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Mini Home Tour

8 Mar

Almost eight years ago my husband and I got married and moved into a house.  Over the course of those eight years we have made that house our home.  Gallons upon gallons of paint, a lot of sweat, more elbow grease that Mr. Fast Lube owns and a load of creativity have gone into transforming this house into a space that feels so comfortable and perfect to us.  Here’s a little peek inside our front door:

My dog photo bombed so many of the pictures.

To get an idea of all the work that we have put into this house you should view the before and after photos on the MAKING HOME page of this website.  There’s a permanent link to it on the home page or just click below:



If You Smile

20 Apr

I recently met an incredible girl–  an incredible girl that has experienced some pretty big trials in her life, yet she walks around with a smile on her face and joy in her heart.

At the young, tender age of nine years old, Sarah lost both of her parents in a tragic car accident.  On December  24, 1996, Sarah age nine, her younger brother age three and their parents, Kevin and Mary were returning home to Mountain Home, Arkansas after spending the day with family in celebration of Christmas.  The evening ended with a horrific car accident that left Sarah in the hospital, her brother hospitalized in critical conditions and both of her parents lifeless.

Almost fifteen years later Sarah, now in her twenties, sat down with me one evening over dinner and shared her heart with me.  She was open, honest and inspiring.  She spoke of the pain and heartaches, the fears, the confusions that came as life went on and then she shared how she now realizes how fragile life really is.  Sarah has taken this trial and  allowed it to motivate her to live her life with purpose.  Her faith in God has given her the strength and grace to believe that all things happen for a purpose.  She loves life and loves helping people.

Some time after her parent’s death, Sarah heard the song “Smile” by Nat King Cole.  This song was a reminder to her that even though her heart is aching she can still have a smile on her face.

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Sarah wanted a painting done in remembrance of her parents.  Something that would be a reminder to her to live her life with purpose and to keep that smile on her face.

It was an honor for me to paint such a personal piece for Sarah.  Inspired by the song and Sarah’s life here is what I made.

My prayer is that, whatever your circumstance may be, you will be inspired by Sarah’s story.  Our trials can either produce perseverance or we can allow them to become excuses to give up.

Sarah, I believe with all my heart that God brings specific people into our lives at specific times for specific reasons.  I am grateful that He has caused our paths to cross.  You inspire me.  I pray that God will continue to restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”  1 Peter 5:10

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