Thank-you all for your enthusiasm and encouragement this week as I've peeled back the layers on my art and shared the story behind it. There is truly a connection to each piece of art I create. Sometimes I forget others can't see inside my crazy thoughts and forget to share the story that is behind each piece. This has been fun for me too!
"We are all a beautiful story" is a piece I painted first many, many months ago in my art journal. Then I painted another piece (the one you see here) just a few weeks ago, as adoption was pounding on my heart. If you've been around the blog for long, you know that I truly believe this. From the people in my community that serve me a smile (like at the post office or the grocery store), to the family members that love us so big, each is beautiful. Ann Voskamp has a quote that says a big heart will trump a big title every time. I have to agree. I don't think big titles, tons of Etsy sales, or thousands of IG followers is what makes our story more beautiful than someone else's. I think it's all about the love. People are really interesting. I am fascinated by people-where they've come from, where they are now, where they're headed.
As we started our adoption process our thinking was mainly one-sided. Us. That's mostly all we were thinking about. As we began to work with Bethany Christian Services our thinking and hearts expanded to make room for the beautiful soul that is also a part of our story now-our birth mom. Not a day goes by that we don't pray for her (multiple times), think about her, and honor her.
I told our case worker that most of the questions I was getting so far were about the process and how when I keep speaking about the birth mom a lot of people don't understand. She reminded me that maybe I could be a voice to help change the perspective on adoption. So today, will you join me in praying for our birth mom (no, we haven't met her yet), and all the other beautiful, brave souls across the world who are united in this miracle called adoption. We are each a part of the other's story, none more important than the other.
And will you see those around you as beautiful stories today?
As living, breathing, walking, interesting stories?
(as always, you can purchase this 8x10 art print here for half-price at $9 for one-day only!)