Friday, June 28, 2013

Time Lapse Sunflower

A time-lapse video of my most recent journal pages.

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Art Inspiration - Firework Displays

Fireworks always light up my heart with awe.

We saw some fireworks earlier this past weekend.
We only had to walk a block to see them: 

Looking forward to the 4th of July.

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Do you have any special plans for Independence Day?  

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tiger Lily Pages

We had my Grandfather's memorial service this past Saturday.
It was a beautiful service filled with sunshine, tears, and laughter.   

A few weeks ago, I was talking to his Reverend.  
He asked me how I was doing.  Overwhelmed and sad, I shared my heart with him.
He gently said, "You know, some of the hardest times bring about the best opportunities." 
At first I thought, "Opportunities?  Seriously?  What are you talking about?"  
But he was right.  I'm beginning to see the clouds lift and opportunities spring up all around myself & my family:   renewed hope, strength, courage, trust, & even some healed relationships.

It reminded me that God watches over us in our every-day struggles...
that He cares & heals.

pages in watercolor & white ink
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"Look to the lilies how they grow!" 
'Twas thus the Saviour said, that we,
Even in the simplest flowers that blow,
God's ever-watchful care might we see."
- David Macbeth Moir -

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sketchbook Journal - June

I played in my journal while I was away. 
Sketching and doodling have always brought me a source of comfort.
Flowers, too. 

Grateful for the simple things.  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Gratitude Journal - My Grandfather

Thank you so much, everyone, for your caring comments.

On Sunday my sister, brother, and I visited my Grandfather.  
We prayed and laughed with him.  
He squeezed our hands.

He passed away peacefully by our sides on Tuesday evening.
The last words he said to us were, "Live your life."  

 What a new thing to feel sadness / relief / rejoicing, 
all at the same time.

"How lucky I am to have something 
that makes saying goodbye so hard."
- A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

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Love you, Grandpa J.
You touched so many lives.
See you in Heaven.