Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Be Your Own Hero

It's probably ridiculous coming from someone my age, but it's true.  I've been waiting for someone to save me for a very long time.  Practically my whole life, really.  It had to be those fairy tales and the old Disney movies before Mulan and Brave.  Even Batman, Speed Racer, and Mighty Mouse followed the same general theme, right?  There's a damsel in distress of some sort.  Someone (perhaps a small rodent) swoops in at the last minute, cape flying, and saves the day?

I'm not a helpless person.  My parents raised us girls to be self-reliant.  I know how to change the oil in a car (a 1976 AMC Pacer, at least.  Don't test me on something made in this century).  I can start a lawn mower and use it the "right" way.  I can drive a manual transmission. With enough time and frustration, I can move a couch up the stairs and over the landing by myself. 

My dad had a common response when I said I couldn't do something.  He said, "Can't never could."  On the surface, that might not make much sense.  But to me it meant, "work harder", "stop complaining",  "just do it".  Henry Ford may have said it just as well, if less succinctly, when he said, "The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right. Which one are you?"

I bought this awesome tooled leather cuff from Becky at FarmGirlPaints.  I've been wearing it pretty much non-stop since it arrived in the mail.  It helps me remember.



Starting a handmade business is not for sissies.  Feeling called to do something different that what you are currently doing and feeling periodically that it's really never going to happen can be defeating and exhausting.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I was flinging myself around about being a damsel in distress.  This is the result:

The original is viewable and available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.

Shortly after that, God spoke to me through Facebook (Ha!! I know!  It's crazy. It happens more times than I care to admit) when I saw a scripture scroll by on my newsfeed.  

"Say to those with anxious hearts, 'Be strong, do not be afraid! Here is your God— he will bring vengeance, he will bring divine retribution, and he will save you."  Isaiah 35:4

I might have disputed that statement yesterday.  I might have said out loud, "THAT'S NOT TRUE!!"...a couple of times, actually.  I'm pretty sure He'll forgive me for that.  It was a momentary weakness.  If you have issues even bigger than the ones I wrestle with, He'll save you too (just maybe not in the way you have in mind or might prefer).  Ask Him.  Through Him, all things are possible.  

But we both have to forget about waiting around for some human with a cape to make things right.  

Pray about it.  Decide it can be done. Then do it. 

Be your own hero.

<3 Lori

Monday, May 19, 2014

Bigger Things

Saturday was little Micah Andrew Brown's funeral.  He was five years old.  I didn't know him or his family or anyone who knew him, his family or any of his friends.  Someone I follow on Instagram (and now I'm not even sure how I ran across her) posted about the accident that his family was involved in...the one that took his life.  I clicked over to the link she provided and something clicked over in me.

I looked at the family's photos....a mom and a dad and four little light skinned kids and two little dark skinned kids.  Then I found the mom's (Ryann's) blog. There hasn't been an entry since last October. That was shortly after they brought the little dark skinned kids home from the Dominican Republic.  Her blog is all about the history of their international adoption and how they became the parents of six kids under the age of eight.  I'm sure they've been a little busy since then.

 Source: GoFundMe.com

This past Monday afternoon, their world changed.  Little Micah was lost and his older sisters were critically injured.  Rebekah and Sarah remain in different hospitals 100 miles apart in Alabama both having sustained traumatic brain injuries.  Friends of the family have established this GoFundMe site. There's also a Caringbridge page for the family. 

As I was reading the family's blog "becauseofhisgreatlove" about their call to adopt, their decision making process regarding from what country to adopt, and the struggles they faced in the waiting (which I've come to learn is the hardest part about any kind of adoption, domestic or international) a scripture Ryann quoted caught my attention.  She was talking about being far from home waiting for the process to run its course in Dominican Republic.  They were missing their friends and family and their church family.  She wrote, "We were thirsty for community. We were experiencing fatigue, persecution, hardship. But God did not intend for us to go through this alone. He sent good news from a far country. This came in many forms through visits from friends and family, through care packages, through encouraging notes and prayers."  She said they were thirsty for community.

As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Prov. 25:25

God has called us all to hep orphans (James 1:27).  This call has been weighing on my heart for a while.  Ryann's post was just another tap on my shoulder.  I've been able to contribute to an adoption fundraiser that was hosted by Hannah of Hello Grace Blog, who I also ran across on Instagram. She does them regularly, and I look forward to participating again. But I want to do more.  Ryann's post inspired me to make this art, which is just the beginning of an art ministry for adoption support.



The original can be found in my Etsy shop here.  I'm also offering 11 x 14 prints here, which are $20. Ten dollars of every print sold will be donated to help fundraising efforts of adoptive parents. I'm not sure yet exactly how that will work, but one way I will start is by searching the #adoptionfundraiser hashtag on Instagram.  Along with Hannah (who I talked about above), my friend Kate from The Adopt Shoppe is also experienced both as an adoptive parent and as someone who donates for fundraisers. I know they'll help me.

Did you know it's estimated there are 153 MILLION orphans worldwide?  I can't help them all, but I can do something.  I've known from the beginning this art business is not just about me. It's about bigger things.  It's time to get to it.

Please pray for the Brown family in Alabama.  Check out their Caringbridge and GoFundMe pages using the links above.  They've gotten a lot of support and prayers already, but they will be needing them for a very long time to come, I'm afraid.  So please add them to your lists.

Is there a quote or scripture that speaks to your heart about adoption?  If so, I'd love for you to share it in the comments.  It might inspire the next installment in this ministry.

Until next time, may the good Lord speak your calling to your heart, too.

