Creating Art with God

This might be a far-out-there idea… but I came to this idea several years ago as I was painting while babysitting two baseball-obsessed boys. They were playing 1-on-1 baseball (a bit humorous to watch) while I was situated on the edge of the lawn with my watercolor painting on the ground.

Seemingly without warning, a raincloud blew in and promptly began pouring on us. The boys were unfazed in their heated competition, but I panicked and picked up my painting to run for rain cover — Only for the back of the painting to be smacked with a foul ball, splattering paint all down the front of my favorite shirt.

As I took the painting indoors, I thought for sure it was ruined… I left it to dry, feeling discouraged. A few hours later, I came back to check on it, and I was pleasantly surprised that the raindrops and the huge baseball splatter actually added to what I was trying to accomplish. It was as if God had intervened while I was painting and showed me what He had in mind for that project.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of that painting to show you…

But I do have photos of my latest ”art with God” endeavor = a.k.a. gardening. All I did was dig up perennials from my mom’s garden (with her permission, of course :)) and then arrange the plants in my garden. I think God should get way more credit than I should for a beautiful garden because He’s done the rest!

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Gardening in My Skinny Jeans

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Yes, you read that right. In my skinny jeans. I figured I needed to wash them anyway, so why not garden in them? Haha.

After living in Costa Rica for several years, I was finally able to take advantage of MomĀ“s perennial generosity. Mom was excited to share her flowers and I was excited to receive : ). We dug in her garden to our hearts’ content on Saturday (actually until it started raining and we were running for cover) and today I dug to my heart’s content (actually until I ran out of things to plant : )). I’m excited for the garden to not look so… droopy, haha. We can look forward to yellow and orange day lilies, purple cone flowers, black-eyed susans, yellow buttercup, snapdragons, and another flower that I forgot its name : ). There’s also a miniature forsythia bush that will bud yellow next spring. Oh, and you can’t forget the hostas. : )

Flowers from Mom: free

Mulch: $5

Childhood favorite Snapdragons: $4

Dirt under my fingernails: priceless