Friday, September 30, 2011

Flash Back Friday 221

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Photo of Edward from 1990 that is now part of my ArtPrize exhibit!

Love Thursday

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Mom & Dad, August 2010

Mom & Dad came up Wed & Thurs for an ArtPrize visit this past week.  What fun we had looking at all the art together!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


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"Fleeting", my ArtPrize piece

The name of the piece comes from the lyrics of the song "Psalm 62" by Aaron Keyes:
"Though life is but a fleeting breath, a sigh to brief to measure,
My King has crushed the curse of death, and I am his forever."

To read more about it, click here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Open to Grace

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By Rachel Hyde

This past Sunday, Rachel was interviewed about her piece during church and she talked about why she created this piece.  This is from her work statement:
"Open to Grace expresses a chapter of my personal journey where I learned how to settle into my body and the reality of my life, become strong and open, and as a result learned to experience profound peace – Energizing and life-giving Grace.
In this piece, there are several representational elements at play. The steel ring in the center is my visualization of an open heart. The fabric that provides the backdrop also carries streams of grace, which have translated to river rock when they reach the ground – solid and tangible reflections. When these streams reach the open-hearted steel ring, they are transformed into vibrant life. This is the gift of Grace in action. The new life is tempered by strong attachments to its real surroundings. These connections are like tent strings – enabling the tent to remain both open and grounded at the same time.
My hope is that Open to Grace will connect the viewer with the Love and Grace that I've experienced, gifted to me by God the Creator."

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cool ArtPrize Photo at MCC

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Tunnel of Trees by Bill Vriesema

This photo makes me want to try this!  He did it while he was driving - I really don't think I should try that though!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Love Thursday: Artprize!

Birth of a Dream, by Robin Protz

This awesome piece is being shown at Monroe Community Church right next to mine!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


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the Lord
will command
His loving-kindness
in the daytime
in the night
His song
shall be with me
a prayer
to the God of my life
Psalm 42:8

Monday, September 19, 2011

ArtPrize 2011

It's that very exciting time of year again - the 3rd year that ArtPrize is taking place in Grand Rapids and the 3rd year that our church is a venue.  This year, I am entering a photographic piece called "Fleeting" and I spent about 10-12 hours this past Saturday installing it with the help of some friends and collaborators.  When I get a picture of it, I'll say more about it, but in the meantime, here are 3 exhibits in our venue that I did get so far:

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Brian Whitfield, The Final Nail

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Katie Gotch, Untitled

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Claire Johnson, Brick Wall

Friday, September 16, 2011

Flash Back Friday 219

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ArtPrize at Monroe Community Church 2009

Tomorrow we are installing my piece for ArtPrize 2011which will be there with works by 20 other artists!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Love Thursday

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The fall that was photographed by Deirdre and me, 2 years ago.

Yes, to the fall that is coming!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011



You know that the flower bends when the wind wants it to, and you must become like that--that is, filled with deep trust.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Tuesday, September 13, 2011



Last week, in addition to working my last day at my old job, we said good-bye to our next door neighbor and "Eddie's" childhood friend Teddy.   I went over to take some photos especially for his mom before he left!

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Eddie & Teddy

Monday, September 12, 2011

God is Faithful

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Yesterday at our church we celebrated our 10 year anniversary and became an established church (instead of a church plant).   I took about 100 photos; this one made me laugh...

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Bridgie & the New Job

Bridget started her new job yesterday at Russ' where Maria used to work!  She was happy when she came home in her new uniform.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

One of the 1000 Things You're Supposed to Do Before You Die

We did it!  At least it was right off of the highway so we didn't go far out of our way...




Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Labor Day

John & I are laboring on Labor Day - painting Bridget's bedroom - but we did take time to celebrate his birthday this past weekend.  Edward & Maria joined us from Calvin for supper and cake Saturday night.

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Flash Back Friday 217

1970's; Andrea, Marianna & Julia
2006; Allie, Paige & Bridget

Two generations in the capes knitted by our Oma.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Love Thursday


I must be going nuts to dedicate a Love Thursday to the Prairie Dogs, but they are just so cute! We saw them in Custer State Park in South Dakota.

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