Friday, May 22, 2015

The Making Table

 
Last month the Little Nies and I enjoyed a wonderful day of art!
Krisanne and Ann from The Making Table 
 hosted a really cool really fun event for us.
We enjoyed a private tour at the MOA with interesting dialogue 
about some of the beautiful art at the museum, and we asked questions.
Our tour was based on how different artists perceive and display   
(in some cases very personal) family traditions and genealogy. 
After our tour, we went back to Fox Hill where 
Ann and Krisanne together lead us in our own family art project. 
With the help of prompts, we wrote down some significant times in our lives and some of our "favorites";  like songs, food, stories, 
people, animals, colors, friends, and books.
Also we described a little about ourselves and our personality traits.  
After, we pieced them all together on 
long strings and hung them on a giant hoop.  
I am so excited to hang this sentimental family art piece in our project room. 
I have just the spot!   
The Little Nies have more circles to complete before
we are ready to hang it.  
They keep thinking of more memories and more ideas to add to the hoop.
This project has been so cool because it's been ongoing. 
The Making Table is offering private art parties. 
Included in the party is a trip to a local art museum or gallery for a 
private tour followed by art making conveniently at your home.  
You can learn more about private parties and neat art ideas for your children
((Follow #makingtable on Instagram for additional information.))
(Thanks to Justin Hackworth for joining us on this fun art day!)
Happy Weekend!!
Spiritual Enlightenment: The Comforter

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wiser girls

The photo below was taken on Mother's Day 2007.
It was also used in the Mormon Message "The Power of Hope" in 2009.
(You can watch that here--it's really beautiful).
I saw it recently and remembered that just last week
I took a very similar photo of
me with Claire and Jane at the park.
We are 8 years older- and wiser too.
(Jane-4, me- 25, Claire, 5)
(Jane- 12, me, 33, Claire 13)

"The things we hope in sustain us during our daily walk. 
They uphold us through trials, temptations, and sorrow. 
Everyone has experienced discouragement and difficulty.
 Indeed, there are times when the darkness may seem unbearable. 
It is in these times that the divine principles of the restored gospel we
 hope in can uphold us and carry us until, once again, we walk in the light."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's just a test.

Sometimes I look at old photos of myself just to remember what it felt like to
bend my fingers and twist and move without pain and discomfort.
Or remember what it was like wear lipstick.
Sometimes I look at these photos with tears in my eyes because 
it seemed like another life and another woman.
Sometimes I look at me and think those 27 years was all just a dream, 
a very beautiful dream.
Sometimes I cry when I look at those photos,
(like I am right now as I am typing this).

Today my body hurt.  I felt a little down too.  This happens sometimes.
Then I feel a little depressed when I hurt.
When I hurt, I longingly think about the days when life was easier.  
Everything seemed easier.
I do realize very quickly however, that this chapter in my life 
is me progressing, not digressing.
Progressing because I am doing it.  Maybe not always with a smile on my face,
but at least with an open peaceful heart knowing that God will
compensate me and "every tear today will eventually be returned a
hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude."
I just have to believe that.  It makes this road easier.
Yep, its hard.  Yep I get frustrated, and yep sometimes it's the dumbest.
But, this is my life.
I own this trial and all that comes with it.
It's my choice how I deal with my adversities.
I believe that we can choose how we direct our trials
so they can become our greatest blessings.
And remember, blessings don't always mean perfect.
My skin is a blessing and it is far from perfect. 
But it's mine, and with it I can still create, I can move and stretch.
 I can serve, and still live a very very beautiful life.
When I look at my skin and scars I see God.  
I see miracles.

This life is a test, it's just a test.
A wonderful frustrating test, that is so worth living,
and so worth waking up and working hard for.


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