Behind the name: I grew up in the water, not somewhere warm and tropical but in the midwest state of Michigan. With over 11,000 lakes, naturally my favorite memories growing up were camping and swimming. My first jobs were teaching swim lessons and life-guarding. I spend long days in the summer outdoors, but in the reverse see few days of sunshine in the winter. Somewhere during high-school or college I used to joke that I was solarpowered, when the sun went down in the winter I was left with very little motivation and energy. While this is still somewhat true today I would like to believe that I am more powered by the SON than the sun, it is my constant source of life, motivation and gratitude.
In the past I have struggled with writing a blog, mostly because I am not good at journaling and I don’t want to over-expose my family and friends on the web. Yet, I have felt the urge to do two things lately, to be more transparent and to share my testimony (life story) freely. Secondly, I wanted to share my artwork and creative process. I live in a small community so I am always looking for a good critique and feedback. I figure this is my space to share the best moments in my day – the kind you know would be a crime to keep to yourself. I write like I talk, not too fancy but from the heart.
I am a wife, mother, friend, artist, swimmer, traveler, cook, adventurer and follower of Christ. I studied art in college and have French and art education degrees. I love both and both areas have deep threads in my life. Recently I have begun making art again after collecting ideas for many years, it is amazing how the simplicity of doing what you are made or called to do can be so life giving and rewarding. My husband went to seminary at Asbury, but at the time my pride kept me from auditing classes. I figured that Jesus needed lay people in the Church too. I don’t know if I would pass that resource up again if given the chance, but take confidence in knowing that my current studies and daily walk are undoubtedly spirit lead. I humbly share both here in this space.
So I hope you enjoy. Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts or part of your journey.
* Also as a note, I take all my own photographs using a Nikon camera. I am happy to share pictures but please drop me an email if you intend to post them on another site. Thanks.
Articles featuring my work:
October 2011 Design*Sponge
September 2011 Food & Pottery blog
August 2011 Studio Potter Archive Blog
June 2011 The Daily Post
March 2011 WordPress Freshly pressed