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Approbation

I seek approbation hands held high, while robbing you Your due acclimation

Approbation

I seek approbation hands held high, while robbing you Your due acclimation

I meant to post these photos AGES ago. Literally. Jude was just about to celebrate his first birthday. Now Jude is a mere three months away from birthday number 4 and Noah’s second. It’s crazy how much has happened in the past three years. For one thing, as these photos will attest, I am a lot grisly / older looking now then I was when we first moved into our adorable little cottage. Also, my iPhone 3 was terrible, terrible at taking photos, hence the blurry, fuzzy, splotchy look. Yes, this is real vintage. Enjoy!

Oh, and yes, we did in fact have our entire family help us paint what is now the boys’ rooms Green and Navy only to turn around and repaint them gray and neutral blue afterward. Confession, after seeing the “Little boy green” actually dry on the wall I hated it. Justin similarly detested the Navy that made my heart swoon so. He named it “Satan’s Heart Blue.” In an effort to save our marriage, we ended up undoing all of the effort exerted by our sweet family and repainted (frantically) both rooms the following day. We tried to get it done before anyone got there so they wouldn’t get their feels hurt. I don’t think it worked. Thanks family for not disowning us for that bit of stupidity! You guys are awesome.

Renovations Part 3 {Retro-actively posted 3 years late} I meant to post these photos AGES ago. Literally. Jude was just about to celebrate his first birthday.
The Role of Sin in the Church

Thoughts after completing Steps homework on Wednesday: Within the church, sin isn’t meaningless and pointlessly destructive as it is on the outside.

The Role of Sin in the Church

Thoughts after completing Steps homework on Wednesday: Within the church, sin isn’t meaningless and pointlessly destructive as it is on the outside.

#stepsstudy #thevillagechurch #thedearestplace

#stepsstudy #thevillagechurch #thedearestplace

Lakewood is probably my favorite neighborhood in Dallas. Overflowing with green, cycling and jogging trails, nature walks, and tree-arched streets, it brings out the hippie, tree-lover in the best of us (even hough my hippie wasn’t hidden to begin with).

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It’s not exactly a large spot–only one zipcode of 75214–but it offers the Dallas Arboretum, White Rock Lake, and the Inwood theatre, as well as some beautiful historic homes. Since it’s one of the oldest regions in Dallas, Lakewood has TONS of history, which delights my inner nerd to no end. The price tag, however, isn’t so lovely.

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These homes range from the  $270′s to $1.5 million. It’s expensive. So although I love it, will often go visit this little verdant haven in the heart of Dallas, I probably will never actually live here. *Sigh*

Here is a group of pics I took on a lunch break the other day. Enjoy!

A Snapshot of Lakewood Dallas, TX Lakewood is probably my favorite neighborhood in Dallas. Overflowing with green, cycling and jogging trails, nature walks, and tree-arched streets, it brings out the…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.”

- Proverbs 3:5-6

For Noah Boa Smith’s Room – I’ve made all of his art save one from Luke A Baublet 

Trust in the Lord with All of Your Heart “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

I know, I know. It’s April and I’m posting a calendar printable for april. Have a little grace. It’s been a rough month so far.

April 2014 Printable Calendar {Free!} I know, I know. It’s April and I’m posting a calendar printable for april. Have a little grace.

American Blogger – A New Documentary by Chris Wiegand

I worked briefly with Chris on a project recently in the Arts District of Downtown Dallas. I had no idea he was creating this fascinating documentary at the time.

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I stumbled upon Patricia De Leon’s work at Southlake’s Art in the Square in April of last year. I was immediately taken by her unique style, texture, and colors (she uses an ancient process called “encaustic” that uses painting, illustration, and melted wax on canvas). Here were some of my favorites from her showcase.

Here’s how she describes her process:

“I work in the ancient medium of encaustic: pigmented beeswax mixed with resin. Working methodically on wood panel, I build up hundreds of layers of color and texture using molten wax. In between each brushstroke I use heat to bind each layer to the one set down before it. [Encaustic, from the ancient Greek enkaustikos, means “to heat” or “to burn”, is found in the portraiture of Greco-Roman Egypt, from 100 B.C. to A.D. 200.]Once the wax is cooled, I inscribe the surface with marks, textures, and symbols that unify the strata of the wax.

In my work the figure is at the center of a magical and symbolic universe. The medium of encaustic provides a place for this union of form and content: the wax surface is the skin, the skin bears the marks of a story. It is within this interplay of image, abrasion, luminosity and texture that I create an opportunity to find something, a space for things to fall into place.

I find that there is a rhythm to the process of encaustic painting that is both arduous and eloquent: the measured flow of wax melting and wax hardening, the immediacy of each intention solidifying as a brushstroke or drip and the application of heat as confirmation of the thought.

Here are the scratches and imperfect drips of one in dialogue with the internal and what surrounds. This is the ride on the bicycle. Forms appear, wax drips, and draws a line connecting the heavens and the earth.” – Patricia De Leon

Encaustic Art from Art in the Square 2013 I stumbled upon Patricia De Leon’s work at Southlake’s Art in the Square in April of last year.

“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”
― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

About five seconds from our little cottage-home there is this incredible micro field. It’s been for sale for the past three years without any takers, which makes me so happy since it feels like a tiny sliver of country right in the middle of historic Carrollton. It helps, I suppose, that across the street is a 2 acre property complete with a pasture, horses, and sweet little ponies! Anyway, every March – April this small field explodes with yellow blooms. The wildflowers tower over 3 and a half feet, dwarfing my two sweet little boys considerably. Last year in an act of Springtime spontaneity I grabbed the SLR, a blanket, and the boys and took a ton of wildflower photos. This year when I saw the blooms sprouting I did it yet again.

These photos were shot between 6:30pm and 7:00pm–our version of the “golden hour”–when the lighting was absolutely perfect! I’m so happy about these eventhough the boys wouldn’t sit still, giving me LOTs of blury pics that could have been flawless. Happy Spring, everyone!

April Yellow Wildflower Photoshoot “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring…
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