The Resolution Bandwagon

01/05/2010

Well it’s that time of year again, and I like everyone else am reevaluating and making some changes.  I’ve spent some days looking over certain areas of my life, and measuring them up to a higher standard and figuring out where I’m falling short.  Jordan and I have had some great discussions and we’re ready to jump start the year and kick it in gear, and get some things done.  SO I figured writing it down and making it public, would keep me a little more accountable to actually getting it done.   Here’s the list:

1. Be a Christian–Don’t get me wrong here I mean I already am one, but I want to make sure my life and actions are showing it.  So it’s a matter of focusing on my spiritual core, and changing from the inside out.  Obviously there are a lot of steps that need to be taken to get there, a matter of chewing on the right things, ie: more Scripture, and other readings; meditating on things that are good and true–committing verses to memorization…I’m thinking 1 a week;  as well as exercising out the things which I’ve read. 

2.  Within the first goal, is more reading.  So I set the goal to read 12 books this year.   I don’t read.  I know I should.  In fact a good leader is a reader, right?  I haven’t come up with the exact 12 books yet, but when I do I’ll post the list.

3.  I know I’m with everyone else when i say lose weight and be more healthy.  The goal: 50 pounds.  That would put me at the lowest weight I have ever been in my adult life, which would make me quite excited.  I’ve been on a journey of losing weight for a while now, and it would be amazing to get there.  This is my year, I can feel it!

4.  Keep using my creativity.  No huge goals here.  Just to find ways to keep incorporating it into life and what I’m doing.  Guess I’m still thinkin through this one a little. 

5.  Not meant to be last, but pour more into my husband and our relationship.  I think we do a great job, but there’s always room to improve.  I won’t bore you with the gushy details, but he’s pretty amazing and deserves my best and I want to give it  to him. 

It’s not a huge list, but one I think is doable.  I could probably think of a million other things, but I do want this to be a successful year, so I think 5 is enough!  I feel good about 2010 and I’m excited for what this year will bring.  And we’re off!

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Tis the Season

12/21/2009

So if you haven’t had the chance to see this movie, it’s a must!  It’s so cool to see Scripture unfold before you and get a glimpse of what things might have been like.  I watched this the other day for the first time while working on my Christmas cards, and it was amazing!  It’s definitely moving…so see it.  You’ll be glad you did.  And it just helps to put things into perspective.  Loved it!

And also I’ve been doing a lot of this lately—

I love cooking and baking.  And the funny thing is, I’ve noticed I’m turning into my mother…I don’t like help in the kitchen.  HAHA.  We had Christmas with Jordan’s family, and I made quite a feast.  Next, we’re heading to Kansas City to see my folks…hopefully we beat the weather that is supposidly heading our way.  Hope everyone is enjoying the Season.

It’s already Christmas!?

12/16/2009

We had a great Fall, and now we’re already into Christmas.  Hard to believe this year is almost over.  It’s been a crazy ride thus far.  I’m hopeful.  I think things will be getting even better in this next year.  We doubled our support over fall, we’re at nearly 15% now.  Looking forward to catching up and getting in some much needed family time.  I’m almost done with all of my Christmas cards.  Handmade nearly 200.  WHOA.  And now it’s time for some Holiday baking.  Hope everyone is enjoying the season and loving on their friends and family!

Fall Whirlwind

10/30/2009

Life has been moving at an exceptionally fast pace lately.  We’ve been in a few missions conferences in this past month.  One of which was at my home church Glenwood Baptist in Kansas City.  WoW!  What an amazing time we had.  I know it will be a highlight of deputation.  It was so refreshing to be there.  We were so blown away about just how loved we felt and  it was so good to share our vision for the Philippines with the people there.  THANKS for such a special week!  We also had the opportunity to be involved in Missions Emphasis Week at Baptist Bible College.  It was quite surreal being there and teaching students about what we’re doing…but also exciting to think my words may have had an impact on someone.  Man college students are so intimidating.  And now we’re in Tulsa, at our friends the Wilsons.  I’m definitely glad to be around some people who love and care about us.  We’re going to have a totally fun fall weekend!  Pictures are soon to follow.

Shine your light

10/12/2009
Shine your light

Shine your light

Salt and light

Let the whole world see

So I felt like our table display was a little drab and needed some umph, so I came up with this piece to share the vision of Jordan and I going to the Philippines.  I’m really excited for all of these pieces I’ve been working on lately.  There has always been a need to create in my life, it has always been a reflection of who I am, and my relationship with God…but lately, it just seems to all be coming together.  I listened to a message recently about following after our heart.  I think I was doing that for a long time…chasing my dream.  But ever since I’ve surrendered to what God would have, and just walk in Him…it’s made a lot more sense.  To God be the glory.

Art with a Cause

10/10/2009

So…I, like everyone else, love fall.  It’s always been my favorite season.  I hate the cold, and I hate the heat, and how can you beat all of those beautiful colors and smells in the air.  I don’t care if I’m joining the millions in saying it.  I love fall!  I just wanna know…how did a season become a fad?  

