… sweet, glorious reminders


Friday morning. Warmth of the sun shines through the blinds. Hillsong & Gungor play on repeat.

And, I am overwhelmed.

And, reminded by this garden how sweet our God is.

I honestly forget to water the garden, so when I do I give a double and triple the amount of water I think it needs.

Grated, I have no idea but if I’ve missed a few days and rain has been if-y….. Certainly it needs more right? Hope I’m not drowning them.

And, I’m overwhelmed again. As I type this. I’m overwhelmed.

20130621-101306.jpgFor me, this garden has become the ultimate metaphor for life.

It’s a constant reminder of how just the smallest amount of love and attention, how situations, relationships, & circumstances can change.

A little more attention.
A bit more grace.
A little more forgiveness.
More mercy.
More faith.
A little bit of hope.

Water. Sunshine. The negative removed.

Prayer. Faith. Hope. Love.
The greatest of these is love.

Without it our relationships are ruined. Without it we give less grace & mercy.
Without it we’re less patient. Less forgiving. Less understanding. Less likely to reconcile. Less likely to care. To try. To give. To sacrifice.

Faith keeps us trusting the promises of God.

Hope keeps us motivated enough to go to God. Keeps us humble. Keeps us working towards our desires. It won’t let us quit.

It seems as if every week, I see a difference. A slight change in my flowers.

Flowers that were there but didn’t have what they needed to grow. To become beautiful. To give life & hope to those watching them for encouragement. A small sign that all the watering, pulling of weeds, & effort is doing some good.

They needed consistency. Love. Faith. Hope.

I wonder how drastically our lives would change if we were willing to DO even the smallest amount more than what we say we’re going to do.

If our speech was laced with grace, forgiveness, & understanding.

If we depended on the Holy Spirit to guide our every action.

If God’s character & personality was what we goaled to emulate instead of allowing our egos to drive us.

What if Christ actions were what we so intently watched & His words were ours instead of allowing the culture’s way of life to be our example.

Yes. We would behave differently. Yes, some wouldn’t like us. But, we’d draw more men to Him through our patience, kindness, humility, service, and smiles.

We would be loving people. We would be making a difference.

Those watching us would find hope in our transparency & honesty. They would desire to know what it is that causes us to rejoice in trying times. We would attract people by the light being radiated through us – the light that is our Father.

Our redeemer. Our salvation. Our companion. The giver of Life. The Bread of Life. The comforter. Our friend. Our protector and provider.

I can’t help but thank God for the desire to tend to that garden out there. What a blessing it has been. I have a real life example of how my Creator makes new & beautiful things. How HE loves His creations.

How there is always something working underneath the surface, things going on that we can’t see & don’t understand. But, as we water, allow light to shine, & remove the negative – how things grow and change. How these baby flowers or leaves or whatever they are are growing. And the little buds we are beginning to see aren’t the end.


Once we see progress, we still have to weed and water. Its not time to rest & bask in the fact that there is progress. That little plant, the change, has a great life before it and if we continue to do our part, it can become something truly beautiful. The plant, the improvement can wither just as easily if we choose not to work just as hard to keep what we’ve worked for.

“You make me new. You are making me new. You make beautiful things. You make beautiful things out of dust. You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.” – Beautiful Things by Gungor. It’s the song on our Chrome Buffalo video. You can watch that here.

God is working. Always. We just have to act in faith. Trust Him actively. Continue to seek Him – especially in those moments when we feel like we’re drowning.

Deuteronomy 31:6 “be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid because of them. It is God who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you”

… Here’s to little gardens that glorify our God and tell of His goodness & faithfulness!


… 9 and 1

9 days and 1 holiday left.
countdownAnd, I am beyond happy. Far beyond.

The last few weeks of school are always hectic for me because I always wait until the absolute last minute to complete gifts for my cheerleaders and students.

And, during every project I tell Thomas “Next time, I’m starting earlier…” And, I’m right there again, making those same promises during the next midnight hour paint sesh. lol.

One year, I literally stayed up all night completing gifts. No sleep. Not a wink. But, the gifts were cute which is really all that matters in the end. Right?

The thing that makes these gifts so time consuming is that I love personalization. So, I make personalized gifts for each kid. Initials, names, monograms, etc. It’s all personalized to the kiddo.

Again, time consuming but because I have my priorities all in order, it makes the lack of sleep and complete social life shutdown  worthwhile. Right?

So you would think that 9 days before school let out, I would know exactly what I doing for my students. I have no clue. Not an inkling.
These gifts are from a couple of years ago and they are my absolute favorite student gifts in the world….
lettersalvin12Absolute. Fav.
Sooooo……. we’ll see what I can come up with by Friday. {{pressure}}

I also make my cheerleaders personalized gifts…..
This is what they received this year! I think this may be one of my favorite gifts for them so far.


These were the girls’ basketball gifts for this year that I also painted…..
When I tell you I literally prayed over these gifts, I’m serious!
There was absolutely a bow your head – prayer hands situation that happened before I started drawing these lines. I was so nervous!
But, I think they turned out really well and I’m really excited about them.

I’m almost out of the woods with gifts… I’m nearing the end of the road……. I just need to get this last gift idea done!
These gifts will be given out on the last day of school… so once these gifts are DONE… so is the school year….

summer can’t come fast enough.

I only have ONE summer goal (so far)…….

 AS SOON as school lets out, I’m scouring Garden Ridge and wherever you go to buy plants and cute gardening gloves and tools. I’m even going all out with season/holiday themed garden accessories and those little stone frogs from Hobby Lobby. I’ve never gardened before, but I’m ready for the challenge that I’m sure it will bring.

I am so excited and Thomas is already exhausted. lol….. I know I wear him out with all of my ideas and tasks but he’s so supportive and lets my little creativity flow in whichever way it takes me, which I appreciate so much!!!

I’m excited. It should be fun.

…. here’s to 9 days of school left and new challenges!!!!