Love Them Anyway

My Favorite Quote

I love this quote, I even have it on my laptop screen, so that I see it everyday.  It reminds me to love those who are difficult and sometimes cause heartache…you have to love those people anyway.

love them anyway

 Days Three, Four, and Five of My Personal Challenge

photo 1Day 3

photo 2Day 4

photo 3Day 5

Ten Day Challenge – Day #2

Second Day

This is the second day of my 10-day challenge –  I am just drawing and painting what comes to mind and it has been pulling my imagination into forming a story.  It is amazing that when you step out that things germinate, then grows, and it gets created…sort of like faith.  When we hear the word of the Lord (faith comes by hearing the word of the Lord) and act on it, then Heaven can move to perform what is believed for.  So, I see that it is true in the natural, that when a person does something, it is an act of faith and it changes the world around us (or at least in your imagination).

photo(2)Today, I had the thought to paint a picture of a boy…my husband said it looks like a Coptic Christian from Ethiopia or Eritrea…

Do you have a name for him?

My 10 Day Challenge

A Face a Day – Day #1

For ten days I’ll paint/draw a different face, just spontaneously to see what I come up with.  At the end of that time I’ll try and compose a story to fit the characters that I’ve imagined and drawn.  This is today’s challenge.

photo(1)What would you name her?  What does she remind you of?  I would love to hear from you! Please comment.


Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Camellias, violets, and azaelas

In the midst of winter there is beauty…  spring is thirty days away and yet vibrant color is budding in my yard.  The frost has made a desert of most of my flowering pots and beds, since everything seems to have been frost-bitten or died.  But the quote “Hope springs eternal” comes to mind, bringing renewing life in the midst of ruin.

To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?  Job 38:27

Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.  Isaiah 43:19


Succulents – Trending 2014


I know, right? The humble but diverse potted plant that is related to the cactus has found its way into the mainstream.  I am seeing it everywhere I go; most recently in Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Target.  I have a fondness for succulents because my mom always had them in her garden, primarily the “hens and chicks” type.  She fell in love with them when she would visit her grandmother and she got her first cutting.  I’ve got pots of them in my yard, cuttings that my mom gave me decades ago!

succulentsA collage of succulents that I took pics of when I visited West Elm yesterday. They were used for tablescapes, floral decorations, and place settings.

Recently, succulents have even shown up in wedding decor – bouquets and cakes.

wedding succulent wedding succulent3Courtesy of www.thebride’


Succulents can be great for decorating your garden or patio, adding texture and color.

succulent bowlFrom Pinterest
succulent wreathFrom Pinterest
Because it is Valentine’s Day I made a post card just for today using a succulent theme.