My life wasn’t always easy when I was growing up. My father was handicapped and we lived below the poverty line. Beauty was important to me, even then, because it didn’t cost anything except noticing it.
As I think back, I see flashes of things that I found beautiful as a young child. The blue bird that my grandma embroidered on my yellow shawl. I loved the contrast between the two colors and the silky texture of the thread. I think I was around three? I remember this really pretty bumpy crystal-like button that she sewed onto a purse she made for me when I was five. I also remember a pink quilted satin robe that my aunt gave me as a gift when I was four. It had little pink pearlite buttons that changed as the light hit them.
crab apple blossoms
I remember beautiful flowers from my childhood. My grandpa planted the same flowers around their farmhouse each year. The growing season started with daffodils and white narcissus with orange centers. Brightly blooming forsythia grew in the front yard. The daffodils were followed by purple columbine. Around Memorial Day, Grandpa would plant velvety purple petunias in one flower bed and white and red peppermint-striped petunias in the other. They also had sour cherry trees that lined the driveway coming up to the farmhouse. Hollyhocks were grown right up next to the side of the house. Trumpet vine and elderberry bushes grew around the pump. (My grandma made the best elderberry jelly and water never tasted so good as the pump water!)
Even as a child, beauty filled my soul. Even though I didn’t know it, it was drawing me closer to my Savior. Expose your children to beauty. Point it out to them. Explain to them how God created it. Discuss the textures and colors in a flower. Revel in their sense of wonder as they point things out to you.
Beauty is a powerful gift that God has given us to draw us back to Him.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20
Have a beautiful day!
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*Meme Monday will be back next week.
Lisa from Four Simply Living invited me to be part of a blog tour. How fun is that? You can read her blog tour post here. Lisa’s photography challenges, educates, and inspires me. She hosts a link-up each Wednesday called Life Through the Lens. I am grateful that she links up here at Beauty Observed for Whatever is Lovely on Fridays.
1. What am I working on?
I’m currently planning a Christmas note card series. I’m also working on a variety of planner pages to be released around August. All of these will join the other items in our Etsy shop. (We are currently running a 20% discount for Father’s Day. 😉 Enter code DAD20 at checkout.)
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m a fairly new blogger and I’m still learning and defining my “voice.” I have noticed that most of my photos are macro shots. There’s just something about getting in there and showcasing all of the detail and creativity that God has put into His work.
I think something that makes my blog a little different is that my husband, Ed, contributes by writing posts, editing photos, and creating memes. He is such a wonderful and creative blog partner!
3. Why do I create what I do?
I get so excited about light and detail and I want to share it with others. I hope it will cause others to slow down and try to find beauty in their own lives!
4. How does your creating process work?
Before blogging, my photography just occurred when the mood struck. Now, I’m more purposeful about taking my camera everywhere. I spend a lot of my time in my garden. It’s impossible to not see beauty with all of those flowers!
I invited June from Inspired by June to join the blog tour. June is passionate about inspiring others through the written word. She lives, loves and cares for her family in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. I enjoy visiting her blog because we both use the Canon Powershot SX50. You should see the beautiful birds she captures with her camera! Visit June on Monday, June 16 to find out how she answers the same set of questions.
Have a beautiful day!