Saturday, January 24, 2009
The Hundred Dresses
By Eleanor Estes
see relatedI found this delightful blog called tollipop . Kirstin is an artist who paints the most charming designs.
Kirstin's mother died recently and painting, creating and sharing her work is a balm to her heartache. In October, she began the 100 Dresses Project based on the children's book by Eleanor Estes.
She then challenged the blogosphere to create 100 somethings to share with others.
Well, I'm not all that crafty. And my painting is limited to the 'by tha numbers' kind. I can sew a bit... glue gun a little and scrapbook like mad.. but the idea of 100 photo albums made me shudder. So...I pondered what 100 creations I could bring into being... and then a thought came that wouldn't leave. Why not count your Blessings and share them? Since I'm not a true artist, I could illustrate my Blessings with photographs.
When the child of my heart, Miss Kennedy, was going through Chemotherapy to battle Leukemia, her mother Renee updated daily on a Care Page. The updates could be very painful... another harrowing procedure, a wound that wouldn't heal, or a setback for Kennedy or one of her precious friends. But everytime she posted, without fail, Renee would list one thing ... sometimes more.. for which she could give thanks. What a testimony. So, challenged by Kirstin and inspired by Renee ... here is number one.
I am thankful for the gift of God's Grace.
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:4-9 NIV