Love is sacred…

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“Love is sacred, so never let it lose its luster by saying it to someone, unless you wholeheartedly believe it to be true.”  ~M


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Sketch 4 – Final Version

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Well, here’s my final sketch for my mid-term project.  My teacher didn’t really want me adding anything else, but I snuck in an extra book because I thought it looked too plain without it.  He also wanted me to shade the table, so I did that as well.  This was a lot more difficult from my first sketch since this one was done in charcoal and my original sketch was done in graphite.  Hopefully I get a good grade.  My teacher seems like a tough grader and so far I’m at an 89%.  So I’ve got to bring that up a bit if I want to get an “A” in the class.  Hope everyone is having a good weekend!  😉

Sketching – Week 4

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Well, here’s more of what I’ve been up to this week.  Each week we have a quick sketch that’s due on Wednesday, and then by Sunday, we turn in a final drawing.  This is my Wednesday sketch.  I’m still not sure what my final layout will be for Sunday.  I’ll be starting it tonight, and I think I’ll be adding another book and possibly a bottle to give my still life a little more interest.  Wish me luck, cause it’s for my mid-term project and worth nearly half my grade.  Yikes!  😉

February Writing Prompts

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Here we go again…  Let’s spice it up a little bit this month!  ~M xo

1. Phantasmagorical
2. Niches and nooks
3. Blushing authenticity
4. Intimate endeavors
5. Silly n sexy
6. Moonstruck repercussions
7. Inexpressible notions
8. Red crush
9. Erotic sentiments
10. Bloodthirsty and blazing
11. Ravishing peril
12. Sumptuous and sweet
13. Desperate obligations
14. Intense attraction
15. Dedicated to denial
16. Hippie harbor
17. Precarious quandaries
18. Corner gridlock
19. Steadfast turmoil
20. Cupid’s conspiracy
21. Immortally cantankerous
22. Amorous affections
23. Mounting proportions
24. Lavender love
25. Dignified and divergent
26. Giddy ganders
27. Reckless frenzy
28. Volatile voracity

If you’re a new participant, please don’t forget to link back to this post so that I can check out your work.  And as usual, I’ll be posting my responses to these prompts over at my other blog, which can be found here:  Her Writing Haven.

Exciting News! Read all about it!

Well, I’ve got some rather exciting news to tell all of you about, and I just can’t hold it in any longer. Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been rather aloof these days, and I promise you, it comes with good reason. I have been secretly working on 12 poetry books, and my […]

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You matter to me.

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One of the reasons I finally decided to start a blog, was to be able to share what’s on my heart with others. I also wanted to be able to leave a little piece of me behind, so that there is some small memory of what was important to me after I’m gone.  I am hopeful that the memories left behind here, will in some small way make a difference in your life. You never know how words can speak to people. Sometimes it’s the simplest things you might say, that can make all the difference in the world to someone.

Words are powerful and have the ability to cause war or bring about peace. I want the words I write to bring hope and never despair. I hope the words I share with you are words you need to hear.  If you’re reading this, I want you to know that you matter, even if you think you don’t. I want you to remember that this life is temporary and a greater life is still ahead. Don’t lose your heart in the things of this world, for your reward will never be found here.

Keep your faith in trying times and remember that life doesn’t always make sense. Accept the fact that there are things in this life which you will never fully understand. Try to stay positive and know that there is a God who loves you and who wants you to know Him.  He understands your daily struggles, for He has suffered through this life as well. In fact, He suffered more than the rest of us and has never asked any of us to suffer as much as He did.

We have to stop blaming God for the mistakes we’ve made, and realize that He isn’t the one causing our misery. It’s always easy to blame somebody else when life isn’t taking you down the road you hoped for. Don’t be misled, you can turn around and walk in the opposite direction at any point in your life. Seek Him first and you will always find the answers you are looking for. Just as Jesus loves me, I love you, my friend… I really do… ~M xoxo


Originally posted: August 9, 2015

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What did you want to be?

Now that you’re all grown-up, tell me… What did you want to be when you were younger and did you eventually achieve your goal?

My parents told me that I wanted to be a singer and dancer when I grew up, although I have no recollection of ever saying such a thing.  I only remember thinking that I wanted to be a marine biologist.  And the funny thing is, I really have no idea what exactly a marine biologist does.  So if you’re a marine biologist… do share!

After graduating high school, I enlisted in the Army, and worked as an Intelligence Analyst for the next 5 years.  Once my enlistment was up, I decided it was time for a change.  I still had an interest in the science field, and so I pursued a degree in biotechnology.  I ended up working at a biotech company and stayed there for 7 years.  So I guess in a way, my dream of being in a science type field, did eventually come true.

The thought of being a singer or a dancer scares me to death, so I have no idea why I would have said such a thing.  I suppose this just shows how much we really do change over time.  Our ideas about what we should do with our lives, fluctuates all the time, and it can be frustrating when certain things we thought we should do, don’t turn out the way we had hoped.

