As a kid I had a deep seeded longing to be an artist of any sort. I loved all things crafty and creative BUT I especially always wanted to learn to paint. In high school we had a mandatory Art Humanities class- which is pretty much art history. I was Bummed to say the least.
I could have taken an art class BUT….
I was REALLY into Shop class. In middle school, it was mandatory for us to have a quarter in Art, woodshop, music, and Home Ec. I loved all of them except Home Ec ( and for all of you wondering out there- yes I can cook and bake). There was a huge difference though for me between art and woodshop. The TEACHERS. The woodshop teachers were hilarious and encouraging. If you made a mistake they would make a joke about it and move on. The art teachers, however, had their favorites and it was obvious.
In our 7th and 8th grade school years, you could take “mini-courses” the last period a day. I requested every art class offered and was rejected each time. I also chose every shop class and got into them all (I have the baskets and clock to show for it). I was also able to take a German paper cutting(scherenschnitte) class offered by my favorite teacher you can check out some amazing images here. It can range from the simplest of images only requiring scissors to the extremely intricate requiring the finest Exacto knife blades (yes that was a different time and place in our country)
Hello YouTube Art Community
It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I decided I wanted to give this painting thing a go on my own. I began studying Youtube artists and what they did. I have learned a lot. I have don’t a bunch of paintings . and this year I stepped up my game and added both Guoche and Acrylics. I am having fun as I go. I don’t really post any of my work here but I do on my Instagram. Interested Check it out here.
How about you? Is there something you have always wanted to learn as a kid/ teenager but never did? Or maybe you are just learning now like I am. What’s Your story? Share with me in the comments.
Hey Everyone- Can I just tell you I am over the moon excited by Kate Battistelli’s new book The God Dare which launches June 1st! That’s right THIS SATURDAY! So if you pre-order by June 1st then you are eligible for an amazing bonus bundle. But more on that I a minute.
I have been a part of this launch team for the last six weeks and can I just tell you it has been so much fun being a part of this book birthday!
Are you ready for the Dare? aka about this book!
God has called us to something….whether we like it or not. sometimes those things look really scary- ok if we are really honest most times that is the case. Is this book Kate asks some hard questions about our willingness to go where God has called us to go or do what God has called us to do. I just love it when Authors pair people from the Bible who have been in similar shoes to my own and kate has done just that. I have found myself in the shoes of Esther- do I keep my mouth shut, or speak out for justice? I have traveled with Abram and Ruth when I have left all that I know and love to follow where God leads and I can tell you right now that each of these instances. Sometimes it is just making an unpopular decision that may look like you are absolutely off your rocker to the rest of the world around you. The question Kate asks is Are You Willing? and If no why not?
Each chapter concludes with soul searching questions that dig deep into where or what God is calling you to.
Who is this book for?
EVERYONE, No seriously are you confused about where God wants you? Or is He REALLY calling me to do THAT? How about a hard situation that seems above our understanding and we are left on our knees asking what now or why or how? And if you aren’t in any of those places I promise you are heading there. And when you get there this book offers a HUGE blessing and that blessing is perspective. And many times perspective changes many things especially hearts!
SO what about this bonus bundle you mentioned?
So if your order your copy of the God Dare before June 1st- then you can claim your free bonus bundle.
Here’s what is in the bundle-
– Companion Small Group Book or Bible Study PDF
– “Those Who Take the God Dare” printable PDF
– “The God Dare Secrets” printable PDF
– “Backstage behind-the-scenes” video discussing how The God Dare came to be
Here’s how to claim your bonus bundle.
Step 1: Order the book from your favorite retailer
Step 3: Watch for my email containing your bonus bundle to arrive after June 1st!
Here is the Amazon link (this is NOT an affiliate link)
And one more thing:
And don’t forget when you get your book don’t forget to either screenshot the cover on your device or snap a picture of your physical copy and use the hashtag #theGodDare and Tag Kate in the post! @KateBattistelli
DISCLAIMER: I was given an advanced readers copy of this book by the publisher
Have you ever stood and stared and watched a sunset as it changes. It’s like it’s a living water color painting. I love sunrises too and they are the same way. But as of late I have been watching sunsets and pondering them. Every sunset os different and there are Many factors that go into that. A sunset os very similar to life. sometimes it’s full of color and vibrant and other times it’s dull and gray. The one thing we know and can expect is that nighttime is coming. I the Bible we are promised dark and hard times, but we are also told joy comes in the morning which as you guessed it is something else that beautiful. a sunrise. the thing is that just like life if we don’t take the time to soak up the beauty, we will miss it! That’s what I love about Happy homemaker posts is that it makes me sit down and think about all that is going on around me! So let’s get started!
