Friday, January 2, 2009

Case of the Grumpy Growlies

Grumble. Grumble. I am working to update my severely neglected blog roll and in the process I lost over half of the html code. I'm not up for a copy and paste fest (aka nightmare) tonight so it will have to wait until tomorrow.

On the B Side: *double meh*
p.s. Clancy Pants, I miss you!

Friday's Fab 5

1. Credible Pharmacists - thank heavens for their knowledge!
2. Mother's Intuition - it is real and I do so love it.
3. Change - some times it is the only thing that is constant.
4. Pictures and video - Preservation is priceless.
5. A fresh start - we all need it once in a while!

On the B Side: Dayton and Ellie are with their Dad this weekend and I miss them like crazy but enjoyed their giggle on our daily good night call. I'll get to see them tomorrow at Dayton's Jr. Jazz game. Adalie has yet another ear infection and is well on her way to a brand new set of tubes already. Oh, and I am feeling slightly better about my student loans now that the Utes went UNDEFEATED! GO UTES! xoxo

Friday Freebee!

*This offer ends at Noon on 1/5/2009*

I wanted to share these beautiful pictures and what the artist has to say about each one of them! You can ALL win a FREE signed 8x10 print of your choice (out of the three prints), by copying and posting to your blog or website this whole post! After you post then send an e-mail to David ( with your website or blog address telling him you posted it and that you read about this offer on my blog. Also send him your name and mailing address and he will send your signed 8x10 print of your choice :)

David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero". Check out his website at to see more of his precious art.
The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.
One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generated
the exact feel I was looking for.
"My Child"
This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privilege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.

On the B Side: While there is no such thing as a free lunch, there is such a thing as a free David Bowman signed image!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Art Give Away

My pal over here is hosting this great give away simply because she loves David Bowman's art so much! You must enter this drawing by Thurs. Jan. 1st 2009 and 6 winners will be posted on Fri. Jan. 2nd 2009. You can and should also enter to win!

My favorite image of his is 'Security'. Insert deep sigh here.

On the B Side: Safe. I love safe. I want safe. Free from fear. Trust. Engulfing warmth. The contrast is particularly significant in my mind looking at this. There is so much peace, comfort and assurance. Those are things that I love, need and want and more than that they are things that I want to give.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Manic Monday: Tradition

While the word tradition leaves much to be interpretted, I tire of it in the sense that I believe traditions should happen quite naturally rather than be thought, created, re-thought, analyzed, announced, planned, prepared for, executed and immortalized for all eternity. There is something in that process that takes the beauty out of it for me. I love the idea of things happening... just happening...just because....because people enjoy them. I don't like strict agenda's and I do not enjoy the hustle and bustle that takes away from the things that matter most.

Christmas Eve was a perfect example of this beautiful simplicity. The way things shook out we spent a quiet evening at my Mother's. We enjoyed one another without an agenda or time frame. There were no expectations or constrictions. We ate a nice meal with no pomp or circumstance. We watched the Hallmark channel together while I wrapped presents and my Mom knitted. The boys all went to bed early and the kids were asleep. It was perfect and I hope to spend many more Christmas Eve's like this in the quiet glow of love and warmth!

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On the B Side: Quiet moments that aren't big grandiose plans seem to bring the most reflection, and enjoyment for me. I love my family so much more than any words could possibly accurately express. For this reason I experience and feel great love and also for this reason my heart quietly aches in the wake of those passed and particularly in the distance that time, space and geography bring. Why does PA have to be so far from UT??? xoxo