Not Enough Daffodils

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Before I landed in the hospital, colitis had progressed to where my everyday life was pretty miserable. I was rapidly losing strength and weight, due to 15-20 visits to the bathroom a day. I couldn’t go anywhere. And I couldn’t find the energy to do even the simplest of things, like make dinner for my family.

Several women in our church, sweet friends of mine, made a meal for my family. It was such a huge blessing to have dinner provided and not have to muster the energy to make it.  I got it in my head one day, that I wanted to do something to thank them for their generosity.

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A favorite blog of mine is Attic 24, whose author Lucy, is all about crochet! She had just posted a tutorial to make a wonderful crocheted daffodil. Though she was using the daffodils for a wreath, she also showed the pin option, and I knew this would be a fun gift for my friends who had made food for us.

You have to know, that all along the way, I kept thinking “I’m going to be better soon! I’m going to be better soon!” I had received the diagnosis, Ulcerative Colitis, and all the medications that were supposed to make me better.  I just wasn’t improving. But I held out hope. Making these little daffodil pins were part of that hope. In between runs to the bathroom, crocheting offered a distraction from how I was feeling, and gave me something to focus on. I could lounge in a chair and make something simple. Creativity is a wonderful gift when you’re sick.

When I had to go to the hospital for more potent meds to stop the colitis and to arrest my dehydration and lack of nutrition, the meals kept coming in for my family. It was so amazing. But I was unable to keep track of who all was bringing a meal OR to even make the daffodils. There comes a time when it becomes impossible to properly thank those who are selflessly giving of their time and lives to help.  This is all part of the lavish grace of God…you can’t repay it, you can’t thank Him enough for it, and will never be able to give thanks in equal measure to the outpouring of mercy you have received.

I am a recipient of grace and mercy.  Lavish, generous, overwhelming grace for which there is nothing to do but to cheerfully receive with gratitude!

If I taught You to Draw…

One of the ways I want to move forward in my recently named “job” or calling, is to encourage others to draw their life.  The thing is, I really don’t feel that I have much to contribute to the already full and rich resources available to you via the web for learning drawing, painting, sketching techniques or for learning how to use materials for these endeavors.  There is just so much out there for you to learn from fabulous artists who have taken the time to show you and share with you techniques and materials either on their websites & blogs or through YouTube.  Though  I COULD certainly teach you these things, what I have to offer you is in some sense more to the heart of the matter.  Some may say they are “side” issues to chronicling your life in a sketchbook.  But I think of them as of supreme importance, if not the topmost lessons needed in order to begin and to continue to celebrate your life in images, whether drawn, painted or collaged.  These lessons are not rocket science! They are simple, foundational yet enduring.

So.  I’m going to begin a little weekly offering to you.  Let’s say, every Friday, STARTING THIS FRIDAY, I’ll have here a mini lesson.  At this point, I’m calling it Drawing Your Life: 12 mini-lessons for Celebrating your Life in images drawn, painted, and collaged.  This “course” is designed to empower you to see the Beauty in your Life no matter how artistic or NON-artistic you think you are!!  It will be a series of little lessons meant for artists in all stages of their creative journey, and ESPECIALLY for any of you who have ever said: I couldn’t draw a straight line even if you gave me a ruler!”  Of course, between the Friday posts, I’ll sprinkle my ongoing life-drawn-to-paper and pinned to this blog.

Definitely tune in every Friday, 12 weeks of “baby steps” we can all take together.  I’m looking forward to you visiting.  There’s no fee! It’s for you to enjoy!  I’m tagging all of these posts into a Category titled: Drawing Your Life Mini Lessons.  Hopefully this will aid you in coming directly to my blog to review the lessons as you need to.  Or if you join mid-way through, you can get to the others.  One day, I’ll post them all in a section to themselves and then I might create a Zine compiling them all together for any of you who might like a paper copy.

I look forward to Fridays! I hope you’ll join me! Oh, and 12 lessons? Hmmm…it might be more:).  We’ll just see how it all unfolds.