Friday, March 19, 2010

Four Leaf Clovers...

We must have a mutant form of clover growing in our back yard. I had always thought four-leaf clovers were especially rare, but they abound in our back yard. Rachel has been picking them and pressing them, and last week she made the sweetest art work by placing four pressed four -leaf clovers on some brown parchment paper and putting it in a wooden photo frame. Beneath the clovers she added this saying:

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.

~Author Unknown

And it got me to thinking - am I looking for four-leaf clovers, for good luck and happy circumstances, for the quick fix to my problems and in so doing, missing opportunities? I was reminded of Paul's writings in Philippians 4:11-12:

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Portrait Update

I wrote here about James's portrait, which I have been working on F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Well since then, I have done some more work on it, mainly working on the shirt, but I don't have any updated photos to post yet... I'll add some soon! Note to self - plaid fabric is very difficult to handle! In the meantime, this is the portrait I did of Rachel several years ago, just to prove to myself that yes, I CAN actually finish these portraits.