The other day I got out for a walk, and the air was just fantastic.  What a beautiful week to enjoy cool breezes, autumn candles, good music, hot coa-coa with cinnamon…agh love it!  I took this week to work on a piece for Fellowship of Grace in Kansas City.  They’re having a silent auction as well as a live auction, with hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment, to raise money to build home and caring for orphans in Haiti.  It’s on October 27th @ 6:00pm at the Majestic Theatre, Zona Rosa.  Tickets are just $15. 

I think it’s great what they’re doing and I’m so excited to be a part of it.  Here’s what I came up with:

Our Happy Home

 You can read more about The Global Orphan Project here.

Killing Me Softly

10/06/2009

This past weekend has been an amazing one.  Our journey through deputation has taught me a lot of things.  I think most importantly, it’s taught me a lot about myself–my comforts, what I value, what I feel I can’t live without, how to love people, and trust God in all things.  Though it may not seem like a big deal to some, there was this tiny little piece of silver that was causing quite a few issues in my life, so I decided to part with it.  I didn’t think it would be an emotional thing to let it go, but it’s been a part of me for so long.  But there is far more worth fighting for than that.  I can see God working in and through my life, when I continue to back down and let him. 

This weekend, I got to meet someone who knows that on a far deeper level.  Gracia Burnam spoke at High Street in Springfield this weekend and what an amazing story it was to hear firsthand.  I so apporeciated her realness.  She didn’t want praise for what she did.  She just wanted to tell the story, and continue to challenge people to live out the life changing message of Jesus Christ.  The Wilsons graciously got both of her books for us and had her sign them and they gave her my artwork in return, which she asked if she could display on her table at her speaking engagements.  How cool is that!  Here we are together:  Me and Gracia

I’m also so amazed at how much I’ve gotten to use my art.  I plan on posting pictures from somewhat beginning to end, when the whole thing is finally done, of the project at Westside.  It’s been a long project but an amazing one to be a part of.  While we were at High Street, Tiffany asked me to help her with a piece for their volunteer room and this is what I came up with:Love God Serve People Reach The World

It took me about 10 hours of planning, getting supplies, Chik-fil-A, and then painting the whole thing.  All of these projects have stretched me, and I’ve loved every opportunity.  Currently I am working on a project for Fellowship of Grace Church in Kansas City, for an auction to raise money for an orphanage in Haiti. 

To end the weekend, I with a few good friends celebrated Jordan’s 25th Birthday. We had dinner, and then went to the Adrian’s for some dessert, and games that all celebrated Jordan.  Here’s everyone with their very own Jordan Nisly glasses: Jordan Glasses

I am so lucky to be married to such a wonderful man.  He fills my life with so much joy everyday!  You’re a good man Jordan Nisly.  And I absolutely love you.  Here’s to 25!  May it be your best year yet. Make a Wish

The Art of Cooking

08/29/2009

So as a wedding gift I received a book called Hello Cupcake.  I just now attempted to actually make something from it, and it was quite fun.  Not something I would do everday…I don’t think I have the patience…but it’s fun for special occasions.  Since we live in the Sunflower State now, I decided to make these for a party at church.

Close UpBouquetSunflowers

To 26

08/10/2009

So this past weekend I celebrated my 26 Birthday.  This past year has been such a great one.  We got engaged and then married.  We lived in our first place together, which was just a studio apartment.  Worked, and lived out each day.  Celebrated holidays together for the first time.  Were recognized as missionaries.  Moved to Hutchinson.  And the journey is just beginning.  Isn’t life grand!  I’ve seend God move and work so much in this past year.  We’ve really learned to live by faith and put all of our hope and trust in Him.  And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  So here’s to 26 being the best year of all.  As we travel down this road looking forward and never back…to trust God more and more each day, come what may.  I’m thankful for the wonderful husband that I have walking next to me.  My best friend.  Who loves me enough to go on crazy rides that turn you all around and upside down.  To life! 

Kid’s Art?

08/04/2009

Sometimes you do things in life that may not have been on your list, but then you find it’s not such a bad idea. Here in Hutch at Westside Baptist Church, they’ve been going through a remodel for the past year now. They’ve updated there whole children’s ministry and the workers are almost done. But there’s one last project…painting murals on all of the walls and decorating everything. And I’ve been recruited. I knew my degree wasn’t all for fun. Today I went in and talked to Jodie, the secretary, and got things all figured out for the big game plan. With a new goal in mind I went to Hobby Lobby, got some supplies and got to work. It was kind of an obsession. I couldn’t stop working on the painting. So i have one down and three more to go, but that’s just the canvases going up in the nursery. Here’s a sneak peak at our theme which is taken from The Land of Milk and Honey
Painting for the Nursery
So as Jordan and I were staring at it from the couch…we thought with his writing skills and my artistic abilities we should make children’s books. And I thought I didn’t even like kids. I’m kidding…mostly. Maybe it will be our goal to accomplish that in the next few years before we have our own.