Anyway, this was just something I was thinking about today.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you wanted to be when you grew up, and if you haven’t grown up yet, what do you still hope to become?

Couldn’t stay away…

Well I’m back blogging again, quicker than I expected.  After the news I received today, I feel like I can’t just waste my time feeling sorry for myself.  I am facing a physical battle right now, which has caused me to think seriously about my life and what I should be doing at the moment.

Whenever we’re faced with something that could possibly take us from this world, I think most of us generally start taking life a little more serious.  We often straighten up and start acting the way we should, because we realize that we may not have much time left to leave a lasting impression on this world.  And don’t we always hope that when we finally do go, that we will leave a good impression?  Well, I certainly do… and I feel like I need to live out my God given purpose in this life, because I know it’s what I’ve been called to do.

Taking yesterday off from blogging just about killed me.  I still wrote a poem, I still journaled, and I also wrote a trillion other things that just needed to escape my brain.  Now that I think about it, I probably wrote more yesterday than I normally do.  Most of it isn’t anything I would ever share with anyone, but it was good to have a day to write about how I was feeling and just kind of let it all go.

Writing for me has become very therapeutic and I’ve realized that without sharing it with all of you, it sort of takes away some of the fun of writing in the first place.  I don’t have a crowd of people at home that I can talk to, and so you guys have really become like family to me.  It’s normally very quiet here, but after yesterday…  I realized how quiet it really is, and how truly lost I would be if I didn’t have all of you to talk to here on WP.

So with that said… this regularly scheduled program of “putting my feet in the dirt” is back.  I just want to say one more thing before I end this post; please don’t be too concerned about my health.  I know I’m in good hands.  Jesus has saved me from so many terrible situations in my life already, and I know this is just another one of those times which I will get through.  Have a very Happy 4th of July weekend and don’t stop living the life that God has called you to live.  He has a plan and a purpose for every single one of us.  Find your purpose and live it!

Love, ~M  xo

Twenty- five things I’ve learned over the past year…

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With the New Year approaching, I got to thinking about the things that I have learned over this last year. Here’s a few of them I thought I’d share…

 

Twenty- five things I’ve learned over the past year…

1.) To love others as if it’s my last chance.

2.) Not to over burden people with my struggles.

3.) To guard my heart; because once a piece is lost, you can never get it back.

4.) To let go of things I can’t change.

5.) That the grass is never greener on the other side.

6.) To choose my battles carefully.

7.) Not to joke with serious people.

8.) To love God above all else.

9.) That age doesn’t have anything to do with maturity.

10.) To never think that something can’t happen to me.

11.) That true happiness is achieved when you live each day as if it’s your last.

12.) That doing what I love, is more important than making sure my house is clean.

13.) That each new day brings a whole new load of challenges with it.

14.) That children emulate their parents to exact proportions.

15.) That music can help mend a broken heart.

16.) That finding our passions in life and living them out, brings about true happiness.

17.) That cell phones have killed real communication.

18.) That laughing every day helps more than prescription drugs.

19.) To spend as much time with my kids as I can, before they move out on their own.

20.) Not to be afraid to be the one who loves the most.

21.) That hugging should be required at least three times a day and at our house we have morning, noon, and nighttime hugs. (My daughter invented this rule and she never misses a moment to remind me of this.)

22.) To always keep Kleenex within arm’s reach for all kinds of situations.

23.) To take every opportunity that is set before me and run with it.

24.) That coffee always tastes better when you’re on a coffee date with a friend.

25.) That nobody will ever agree with everything you say and that’s quite okay.

How about you?  What have you learned over this past year or over the course of your lifetime…

 

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Handmade Art Journals

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Today I wanted to share something a little bit different, than what I normally post.  There are so many beautiful artists on WordPress.  One unique artist in particular (Golnaran),  suggested to me that I share some of my artwork.  Art has always been a passion of mine, yet in recent days, I rarely spend my time doing any kind of art.  I have many things that I am passionate about and unfortunately I only have twenty-four hours in a day like everyone else.  In other words, some of my passions must be put on the back burner for another day.

Autumn painting a Christmas ornament.
Autumn painting a Christmas ornament.

For now, homeschooling my girls takes up most of my time, along with taking care of my two English Mastiffs.

However, since it was brought to my attention that others might be interested in seeing my artwork; I have decided to share a few things with all of you every now and then.  The following pictures are of some handmade journals, that my daughters and I created a couple of years ago for their home economics class.  My sister was visiting quite a few years ago and taught me how to make one of these.  And so of course, I fell in love with my journal and wanted my girls to join in the fun of making one for themselves.  I wish I had taken pictures as we went along so that I could have shared a tutorial with all of you.  If I decide to make another one, I will definitely capture the process the next time around so that if anybody wants to learn how to make one, I will be able to show you how.

Click on the images below for a larger view.

Amy’s writing journal

Brianna’s drawing journal

My painting journal