Recently, I read Stephen Altrogge's Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff. His ebook is very short but very much worth your $2.99. This little book has gotten the wheels of my brain turning with lots of dreams and plans for 2013. I wanted to share with you today a little bit about a project that has been stewing for quite some time and is finally beginning to come to fruition. I've titled this project 'Heart Art' and it's my goal to produce one piece of written art each month in 2013. As I shared the ins and outs of this project with my dad a couple of days ago, I mentioned that I was looking for a quote on love. (By the way, as I write this, my parents are sitting in a packed Singapore Airlines jet, on a runway in San Francisco, ready to take off across the world and land in India for three months! We were so happy to have them here with us for a few days before their long, over-seas trip.)
My dad said to me, with a twinkle in his eye, "How long can the quote be?". And, by now, you've probably guessed who's words I've used for this very first installment of the Heart Art project. (I know what you're thinking: Could she not have come up with a better name than Heart Art? Stay with me. I hope to explain it farther along.)
I want to say this: this quote is simple and it's not rocket science. But living it, truly living it, is another story entirely. (I'm always thankful for small reminders of the gospel hanging on the walls of my home.) And I want to say this, too: I love this quote mostly because of who wrote it and how he lives it.
Now, I truly wish that you could have been here when I decided that I needed a picture with my dad for this post. When I sat out my nice little wooden chairs in the green grass, in a pretty little corner of my backyard, and plopped down into the chair beside my dad only to sink down with my chair into the mud and nearly fall clear off of it. And then my dad's chair took a turn of it. However, since you couldn't enjoy that moment of hilarity in person, I'll leave you with an animated version of it that I happened to have caught on film, thanks to my amazing multi-tasking skills. (Cough, cough).
And, p.s., the LOVE print will be available in my Etsy shop within the next few days. It's printed on 8x10 heavy card stock and is available in pale pink or white.