Sunday, September 26, 2010

giving thanks



for my mother's art



for hand-dipped candles



for smiling faces



for Asian-inspired soaps



for friends who pray.



Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You

— Chris Tomlin, Our God



20 comments:

S. Etole said...

Wow! to your mom's art ... and I have a clock very similar to that that belonged to my grandparents. So much to be thankful for, isn't there?!

Dianne said...

Your mother's art is wonderful... Isn't it lovely that some of us have that to share with them... even (in my case) they are not here anymore...

Jodi said...

Ditto everyone else. Your mom's art - so delicate. I love hand-dipped candles. Great list, as always.

B. Meandering said...

I agree that it's wonderful that you have your mother's artwork. I liked the diversity of the items and the whimsy of them also.
My favorite is the angel. I collect them and this one is esp. cool.
It helps when we're fighting something, to stop and take inventory of all that we have to be thankful for---you seem to be esp. good at that.
I'm back blogging, by the way.

Francesca said...

I can't say thank you enough for so many things, and yet it's so easy to forget. Thanks for the reminder.

Debbie D. said...

"gratitude as an indispensable manifestation of virtue, and an integral component of health, wholeness, and well-being."
http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/labs/emmons/

Love you list of thankfulness...even in the small things in life!

Melanie said...

Audra was so impressed with your Mother's art.
Me, too!

Leslie said...

Thanks everyone, for your nice comments about my mom's art. I'm very proud of her. The art in the above photo is her self-portrait, an engraving she did while a student at the University of Illinois in the 1950's. It is held by the Brooklyn Museum. Another one of her engravings is held by the Library of Congress. (If you're interested, Google Sue Rovelstad.) She helped start the printmaking studio at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, while a grad student there in 1951. She's good in oil and watercolor, too.

She's a great mom. And of course her masterpiece is her children ; )

rebecca said...

lovely post....
all the sweeter with your comment and more insights shared.


(i love that the photograph of your mother's self portrait aligns with your profile photo.
beautiful similarities of mother and daughter!)

Noelle Renee said...

Beautiful images, Leslie, especially your mom's portrait. I love the light behind your angel as well. I am always grateful to read your list of thanksgivings; it helps me to remember mine too. Here is a quote I found for you today:

A person however learned and qualified in his life's work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

I believe that you, my dear, are sweeter than 10,000 Roses!
xoxo,
Noelle

Jodi said...

Oh yes !I will Google. Thanks

deb said...

Wow. I will google, of course.

Leslie... I'm so grateful to this crazy life for the blessings,
and sometimes they are ones we never would have or could have predicted.
like these blog connections .

you are a blessing ,
a wonder,
and a inspiration.

Claudia said...

such a lot of things to say thanks for - love the nutcracker (is it one..?)
and chris tomlin is also one of my favorite song writers

Nancy said...

Thank you for introducing us to your mom and to her art. And, the Chris Tomlin song is a favorite--on that is on continuous rewind in my head when I awake in the wee small hours of the night and am tempted to doubt and fear. Thank you, too, for your kind words to me today--such encouragement and blessing in the Body of Christ!

natsumi nishizumi said...

Your mother's art is beautiful!! I love it! Do you makehand-dipped candles?? I used to make hand dipped candles when I was young but the shape of candle wasn't so perfect...
Hope you have a great week!

Joyce said...

A beautiful list of thanks! Enjoy my friend. xo

Manda said...

Great list of blessings... such a joy to read

Rachel said...

What a precious list especially your mothers art! I'll have to google as well, how neat!
May your week be full of hope and healing! Blessings to you~

Alexis Hallum said...

Your mothers art is lovely!
That clock is lovely too and those Asian inspired soaps. . . I want some! Where did you find them?

Laura said...

I too often find that it is the simplest of things that give me the greatest pleasure and illicit the most heart felt "thank yous" of all.