"And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against any one; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.........COLOSSIANS 3: 12-15

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Mother's Heart Speaks......

A Mother’s Heart Speaks…….

         As a Mother that gave birth to three AMAZING  and healthy daughters, I honestly never gave a thought to Infertility, nor the possibility that any of my girls would ever have trouble conceiving a child of their own. When we first found out that our daughter Jessa was struggling with Infertility, my first reaction was to be angry with God.
         Knowing that Jessa and her wonderful husband Erik pour their energy, talent, time, and beyond.... into daily serving and ministering to kids, I always assumed that they would naturally have children of their own…..( even though they often call all the Modesto Youth their kids ! )
         After wrestling with God about this for a while….I now know in my heart and soul that His plans are far more perfect than any I might have desired concerning Jessa and Erik’s future children and my future Grandchildren.
         As I read Jessa’s Blog and hear their hearts when they talk about adopting a child from Ethiopia, I know they are the PERFECT couple to be taking this journey. It will be a long, difficult, expensive, and sometimes just plain hard, but I am confident that the Lord will place in their arms the perfect child that needs Jessa and Erik’s love. They will be blessed and they will be wonderful parents. Their child will learn about the Lord and will be loved by many…..
         So…..my mother’s heart is at peace and ready to embrace this journey with Jessa and Erik. I will anxiously await to fall in love with the gift God will be giving them….

         Please read Jessa’s Blog If their story touches you and you want to contribute something…......you too can be "Rhythms of Grace" and part of their story.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tafter Time

So......I am back home in St. Louis after spending a sweet week with Keresa, Stephen...and Taft. That wonderful little boy has changed so much in the past 6 weeks. Last time I saw him he was not even sitting up and just beginning to try mashed bananas......now he is sitting up, bouncing, beginning to crawl, and eating just about any kind of food you can imagine. ....(mashed up of course)

 He loves his dog Mick and bathtime..............

And Grampa's eyeglasses were very interesting , but not so yummy......


Mostly it was just fun watching this little guy, spending time together, and loving on him....We are so blessed.

How can you not love this sweet face.....I loved having Tafter Time......Happy Grammy

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Teaching Zaina

So....this past week I had the honor and new experience of teaching Zaina, a 9 year old girl.....the art of "Mural Painting"

Her dad hired me to be her teacher. First off, I applaud him for being willing to let his daughter express herself with paint on her bedroom walls. What a cool dad to realize it is only paint. He wanted to let his daughter have the freedom to do whatever.

That is where I came in. My job was to guide her and coach her a bit in the "ART" of painting on walls.

Zaina wanted to paint Mermaids....not my first choice, but it was her room and her ideas. We added sparkling gems stones gluing them on the mermaids to make necklaces and earrings. Glitter paint was added to the mermaid tails.

I surprised myself by letting her have the freedom to learn without me wanting to take control..... She ended up doing a great job......except for one of my  $10 paint brushes that she forgot to clean....... it is still soaking in rubbing alcohol with the hopes of a rescue.

Her stamina was only about 2 hours a day.....and I usually paint 5 or 6 hours a day..so the hard part was having to go back and forth for 5 days.....but the end results and the joy in Zaina's eyes ended up being worth it....I will let the photos tell the rest of the story....

My new little friend and fellow artist.......ZAINA

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My Mural Website....Whimsies, Walls, and Words.....

So for the last month I have been working on updating my 2 year old website. I had so many new photos of murals I have been painting. My old website looked rather empty. Time for an Extreme Make Over.....

There were lots of bumps in the road, mistakes, and I still have a long way to go in climbing the Great Google Search Engines so that I can be found easily......but I am pleased with the final look. I like the name Whimsies, Walls, and Words, but know that nobody will ever find me by that name. So I am who I am.......


Look it over and let me know what you think. I even got to add the video of my debut on Show Me St. Louis. Hopefully that will be a nice addition to the website. Here are a few photos from my most recent jobs.

This was a fun project in a little girls Playroom!


Then I never thought I would ever really enjoy painting Sesame Street Characters, but I was pleased with how this turned out !!

Then I got to create a fun Princess Room for another little girl.........

A little boy wanted a Construction Room.....so that was created. His Grandpa loves old planes, so we added a bi-wing plane in the sky

I am having fun !

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Sweet Boy Taft

...so as a new Grammy, I don't get to see my new little Grandson Taft William nearly as much as I would love to because there is 300 miles between us. Thankfully there is the world of iPhones and emails. I am so glad for that because it gives me my Taft fix. Not the same as a sweet hugging moment, but better than nothing !

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Grow old with me.....the best is yet to be

Tom and I were friends for 3 years before we discovered we were in love. It was just what we both needed. I have now been married for 34 years to the most incredible person. Tom is my best friend, my soul mate, my balance keeper, an awesome dad....He's my hero.....