The weather:::. Fall showed up on Saturday after quite the storm Friday night. But since then it has been bright and crisp. The clouds started rolling in this afternoon and now is overcast and ready to rain at any moment.
As I look outside my window::: I see my neighbors porch light and an occasional car whizzes by but other than that it is pitch black outside
Right now I am::: sipping sinus soother tea and mentally working on my #write312018 blog posts
Thinking and pondering::: about many things but I have really been pondering a challenge given by a speaker while I was at camp all by myself this summer. My word for the year has been influence and it has been forefront in my mind but this speaker challenged up to write letters to those who have had an influence on us. specifically ministry leaders who have poured into our lives so I have compiled my list and am preparing the preamble to those letters.
On my bedside table::: a whole bunch of books wanting my attention
On my tv::: nothing
On the menu for this week:::
Monday – Chicken bacon Ranch casserole (I tweaked the recipe so I could make it in the crockpot”
Tuesday – Meatball subs and salad
Wednesday – chicken pot pie (also in the crockpot- yeah we will see how that goes)
Thursday – grilled cheese
Friday – chili
Saturday – hayride 9there is dinner -kinda with that
Sunday – Hamburgers, salt potatoes and veggie
On my to do list::: well ya see I kinda made this mess, a VERY BIG MESS. I kinda lost something and so I went on a hunt to find that something (with no positive outcome) and when I was done it looked like a tornado had hit the place. Now I have to fix it.
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::: I am starting on the curtains for my craft room this week. I also have to sand and paint the trim and sills of my three windows in the craftroom. And I have a sign that is the theme thought for my room and that involves painting AND Cricut work.
My simple pleasure::: hot beverages. I LOVE me some COFFEE but I also really enjoy tea and hot cider as well.
Lesson learned the past week::: oh I have two. 1) well on Sunday I was catching up from my missed devotions while I was away at a conference. and as I read I began to see a pattern I a couple of different places waiting on God was forefront I my reading and then my secret sister gave me a cute ceramic pen holder with a very cute pink sloth on it and it says Take your Time. Ok I get it. So many times I think it should go on my time line and that I can fix it but in reality I need to wait on God. he has it all under control. 2). over the last month r so there has been some heavy stuff I have had to process through. and I have learned these last few weeks that sometimes you have to let go of self-imposed expectations and go with simpler disciplines and routines and build back to where you once were. so That is what I have done. I have gone back to my 3 minute morning routine I set up when I read through Hello Mornings, and it has been a huge blessing. Because God has met me in the simplicity and deeply fed my soul. As much as I would like to say I am back to my old self , I can’t. ButI’m getting there for sure.
Looking around the house::: UMMM did you read what I wrote on the to-do list part??
From the camera::
This was the sunset from behind our church Saturday night during youth group. It’s unfiltered and I firmly believe that we have some the best sunsets around!
Prayer List::: unsaved friends and family and I have a bunch of friends and family going though some really hard stuff.
Bible verse, Devotional:::
Isaiah 40:31English Standard Version (ESV)
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
This post has been three days in the making! No joke. I have had this post open and slowly coming up with what to write about. But as we have been talking about things this week we have been talking about a few things over and over and over again. This post has been born out of our conversations,. Conversations about a certain bucket list we have. We aren’t normal in the terms of bucket lists. Yes we have places we would love to go and see and do BUT we have some odd lists. And this week, the conversation has centered around one in particular. Then this morning I was telling hubby about this strange movie that I listened to. It was weird. And lastly there is the topic as this week has been a week of finishing things I started last year. I will go into this a smidge more in another blog post coming this evening. LET”S JUMP IN!
So yeah I guess you could say we have bucket lists. Like we would love to continue the Trend we started on our honeymoon of visiting presidents homes. Since we have been married we have visited something like 11 or 12 presidents homes. We have visited the Eisenhower’s estate in Gettysburg. Montpelier, (Madison’t home) Ash Lawn (Monroe’s Home). Mount Vernon ( Washington’s home), Monticello (Jefferson’s home) James Buchanans home. The home of both Harrison’s, Home of Woodrow Wilson, Abe Lincoln’s Birth home, Andrew Jackson’s home in Nashville and I am sure I have missed some or two ! Not all of those were done on our honeymoon. Lincolns and Jackson’s were done with very small kids on our family vacation in 2009 to Franklin and Nashville Tennessee and Kentucky.
