Happy New year everyone!
What a joy it was today to take down the old calendar
and put up a brand new 2015 Kelly Rae calendar;
a sweet "autographed!" gift from my dear "Merry Bema!"
Flipping the cover to a new month with
all those new white blocks of space
made my heart leap a little.
While there were many blessings in 2014 --
It was one of the most difficult yet growing
seasons of my 50 years.
It's true that we often learn the most
from our valley experiences
than basking on mountain tops.
I still prefer the mountaintops but
I know God is faithful and carried me
through it all.
We've had a lot of changes here in the
past few weeks. We lost 4 family members
and honestly I wonder will I ever,
be able to trust again?
The ripple of one persons decisions
can deeply affect every heart within the fallout.
So ... I Thank God all the more for this new beginning.
I'm ready to let go and try to
One of the delightful joys we've had lately
is the little arm full above.
Her name is Aspen Rose.
Already she has us wrapped around her little paw.
Aspen is a miniature, blue merle,
This was love at first sight.
It's her photo from the website of the breeder
at Cherry Hill Aussies. We put a down payment
on her and had to wait til she was big enough to bring home
right before Christmas.
Now she's just over 8 weeks old and
boy oh boy is she a wonderful mess.
Francoise our male corgi and Ophelia the kitty
think she's the cats meow but Addie ...
-- she's an alpha meangirl.
We're keeping them apart until Aspen gets a lot
Another recent joy was a little time with my dear Auntie.
She reminds me so much of my Angelmother.
I love to listen to her remember "the old days."
She has so many stories inside;
little treasures unwrapped
in her telling.
With the new year approaching I started becoming aware of a word that
kept repeating itself.
Through sermons, books, art, podcasts, bible studies,
friends, even pinterest.
I mentioned it to a friend on facebook when I saw the word again
on her page. She even said, might you be getting your
new one word?
Affirmation yet... at the same time;
I really didn't want to let go of my word for 2014, which was
They were discovered in creekbeds- as rocks,
... and even anchored in verse- Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Heart was everywhere and taught more love and
true beauty over the course of a year
than I ever dreamed.
So letting go of it... for this new word..
was a bit of a letdown.
That is; ..Until the love happened.
My one word?
Saying it outloud... per-spective!
Okay... so now what?
That's when the verse showed up during Advent
Right there on the page of
the Greatest Gift.
But the said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the looks at the heart.”
Perspective is all in the seeing-
the looking. It can even change by tilting your head..
Every angle has a new perspective.
And the LORD... He looks at hearts.
It's all started coming together and I'm excited!
And then- walking through the woods;
I looked ahead of me and saw
It really is in the looking
to see the heart of people
So far what I've shared is my small glimpse
of understanding with it.
I'm hopeful the Lord will give me new eyes
to grow in everything He has for me to see
and be and do.
With the start of this new year,
I look forward to new beginnings.
I've signed up with Documented Life,
Documented faith, the Inseparable bible study,
and a couple others. Weeks have been spent preparing
the Dylusions journal and moleskine planner.
It's kind of funny because the art I create is
mixed media and I love it messy!!!!!!! The play of it
and the uninhibited expression completely delights me. Like; I really do NOT enjoy making straight lines, perfect points.. or in other words perfection drives me crazy! Yet at the same time... I'm drawn to the beauty of architecture especially old cathedrals. While playing in paint one day, the back of one of these journals came to be as pictured above. It's messy and sketchy and splattered yet today... through my one word.. when I LOOK at it.. I see a new perspective.
So who knows what could happen?
Happy surprises can... like this simple gelli print.
Earlier I was writing out my new word and after jotting it down in the moleskine in my own handwriting... I happened to glance at this stack of messy colorful papers. They were already on copy paper .. so I decided to try one right in our printer. The first one wasn't real flat and it kinda bunched up but I tried it again with another... and it worked! Now I can cut parts off of this page and glue right into my book. Now don't go jammin up your printer and get mad at me if it doesn't work but it did for me.
Well it's time to take Aspen out again. She can pee two great lakes
and three rivers by 9 am. She does good when we go out often
but man... you forget how much they can hold- (insert big eyeballs here.) haha
Well happy new year dear friends!
Thanks for journeying along with me.