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So, I don’t get out much…

It’s just so much easier to stay at your house…you and the kids do your thing…let them get their naps and stay on schedule…I am praying for God to rid me of the schedule thing…I am controlled by nap times/eating times/…ect.  But, listen, if your kid took 2 (2hour) naps a day…then slept 11 hours at night…you might…be a schedule person too…

So, when my sweet friend Stephanie, another momma, asked me to go with her to see a band member from Korn (remember them?) speak at Church on the Eastern Shore…I said Sure! Even though I was thinking…”I don’t like Korn…Stephanie doesn’t like Korn…this is kind of odd.”

It was also Drug Court Graduation along with Brian (Korn) all in one shebang…so I thought it would be an inspiring night.

So we went.

Church staff people kept looking at us…like “what are ya’ll doing here?”…

We giggled and laughed…sat on the far side of the sanctuary…eager for the night to start…

In walks Brian…dreadlocks down past his shoulders…tattoos everywhere…white t-shirt and jeans…

“Look, there he is!!” Stephanie loudly whispered, like he was some huge superstar….We laughed and determined right then to get his autograph and our picture made with him.

The Drug Court graduation was really special and inspiring. It brought tears to my eyes to hear of the determination and persevearance of these people to really just surrender their lives to the Lord and then give their lives to help others who struggle with addictions and issues that have plagued them.

Brian finally got up and spoke and his testimony was crazy…filled with details of his rock-star life…and the chaos that led him to the cross. Stephanie and I both were drawn to him…to put it in her words…”I just love people who are crazy about Jesus.” He was.

After it was over, yes, we stood in line for his autograph and picture….For about 10 minutes we went back and forth over what we wanted him to write on our peice of paper…”Korn rocks”, “Jesus loves Rock and Roll”, “Jesus loves Rock and Roll Mommies”…and finally…yes after much debate Stephanie went with “Jesus loves Heavy Metal Mommies,” and I went with…”God loves art”….which is something he said in his testimony referring to his tattoos.

And we got our picture taken with him….

 

 

So…the reason I’m telling you all of this is because…Ordinarily, I would have never gone to such an event…Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have waited in line for the man’s autograph or photo opp…Ordinarily, If I would have…I might have just asked meekly…”Hey, can I have your autograph…” Plain ole autograph….Ordinarily, I would have stayed at home to make Daniel’s night with the kids a little less stressful…

But listen, you only get one life…and when you do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do…you end up with a life well lived and stories to share…

We totally almost asked him to go to the Coffee Loft with us…because he would have digged that place…but the Judge looked like it was time for them to leave…

I got home and my cheeks were sore from smiling and I went to bed laughing…I layed there and just whispered to God in my heart…”You are so good…and so fun.”

Who needs drugs when there is the most amazingly wild and wonderful Maker of Heaven and Earth!

Go do something weird and extraordinary!!

Thanks for the date Stephanie!

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Last Saturday my parents, my aunt, and I spent the afternoon in downtown Fairhope.  I parked surprisingly close to Mary Ann’s, where we were eating lunch, and unloaded the kids into their double-stroller.  It was a busy Saturday in downtown as there was an art festival, book signings, music…ect…

I strolled the babies along the sidewalk passing a lady who gave me that familiar look that said…”Bless your heart, darlin, I’ve been there…Yours are so cute…But would not trade places with you for a second!…” Complete with a little giggle as she walked past me…

As we finally got into Mary Ann’s and settled at a table… and the ordeal that actually was, I was reminded why I NEVER GET OUT…But then quickly realized why I NEED TO!!!…We saw people we love and know…There was really good music playing somewhere outside…There were artists and authors talking to us…Mom bought his book…There were people laughing and talking over really. good. deli food…There were all kinds of funky/quirky people walking around…It was really great soul stuff…ya know?

As I was heading back home I just felt so thankful to be in Fairhope again.  Growing up in Fairhope was not always fun and there are plenty of things I wish weren’t so about it…(sometimes people in cities like ours can be a tad snobby…maybe a lot snobby)…I’ve witnessed it….But I’ve also witnessed some of the truest, loveliest people I’ve ever known.  There are memories all over the place…It’s home!

I can’t help but think about how that is such a tiny glimpse of how Heaven will be…Loads of lovable people, interesting people, THE Person, rich culture, good food, amazing music, endless adventure and fun, all enveloped in worshipping Him…

It will be unbelievable.

Loving Fairhope you guys!

Loving You Darlin!!! 🙂

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The Way to Listen to Coldplay

The way to listen to them is with the earphones in your ear…to where the song is in your head in your veins…I have no idea what it is about their music…but it seriously makes me crazy, like I want to be in a room with strobe lights and dance like a wild woman or jump up and down like a lunatic, which I did at their concert …

I can remember having painters block back when we lived in Silverhill…I would put on their music…get that sound in my ears…and start painting…

They are just good…This new one, Paradise, is excellent…

Our apartment here at the ranch is looking different…moving things to the new little house…I am pushing back thoughts of actually having to leave this one little boy…He is like my own…He drives me up the wall and melts my heart…and has been with us from the beginning…

It is going to be hard.

