scripture/lettering = stretching my creative muscles

For the past 121 days I’ve been steadily (!) and consistently (!!) working on a new project: reading The NIV Daily Bible and selecting a passage to illustrate through lettering.  I’m amazed to find myself learning and growing in both areas!

Some of you have already been watching this project through my daily Instagram/Facebook posts, and I truly appreciate the encouragement you’ve sent my way.  In case you’d like to look back through the whole project so far (or catch up on posts if this is the first you’re hearing about it), CLICK HERE.  I’ll try to keep the collection updated as I journey on toward 365!

Also, all of these pieces are available for purchase, if you see one that really speaks to you.  You’ll find that info HERE too.  :-)

Day 121

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Baby brother = new best friend

Hey look!  I have a blog!!  Who knew??!

This morning I met a handsome young man and his stunning new baby brother, and rather than choose one shot to post as a Facebook sneak peek I’m going to share several here instead.  Beckett is one week old today, and his big brother Gabe is so happy Beckett’s here he can hardly stand it!

Gabe has already become quite the baby whisperer.  Baby singer, actually.  Beckett finds him to be the most fascinating person in the room and settles down almost immediately when Gabe sings to him.

 

Dad and Mom are pretty smitten with Beckett too.  Truth be told, so am I.  He is dreamy.

 

I think this little one is going to be a real gift to his family.

 

And God couldn’t have given him a family more perfectly suited to him if He’d tried!

Blessings to you, Ramirez family!  Blessings and laughter and baby singing and love to you all!

On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.

For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.

Psalm 100

 

Joyce bradshaw - March 10, 2017 - 10:19 pm

I love the pictures of my beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren so sweet everyone is so happy. welcome to the family Beckett ,you are so loved.

Trisha - March 12, 2017 - 5:52 pm

Love the pictures of my son, his wife and my beautiful grand children this site is wonderful

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Something tells me I’m going to love her forever

Look who I got to meet today!  The lovely and talented Miss Ellie Jo!!!

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She really is quite lovely, as anyone can see.

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She’s also quite talented in that THE GIRL CAN SLEEP.

Multiple dogs barking.  Doorbell ringing.  Clothes off.  Clothes on.  Roll her on her side, on her tummy, on her back.  Jiggle her.  Blow softly in her face and whisper in her ear.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ squirm squeak stretch ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

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Doesn’t matter to any of us because everybody loves Ellie Jo.

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Her Gramma, quite lovely and talented herself, is so charmed by Ellie Jo that she volunteered to chauffeur me to our visit and served ably as my photography assistant.

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Here’s a shot I couldn’t have gotten without Gramma:

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All of Ellie Jo’s special people are just as eager to hang out with her and show her off.  Who wouldn’t be?

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At long last, she decided to open her big, dark eyes and what did she find?  Four of us hovering around her, cooing and giggling and immediately asking her to talk to us.

“Um.  Can I help you?”

No break in the chattering and, even worse, no food offered.

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Y’all, the girl is all of 10 days old.  Have you ever SEEN such a clear communicator?!

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Ellie Jo, I got to hold you for nearly an hour today, and I am already in love.

Mom and Dad, good luck finding the willpower to put her down for more than five minutes.  On second thought, hold her every second you possibly can.

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Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1

 

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Renewed life, transformed bodies

I’m back with Part II of our transformation saga!  (Click here to read Part I.)  My friend Karen shared some of her precious chrysalises with me so that I could document their progress.  What an amazing process to behold!

This whole experience has been an illustration of Revelation 21:5 for me:  He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  Here new means anew or renewed.  It means renovated, better, of higher excellence, new in character or mode.  The things being made new are connected to what came before but have now passed away.  I hope these photos help stir your holy imagination!

After just a few days each bright green chrysalis looked like this …

 

… and then like THIS after just a couple more days!

 

After emerging from the chrysalis, a new butterfly needs time to finish gaining strength.  During this time it clings to the clear, empty shell that once served as its protective home.

 

It is really good at clinging to safety.  I could feel the strength in its microscopically tiny feet!

 

Every detail is placed with exquisite precision, even details that are invisible to the naked eye.

 

Each phase of development is necessary to produce the end result …

 

… renewed life in a transformed body.

Thank You, Lord, for this promise and this miniature renewal process playing out visibly and repeatedly in Creation.  I look forward to the great renewal to come!

We eagerly await the coming of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will not only transform but completely refashion our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.

Philippians 3:20-21

 

 

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A butterfly’s best friend

If you were a Monarch butterfly making your way through Danbury TX, you would be wise to stop at Karen’s house. Unlike anyone else I know, Karen is a butterfly BFF.

Right now a monarch population explosion is taking place in her backyard, and she’s doing her best to help them thrive. Eggs, tiny caterpillars and fat striped caterpillars abound.

It’s a delicate business, though. Even after allowing delicious milkweed to spring up all over her yard, Karen can’t keep enough food on hand for the swarm of very hungry caterpillars.

See what I mean?  All but one of about 50 of these plants has been stripped bare.  Do you have milkweed in your yard? If so, Karen would love for you to adopt some of her wiggly, ravenous friends — and hurry, please!!

Being a BBFF is a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride.  There’s the thrill of spotting a mother butterfly, followed by the hunt for tiny eggs and the very first baby caterpillars.  The hungry caterpillar stage can be stressful, especially when food runs low and the herd is further thinned by sly green lizards.

But when you notice some of the caterpillars curling up into J-shapes and soon afterward discover the first chrysalises of the season, that’s when the real drama begins.  Will they continue to develop properly?  Will lizards carry them away?

I could stare all day at the delicate gold and sapphire filagree gracing this chrysalis.  See the lines and pattern of the furled wings inside?  Absolutely spectacular.

Soon Karen’s garden will be bursting with a brand new sort of life, this time all aflutter instead of crawling, chewing or quietly waiting to be transformed.  Her new butterfly friends will step fully into their new selves and eventually fly away into their new lives, never to be caterpillars again.  And Karen will be grateful to once again witness the gospel story proclaimed by God’s Creation.

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:

everything old has passed away; 

see, everything has become new!

2 Corinthians 5:17

Jennie Goutet - March 23, 2016 - 3:16 am

This is perhaps the most unoriginal comment ever, but your pictures are gorgeous! :-) We used to bring monarch caterpillars inside and watch them become butterflies when I was a kid.

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