Hey sweet readers and friends! This past year and a half has been an absolute whirlwind… We have been through some of the happiest times in our life as a couple and shared some of the hardest trials in our marriage yet. It has been ultra challenging adjusting to having a new baby in our lives, learning to balance life with a business and baby, facing the death of dreams, plans, and loved-ones, and learning of life-altering diseases that have no cure of the people we love dearly. Dreams can become new ones, and God’s plans are bigger than ours. The people in our lives and the experiences we have can’t be remade, however. But in everything we are to give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18. In our darkest valley God is still good. It is then when we learn to cleave to Him more, and believe the truth of His promises recorded in the Bible.
Through much thought and prayer, we have decided to take the rest of the year off in 2016… Our plan is to finish-out our clients we have on the books, and take a sabbatical. We have been in-limbo this past year, and feel the Lord leading us to take a break; to be intentional with our thoughts and decisions. Our culture celebrates going non-stop, and busyness. Psalm 46:10 reminds me daily to ‘Be still, and know that He is God!’ Have I been still? Have I taken the time to reflect and be intentional with my decisions? Are we coasting through life without inviting the Lord to lead? This is the time I want to be STILL and reflect. These next few months I want to just ‘BE’ with my son, my family, my art, creativity and marriage. I simply can’t be the friend, wife, mother, and artist if I feel as if I am being pulled in a number of directions.
So here we are, terrified we will be judged. All those years of sleepless nights, tears, and sweat down the drain for our business? Are we going to lose our friends we have made through the years in our business because of this? That is where we are trusting God. For months we have felt the Lord nudge us to make this decision, and we feel a peace. We are more than thrilled to see where the Lord takes us this year and next! I am excited to rest the mind and allow for creativity to flow again.
In the mean-time, if you want to see what we have been consumed with for the past 10 months, here is a look into our world these days…