Another odd little bucket list is battlefields centered around the civil war.. We have been to Gettysburg , Antietam, Appomattox Courthouse and the Canton House in Franklin TN. (out of those Canton house is the CREEPIEST). Even though there aren’t any others on this list to speak o (That we went to see)f we wouldn’t necessarily turn down the opportunity either. (There is this ongoing threat that the hubby and the oldest man child are going to take me back to Gettysburg to read EVERY. SINGLE. MONUMENT. -if you have been to Gettysburg, you know how serious this could be, we may never make it home again!)
But the bucket list we have been discussing all week is concerts. After being to our second Newsboys concert in two years and a Mercy Me concert in October, we are discussing what’s next. There is one man child who wants to see Mandisa (I’m with him). And there is one Man child who wants to see Toby Mac ( I’m with him). and there is a hubby who wants to see Casting Crowns (I’m with him). HMMMM I think I can’t loose! I would then add Francesca Battisstelli., Chris Tomlin, Matthew West and Brandon Heath and Jamie Grace. I’ve been scratching concerts off my list for a LONG time, so these would. be icing on the cake. (oh and since I just got to see the Old Sschool Newsboys- I can now hold out hope for a DC Talk reunion concert ..hint hint hint!!)
So often times while I am working on house work I will have a movie playing in the background. Yesterday I pulled up PUREFLIX and scrolled through some movies. and I landed on a newly added movie called THE LIST. There are actually two movies called this and I had already listened to the other one. This particular one starts out in colonial times (Remined me a lot of the NATIONAL TREASURE movies. ). It has Christian themes and gets really weird. Basically a young man gets caught up in a secret society/ cult. And there is spiritual warfare BUT they aren’t really forthcoming with info needed to explain what exactly is going on. The focus was on Prayer and breaking free from the grip, but from what? It was just an odd movie, and if you didn’t know what was really being said ( as in an unbeliever or a baby Chirstian). you would be severely confused!
Finishing What I Started.
In the next blog post (Five Minute Friday ). I will be talking about the one word prompt for today : STUCK. And that is exactly how I was feeling from November of 2017 til March of 2018. It didn’t seem to matter what I was doing, I felt like I was dragging a 250 pound weight behind me. And yes I was completely immersed in play season for two of those months but generally I can still manage life along with the Christmas play for church. Well just over the last couple of weeks I feel like I have finally had my head come up above the water. And in the last few weeks I have completed some things I started last year. Like my One Thousand Gifts Study, The Hebrews Study I had been working though and I finished the Lies Young Women Believe study. And I am really on track for finishing this years first Study of Esther and completing the study portions of Hello Mornings (my review book from the beginning of the year).
I also want to finish up the women’s leadership video series that I started last year on Right Now Media.
When these things are all caught up I will begin tackling my rating list for 2018. Let’s be honest I know it’s not all going to happen AND THAT’S OK. The point is to grow, not perfection. But it was really important to me that I finish these things. I want to be a woman who is known for finishing well. Finishing well isn’t a time frame either. It’s not gauged by years but by doing your best with what you have . This is all part of the reason why I evaluate my goals so often because sometimes goals need to be taken off the list. It’s just not what can happen in this moment of time.
Well That’s about it for this week! I hope you have have a wonderful weekend. What are some of your Random Reflections from this week? Share them in the comments below!
So while scrolling through Facebook the other day I came across this meme and since there is snow falling today I thought it might be fitting to share:
“April Showers bring snow plowers”.
There was a huge snow plow plowing through feet of snow. though there are no feet of snow, or inches of snow, I did go to bed to the sound of a snowplow last night salting the roads. and this is what I woke up to this morning….
those little white specks in the air are you guessed it snow. And we have had quite the heavy snow showers this morning. now it’s not sure if it wants to be snow or rain. It’s been doing both. I struggle with the cold and gray of New York. As a girl from Pennsylvania. I am not used to winters like this even after living here for nearly 17 years.
Leave of Absence
This last week I took a leave of absence from the pregnancy center. I love it and my clients, but for the time being I need to deal with smoother things. Somethings good, somethings hard, somethings just a must. I will miss everyone and hope to be back very very very soon.
Let. It. Go.
Our ladies Bible study will be gearing up for it’s next study. We picked the book a few weeks ago Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman. I have already read the book but I think it is time for a revisit. The subtitle is How to Stop running the show and start walking in Faith. All I can say is DID YA READ MY LAST BLOG POST?
I’m looking forward to diving into this study soon..
I know that’s not very much but it is what it is. I hope you have a spectacular day and if you live where it is warm and sunny go out and enjoy some vitamin D for me