Archive for June, 2009

Weekend Update


Hello all!  This weekend was so great!  It would have been better to actually spend the day with my Dad on Father’s Day, but we will be together soon and for a whole week and a half!  WOOHOO!  I can’t wait to see you Dad!

On Saturday, Jordan made me breakfast and then despite the rain, we hit up some garage sales.  Can I just say how much I love garage sales.  And not just any garage sales, but Hutchinson garage sales.  Ok…I love gagrage sales.  It’s true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or woman for that matter, and this woman has some cool new things for art projects.  Feast your eyes on these gems!

On Sunday, we had a great day at church grabbed some quick lunch and then did some grocery shopping so I could cook dinner for Jordan’s family.  I made meatloaf, mac and cheese, and fresh green beans.  All from scratch.  Call me and we’ll make you dinner sometime. 

 After we ate, and sat around and talked a bit, it was time to jump in the pool to cool off.  I don’t know how hot it is where you live, but here in Hutch…it’s hot!

It started raining while we were out there, but we all jumped in the hot tub, and took cover under the hot tub cover.  It even started hailing.  Maybe being in a pool is not the safest place to be, but it sure was fun.  I do love the sky after all of the clouds roll in though.


I’m really excited about this week.  We’ve got quite a bit going on and I’m working on some fun things with my art.  I’ll keep you updated.  Until then…I’ll see yeah next time.


Third Thursday and Art Tour


So having worked for the Randy Bacon in Springfield, getting  to be involved in the arts, and working ArtWalk every First Friday, I was beginning to feel a little bit of me missing after being gone for a month.  Driving around one day we saw a sign and I found a glimmer of hope.  Third Thursday Art Tour!  I was so excited.  It was definitely a highlight for the month.  We had a great time walking around and talking to people and enjoying the sights.  Though it was a blazin 104 and quite windy we didn’t let it hold us back, after all we’re eventually moving to the tropics.  Among the things I love was: about a 90 year old woman still painting, she had the brightest red lipstick on, I aspire to be like her;  a few finds at an antique store; hearing live music fill the streets; finding some of the coolest shops including the grocery store pictured here, I’m in love; and getting to enjoy a wonderful evening with my darling husband.  I feel inspired.  

MAKE YOUR MARK: take a step, leave a footprint


So I guess I failed to even say what it is that Jordan and I were doing…my bad.

In May we left our jobs and our lives and set out on a trek we believed God has called us on.  We became missionaries.  It is our goal to leave in June 2010 for three years to Manila, Philippines.  We will be working with veteran missionary Greg Lyons.  While in Manila, we will be working in Baptist Bible College Asia and helping in the efforts of church planting.   We will be traveling over the next year sharing our vision with all who will listen and raising the support we need to get to the Philippines.  You can check out more information @

Home Tour









You’re the Inspiration


Chicago was really on to something…
Everywhere I’ve been there have been people who inspire me creatively. It’s just how I work…I have to talk it out. Since being here, I’ve had some difficulty finding my flow. Learning how to work in a new space, looking at things, and calling my mom about 10 times a day to see what she might have to say about it. I’ve felt a bit overwhelmed really. I have so many ideas for how to use art in ministry. And seem to be creating this pressure for myself, of tapping into something great that the masses will go crazy for. I read this interview with Rosie Thomas and she said something that stuck with me. She had talked about when her Dad gave her her first guitar he said:

“Rosie, you are a musician no matter what.”
“What do you mean?”
“Whether you play for your family, for 10 people, or a thousand, you’re a musician. You’re effective no matter what.”

She also went on to talk about collaborating with people on her albums, and just having a sense of community. I love that. And if you know me, you know how much I’m obsessed with the thought of community. I’ve been thinking today of all the people who have encouraged me along the way, who helped me talk it out. So my art isn’t just about my story. It’s also about the people on the journey with me, and to you I say thanks! You’re the reasons why I do what I do…and if you’re the only ones, that’s all that matters. So Erin…this pic’s for you.

Thinking of You


So as we’ve gotten all settled in, I’m trying to find my place and my role in all that we’re doing. We believe that creativity is supposed to be a big part of it all, and I’m excited about what has been developing through that. Since I’ve been out of the routine of creating on a regular basis, I’m trying to just get in the rhythm of it again. I had a break through yesterday. I’ve been wanting to create an Etsy page for a long time now, but it just hasn’t come about, but it’s starting to look rather promising. So with not just wanting to send a friend a letter on a white piece of paper, I had an idea. “The Art of Snail Mail” Creating little pieces of art with stationary, cards, etc. Here’s a little peek at my first attempt.

Happy Sabbath


God is my shepherd
I won’t be wanting
I won’t be wanting

He makes me rest
in fields of green
with quiet streams

Even though I walk
Through the valley
Of death and dying

I will not fear
Cause you are with me
You are with me

Your shepherd’s staff
comforts me
You are my feast
in the presence of enemies
Surely goodness
will follow me
follow me
In the house of God forever

Jon Foreman—The House of God, Forever

The Big Move



A week ago today, along with some good friends, we loaded up our lives in this little Penske truck.  We spent the rest of the weekend hangin out with some friends and saying our goodbyes, before leaving town Monday morning.  When we left, it was a good almost 5 hours to reflect and just enjoy the wide open spaces of good ole Kansas.  Here is a list of a few of the tunes that filled the air of the Malibu as I drove:

E To W — The Appleseed Cast — Lost Songs 
Road to Nowhere — Talking Heads — The Best of Talking Heads
Use Somebody — Kings of Leon — Only By the Night
Fire It Up — Modest Mouse — We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank   
Life’s a Song — Patrick Park — Stickbirdsongs – EP 
Into Dust — Mazzy Star — So Tonight That I Might See 
To Sheila — Smashing Pumpkins — Adore 
My Everything — Jasen Ashdown & Trademark 
Bluebird of Happiness — Mojave 3 — Spoon and Rafter 
Jesus — Page France — Hello, Dear Wind     
Ribcage — Elbow — Cast of Thousands
Stay Golden — Au Revoir Simone Verses of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation 
 Leap Year — Maria Taylor — 11:11
Fraud In The ’80s — Mates Of State — Bring It Back 
We Have A Map Of The Piano — Múm — Finally We Are No One 
Nothing To Worry About — Peter Bjorn and John — Living Thing

We’ve been unpacking all week and getting settled, trying to make Hutchinson, KS feel like home.  I’ve got so many feelings and thoughts flooding my mind right now, but I’m excited.  I’ve been catching up on some reading this morning, and feeling very anxious about all of the things we want to get started on.  Now that we’re settled, we’re ready to really jump into everything.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  We’re no longer just talking about it all, we’re doin it!   We covet your prayers as we get crackin and start making some connections.  HERE WE GO! (more…)