Choose your words and actions carefully, fathers, for those words and actions will influence who your daughter chooses to marry. If you don’t want her to be unhappy for the rest of her life show her how to love and don’t put those she loves down. Even if that at one point in your life, that which was exactly as you wanted, has changed and is no longer what you want, it’s still part of who she is and hurts deeply when you put the ones she loves down. This will be the greatest thing you can provide for your daughters, fathers. Be careful for your words can cut deeply and leave scars long after your done. She will look for the same dysfunctional type of love because it’s all she’s known and it’s what she’s familiar with. Her future spouse will put her down and treat her this way because it’s what she thinks is acceptable in her life. Most aren’t aware of what they’ve done or unwilling to accept they have played a part in this legacy. Don’t hurt her. Allow her to love. A child can never be loved by too many people or too much. Don’t allow your feelings to ruin her life because you hold hurt in your heart.
This one right here is by far my biggest supporter of all things including my art, my health, and everything I do. He’s my soul mate and my best friend. I love to write and create spreads in my art journals about my husband. Hes the one I will grow old with. I love the way he loves me. I love that he makes me laugh. He spends time noticing the things that make me me and he makes me feel special. Every woman should be her husbands princess and he should be her superhero. He definitely is my superhero. Before we got together I wondered if people made love sound like it was more than it was. I wondered if having a soul mate was a real thing or if I could love or be loved.Yes, having a soul mate is a real thing and actually loving and being loved by your spouse does exist. For those who are single I t’s worth the wait. Wait on god and don’t rush getting into a relationship you may regret. Love isn’t always perfect but if you learn to love as an action, not just a feeling, putting Christ and your spouse before your own feelings (and this goes both ways) true love does exist.
Because I know you wake up and pick up your phone first thing to see beautiful things 💕, so here is a sweet story. I drew this when my daughter was still little and it was so hard to let her go. She was about to return to her dads house and my heart broke as I let her go. I realized how very little control we have over our lives. I’ve grown so much in these times. I cherish each moment with her more knowing our time is short. For this I have found gratitude. While others take for granted moments of joy in their lives I am thankful for even the smallest things in my life.
I found some older art journaling photos and wanted to share some of the pictures from my old moleskine. This was by far my favorite moleskine. It has the most colorful pictures of all my art journals. Do you ever go through different phases and look back through your journaling and remember what you were doing when you were making that journal? I had increased pain but I loved doodling and filling the pages with words and stories.
My favorite story I love sharing is my love story. My husband and I have been married six years this year but we’ve known each other since we were in kindergarten. He’s my superhero and my heart. “I want to get lost in this place” was making reference to my art journal. I was so in love with doodling on the nice thick moleskine pages. It brought me comfort during days when chronic pain was more than others. With increased pain I found comfort in this journal. Do you have a favorite journal or favorite spread? Can you remember what made it special? Please share.
This is one of my recent journal spreads with some notes from my kids and a picture of my son when he was young. He’s grown with his own family now. It’s fun to have these reflections in my art journals. One day they will be passed down to my kids.
Yesterday I spent time in my favorite place journaling (a coffee shop) and stopped at Best Buy to pick up a Intsax SP-2 Printer. This year holds many travel plans for my husband and I. I wanted to document each memory in travel journals. I think the mini instax snapshots are beautiful in journals and can’t wait to make my first art journal entry using my new toy.
Above are a couple of test photos my husband printed when helping me set up the printer. The quality wasn’t too bad for mini pictures.
For fun, here are a few old Instant pictures from my childhood. Anyone else ride the chair train when their parents cleaned the house? Though, come cracking has occurred these old photos have held up through time. As you can see the new photos have better detail and quality, even for mini photos.
I’ll blog more about my journey with my new printer and share pics of completed journal spreads including the new mini instax photos. I’ll share some of my art journal ideas and hope to inspire some of you to create something in your art journals.
I loved the idea of the old style photo. I mean sure I could have used a phot filter app and sent my pictures to be printed at a local store. I wanted the whole experience of the instant print instax mini photos. When I was a child Polaroid photos were kind of a big deal. I remember waving the photo back and forth for quicker exposure. The anticipation and excitement of seeing the new image come to life was the best part. Polaroid photos were a new and exciting thing before images were available like today’s technology on smartphones, and digital cameras.
Do you enjoy old photos? Do you add pictures to your art journals or art diaries? I’ve added a few of my old photos of my children when they were young. It’s nice to have them added in my art journal. One day the kids will have these journals to return to read fun stories and memories of their childhood as I document some of the fun memories I had with them growing up. Comment below with ideas and suggestions from your art journals.
Don’t forget to love yourself for Valentine’s Day. Don’t be afraid to love yourself. You are important and you matter too. Much love and happy Valentine’s Day.
It’s a beautiful winter wonderland outside today. I saw a squirrel digging in our backyard before the rain turned to ice. I love to see the squirrels play in our back yard. We have a large yard and an old farmhouse built in the mid 1800s. Now the ground is covered in a few inches of fluffy snow. A white silhouette of tree branches are visible with grey skies. The snow has stopped and the temperatures have plummeted to single digits.
The aroma of homemade chili has filled the house today. Its been a nice day to sit in our home movie room with a book, create journaling pages and reflectthe things I’m most thankful for with a cup of tea. My husband watched movies as we sit together in the comfort of a cozy home. Our kitty found a cozy spot in my basket I like to use to hold my books.
What do you do on days you have to stay in? Are you thankful for those days? I think they are the perfect time to enjoy time together with family and relax with a book or create something in an art journal. It’s always a good time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. So many reasons to be thankful. What are you thankful for? Is it family? Health? Pets? Comfort? Security? Or peace in your heart? Love in your life? Take time to reflect the blessings in your life and be thankful.
When you have your soul mate you don’t need anything else.
The owl represents wisdom and the butterfly represents change and growth. Personal growth is important. Also important, taking authority over your thoughts, your words, and your life. Stay in His word and listen to positive words for a positive life. I always enjoy Joyce Meyer and her teaching.