Sunday, January 2, 2011


To start the year off I have decided to join the "Art Journal Every Day" with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. I am excited and a little nervous about the journey ahead. But I figured...why not go for it! No pressure. If I don't make it every day that is ok. There are quite a few out there participating and it will be fun to see all the creativity. For my first page I used water color and oil pastels with a little ink thrown in.

I am also joining in again this year in Ali Edward's "One Little Word". I chose "PEACE". I combined the word with the art journal for yesterday. My previous word was "TRUST". I could use that word over and over again. But if I truly have learned to "trust" then I will have "peace", right. Last year was a very big year full of many changes in my life. Big changes:

*my oldest son got married here in our backyard
*my youngest son graduated from high school
*my dad passed away
*my youngest son went off to college, leaving us with an empty nest
*I turned the big five-oh (that one is hard to say outloud)
*we left the country to try to recover (just was a great getaway vacation and very much needed)
*I quit my job
*I started teaching from home
*we had our first holiday season without my dad

Lots of changes in my life. But through it all I learned to I have to get to the "peace" part. To learn to savor all the special moments in my life and trust that they are all there for a reason. To remain calm and not panic when changes take place. It's gonna be a great year!!!

John 14:27 (rsv) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.


Diana Waite said...

What a WONDERFUL idea! I felt like that about project life...then I thought. Why be afraid it's MY journey! Your year sounds exciting--thanks for your kind words the other day, glad we can stay in touch!

Jana said...

Love your word. Last year sounds very trying for you and your hubby. Sounds like this year will be a lot easier. More PEACEful.

Jana said...

Shoot. I forgot to tell you how much I love your journal page. Those colors really speak to me.