Friday, May 16, 2014

What's New at LDD + Graduation Gift Promo Code

My shop has been open for just over a year now! And I am so thankful for all of you who have encouraged and supported me through my first year running my own small business. You all mean so much to me! When I almost decided to give up, you kept checking in, requesting custom designs and sharing my work on social media. And it means so so much!!

Over the last few weeks as I became a little bit discouraged and just plain tired of juggling it all as a mom, employee and also a small business owner, this verse was shared with me:

It is the same with my Word.
    I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
    and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:11

As I run my little shop of Scripture-based wall art, what a great promise that God's Word always produces fruit, or as other translations say it, "never returns void." It's fun to see this happen even as I post designs to Facebook. Sometimes it's just what someone needs to see at that moment. And that brings such joy!

Recently I've been working on lots of custom orders. While it takes way more time than I'd ever thought possible, what I love about it is how God speaks to each person in different ways and encourages each of us through his Word. Some of those custom orders I've added to my shop.

Take a look!

Another addition to my shop is that I have started ordering CANVASES. Most of my designs can be printed to canvas. If this is something you are interested in, please ask me about it!

And finally, it's GRADUATION SEASON! I'm heading to my brother's high school graduation next week and I'm beyond excited! What better gift to give a graduate than Scripture to take with them into the next season of life! This one is a favorite for both children and graduates.

>>Through May 22, receive 20% off your entire order of art prints
in my shop with promo code GRAD20. Shop for those gifts now! <<

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Daffodil Photos With My Loves {Happy Spring!}

We had a quiet morning yesterday and the weather just about perfect (I LOVE spring weather!), so we embarked on an adventure to a favorite photoshoot spot, Laurel Ridge in Litchfield, just about 25 minutes from our house. It's such a pretty and quiet little spot to wander through the field of daffodils or sit by the pond.

This was our first visit to Laurel Ridge when Levi turned two.

It was a bit of a challenge this year with two munchkins to chase through mud and tall grass, plus we didn't wear the right footwear, but what fun pictures!! My husband and I just sat and laughed at the out-takes and the differences between our two handsome boys. Then I played in Photoshop. 

Here are some of my favorites.

 These are my boys!!

 Our Silas, aka Si-guy. {19 months}

 Levi {4 years} 
Picking "flowers" for me. At least he didn't touch the daffodils!

This one is kind of funny but I just love the tree and water in the background. He had a lollipop in his mouth and and wrapper in his hands, which I Photoshopped out! Haha!

Happy Spring everyone!!


Friday, May 9, 2014

When Motherhood is Messy {Printable Card}

Confession. I yelled at my kids this morning. I mean, really lost it. Then I cried. And then we hugged and cried some more. My heart still hurts from it. If you know my boys, you are probably thinking, how could she yell at those sweet faces?!

It was less about the whining over crumbs on his Legos. Yes, people, crumbs. Or about playing in a sink full of dirty dishes, getting drenched in dirty dishwater. Or about hanging from the tray to my  printer. It was about me. Trying to do it all, be it all, and, yes, have it all. Trying to meet everyone's expectations, like the super mom that we all think our mom friends are. (The comparison trap again.)

I'm tired. And discouraged. And I took it out on them. I expected the unrealistic – to have an hour in the morning before heading out the door to get my list of two things done while my precious boys played quietly without creating a mess. Ha!

I somewhat pulled it together as we headed out to Taekwondo. I don't think I was fooling anyone, but thankfully every single one of those moms gets it. I was directed to this post by a mom friend — just what I needed, of course. Take a minute to let it sink in.

When I think about Mother's Day and that my mom had not two but three of us – two boys and a girl, all 15 months apart – to care for while my dad worked long hours, I am humbled and grateful. Every day as I muddle through parenting my boys, I gain a new appreciation for my mom, that that she successfully and gracefully got the three of us through our preschool years...and beyond. Our family wasn't perfect, but there was always lots of love.

Motherhood is a tough job. Maybe the the toughest. Certainly the longest hours. And I'm so thankful I don't have to be perfect. That I can fail and God can pick me back up and use me. Because I have a perfect Father by my side who offers grace.

God wants Prodigal Parents — not perfect parents.
Lavish in love, extravagant in truth, big spenders of grace.
~Ann Voskamp 


Do you still need a  special Mother's Day card? Download this free 5x7 printable card.
Include your own special note of appreciation to mom on the inside. This design is lovely printed on linen card stock or matte photo paper.