I hope you have an amazing weekend friends!

 

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I sit with Daniel on the couch, soaking up our alone time…we flip through the channels and land on a bio film of Johnny Cash’s life…

I’ve always been drawn to the man…I’ve always thought he was ruggedly handsome, cool…like my grandfather, Dah…dark hair, dark eyes, tall and big lanky, the kind of presence that makes people listen to what you have to say…

He, if you know anything about him, struggled for most of his life with addiction…but towards the middle/end of his life…fell in love with Jesus and knew He was his only way out…

In one of the interviews concerning his faith in Christ, his daughters said something to the effect of…”For some reason, Daddy never saw his faith as having anything to do with being good”….

He got grace.

I wanna get grace like that…and stop trying to be this way or that way…stop worrying to death about whether or not to homeschool our children…stop worrying about if I am a good enough whatever…stop trying to hide my own ugliness or hide from the ugliness of sinful humanity…

I just wanna soak up grace and trust God for the unknowns…understanding I’m not good…Only God is Good…and He will interweave grace, beauty, and love through me like I could not believe…If I will just ask and let him…

I wanna be real…warts-and-all…real….

Like Johnny Cash.

Maris and I were painting this morning…and here is a watercolor of the Man in Black…

 

 

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Pretty things in the making

From the photos you can probably tell what I’ve been doing.

I actually have no clue what I’m doing.  Seriously.

What is so funny, is that I’ve never been much of a jewelry wear-er.  I’m not sure why.  I’m sort of picky when it comes to jewelry.

All I know is…I love to create…and I have loved working with my hands and trying different colors and materials together…

I have an obsession with antiques and old things…so what I am thinking….so far….is taking old jewelry…vintage rhinestones/gems and making them fresh…giving them new life so to speak…

Once again, I honestly have no clue…but I am having fun…

Hopefully, I will have more to show you soon…I am working on enough to put out at a table at Arts and Crafts…

We shall see…

Much love!!!

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Creating and Imagining

So, I have this idea…

Many times I will get ideas…for things…really creative things…and they would be superb…but most of them are extremely unrealistic.

For example, I envision in my head really wonderful short films and/or music videos and/or trailors for movies.  They are beautiful and I know I would be good at this…but do I have the time or money or desire to go to film school. No.

And painting…I’m ok at it…not great.  But, do I really want to work hard at it just to have a painting sit in a store for months on end and never sell?…because in the world I live in…artists don’t do well financially…unless you live in New York and hang a toilet seat on a wall as an installation and it becomes art and people “oooh” and “ahhh” and whisper to each other how marvelous it is….

Anyways…

I now have an idea that I could, in all reality and seriousness, do….using my God-given creativity and maybe… just maybe… make a profit from it…

So, I optimistically searched and searched the internet to see if anyone was doing something similar, not to mention THE EXACT SAME THING….

And, what do you know?….There is!! Imagine that! And she does it so well, and so beautifully, and seems to make a substantial profit from it…

So, my question to myself and to you…is…what do you do when you want to create…but someone has gotten to your particular idea first…?

Do you throw in the towel?

Or do you forge ahead and make your own way in the world of creativity and just hope that you and that person never meet…(she lives in London, so odds are good we wouldn’t)…. 🙂

Thinking on this a good deal…..

Hopefully, the answer will be to forge ahead…and I will share with you soon my thoughts and ideas…

God Bless!

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The Beauty of Baseball

I’m not a sports fan.  I do enjoy football in the Fall…but come late October and I’m done.  I have ALWAYS loathed baseball and basketball.  I’d just much rather enjoy watching something not so…well…boring.  Thats just my opinion.

Lately, though, I have begun to come around on Baseball.  I still don’t really enjoy watching it, but I have come to see the beauty in this most slow-moving, nap-inducing game.

I began to pay attention to it when the Red Sox won the world series a few years ago for the first time in like 100 years or something.  My sister and I had a good friend in Tuscaloosa named Reed who is a Red Sox fanatic.  He informed us of the deep history of the Boston Red Sox and “the curse” and many more things about the sport that I can’t remember.  I do remember, for the first time in my life, being a little bit giddy over watching a baseball game… and about moved to tears when Curt Schilling battled out pitch after pitch with blood seeping through his sock… and being extremely thrilled when they won.  I felt apart of it somehow…connected to the whole story…

Since then, I have remained somewhat interested in the sport, mainly during the World Series drama.  And there truly is something beautiful about it all….the oldness of the sport (if that makes sense), the history, the phone in the dugout, the smacking of whatever it is they are chewing on ( reminds me of that gum Big League Chew…I loved that stuff!), the rough-ness and big-ness of the players, names like Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth and Willie Mays… and the way it really is absolutely perfect background noise for a glorious afternoon nap….I could probably keep going.  It is beautiful and magical in a way that is different from any other sport…

Maybe I’m being WAY to deep about it…but its just been on my mind…

Makes me want a hot dog and a cute baseball cap…

Or just a nap :)…

I hope your week is going well!

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