It’s been a long time… too long!

Life has been so busy, full of goals and new challenges! Early 2018 I set a new years resolution to learn illustration, and by the end of the year, start my first book. I am very happy to say that I have started my first book and hope to have it published by this Spring. My book series is called Be Kind Books. Be Kind…

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CaMarie

This woman is one of the few people I know who have a true gift to love with all her heart. I've seen it firsthand when she opened up her home to Clark and me, who shared her family's home for two years. She is a beautiful mom - her children are her world and she would do anything for them. Her true character shined…

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Amy

I am so grateful for this beautiful lady in my life. She's been a watchful and attentive protector of my feelings. Sure, she teased me growing up ;) but when my feelings were hurt, she was quick to come to my rescue and do everything in her power to 'fix it'. I remember when I lost a friend in high school she invited me to…

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My Friend Lorikay

She walked right up to me and said in a very matter-of-fact tone, "you're in my seat". I thought to myself, "Ummm... I am surrounded by empty seats!" ... I told her, "Oh, I'm sorry. There's a seat right here [pointing to the empty seat right in front of me]." She didn't take kindly to my not getting up, so she sat behind me and grumbled about me being in her seat the entire sacrament meeting.

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A Lesson On Life From My Mom

I've been thinking lately about our course through this life, where we began to where we are now... little girls who grow up to be mothers, and what happens beyond that stage... I visualize who my mother was as a little girl as I sort through her childhood pictures and recognize that once upon a time she was just like me when I was younger;…

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Family Hands

The beginning of the year is a bit emotional for me, because those close to my heart have passed away (what is it with the beginning of the year where it seems most people pass away?). I was thinking of my brother and a random thought passed my mind... I can't remember what his hands look like. :'(  Oh, and I just cried - the…

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Looking on… a Heavenly Anniversary

It's my brother's 6 year anniversary today. It's difficult to admit that with each year it gets easier to accept his passing, only because he has technically never left my side. I've always felt him near me every day - especially on the difficult days. Whenever I crumble in tears over various reasons, I immediately feel his familiar presence. He was always so worried about…

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An Artist’s Self Portrait

The past year has been an especially difficult year with my health. I went from sketching every day to hardly anything for months! I sacrificed my time with my passion as an artist, to focus on picking up my 'broken pieces' and stitching myself back together. I'm still under repair and may always be in this process - BUT, I am thrilled to have this breakthrough of…

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Sketch A Day Drawing Challenge: Day 187 – I Know You

Have you ever experienced that feeling of meeting someone, and knowing immediately that you have a deeper connection that isn't explainable? You know you haven't met them before here... but you can't shake that feeling that you know them. This has only happened a few times in my life... it's an amazing feeling to have that confirmation that we indeed have had relationships with friends & loved…

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Missionary Homecoming Sketch

A couple weeks ago my nephew returned home from his 2year service mission to Bahia Blanca Argentina. This is a voluntary mission that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serve most often when they are as young as 18years old (men) or 19years old (women). Couples can choose to serve when married and anyone can choose to serve a short-term service mission.…

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All That I Have

My nephew is serving a 2 year service mission for our Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in Bahia Blanca Argentina. I titled this pastel sketch 'All That I Have' because the area where he is serving is a really poor area. Not just he has said, but many times from missionaries serving in their various missions in poorer areas of the…

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Drawing Challenge: Day 132 – Joy in the World

"Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family." -- Thomas S. Monson ["Finding Joy in the Journey"] Follow my sketch a day drawing challenge on Facebook & subscribe to my blog weekly round-up emails. [see signup form in sidebar] 

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