<3 Lori

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Inspiration

I haven't been here in a very long time.  I didn't realize it had been this long, though.  I hit a dry patch in my inspiration after the holidays. It's strange really.  I've noticed in the last few years the change of seasons between winter and spring is especially turbulent for me.    There are always end of school activities, schedule transitions, the busy season at the real job, the spider webs and dust that become more visible after a long gray season. A few years ago, I realized I had an urge to run away every spring.  Oddly, there is some comfort in knowing the restlessness is cyclical and would eventually yield to a more peaceful summertime ease.  Maybe a creative pause will also be part of that.

During my creative lull, I bought a bunch of books and began to read them all at one time.  I don't know why I do that.


I ditched all bready, sugary, yummy stuff from my diet (full disclosure: except one or two Lindt Sea Salt dark chocolate squares a day.  I believe in the sanctity of life, which would possibly not be preserved without chocolate...so..there's that.)  Then I gassed up my fitbit and dusted off my treadmill. 



I saw my artwork on national television.  That was pretty cool.  I cannot for the life of me find the Youtube video in Blogger's Youtube search function, so here's a photo and a link to the video which (thank goodness) I saved to my art board on Pinterest.




I also spent some time on the porch.





And started to feel some rumblings of inspiration.




Both these pieces and the other small things I've made in the last week since my inspiration came back are being added to my Etsy shop this week.

It's nice to be back.  Thanks for being here.

<3 Lori



Friday, March 7, 2014

Google Hangout

I said I was going to do a blog post every day for 30 days, and by golly, I'm gonna finish one thing that I say I'm going to do.  After this, maybe I'll get that Bible read all the way through, not just the high points (Numbers, here I come) and maybe I'll actually be able to make it past day three of a workout regimen.  

So today, nine of my online friends and I hung out together.  I know I'm not technologically advanced at all.  I Skyped for the first time just about a month ago.  We don't have Netflix. I don't Vine.  I do have Amazon Prime but just for the free shipping, and I use my phone mostly for a phone.  This stuff is almost like science fiction for me.

The fact that I can sit in my sitting area in my bedroom in little bitty podunk Texas and chat with nine other  people representing six other states is just AMAZING to me.  It was really fun!  This is the absolutely adorable Georgia girl Renee Burke of  Mind, Body, and Spirit Yoga.  Look her up! She does online one-on-one yoga classes!  All my other friends are across the bottom of the screen.  The person who is talking pops up on the big screen.  Of course, when we are all yakking at one time and laughing our heads off everyone is popping up all over the place and making us all dizzy.




Hangout would be cool to use for mini family reunions, business meetings, book clubs, Bible studies...all kinds of things!  You should gather some friends or distant relatives and DO it!

That's the big thing that happened for me today.  I'll be back tomorrow with some other tidbit I haven't discovered yet!  Have you used Google Hangout or some other video technology dohicky thing for something cool?  If so, I'd love to hear about it!

<3 Lori


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Energy Crisis

I was going to write a post today about my energy crisis, but I'm too tired. I think part of my problem may be poor oxygenation of my blood due to only being able to breathe through part of one nostril for most of the day. That can't be good for a body.

The other problem is probably the fact that I ingested too much sugar to try to make up for not enough oxygen. I never took chemistry or anatomy and didn't really pay much attention in biology, but even considering my lack of science education,  I'm pretty sure those are not interchangeable. 

So it's 945 pm, and I'm already in bed.  I'm going to try to read a little bit now that both nostrils are working. 

 

I found a great blog today that is inspiring me to try to get the bad food /no exercise/no energy freak show that's my life straightened up. I'll share it tomorow, so come back!!

<3 Lori

PS. I actually posted this from my phone last night. Apparently, you have to wait until it says it's actually posted before you exit the app.  I didn't read one word last night.  I was so exhausted, I turned off the light and passed completely out. And I slept all night.  It's weird. When you get to be whatever-age-I-am..I guess you would call it "middle aged" (surely that can't be right... but really ...how long do I think I'm going to live....94 would be really old, so I guess this really is "middle age" :::commence sobbing:::)... we tend to start talking about sleep for ourselves the same way we talked about it for our infants.  I slept through the night! Yea, me! :|  It's a sad commentary.

Anyway, so this is last night's post.  I'm still technically blogging every day.  There'll be another one about something later today. xoxox L

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

On Springing Forward

I heard today that "Spring Forward" happens on Saturday.

 :flings self around and violently bangs head on desk:

I'm not sure why, but it seems that I am most inspired to write poetry in adversity like having to go to Walmart or dealing with teenagers or people who wear perfume and make me sneeze or losing things.

Today, it's springing forward.


I'll get over it.  Eventually.  Probably sometime in November.

<3 Lori

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Little Bit About My Fit Bit

I'm trying out the Blogger app on my phone for today's post because  I am literally too lazy to go get my laptop out of the car. I probably should not be that honest, but if we are going to be sharing every day for 30 days, there's really no telling just how honest it might get, so buckle up.

I bought myself a Fit Bit back in December. It's a handy little gadget you can wear in your pocket or on your arm that can help you track your activities. It's a web based application that uploads the data from the gadget on your arm or in your pocket via a wifi plug in much like the one that came with your wireless mouse. 

I haven't actually figured out all the tricks it can do. I wore it for a couple weeks after Christmas, but when it needed to be charged again, it ended up on the bathroom counter for a few months. 

I charged it up today and have it on my wrist. That's the first step, right? Tomorrow maybe I'll actually give it something to do. 



That one little light is indicative of how much I moved today. Tomorrow I'll try for at least two dots. 

Do you have a Fit Bit or a similar gadget?  What do you think of them?  What are your favorite healthy living apps?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Nite friends!  Sweet dreams!

<3 Lori