Saturday, November 27, 2010

Remember this?


18 years ago I did this crazy thing...I worked several jobs, saved all my cash, sold my car and left my small rural hometown and went on an adventure {to change the world}! Little did i know it would change me FIRST! (Sounds familiar yeah?? LOL)

Where did I head of to do this-the FURTHEST place from home I could find? No,not Tinbuckto, although I DO wanna go there someday too! It started when met this guy who traveled all around the world doing good things to help others, all because he loved Jesus. Oh man this caught my attention, cause I wanted to be in missions, but I didn't want to attend 4 yrs of college to do it! So he shared about this organization called Youth With A Mission whose mission statement just LIT it up for Know God and to Make Him Known! Now this might sound soso to you, but let me tell you, I was this MESSED up girl who had this ENCOUNTER with the most BEAUTIFUL and Majestic being that completely changed my life by LOVE alone.

YES, by simply LOVING me,
with all my messed up-ness!
Yeh I just made that a word!
I agree it might sound akward and wonky, but lets just say I had a whole lotta issues and some were NOT so pretty!! BUT This God, totally rearranged my heart and life, set this FIRE in me...becuase if He could be this liberating for me, He would do it for anyone!!


So HERE I am sooo many years later still consumed with the FIRE of Love, that I makes me just wanna LOVE BOMB. (THANKS CATINA love that phrase!!!) BUT it works, it really does, to love someone who is unloveable, to reach out to someone who rejects you over and over because they don't know the truth of love, to help hurting people, to touch others through kindness and JOY, it is the most challenging and yet worthwhile thing to do!! ALL BECAUSE I encountered TRUE LOVE, someone who seen me in a whole different way and believed in me, when NO ONE else did! WOW!

Answer the Call... YWAM DTS Kona from YWAM Kona on Vimeo.

ANYHOW this relates to where I am now,,,I wouldn't be the person I am today if it were not for how God used YWAM....and so 18years later I'm going back to the place where it all started for me...Kona,HAWAII. Its like a HOT DATE with God. I'm SOOOO excited to go back to the place where He forever changed me and to sit on the beach with HIM, the greatest ARTIST and watch his materpiece, as the sunrises and sets! I get to remember and yet go forward into the NEW. So much is gonna come out of this and I CANT WAIT. I'll be sharing more personally through my art journals, as soon as I get them all scanned in.

I'm about to board the plane and DO IT AGAIN, where it all began! I think my heart just may explode! Oh the places He takes me, and doing it all on FAITH!! One step at a time baby!

here's to the NEW!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Art Raffle & What I've been up to!

Taking a quick break to share a bit of what I've been up to-lots of good stuff going on!

On Oct 30th my baby turned 12! So hard to believe~although he's been trying to be a teenager for years! isn't he so handsome {just like his dad!}?? i just love his freckles!

me and my cutie!

We hosted and worked a luau/festival all day on his birthday for a community-so we worked ALL day about WORE out-we were so wore out we forgot the next day was Halloween and my boys remembered around 9 p.m. and was like lets go around! Um it didn't happen! We enjoyed a great family day though...and God did something SO amazing that day that I can't wait to share more in detail sooooon!!

I would go into detail now but I'm getting ready for the Art Flea tomorrow-and if I get started I'll spend all day here.

We just came back from a week of visiting my grandparents in Illinois. We haven't seen them in years and it was so sweet to spend time with them! My grandma had a stroke over a year ago and has come through some really hard stuff physically...I loved having dinner with them and probably my favorite thing

about my grandma is quite odd and yet simple-


but it's her CLOTHESLINE...lots of memories and maybe the fact that she isn't able to use it herself anymore.

NOW I'm working towards getting myself to Hawaii for this event

the 50th at YWAM Kona - Nov. 29 to Dec. 4th 2010 from YWAM Kona on Vimeo.

with my team who is performing (more on that too later since I haven't shared much on that here-it crosses into the cool God thing I will be sharing-so yeah!!!). We are a team of ARTISTS called Warriors Come Home under YWAM. The short story is we use the ARTS in to influence our community. We've been working alongside First Nation and Native Peoples in the midwest...just SO much to share I just can't sum it up easily! Anyhow the last time I was in Hawaii was 18 years ago with it is such a SWEET GOD THING that the timing of going now is exaclty the same...I'm not as excited to go to Hawaii so much, but more so to go be with GOD-I know some MORE awesome stuff is about to BREAK!!

To help myself get there I'm hosting an ART RAFFLE for the painting below...$5 donation gets ya in the drawing---if you look to the side bar near the top of my blog you'll see a PAYPAL donate tab use it to enter as much as you want or it is on my etsy too along with some newer art stuff. I'll be drawing live from HAWAII on Nov 30th! I haven't bought my ticket yet-totally living on FAITH here! I love to watch God do his thing!

Art Raffle

OK I better get busy NOW getting ready for the Art Flea tomorrow in downtown if you live in the area come on down and say HEY and check out some great artisians sharing their handmade goods! everything is affordable from $1 to $50! come check out what to get for Christmas/Hanukkah presents or a treat for yourself!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

what i love about fall

Its so nice to be in a place that I get to see the seasons change. I loved living in Florida, but have to say this is my favorite season and glad I am here now to enjoy the intoxicating colors as they contrast the sky.

beautiful fall