VBS Set Construction

Our church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) is coming up in June, and I am the team lead this year for construction of the set.  Here are a few photos of some of the props we have made so far for the theme, ‘Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus’:

Anchors and chains
4′ high anchors made of Styrofoam with chains made of foam pipe insulation
Assembled oar paddle
Close up of an oar paddle created out of Styrofoam and shaped with a hot knife
Liferings ours vs storebought
Our life ring vs. a store bought one:  ours is on the left, and is a Styrofoam disc wrapped in white tape, then red tape and yellow rope
Liferings
More life rings
Lynley with finished oar
Lynley, one of our wonderful team members with a finished 7′ oar.  The paddle is attached to a wooden tree stake with spray foam, then wrapped with rope for a finished look

I will post more photos as we get things done, and I hope you have a blessed day!

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Way To Go Bro!

I have to give a shout out to my brother, Alan, who is one of my best friends (hoping it is reciprocal!).  In February, he was able to move into a house, right across the street from us.  He has worked for the past 17 years with an insurance company and has always wanted his own house.  Thanks to our dad, who purchased the house, Alan is able to make payments on a rent to own basis and he knows the landlord pretty well.

So, for the month of February and most of March, we have been busy painting, especially the doors, windows and trim, plus cleaning the house as well as the apartment he moved out of.

Als house
Alan at home

He wears a leg brace from the hip down due to a birth defect, Klippel-Trenauney-Weber syndrome, and a luxating patella, so he just needs a little extra help.  It will be nice to have him so close.  He truly is an inspiration to others, as the doctors said when he was little that he would never be able to walk very far.  However, in Philippians 4:13 the Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me”.  Amen to that!  Alan is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, has white water rafted and earned the Swimmers merit badge by swimming a mile across a lake in Michigan, plus showed horses in 4-H.  Way to go bro, indeed!

Al and his 2013 Equinox
Alan and his Equinox

Alan has lived in apartments for over 16 years, but he loves the peace and quiet of the country.  We are in the middle of farmland, with cattle on three sides, and he loves it here.  Next door there is a herd of sheep and the man that owns them has asked if he can fence in the back of Alan’s property to extend their pasture.  Of course he said yes, (less mowing for us) and he is looking forward to watching them graze as he sits with a coffee or iced tea out back.  After all, its the Southern thing to do!  Congratulations Alan!

Jonathans new lambs
New lambs at the farm next door

Do YOU like it?

Make no mistake, but everyone’s tastes are different.  Whether it is art, clothing, music, food, you name it and we each have our own individual style.  While this is the way God created us, to be unique, it can also ruffle a few feathers, so to speak.  Our uniqueness gives the world great variety and color and it would be a truly boring place if we were all the same!  Whats more, we all have our own opinions, especially when it comes to art.

People buy art for many reasons, maybe a piece has their favorite color, or it matches the sofa in the living room.  Perhaps the subject matter reminds them of a special place, or a particular event or person in their life.  Whatever the reason, it is their reason and yes, they have to live with it.  I am often asked by friends or family what I think about a piece of art they are contemplating purchasing.  I may not care for it for whatever reason, but I try to help them make sure it is quality materials, and asking where they might be displaying it (as a general rule, paintings should not be in direct sunlight).  If pressed about whether or not I like it, I explain that it isn’t about what I think but what they think and how they feel about the piece.

Recently, a friend of mine brought over a painting for me to look at that she had purchased at a thrift store for $1.  It would look good in the kitchen of her new apartment.  She was so excited about her find, but before she showed it to me, she explained that it was of a rooster and when she saw the piece it reminded her of a rooster I painted on a mural a few years ago.  She had always loved that rooster, so this painting really touched her.  She said that it was  ‘not like the way you paint’, and thought possibly a child or a beginning artist had painted it.  I told her that was okay, and if she liked it, that was all that mattered.  Upon seeing it, I agreed that perhaps a child or beginner could have painted it, and explained that it was a point and time in that artist’s life, style and ability, and the art she chooses for her home doesn’t have to be like what I paint.

I asked her if she liked it and of course, she did.  I replied that is what really matters, and truthfully, it is all that really matters, the fact that she liked it.  I explained to her that I have seen a lot of art that I didn’t particularly care for, but that doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t like it or buy it.  Furthermore, if she found something she really liked for a dollar, then more power to her!  She phoned me later to tell me she had asked a couple of other people what they thought, and they said the rooster was too skinny, that the painting had a lot of issues.  With that, she donated it back to the thrift store and is on the hunt for something else.  Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.

I hope you are surrounded by artwork and things that you love that bring back fond memories.  It really doesn’t matter who did it, how much you paid for it, etc.  The bottom line is, do you like it?

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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It has been way too long since my post at Thanksgiving, and way, way too long before that one.  I thank everyone who does look at my work, and want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.  I pray it is full of blessings bestowed upon you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  God bless you all and remember to stay safe this holiday weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  As we gather together with family and friends, I pray for a safe holiday for everyone, and a stress-free one as well.  Sometimes I think we bring a lot of the stress upon ourselves, thinking we need to have everything perfect.  Well, there is only one place I know of where perfect happens:   Heaven!!  So, let’s enjoy the laughter, love others, and live our lives thanking God for giving us the blessings and mercy He has bestowed on us!