Everyday brings its own set of challenges that defines us. Some of these challenges can make us strong, make us wiser, and teach us to be okay with ourselves. Some days we are awesome at conquering these challenges, while other challenges can tear us down. Yet even though we can be brought down, we can rise again stronger than ever because we have learned that by falling, we can still survive.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I am having one of those challenging weeks. Yet I am still here. I am surviving. I have learned this week that even though someone can pass from your life onto the next, that the loved ones that are left behind can come together to remember them, to share in grief, sorrow and memories. What comes from these times is knowledge that we affect the people in our lives in such a way that we can never truly understand until their gone or about to leave.
This week brought me the news that my great aunt Mae passed away in the night. She was a bright spot in this world and I was so saddened to hear her light is no longer shining in this life. I will miss her dearly and wish I had a chance to tell her so. But this sad news was accompanied by even sadder news that our beloved Grandma Noe’s health is failing and that it may be a matter of days before she leaves us too.
My mind and heart have been slow to come to grips with these heartbreaking events. I wasn’t even sure if I would post this entry today. The cheery little bird I drew last year seemed to be mocking me. Yet here I am writing this post, still breathing, still surviving in the only way I know how – being myself. So today’s life lesson is this: “Be true to yourself, sing your own song and live life to it’s fullest.” If you do, the legacy you leave behind will be the thing that binds your loved ones together in the face of sadness.
I dedicate this in loving tribute to my great aunt Mae who left a wonderful legacy in this life by the family and friends her life touched. And to grandma Jean Noe, though while her song has yet to end I hope and pray she finds peace in her final hours.
Looking back at this past week it does feel like spring – doesn’t it? Apparently I felt the same way this time last year OR maybe it was wishful thing at the time… Regardless, spring always feel like a welcome change after staying cooped up in our houses all winter long.
Like many critters that roam the earth, we start to come out of our little holes and spread our wings as we emerge from our winter hibernation. Some people go for long walks, while others run. I myself love doing both. Just breathing in that fresh air can do wonders to your mood, lift your spirits and place a pleasant smile on your face.
Springtime is also synonymous with the blooming season. Even now where I work, little stray wild flowers are beginning to poke through the ground with small bursts of color. It is wonderful! I love watching things bloom all around me. I adore even seeing simple grass makes its transition to dull brown to a lush green. With all the color coming alive around me, I can’t help but admire this season!
This entry pays tribute to all things spring; the color, the flowers, the lovey green fields and all the people I see enjoying it. My sketch is inspired by artist Lisa Congdon from her drawing class hosted by Creativebug “Sketchbook Exploration” . While my drawing is inspired by her class, I infused my own flavor into this sketch by using my own preferred art material, namely my favorite Derwent Inktense Blocks, and added my own twist to some of the hand-drawn flowers. I hope you take some time this upcoming week to look all around and experience the wonder of season. You may become inspired enough to draw or write about it.
Until next post…
Materials Used: Derwent Inktense Blocks, Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, Pilot Parallels Pen, Koi Water brush
I have the best husband! I know all the wives who have awesome husbands say this, but I really do believe it! My guy remembers dates and events even when I forget. He cooks, he is a super neat freak, passionate and sensitive. He always puts my needs before his own and he gives me flowers.
I LOVE this MAN!
So there, I said it for all the world to witness. I can’t imagine a life without him. So without further ado, I present the entry I created to help remind me how awesome my guy really is!
Until next post…
Materials used: TomBow markers, Koi Water Brush, Sakura Micron Pen