The second drawing (above) was done for some close friends of both our families. The husband was actually in our wedding, and my husband was in their wedding. They lost their home in the tornado, lived 20 miles away for many months, and finally bought a home and moved back into the community. They are happily settled into their really beautiful new home. My friend (who makes the frames) took some of the undamaged wood he had rescued from the pile of rubble that had been their home and crafted a beautiful frame for the drawing. This was truly a labor of love. They were touched beyond words at the gesture... and now the artwork, the drawing of their home that was destroyed combined with the frame made from the wood taken from it, hangs as a reminder of God's blessing of their first home and His faithfulness to them in the aftermath of the storm.
In the months leading up to Christmas 2012, I had the privilege of doing a large commissioned piece for a church in Columbus, Georgia. The church had moved about quite a bit in their time together meeting first in a home, then in a hotel, next in a school, then in a theatre, next in a car dealership, and lastly in a daycare facility. And now they have finally built their own new building. They wanted a piece of artwork that would commemorate their journey, and I was asked to do the art. This is the result...
I am so thankful to the Lord that He has allowed me to find ways to use the gifts He has given me to bless others in His name. Architectural artwork may seem a bit on the boring side, but churches and homes are structures where some of the most important parts of our lives take place. What a joy to be able to bless others by sharing the gift of memories.
I know it's been a while... I have a LOT of catching up to do here, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have visited some of you and either left a comment or not (in most cases not), but I am still thankful for my blog friends and think of you all often.