I started blogging over a decade ago. Originally, it was a way to communicate with a friend living in China. Through her writing about this new culture I was encouraged to write about the new area of ministry, and culture, my husband and I found ourselves in: recovery. Eventually, I named that blog LivingInGraceland because that’s where I discovered we were. And that’s where I learned more about grace.
My love of making things started as a child. It was often a way for mama to keep me busy and out of her way. I joke the reason I’m a better artist than cook is that when I wondered in the kitchen she would say, “draw mommy a picture”.
There have been periods in my life where the art of making, whether it be quilting or painting, was more an act of self-care. It has felt life-saving more than once.
So I’ve been walking these two roads. The art was sometimes shared with friends and family as gifts, and, for a short period in the early 90’s I sold to local shops. That part of me seemed separate from the ministry part of me. I’ve wondered how to bring them together into one complete reflection of who I am.
With our recent retirement, I think the opportunity has come to merge the two roads. Graceland isn’t reserved to recovery. It’s in how we breathe in deeply and it’s in hospitality. Grace is sharing a meal and the flair of a brush stroke. It’s what God gives to us when we need it most.
This is my welcome to you to this new home. I’ve made space for us to Make, Eat and Breathe. In these categories you’ll find art projects (with a tutorial here and there), recipes along with many kitchen fail anecdotes, and space for us to breathe as we embrace the imperfections of life.
I hope you’ll join me because it’s in connecting where I find my bigger purpose.