!
Happy Monday friends!
These workshops are so fun to teach! As I said on Facebook yesterday, it's just so rewarding hearing the kids talk about how AWESOME their paintings are. Too much time is spent these days putting ourselves down and only taking notice of our shortcomings or the things we didn't accomplish or do correctly, and that same attitude creeps into our kids. BUT in these workshops, kids are encouraged, and allowed to express their creativity and realize that they have some great ideas and can use their God-given gifts to create something uniquely beautiful....and I'm sooooo glad they recognize their masterpieces as "awesome"! If you have a child that's struggling with confidence or just not in the mode of trusting themselves to "do" something creative...you MUST enroll them in one of my workshops! I'm teaching techniques and a lot of things they'll be able to grow on for a long time, but most importantly I want them to know they are created in the image of a creative God, therefore they have an abundant gift of the best creativity there is to offer. When they recognize that, fear is gone and the juices get flowing!
I often just set a date for a class with a certain age range, but I'm also open for suggestions if I don't have a class scheduled and you are ready to enroll your child. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat about building a new workshop date.
Thanks to all the great parents to who give these experiences to your children! It makes me smile so big!
We had a super fun 4th of July at Lake Lanier Islands yesterday! I had really forgotten how great it is to live around Lake Lanier, and can't believe we don't go to the Islands more! MG was in heaven with all the water stuff of course, playing in the sand, and tackling the waves in the BIG wave pool! It's a little wild, because she doesn't have a single fear of water...like, at all. She wants to jump right in, get her face all in it, drink a lot of water, and splashes like crazy! I'm sure that's good, but I'm thinking we need to hurry and enroll in some swimming lessons since she is so eager.
I'm gonna slam a gallery of photos below here! I recommend anyone with little kids/toddlers to take advantage of Lake Lanier Islands...you could easily spend a full day there! They have a great little area for babies too, which is hard to find at a lot of places!
On another note, I'm so thankful MG slept through all the fireworks that we can hear at our house from the lake...goodness it was loud for a few nights there!
Enjoy the photos! (and don't miss the video at the bottom!)
I'm soooooo eager to paint right now!!!
I'm in one of those modes where I just can't get enough of the creativity out of me...those are good feelings...and annoying ones when your time is so choppy or just not available. But it's all good! I'm learning more and more how to roll with the little moments I have!
So, Monday afternoon was quite hilarious...almost NOT hilarious. As most of you know, I have a hard time getting MG to tap a nap, so I really take advantage of those 30 minutes that she does nap. Monday afternoon, after a long morning of teaching music lessons, I finally got MG down for her little nap. I run down to the studio at lightening speed! Here's the thing, my studio is directly below her nursery....and we live in a 1940's house and the floor is not insulated! Which means everything can be heard. Honestly, there's a tiny pinhole in the hardwood floor of her room, and from up there you can look down and tell if the light is on in my studio. So, I have to be quiet as a mouse while painting...which is hard! Monday, I set a HUGE hunk of oak on my table top easel on top of my METAL table. Yeah, the second I laid the brush on the big hunk of wood, the easel collapsed, the hunk of wood hit the metal table, not only making a huge BANG but also rattling the metal pan on the table and knocking over a glass jar of brushes. Seriously. My heart dropped. I looked at the baby monitor and she certainly was awoken and flopping around. I was devastated and seriously went to praying! "God, you knoooooow I'm just down here innocently painting....actually painting YOUR word! Pleeeeeeeeease cover my mistake and let my baby go back to sleep!!!" And would you know, miraculously she did! For 30 minutes, which I expected, and I was soooo thankful for that 30 minutes.
And a little video of the finished work!
Hope y'all are having a terrific week!!! Tell me mamas, what the thing you rush off to do the second your baby is down for a nap?
On the tail end of a pretty restless week...exhausted, being constantly clung to, pulled on, and the perfect target for airborne food, this mommy was REFRESHED this morning when I read this scripture. I've been trying to decide on a scripture to paint big for our living room, and I believe this will be it!
I tried my best to let go of a lot of expectations this week...and I don't care who you are, we all have expectations. Not just of others, or our kids, but mostly of ourselves. I "expect" to be able to paint a simple commissioned sign, or pull out my watercolors for more than 2 minutes, or read more than 6 bible verses, or cook a real meal with 2 hands and free legs...but I'm becoming more comfortable with the fact that these things are just my own ideas, and they don't have to be. The house doesn't have to be perfectly put together, and the fact that we picked up Chick-fil-a tonight was not only a lifesaver, but their addictive chicken was a treat! The past 2 days MG and I have just flown by the seat of our pants and did the best we could with early wake up times and 30 minute naps....and today we ended up at the library and then the outlet mall on a shoe hunt! We've had crazy amounts of laughs to make up for the nap-time blues, so all is well in the house, and as she finally sleeps, I stare at the baby monitor cause I somehow still managed to not get enough of her. I'm so whooped. :)
I hope y'all have had a great week! Also, I'm truly thankful for all the other mamas God has put in my life to encourage and equip me in my first year with a baby! It's made the experience so sweet and special, and this has definitely been my favorite year ever! I have some really fun art adventures planned...loosely, as this one dictates my time at the moment heehee....but seriously....I have some things I must create or bust! So I'm believing that God will honor the well that's about to burst out of me and grant this baby some naps SOON!
In the meantime, I'm going to keep the verse I started this blog with close to my heart, mind, and lips. That our family would glorify Jesus as we live in harmony, enduring the hard days, fully encouraged by the Lord Himself! So thankful for that hope we have in Him!
I had such a great time teaching the great little artists at my workshop on Saturday! They kept me laughing and on my toes, and it was such a fun-filled time! I loved seeing all their finished work, and the excitement on their faces as they walked out of my studio with their beautiful paintings.
I taught them to paint one of my favorite subjects...a mountainous landscape with a tree and flowers! They really rocked the idea and made it their own in the best ways!
You can watch this little video to see the class in live action! Check out my Workshop Page for more info on enrolling in a class!
We took a quick little 35 hour trip to Asheville last weekend to pick up a Honda Element for Brad (as his poor little S10 finally bit the dust!). We stayed at the Grove Park Inn and loved every second of it! MG traveled great the entire trip and was such a joy! Here's a few photos from the trip...and a little video of her first time at a splash pad in Asheville!
Safe to say it was a FULL and lovely trip! Can't wait til our next family adventure!
I randomly shared about how cool I think dandelions area on Instagram today. Sooooo random y'all. But hey, that's me, so here's my dandelion post + some cute pics of Molly Grace of course!
We only had to show her a dandelion once for her to realize their awesomeness. She still gets way too close while blowing and gets them all over her lips, which is actually quite funny.
I think a lot about how creative God is, probably because I'm an artist and find it fascinating that He created us in His image...as creative beings! But I could never come close to making a dandelion. If you ever stop to notice all the intricacies in just nature itself...it' fascinating! And to know that God orchestrated it ALL and we can take no credit for any such thing! It's just flat out great.
I think we should be really encouraged that such a detail oriented God holds our lives and future in the palm of His hand! So easy to get wrapped up in what's happening down here...and lose site of the enjoyment that's right in front of us, as simple and at the same time as complex as a well crafted dadndelion!
Have a great day y'all!