Reflecting this week on the changes I’ve made in my life and the ones I’m still aiming to achieve.
My decision to pull away from most forms of social media was by far the best thing. I don’t regret it for a second and while most people assume I’ll come back to those places I don’t see it happening. I feel so much better and free without them.
So my question to myself this week was why I came back here. I honestly don’t fully know. Having a place to put my art is part of it. I found all these images building up that represent the beauty of life and had nowhere and nothing to do with them. I also think there’s something still left unsaid. Thoughts to be shared and books to recommend. I’ve seen so much of the impact passing along even little bits of wisdom can have on the quality of life as well as being the recipient of such thoughtfulness. There’s an element of that I don’t want to take away from the people who still come here for inspiration. I want to share what I’ve learned.
For now, I hope whoever reads these words visually or audibly there’s solace and encouragement found.
pain, humiliation, sickness and failure –
is but a kiss of Jesus.
Once I met a lady who had a terrible cancer,
She was suffering so much.
I told her,
“Now you come so close to Jesus on the cross
that he is kissing you.”
Then she joined hands and said,
please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.”
It was so beautiful.
Suffering is a gift of God
a gift that makes us most Christlike.
People must not accept suffering as a punishment.
Anyone who imitates Jesus to the full
must also share in his passion.
We must have the courage
to pray to have the courage to accept.
Because we do not pray enough, we see only the
We don’t see the divine.
And we resent it.
I think that much of the misunderstanding of suffering
comes from that
from resentment and bitterness.
Bitterness is an infectious disease
an anger hidden inside.
Suffering is meant to purify
to make us Christlike.
– Mother Teresa
1/ office work 2/ pending spring
3/ tooth fairy
1 / little church doodles
3/ so many bruises (climbing)
I’m laying on a blanket in the shade. A yellow finch is singing right above my head and a hummingbird flying from bloom to bloom. The boys are catching tadpoles in the lake. The breeze is slight and calming. I spent the morning making eucalyptus garlands for a friend. Everything feels calm and perfect and I don’t want to miss a thing. Both boys will be in school the end of summer and it’s been on my heart to take a break again for the summer from social media and posting. Harder than it should be to break away from the habits we find ourselves in isn’t it? But that’s what I want and the freedom that comes with it. We don’t have any big plans this summer and I’m not obligated to anyone. I want to spend the summer focusing on my parenting and developing a better base for who I want to be as a mother and learning to care for myself better as well.
With beauty and grace,