Friday, August 20, 2010

I Feel Lucky- And Am Completely Covered in Paint

This week I feel lucky. I know it's all blessings and maybe it's just the feeling of gratitude I have that makes me feel like things are going great and right. Funny because 1 week ago you would've found me sobbing about the stupidest things, but this week- it's all good again.

The view of the hall BEFORE
And why, you might be wondering, do I feel so lucky? Well, first of all I got to spend two whole afternoons this week painting. Yup, painting. I was asked to do a mural on a small wall near the Nursery at our church and although I didn't know what I was going to do, I agreed and of course still didn't know the day before I was scheduled to begin but the ideas did come and I love the result.

The view through the doorway AFTER.
The goal with this mural is to direct the eye through a doorway at the end of the fellowship hall that leads to the Nursery. It is fairly innocuous and so they wanted something child-like and playful, as well as a sign of some sort that pointed to the Nursery. I started work Tuesday and finished up on Wednesday afternoon. I am going to go back and make the lettering a little thicker on the signage to make it more visible but other than that little bit I'm done. It also worked out that my mom was able to watch my 5 year old while I did this so it wasn't just two afternoons painting, it was two afternoons painting uninterrupted. I have to admit to adding just one more thing and then just one more thing so I could spend just a little more time painting. It was fairly blissful. I also felt fairly thankful that God has given me the ability to transform an old hallway like this. It's definitely my kind of service project. :)

Full View of the Hall BEFORE
Then today, my parents have whisked my son away for the weekend and I'm again left with time to my self. This is a rare thing when you're a parent, and something that's nice but just a little bit unnerving as well. So I'll spend a little bit of time with you, do some cleaning, work on getting a couple of etsy orders done, and run some errands (and maybe make a completely unnecessary stop at Anthropologie- just because I can). Still it feels strange and I realize how lucky I am to have that incessant chattering and sweet little voice always interrupting my thoughts to tell me he's hungry- yet again. In another couple of weeks school will start and my little guy will be gone all day and I'm still not sure how I'll handle it, but I am so so so lucky to have this time now. I know you understand what I mean. :)
The full view AFTER- a sweet change!


Dana Barbieri said...

The mural came out great Jen! And I totally know what you mean. Enjoy your time off.
♥ dana

Terri said...

God has blessed the work of your hands!

Single Stone Studios said...

I love the title of this post. I tend to feel luckiest when I'm covered in paint. :)

chrissy said...

beautiful job.
i LOVE the transformation....lucky little ones who head off through the enchanted woods to nursery.
you inspire me to "ENJOY" the journey, whether it.s with my (5) children around me or a few silent hours while they are learning at school.
i am slightly jealous that you get to visit anthropologie as it.s one of my FAVORITE places to browse, but it.s about 30 min. away from my home.
happy days.

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

WOW! What a difference! I'm always in awe of people who can paint murals. I bet your church is thrilled! Hope you had a brilliant weekend to yourself, though I'm sure you missed that little man like crazy. :)