story behind the painting

There’s always a story. I want to believe that anyway. Or, just maybe, Jesus has just wired my heart that way. I remember sitting in one of my college courses and I had a professor tell me that my writing wasn’t….well….good enough. I’ll be the first to admit my grammar could use some help, but I love to share stories. And, although that teacher hurt my ego¬†a little that day, it hasn’t stopped me from writing. The story behind the painting is going to be one of my favorites to tell as the years pass and my boys get older.

Every year we have been lucky enough to spend a few days down in Destin, Florida. I have so many wonderful memories growing up there so being able to continue this tradition with my own family has been such a treasure. I never work during that week, Terry shuts down his work, and we just try to be together. Time is fleeting. Seriously. Our boys were just toddlers last year, right? Nope. We are one year away from middle school now. How did that happen?

During our week of beach-loving-rest, there’s one photo that T has gotten of me with the boys every year that I love. It reminds me of the quote, “Our memories of the beach will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” I love sitting on the beach with my guys. I love talking about whatever it is they want to talk about that summer. We talk Jesus. We talk family. We talk friends. We talk about what our favorite part of the week has been and things we still hope to do before we head home. And, we always talk about the school year ahead. I feel like I still have their ears as I whisper so much hope into their little hearts. It’s something I pray they will want to do with their dear old mom for a long time.

Artist and dear family friend, Pam Mack, has been creating magic for as long as I can remember. And, when I had this photo sitting in front of me I just knew it was time to invest in something I will treasure for the rest of my life. And, now…I have this beautiful painting of a memory that means everything to me. I cry thinking about who all I will get to tell the story behind the painting to. My daughter-in-laws. My grandchildren. And, anyone else who will listen.

I asked Pam if it was okay if I shared her information with all of you, because my hope is that more people put beautiful art in their homes. And, what better way to do that than to take a portrait (maybe that I took of your family) and have it turned into a beautiful painting. Christmas is coming…..

Love, SR



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