The Dust Bin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist

Every artist has a story of how they got where they are. Some are natural prodigies who paint beautiful pictures from age eight. For many of us though, our pasts are marked with more failures than successes. I was convinced that I would never become an artist. I wanted to, but I didn’t “have what it takes” or so I thought. And indeed, I am certainly no prodigy!

I thought it would be fun to share with ya’ll where I come from. Starting when I was about six, I’ll lead you through the years right up to the present. 🙂 Continue reading “The Dust Bin of History: Art Attempts From Before I Became an Artist”

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A Letter From My Father

Dear child,

You are not alone. Sometimes it may feel that way, but I will always be there to forgive, comfort, and heal you. It breaks my heart to see your pain, but I can’t take it away until you give it up. As long as you hold onto your heart, your life will be out of control. If you trust your life to me, your life will become a beautiful work of love; woven perfectly by my hands.

I have seen your fear; your worry that you will miss open doors or open ones that aren’t meant for you. Leave that to me.  All the doors that aren’t for you, are firmly locked and bolted.  My timing is perfect. You will not accidentally mess up my will for you.

I give you the choice to hand the key of your heart to me. I promise to always protect and cherish you. In me, you will always find the love you long for. In me, there is always true peace and freedom.

With Love,

Your Heavenly Father

The One Word of Kindness Challenge

I’m not the person to go around chewing on people. When I hurt other people, I feel it. But sometimes what stings more that a harsh word is silence. People begin to wonder if you think that they or what they do is boring, not good enough, or silly. I’ve certainly been in that spot. That feeling that no matter what I did, it went unnoticed. We’ve all been there at some point. And all we wanted was a word of encouragement, affirmation, or just a kind word that told us that we were thought of.

The One Word of Kindness Challenge

Okay, so since we all understand the feeling of being alone, hurt, or mistrusted, let’s turn that around. We can’t really change what other people say to us, but we can change what we say to others. Each word we speak is our own choice. Continue reading “The One Word of Kindness Challenge”

Something to Live By

I love my new studio. I plan to do a whole introductory post of the LoveNotes Studio of Fine Arts sometime soon. It’s a little log building under persimmon trees (yum!). We began building it in 2012, but didn’t finish until this year. I’m so super  excited to be using it for all my school, music study, artwork, and blogging. It is the  place where my mind runs free. It is my own spot and I love it.

All my favorite decorations reside there including a frame which contains the words below. It hangs above my desk and is an inspiring reminder for me every time I go in there.

LIVE FULLY

CREATE HAPPINESS

SPEAK KINDNESS

HUG DAILY

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Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 (Vlog)

What?? Me doing a vlog? Yup. Okay, it’s my first published one, so bear with me. 🙂 I had fun doing it and I hope ya’ll enjoy it, too.

I recently attended the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp as  a “non-participating member” (i.e. I didn’t play in the orchestra). I enjoyed it thoroughly and came away very inspired. You can check out my photography post of the weekend here where I describe a lot more about the weekend! For now, let’s get on with the video:

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One Year Blogiversary!

Today marks the one year anniversary of LoveNotes! I’m so excited with how far we’ve come, and how far we’ll go in this next year. I have learned so much through blogging. Being a steady blogger is certainly not for the faint of heart and I must admit that sticking to a schedule is something I try to accomplish but regularly fail doing.

If you were given the chance, what is the one thing you would improve, change, or love about this blog? I’m giving you the chance to say it! I would absolutely love to hear your opinions in the comment section below! While this blog is my outlet, it is ultimately for you guys and the glory of God.

You all are awesome for joining me throughout this first year of trial and error. I have many goals and dreams for this blog and only time will tell what happens. 😉

My quote for this year hits me right between the eyes every I time I read it. I tend to be a little too timid and afraid of what others will think.

“If you are doing it for the glory of God, then why are you hiding it in your drawer?”

(#IWillBeBold)

 

Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 {Pictures}

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Elnora, Indiana for the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp (AOC). It was an incredibly inspiring, encouraging, and refreshing weekend both musically and spiritually. I came back a changed person. It was a blessing to see the passion and dedication in each person there at camp. Each person put forth their best for the benefit of others and the glory of God.

Some of the highlights were: listening to a live orchestra all day (seriously, what’s cooler? 😉 ), conversations with some of the wonderful people, good food (Thank you to all the hard working cooks!), funny jokes and stories from the conductors, meeting new people, sitting in the bleachers and analyzing the music (Don’t worry musicians, I wasn’t analyzing who was making all the mistakes… :D). Continue reading “Anabaptist Orchestra Camp 2017 {Pictures}”

New Song: God’s Hurting Child

We have heard of God as a Father and we as his children (the “sons of God”). How often do we think of it in that way in our hearts? Many know a Father as someone who doesn’t particularly care about them and perhaps is even angry and abusive. They don’t know what the real love of a dad can look like. When it comes to God, they don’t understand how he could be so good and be like a father.

But God really does show us what fathers should be like. In a fallen, broken, and imperfect world, we feel alone and sometimes hurt. In our brokenness we may lash out at God. But He isn’t standing there indifferently. He’s waiting with outstretched hands, waiting for us to come to him, to want him, and ask him to forgive us. My dear friend, he will forgive you and give you the most amazing peace and joy you’ve ever experienced; strength to conquer the trials in life. Continue reading “New Song: God’s Hurting Child”

In Which I Step Out of My Little Box

I love encouraging people to step out of their normal little boxes and try something new; expand horizons and discover skills they never knew they had. I myself haven’t tried something new for a little while in art.

So in the last several days, I tried out two things. Not new to me in particular, but things that I was always terrible at when I was younger. I can’t say they turned out stellar, but I was pleased with the outcome and definitely plan to work at them more in the future as time allows.

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The Face Smacking Truth About Life

Ever since the day I finally gave up, I’ve been living a little differently than before. In that the truth has truly set me free. But I’ve been trying to figure out the balance of what is living for myself, and what is living for God? Or, is there supposed to be a balance?

I’ve put a great deal of thought into it in the last while. How can I live to the fullest of myself for God?

Of course, God wasn’t hanging around laughing at my confusion. As a fact he plopped this bit of advice in my Google+ feed recently. Actually, it is part of a whole post, but this is the part that jumped out and hit me in the face.

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