Sunday, April 18, 2010

Who Knew?

Dear Ones:

Who knew I had some crafty in me? I have always admired those around me who had mad crafting skills. I always thought I was not the crafty type, but as I discover new facets of me, I never knew was there, I am having a blast.

For a long time I never knew what else there was to me other than being Mom. There were even times I felt so down about who I was and wondered what I had to offer. It was even scary at times to think after kiddos...then what?

You might think I am silly, but it was something I put to prayer. I find it so cool that my God is so personal and he cares so much about every detail of my life and I can bring everything before him.

As I waited for self discovery I tried and bombed at so many things. This was so frustrating and self esteem wounding. I have to tell you though how blessed I am to have the best husband in the world who kept encouraging and believing in me. Even when I did not believe in myself.

I feel like I am finally developing me. Things I was meant to do and be beyond motherhood. Not that I am bashing motherhood. It is and always will be my most rewarding and challenging aspect of myself, and I would not trade it for anything. I also think that God has been so good to bring these self discoveries to me in the midst of EXTREME motherhood (6 kiddos - 1 teenager, 1 tween, 2 grade schoolers, 1 toddler and 1 baby). It is a comfort to me to know that when life progresses and motherhood is not as extreme I still have something to offer. The best part is I love what I am doing and for a long time I feared I would not find that.

Photography has grown into a passion for me and I am learning more and more all the time and look forward to continued growth in this area of me.

Jewelry making has also become a borderline obsession. I especially love making hand stamped jewelry and glass tile pendants.

Some of my most recent work in both these areas is pictured above. The cool part is others are enjoying my work. People ask me to photograph for them & pay me to do it. People have also bought some of my jewelry pieces. It really is so satisfying to do what you love and for others to love what you do.

So I am excited to see what comes next I hope you stay tuned...

Living Loved!

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