Sunday, October 16, 2016

THANK YOU to my Friends and Family


 Be My Friend
by Chelsea Vanderpool

I hope everyone is doing well and hope this encourages someone.  I felt like since others is the reason I'm sharing again, this would be a great time to thank you and let you know how much it has meant to me for those who have come alongside me as I've been in the process of growth, not always a fun time...very challenging.  

I think one of the main things that helped me to express how I was feeling was a painting class I took a few months ago and drew this painting above with the two birds.  I used to love to draw and paint in high school, but hadn't done something like this in such a long time, it's like my thoughts on relationships is the meaning to me of this painting.
There is a hidden meaning to my picture.  The bird on top is getting ready to fly right down beside his friend because the bird's been having a tough time and just needs someone to be right beside him and let him know he's cared about.  There were people that encouraged me there and they may not even realize it.  The art teacher and those in the class with me that participated and encouraged me as I was painting this.  The golden coloring, not sure if you can see it well, is supposed to be what I call the "golden hour" of the day when the sun is setting and it just is a beautiful time of the day and what a special moment this is. 

...Now, what do you see?  What you see matters too, we all can help each other and have something to offer from our own experiences and knowledge, we just have to find the courage to share it.  I'm so thankful for those who shared with me, even though it can be very scary to do this. 

Here's some things you all have done for me... 
  • written a note
  • sent a card 
  • a smile
  • gotten a chair for me so I could sit with you at the table
  • listened to me
  • prayer
  • hugs
  • going out for coffee
  • a thoughtful gift
  • called me because you thought of me
  • words of encouragement
  • an email
  • an invitation
  • a play date for my kids to play with your kids
  • Genuinely asking "How I'm doing?"
  • ...simply, letting me know I matter to you
Thank you for loving me just as I am, and showing me in your own unique ways that you care.

You + me = We when we show we genuinely care.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Here is a story I often read when I was a child because I had a lot of gears turning trying to make sense of everything in this very BIG and mysterious world...

Two Travelling Angels

...I noticed one important thing with the younger angel in the story, he didn't just jump to conclusions and leave the other angel, cutting off all contact...he asked "Why?"  
He took the time to learn and try to understand.
The hard part in life, we don't always get an answer to our why?, that's when we HOPE! It's how we keep going when it's hard and doesn't make sense.  Think of your life as your own story.

Here is my own story... 
The picture collage below a friend made for me when I had a lot of these questions running through my mind a lot!  When my daughter was born early, very early.  I think I'm still experiencing reasons to understand how harder times have...looking back...I've grown from them and it's shaped me to listen more and talk less I think.  
Life is hard and we're all trying to make sense of it.  But let's never stop asking questions, exploring.

For example, the story behind the scripture verse in the middle below?
You could say that I am making a judgment on those who don't believe in God.
I am not! Far from it...this is how I, personally, made sense of a time that was very hard to understand for me.  It's how I personally processed and how I hoped through a very hard and difficult time in my life and I've grown in so many ways, this one is just more tangible for others to see.   I learned not to take this time with my children for granted...because very soon, they will be 18. *tear*
I think the biggest thing I learned, is to keep learning through life, not to have things all figured out.  We are all here to love each other, I have learned that!  One very important factor during this time was knowing I was not alone, all the support and love from friends and family.

Also, when life gets hard and confusing, whatever it may be, here is one song that recently has helped me a lot to look at my life as a story, and I'm the character in the story who just keeps growing and getting stronger.
If you've seen Zootopia, you know the bunny, she is the underdog we love to see grow and get stronger.

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