Tuesday, February 22, 2011

planting trees

Andrew Peterson is one of my favorite writers. His heart reflects so many of the same passions and joyful celebrations that reverberate within my own being; and I love love love to read anything that he writes.
Not only is he a gifted writer, he is a gifted musician, and from all appearances, an engaging human being. He and his wife, Jamie, are definitely, definitely on my list of people I would like to have tea and conversation with. (And I especially love that my big boy is a fan of the music. He sings along in the most adorable fashion. Along with the Crowdster, of course.)

Next week Coffee Waves is celebrating their 3 year anniversary and there is going to be an art show in honor of it! One of the pieces I am planning on showcasing is based on this song that Andrew wrote. I encourage you to read these lyrics, then watch the video below to understand where the words came from. He explains it (nearly four minutes of chatter) with grins and then sings it (seemingly directly to my own heart) How moved I am by these words, and once the illustration is completed, I shall post it for you who are faraway to see. Those of you in the area ought to go to the opening (details still in the works).

Planting Trees by Andrew Peterson

We chose the spot, we dug the hole

We laid the maples in the ground to have and hold
As Autumn falls to Winters sleep
We pray that somehow in the Spring
The roots grow deep

And many years from now
Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn

He took a plane to Africa
He gathered up into his arms
An orphan son

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
This tree will spread its branches out
And bless the dawn

So sit down and write that letter
Sign up and join the fight
Sink in to all that matters
Step out into the light
Let go of all that's passing
Lift up the least of these
Lean into something lasting
Planting trees

She rises up as morning breaks
She moves among these rooms alone
Before we wake
And her heart is so full; it overflows
She waters us with love and the children grow

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless someone

xo jade

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tangled Art


I have been working on our master bedroom and living room, redesigning and what not. The boys rooms have been put together for some time, and our kitchen is pretty much set, but our living room/entryway and our bedroom have needed some sprucing up for some time. I still have quite a "to do" list in order to make the house sell-able (which is our ultimate goal, because we are outgrowing it) but I am enormously satisfied with the way it is coming along.

Right now I am on the hunt for a good window shade for our bedroom, two matching bedside lamps, and a new painting for one wall in our master bedroom.

So here is where you come in. I have recently become quite smitten with the movie Tangled. It is my absolutely new favorite Disney movie. It is beautiful, artistic, romantic, entertaining, and musically appealing. I absolutely adore it. Rapunzel is my new favorite princess, and while I still hold the highest esteem for Belle (she has always been my favorite) Rapunzel has stolen my deepest affections. It also might help that Wes loves the movie and thinks Eugene (Flynn Rider) is just the bomb diggity. And yes, I plan on buying him the Flynn Rider sword from Amazon. :) My little imagineer. I also love that my adorable husband laughs out loud when we watch it (I can't wait for it to come out on DVD) and he saw it in the theater twice with me. :) Awesome, right?

ANYWAYS.....I am wanting to paint a scene from the movie for our bedroom. And I want YOU to help me pick a theme. Comment, message me, text me. Let me know your thoughts on which scene I should choose. I will let you know how the painting goes and post a picture of my finished product. It obviously will differ from these two examples, it will have my style, flair, whatever you want to call it. :)

So....should I paint the scene of Rapunzel's Tower

Or the scene of the floating lights??

Thoughts? Comments? How nerdy am I? Very. Yes, yes. I am quite aware of my silly love affair of fairy tales.

The thing about Rapunzel is that it was one of my absolute most favorite fairy tales growing up and to see it on the big screen was an amazing feeling. When Flynn Rider rushes to Rapunzel's tower and calls out "Rapunzel, let down your hair", I had chills! It was my childhood crashing back into the forefront of my memory and all the things that I love about fairy tales burst forth and my heart just warmed by the emotion of it.

Now if Disney would re-create the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and do it with the style that they bestowed upon Tangled....I would be one happy little dreamer.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

It just makes sense

I bought my first cell phone when I was just turning 17. The summer after my sophomore year of high school, I believe. My mom had decided to get one (my dad had already had a cell phone since 1996) and I thought it was time that I get one! So mom and I went over to Voicestream and bought ourselves 2 matching Nokia phones (Zack Morris, anyone?) and I instantly became connected. You could reach me at any time, because I had my nifty little silver cell phone and it had some seriously righteous ringtones. Haha.

Many years later, 9 if you really want to know, I joined the world of the "Smart Phone". Being a business owner, a mom of two, a wife to a very busy, hardworking man, and a friend to many, it just made sense for me to be in the inner circle of smartys. I remember telling Nathan, "I'm a smart person, it just makes sense that my phone should reflect that."

I was stuck in a T-Mobile contract. I got a Vibrant (Android). I dug it for a while. It was fast, smooth, had a few "neat" apps. But it just wasn't cutting it. The best part about it was the lightning fast text....but really, I hate to text. Call me lazy. Whatever.

Then, an opportunity presented itself for me to get out of my contract and get what I have always wanted.....an iPhone.

It was like I was Rapunzel seeing the floating lights. I was right where I needed to be. :) I honestly would break out into song if I could.

And now I look back on nearly 10 years of cell phone use and I just laugh at how far those Zack Morris phones have come.

xo jade

PS I am a little obsessed with iPhone photography. I think I'll join the ranks of photographers who use their iPhones as a means to exercise their creative juices and publish a book of their endeavors.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

a work of art

It occurred to me tonight, as I was reading a fellow mom's blog, that I very often get chills when scripture is in front of me. Whether the Bible is open in my lap, or if I am reading it on the screen of my computer, I see the beauty of the holy Word and goosebumps chase each other up and down my skin.

This particular snippet from the Psams ALWAYS makes me shiver.

"My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth."

How beautiful.
That I am so loved...
And so are you..

xo jade