March 18, 2007

Sunday painting in the neighborhood

Today we painted ... in a little park (with a creek!) down the street from our house. It was most exciting for me... as my one request to William to celebrate my birthday.... for both of us to spend the afternoon painting together. I'm not the only one who thinks that creativity improves overall health and productivity. William was a trooper and suffered all the way through with a smiling effort. We'll let you know if it makes an impact in our workday on Monday... as we continue to create, "business style" in the realm of software & internet product development :)

Neither of us are especially talented, but hey, I believe that God calls us to create with Him in mind. One of my frustrations with popular "modern art" in the Christian world is that it . . . lacks. I know there are great Christian artists out there, but they seem to be hard to find.

I think my feelings are summed up in this blog posting.

I found this 56 page sampling of the book, Addicted to Mediocrity: 20th Century Christians and the Arts. " In this provocative book, Franky Schaeffer shows how Christians today have sacrificed the artistic prominence they enjoyed for centuries and settled instead for mediocrity". Looks good... I hope it inspires "real" artists out there in the creative world (besides the lackluster attempts at "Chan" art). May God help us all!

March 15, 2007

Going deep in San Francisco

So I went to a Christian conference in San Francisco...along with 9,000 other women this past weekend. Kay Arthur, Beth Moore, and Priscilla Shirer were the speakers. These women are refreshing teachers and have this incredible authenticity that isn't always available in the modern church today.

Three lessons that I personally took away from it that resonated in my mind were...

1) God is a just God - there are consequences for our decisions and actions. This is conveyed throughout the old testament (and new as well) Sometimes this message seems to be clouded over in some venues... but I think it's important for me to always recognize this throughout the I make decisions in the normal occurrences of life.

2) God is not looking for perfection . . .He is looking for passion. "I have found David, a man after my own heart" Acts 13:22 I love this lesson.... and only God can know our true passions - we can't hide ourselves in anything else.

3) We have to be still. . . to go deep. "Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10 .... This reminded me of the importance of prioritization as we live in this overworked society of achievement and hyperspeed activity while staying in "our zone". A good reminder for me to get out of my zone...and into God.

March 03, 2007

New look in the old house

We brought the new year in with a little fresh paint and color...
What do you think of our new wild kitchen. ...
orange walls....and a yellow ceiling.
But we kept our cabinets white. Our house was built in 1927.... so you can imagine there's been a few coats of paint on these walls.

And a personal favorite memento of mine...that William is beginning to appreciate...
a vintage "Big Boy"! :)

On we move to our front reading room.... we took out the red in our couches...and moved to shades of chocolate, sage and a touch of mango....
And then we wimped out and followed the popular trend of going with a type of icey blue-green with dark the bedroom. We just really dig that color combo. And it was easy to find things to match with it in the stores...

And our most attractive home accessory..... Sopapilla....the cat.

This is where my incredible William gets the husband of the year award, since he allowed me to do up my bathroom pretty girly.... I love this shade of vintage pink. And I never dreamed of having a crystal chandelier in my "powder room"...but I'm liking it.

Speaking of, separate bathrooms....they are so healthy for a marriage :) One of the first tips that we followed as we settled in together. William got a little upgrade in his as well.
So not too drastic of an "extreme makeover" ...but just a few simple changes from before.