"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

the lane to creativity



This is the lane that leads to the home of the girls art teacher.  Isn't it lovely.  I love this place.  I grew up 45 miles from the town that we live in now.  When my husband and I were looking to buy a home, I remembered going through here to go water skiing at the reservoir just out of town.  We found and fell in love with our home when my 24 year old was 4, 22 was 2 and 16 and 13 weren't even dreamed of yet.  

Every time we come down the steep grade that drops into our valley I have been known to sigh, "this place is a hidden jewel."  But, I digress...

A few months ago Laura (a fellow home school mom) called inquiring if the girls would be interested in babysitting for her children.  She has 4, ages 2-10 so the girls decided that they would tag team.  I (being the Laura fan that I am) immediately saw this as God's hand in direct answer to prayer for art lessons.  I shared this with the girls and asked if they would be willing to offer their services in trade.  













So, for these past few months they have been getting fun, creative, professional lessons.  And they are a 'for real and true' gift from God.  Even when Laura's original need for sitters came to an end, the lessons didn't! The girls still sit for her occasionally but things are way out of balance, especially since she is known to slip them a bit of cash on the way home, "just for ice cream or something."

Blessings, Debbie

20 comments:

  1. Thank You for your thoughtful comment about commenting on blogs..I found out it was blogger not something I had done...sigh
    I Love this post of bartering skills...
    Have a happy week
    ~~HUGS~~

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  2. I ♥ the way God works things like this out! How wonderful for your daughters. It looks like they have some natural talent :)

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  3. God always has a plan! I want to go to art class with the girls...it looks like so much fun.
    I love your picture! The sky goes on..and on..and on!
    Have a wonderful day Debbie.
    PS-Beatrix update: She is well and happy. Beatrix and her sisters now live 'outside' and can no longer hop out of their home and explore my house!

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  4. Your first pic made me just stop for a while and look at it, heaven! Sounds like the babysitting was a great win-win situation:@)

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  5. So that's the road! Can I find it with my GPS? Isn't it wonderful how these things happen? Some cynics my just think it is happenstance but Someone knows better!

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  6. What a beautiful and serendipitous road! I am inspired by the exchange, too. I wish we did more of this kind of bartering.

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  7. I wish I could have art lessons! I love the first picture it is beautiful serene and breath taking!

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  8. First, I very much love the scenery of the road. That's the kind of place that always calls to me.
    Second? What a jewel the art teacher is!

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  9. That is a beautiful view! And how exciting to get those art lessons. I love trading services for services. It seems so much more personal!

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  10. How nice and I know how valuable those art teachers are. Beautiful place and what a nice drive.

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  11. Yes, the lane is beautiful. That's the kind of place I'd like to call home. Someday.....
    What a great idea to take art lessons out in trade! The painting is very good and your girls are STUNNING!

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  12. Your children are beautiful! Lovely lanes in the country always beckon to me. God is indeed good. He gives so many blessings in so many ways. By the way, I like the butterfly apron in your last post.

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  13. I'd love to walk down the lane -- the beaches are getting old.. I am not a bach girl at heart I am a country lane girl all the way -- glad your daughters ar leaning an extra skill.. they are blessed..

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  14. Sounds like a real good deal all around..your girls are so pretty! :D

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  15. Dear Debbie,

    Real live art lessons! How fun! I had to stop by in my excitement to let you know you won my chicken print, and then I had to catch up on all your fun posts. :) You DO live in a gem of a place, it reminds me of our first home in Idaho.

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  16. What a lovely arrangement. These things always level out in the end, either directly or indirectly. I can tell by their gorgeous smiles that your girls are enjoying the moment. You live in a lovely area.

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  17. What a great thing for those girls to share. Art is wonderful Beautiful pics.
    B

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  18. Creativity...you all drink of it in every possible way. It is a gift you have in seeing it to the utmost.

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  19. I love the path...great! Then I love how God meets the desires of our heart, both your own home and art lessons for your girls. I have always been so surprised how God provided for us through our home school...and their work is beautiful!

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  20. One of your girls did that clown and monkey?? She has a career illustrating children's books ahead of her, I think!

    Lovely road, too.

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