"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

22 May 2013

Art Matters

I have no excuse for my absence on here. Life has just gotten quite busy lately (which really makes no sense, because all my usual activities have stopped for the summer, for the most part). With the warmer weather come more opportunities to do things outside, so Little B and I have been keeping ourselves occupied.

I still plan on sharing more photos from my parents' visit here from Africa (via South Korea), but not today.

You see, this past weekend, the art pastor at our church preached an incredible sermon on the value and importance of art, of the creative process, of producing works of excellence ... because our God is a Creator God. He quoted from C.S. Lewis, showed a clip from Pixar's "Up," referenced composers and painters who are world-renown. I was brought to tears twice, and although I am quite the weeper, I don't often cry in church during the sermon. In fact, I don't remember tearing up in church much at all in the past six years.

If you have a half hour or so to spare, please go and have a listen. It will be worth your time.

That said, I wanted to share the following photos with you, taken a little over a month ago. I was inspired by my college roommate, who does gracious living amazingly well, especially with two little boys.
A little hesitant at first, because this was the first time he has painted anywhere other than at the table.
Those are several sheets of packing paper (from our move to Texas), taped together. :)
Getting into the spirit of things...
"Painting self!"
The paper has been forgotten.
Woohoo! What fun!
Cleaning up after himself, singing, "Keen up, keen up..."
I'm not one of those parents who stashes away every little thing that their kid(s) have ever created, so after having that large "painting" hanging around our kitchen for a few days, it was thrown away. And obviously, the "art" on his body was washed away promptly. But I'm glad for these opportunities for my little boy to make art with enthusiasm and without any reserve.


  1. Maybe some day I will be that brave! Thanks for pictures and great idea!

  2. Such sweetness! I'm so glad you shared these precious photos of your son expressing himself creatively, Hannah. It's so important to encourage that with our children. But also, as an adult, I love to do creative or art projects. It makes me feel more alive sometimes. Thanks for linking up for the first time at Wedded Wed. I hope I see you back again, my new-found friend!