Want more “me time”? Have you ever considered stepping away from social media? Here’s what I learned from my seven-day fast from social media.Read More
According to a study done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor in 2016, as our kids get older we play with them less and less. In fact, the time we spend playing with them decreases from almost an hour to between five and 18 minutes. The time we spend reading with them is even lower.
I say we fight back. Our children are only in our home for a short time. They look to us for their values, their self worth, their view of the world, and most of all their feeling of love and security. We need to put the time we spend with them higher up on our priority list.Read More
When asked to name one of my strengths, my oldest daughter told me, "you always make sure we always eat dinner together." I never thought that was a strength. I assumed that family dinner happened nightly for most families. After asking my girls about their friends' families I found out that it was a rarity, not the standard.
Is it true that families don't eat dinner together these days? Are people in such a hurry in their lives that they can't make the time to gather and sit down at a family meal anymore?Read More
I’ve been a mom for half my life now. My oldest daughter just turned 22, which is the same age I was when I had her. When I look back on being 22 and that time surrounding her birth, I remember being so eager to have her and to be a mom. I had no idea what deep love and pain motherhood would hold. The depth I could feel honest, raw emotions that no words could describe never crossed my mind as a possibility until she arrived.Read More
To me, parenting children can be compared to the seasons. Babyhood through elementary school is like spring and summer.Read More
So, you think you would like to have a piece of original art on your wall. A piece of original art that features your precious son or daughter would be the perfect way to remember how much you love them. You don't have to know a lot about art to get a piece created for you. I've outlined my process in creating a one-of-a-kind, exclusive commission. So here’s what you can generally expect:
Once you express your interest in a commissioned piece of art, I will set up design session with you. The design session may be at my home studio, a site visit to your home, or via video chat or phone, depending on location
During the design session, you will share your intentions for the painting and we will determine the key design parameters for your custom piece of art including ideal size (I have three sizes I recommend, but can do custom sizes too), subject, colors, and price
Once there is a clear expectation on what you would like, you will sign the commission agreement and send a 50% deposit (credit/debit card) and any subject reference materials agreed upon to me. Photos of anticipated placement site in your home or office are helpful
I will recommend a rough layout of the composition for your review and approval
I create the painting for you. At this point, the deposit is non-refundable
Once the painting is close to finished, I will send you a photo of the painting via email or text for your approval
Balance due is sent payable via online invoice to me
Your painting will be shipped or delivered to you depending on location
If at any time you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me
When I was a little girl and crying, my dad would scoop me up, snuggle me, and attempt to collect my tears in a jar, telling me that those tears were precious to him. Now that I'm a parent, I understand what he meant. Childhood is fleeting.
Most recently, I was looking at my daughter who is turning 13 in a few days. She was deeply absorbed with whatever was on her phone. I remembered only 5 years ago when she wanted me to get off my phone and play with her. A pang of regret shot through me. I wished for that moment when she was more into spending time with me than spending time on her phone.
Now, I’m still not perfect when it comes to being completely present with my family. Sometimes I look a little too long at Instagram, or I text people while my husband is talking to me about the lawn or politics. But, for the most part, I attempt to stop, put the phone down, and pay attention to the people I love most in the world. I haven’t yet collected the tears of any crying children, but I can fully appreciate my dad’s approach to capturing my fleeting childhood.
My mission is to help families uncover the wonderful, connected moments they've shared; to elevate them to a place where they can feel that happiness and joy over and over! It would be my pleasure to create a painting inspired by your precious moments.
Look through your photos and find th moments you want to recapture. Then, contact me.
My oldest daughter is turning 21. Wow. I guess I’m excited for her to reach this milestone. Yet there’s a part of me that longs for old times, to relive the moments when she and I snuggled, had tickle fights rather than verbal disagreements, and she ran to me when she was hurt. I wish I could go back to when she was hitting other milestones...her first tooth, her first word, the first time she wrote her name.
Whatever the age of your child, you probably would love to freeze time with them. I’m not talking about the days that are a struggle and you want to hit the “next” button. Screaming-and-never-resting-acid-reflux days—next! Middle-of-the-night barf sessions—next!
No, I mean the sweet times, the times we treasure as parents. Like that time you heard the angelic tone of your small daughter on your voicemail and it melted your heart. Or when you saw your mischievous sons in that baby squat, genuinely curious about a bug crawling on the sidewalk, and you saw the boys right then as beautiful, miraculous creatures. What about the occasion when your middle schooler let go and did something completely new and tried out for the lead in the play, even though he wasn’t so confident about the outcome. You felt that glow of pride.
There are moments you’d love to replay over and over.
I know I do.
Since we can’t always freeze those times to replay for when we need a reminder of how special they are and how much we love them, I’ve found a few ways to capture that moment; here are three I like best.
1. Write down how you feel about the moment when it happens.
Whether you write it down in an old-fashioned journal, use Evernote, or post photos of your child on Instagram...there’s no right way to keep a written or visual reminder. Those notes are lifesavers when you need a lift as a parent. I re-read my journal often and I’m so happy I have many of those times preserved in their original context, how I felt about them as they were happening.
2. Record an audio interview with your child.
Ask them about their favorite things, what makes them laugh, or even what they hate. I love to listen to these. They will love them later in life, too.
3. Capture the moment in a photograph and have it made into a piece of art you can frame.
I’m not talking about a posed photo. Candid shots of your child make the best reminders of their amazingness. I have created custom watercolors for several moms with photos they’ve posted on Instagram. While not every photo inspires a good piece of art, we work together to figure out what would capture the essence of their children. This art will stay with you. It will be treasured and handed down as a family heirloom for generations. You’ll be surprised and amazed at how much this art will touch your heart.
Starting now to create a reminder of your love for your child that you can read, listen to, or look at when you feel like they are growing up too fast is one of the best ways to freeze time with your child.
What are you waiting for?