Risky, Messy Love

family, finding love, Louis and Beasley, matthias By January 19, 2016 10 Comments

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The other day, as I was driving the boys to school, Matthias told me he loves our new pugs so much it makes him sad.

I asked him what he meant, and he explained, “I feel so much love for them—but what if they get hurt or sick or worse, die? I would be so sad. Just the thought of it makes my heart heavy.”

I sighed and nodded. I knew exactly what he meant. I feel those same feelings and worry every day. Not just for our dogs {I mean, I love those doggies!} but even more so having children, committing to a husband, sharing life with sisters who are dear to my heart, it’s amazing and it’s terrifying.

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Love is vulnerable.

Love is a risk.

Love is messy. Always.

Love isn’t safe.

If we love deeply and honestly, we’ll most likely get hurt.

But if we protect our hearts and keep them safe, we miss out on, well, the best of what life brings.

Because love is imperfect, we’re imperfect—flawed in all of our good intentions, living in bodies that will eventually fail us.

It’s heart-breaking.

But it’s also breath-taking.

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Love makes the journey not only bearable, but beautiful.

Love may break our hearts but it also heals them.

Love eases our pain and comforts our souls in a way that’s impossible to understand.

To be loved is everything.

And so, these two sweet dogs have walked into our lives, made them sweeter and unexpectedly, they’re teaching us about love and life. And that is no small thing.

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celebrating Matthias {twelve!}

adventures, matthias By January 15, 2016 2 Comments

Today is Matthias’ official birthday. Earlier this week we celebrated at Disneyland with his cousins, Torie and Lexie. We’re pretty much all about Star Wars right now. So fun! Matthias is twelve–I keep trying to make myself believe it. It’s cliche but the time goes so quickly!

Matthias, you are such a blessing to our family. You make us better. You teach us to see the world creatively. You help us understand David. You’re an old soul with keen insights beyond your years. I adore you!

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Happy birthday, Matthias! We have so many reasons to celebrate you–and your birthday is a perfect opportunity! I can’t wait to have new adventures with you this year. And may the force be with you.

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Matthias created this ornament!

christmas, inspiration, matthias By November 18, 2015 3 Comments

Months ago, I was working on our Christmas ornaments and I asked Matthias if he would like to design one. At eleven years old he draws and sketches all the time–I mean, he literally carries his drawing pad and pencil case everywhere. And this is nothing new–he’s been drawing since he was three or four years old. I thought an ornament would be such a fun gift for aunties, uncles and grandparents. I asked him to draw whatever he wanted and planned to create the ornament from his drawing. Take a look at what he came up with!

*Also, scroll down to the bottom to see our ornament special happening today!*

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Matthias drew the cross himself, then from his drawing, together, we created the ‘cross of light’ ornament. It turned out so well!

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I asked Matthias why he wanted to draw a cross for the ornament and he said, Christmas is about Jesus and the cross symbolizes Jesus. Beautiful!

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The ‘cross of light’ ornament is finished with a sheet red ribbon and can be personalized on the back with a name or the year.

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I love having Matthias use his talents and creativity to be part of the business. He loves to draw and sketch. This was a perfect opportunity to use his artwork in a new and different way. He inspires me!

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All ornaments are buy two get one FREE today! Enter code ‘happytree’ at checkout. Yay! They’re the perfect gift for each kiddo, teachers and dear friends.

You can find the ‘cross of light’ ornament here. Click here to see all the 2015 ornaments.

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art projects and letting it be imperfect

DIY, matthias By July 18, 2014 7 Comments

If you have been following along for a while, you know Matthias loves art. He is constantly drawing, sketching, planning and making lists. I love his creativity and I want to nurture it.

Meg did this awesome continuous line tutorial and I was so inspired! Watch her video too! I jumped into this project with Matthias and half way through ended up screaming at him. Ugh–what was supposed to fun went all wrong. I can’t even remember what made me so mad. I quickly apologized to him and was was forgiving. It took me a little longer to forgive myself. Being a mother is a process of growing, grieving, grace and forgiveness!

Isn’t his owl awesome?

I decided to try the same concept with a heart theme. You know I love hearts.

Next time we do an art project together I’m determined to stay patient. Sigh. Life is so imperfect–but there is beauty.

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first day of school

david, matthias By August 24, 2012 20 Comments

These pictures were an attempt to document the boys’ first day of school. Um, yeah getting the three of us to look good in a photo was an impossible task–but these pics made me laugh out loud. And I figure, this is us and pretty much captures our crazy. And I love that.

David is offically an ‘upper grader’ now. He’s hanging with the big kids. I’m a nervous wreck! But it’s going to be great. Matthias loves his third grade teacher. It’s a new year. A fresh start.

We are so excited, how about you?

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Eric Carle inspired Lorax project

DIY, matthias By March 15, 2012 13 Comments

After seeing The Lorax movie last weekend, Matthias and I decided to do an art project together. Well, he needed a little coaxing {he’s got strong opinions about what he wants to create} but after a few minutes he got on board.I had an idea to do something inspired by Eric Carle, I love his artwork, don’t you?

We started by painting a piece of paper completely orange. This would be used to cut out the shape of the Lorax.

We used watercolors for this project.

He was determined not to have any bits of white show through on his painted orange paper.

I also painted a piece of thick, white paper completely yellow–for the mustache and eyebrows.

While the painted papers dried, we worked on creating the background on a canvas. First Matthias sketched some truffula tree trunks.

To make the trunks look stripe-y we used water down black paint and then dabbed a napkin here and there on the trunk to soak up paint in certain spots. The truffula tufts were fun to paint in a swirly motion.

We drew a little dot above the top of the tree trunk and then painted swirly lines coming out from there until we had a nice fluffy tuft. The Lorax is cut out of the papers we covered with paint. I drew a pattern for us, but you could use a coloring sheet like the one found here for a pattern, too!

We each did our own project, but Matthias’ turned out way cuter than mine!

We are huge Dr. Seuss fans over here. For David’s 5th birthday party we had a Sneetches celebration.

Have you seen The Lorax?

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a conversation with an artist

family, inspiration, matthias By March 8, 2012 60 Comments

Matthias is very passionate about art. He’s 8 years old and spends at least a couple hours a day drawing, planning, researching and thinking about art. Of course, I love that my son is creative. I try to nurture that as much as possible by keeping supplies around and signing him up for art classes when possible. Today I’m sharing an interview with Matthias and getting his perspective on art and being a creative person.

LL: How long have you been an artist?

Matthias: I’d say ever since I was one year old.

LL: What are your favorite things to draw and paint?

Matthias: Oh, um, that depends. It depends on what I’m interested in–it could be power rangers or made up superheros. It really depends on what I’m interested in. Last Sunday I did an absolutely good job on a power ranger painting.

LL: Do you ever feel like you might run out of ideas? And if so, how do you get inspired?

Matthias: I don’t know but I think I still have a lot of good ideas. I get inspired from TV shows or a really cool toy or whatever. It comes from something else or my brain.

LL: What kind of art would you like to do when you grow up?

Matthias: I’d draw pictures and sell them for a few bucks. I can draw animals or superheros. I could paint paintings or illustrate books but I still need to learn a little about both of those things.

LL: What is the hardest part of being an artist?

Matthias: It might be that sometimes I have an idea and I have to think about if it’s appropriate. Once you make a decision, you just have to go for it. When you get older, you have to learn how to draw all parts of the body. The hardest part of the body to draw is the neck.

LL: Is there anything you really want to learn?

Matthias: Hmm, I want to learn how to make books. I would sell them for $5, $10 or $15 dollars.

LL: Any ideas on how art can make the world a better place?

Matthias: I could teach kids art and get more people interested in art.

LL: What else do you want people to know about you?

Matthias: I want people to know that I am really active and that sometimes I take my time on drawing a knight or king. When I read I get more ideas.

Matthias, that is awesome! Thank you for sharing with us about your art. You rock!

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celebrating {7}

matthias By January 16, 2011 35 Comments

yesterday we celebrated matthias’ 7th birthday with a ‘king & queens’ party! right now he’s really into royalty and gold treasure {think narnia}.

there were crowns and goblets and jewels for everyone. the kids totally got into it. so fun!

the royal attendants feasted on pizza and grapes and of course cupcakes! i used free clipart for the invitations and cupcake toppers. and added little jewels to give them some sparkle.

david wore a crown for about 1 minute, but he wore the jewels all day.

each kiddo painted a treasure box, we had a treasure hunt and a pinata. i like to keep the kids busy. and i think they all had a great time!

happy birthday matthias! we can’t believe you are 7! you bring so much joy to our little family and we love you!!

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read my interview with corey villicana HERE

and i’m posting over at incourage today. you can read HERE

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pirate attack!

matthias By January 7, 2011 14 Comments


our backyard was recently overcome by pirates. matthias and max were playing outside and all of the sudden they where gone-kidnapped, i guess! and some fierce pirates took their place. i’m sure they were after treasure and who knows what else?! when i saw the skull and crossbones on their caps i was seriously frightened. but i tried to calm down and catch my breath. once i got to know the pirates, they were actually really sweet. so we decided to let them stick around.

{happy friday friends!!}

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