I’m a masterpiece!

 

 

 

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I’m a masterpiece, I’m a masterpiece.” We’ve been singing this little ditty around our house for a couple of weeks now. It all started after I heard a message from a speaker talking about how God created us as masterpieces (Ephesians 2:10). I was so inspired that I started repeating, “I’m a masterpiece, I’m a masterpiece.” I let Kenny hear the message and he was inspired as well. I was so excited that I stopped Shiloh and Tiago from playing so that they could speak this truth as well. I  told them to repeat after me, and they did joyfully. 

A few months ago we were at the Magic House, and there’s this room that has a space where you can paint. There are only four canvases available at a time. Once one is available, one of the workers puts a fresh sheet of paper onto the canvas, writes your name if you are too young to write it yourself, and then you get to paint away. While we were waiting for an open spot, there was a teenager painting.  He kept yelling across the room to everyone, “I’m making a masterpiece. This is going to be a masterpiece.” Shiloh found his antics quite hilarious and kept asking me what a masterpiece was. I just kept thinking in my head, “yeah right.” “What kind of masterpiece could he have been creating? He looked as though he was haphazardly throwing paint around and just being a little obnoxious. It wasn’t until I looked over at his painting and to my surprise, it actually looked amazing.  it was a beautiful sunset. I said, “wow, you did make a masterpiece.” Again Shiloh asked me what a masterpiece was and I just told him that it was something really good. I think it stuck with him because he got extremely excited at the thought that he too could be a masterpiece.

I thought about how I was hatin’ on this kid and didn’t realize the talent he had until I looked further. He was not only a masterpiece himself but he created one. This kid was encouraging himself and sometimes, some days, that’s what we have to do. We have to remind ourselves who we are and who we belong to, even when others don’t see it. Even when our identity is questioned. It has to be something that we know deep down inside that is unmovable and unshakeable.

As it relates to our children, we are determined to be a voice that speaks louder and more consistent than self-doubt and critics. Our three beautiful boys are each different and special in their own way. They have separate struggles, but we are learning to celebrate their differences and speak truth to their weakness. As two of our boys enter into school this year, I wanted them to know that they are capable of doing each task that will be set before them, even if it takes a little while to “get it.” They are masterpieces, created to do good things and so are you!

 

Life on a Limb

Two of my three boys have a few more weeks before the start of school, and I was figuring out what to do with them because we had reached our limit of being in the house together all day. Either I was gonna kill them or they were going to kill each other. I thought to myself, it’s going to be a really bad day inside or an awesome day out. We chose life lol!  We were almost out the door and I remembered that the Botanical Garden is free for city residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 12 pm (thanks for the reminder Holy Spirit). We hadn’t gone all summer and today was the perfect day to visit the splash pad.

 

We get there and we decided to go inside the Climatron. The Climatron is a ginormous dome-shaped greenhouse that’s home to an array of trees and flowers, many of which do not grow in our state. While looking around at some citrus trees and pretty flowers, my eyes locked on this sign: Life of a Limb: known as air plants. Epiphytes are plants that use other plants for support. They are not parasites. They get the water and nutrients they need from the air. By growing on other plants they can reach positions where the sunlight is brighter.

 

My first thought was wow! That has so many life applications. I thought about my kids. Many times, especially in the womb and while nursing they seem like parasites lol, but they’re really epiphytes. They need us as parents for support. Any good parent wants their child to grow higher and reach farther than they have ever gone. Parents are great hosts for epiphytes.

 

I started thinking about other applications of this beyond parenthood into personal growth.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always wanting to learn new things. I want to grow in my faith, profession, as a wife, and mother. I’m an enneagram 7 in case you were wondering lol. I remember praying for mentors in certain areas of my life. It was and still is a deep longing. I realized that I’m an epiphyte plant. I want to be in community with people that support me and help me grow even when the growth is painful. Growth can be very painful at times, but what’s even more painful than that is staying stuck. I started looking for people who were where I wanted to go and I began to seek council from them. Some are friends and some I watch from afar, but it has been instrumental in pushing me forward.

 

I also realized that my husband and I are hosts to epiphytes. Obviously, because we’re parents, but also because my husband and I mentor and support others. We always say that we have a lot of grown kids lol. It’s been amazing and rewarding seeing our epiphytes graduate college, get married, beat addiction, overcome abuse, persevere through challenging circumstances, etc, etc. We’ve experienced highs and lows, growing pains, failures, and triumphs with many. We feel blessed to play a small role in their stories.

 

If you look at the picture of this epiphyte plant you can see how beautiful and healthy it is because of the community and environment it lives in. I propose a few things for you if you’re interested in personal growth.

 

  1. Look for your hosts. Take an audit of your relationships. Who stretches you? Who helps you reach for more? If there is no one in your circle that does this, ask God to guide you. Maybe you’re the one that’s supposed to create this dynamic amongst your friends.
  2. Look for epiphytes to support. Why? Because someone will do it for you. I remember my husband and I praying fervently for mentors. It wasn’t until we started to mentor others that we reaped a harvest of mentors in our life. You may say you don’t have time. It doesn’t take much time and it will be rewarding. You’re building a legacy that will outlive you. What do you want to leave behind?
  3. Imagine how the world around us could change if 1 and 2 were a part of our core values. We would be lifting each other up while learning from one another.  There would be so many things that could change. I am an idealist and I just dream of this being possible. A lot of times we put focus on what others are not doing, but I propose that we focus on what we’re doing individually. If we do that, the trickle-down effect will take shape and we will start changing the world by changing ourselves

Style Rotation with my Hubby

 

So fellas, I couldn’t leave you out of this style challenge, so I drafted my hubby, who’s also a music artist to participated. Here’s how we took 9 items and styled them for stage options! Outfit deets below.

Hope Dealer Shirt : Slam Agency

Black Sweater : H&M

Orange flannel: H&M

Velvet Jacket: Gifted

Jean Vest: Target

Jean Jacket: Target

Black Khaki’s: Target

White Jeans: Gap

Dashiki Shirt: Grass Fields

 

From College Chill to A Grown UP Feel

Sarah is finishing up her last semester of college and wants to transition her wardrobe to a little more grown up and playful style . See how we take 9 items clothes and style them multiple ways.

Green Trench: Forever 21

Faux leather leggings: Target

Jeans: Old Navy

Brown Jacket: Forever 21

Black Jacket: Forever 21

Houndstooth Slacks: Old Navy

Green Dress: Old Navy

Black Shirt Dress: Old Navy

3rd Trimester Style Challenge; Staying Fine with Only 9.

Hey guys,

It’s literally been forever since I posted a blog. A year ago this past September to be exact. I think a combination of lack of creativity and time are the culprits, but I never stopped thinking about this blog. I’m almost finished reading a book called the The Artisan Soul, by Erwin McManus and it’s sufficiently set my creative soul on fire! So much so that I had to return to one of my loves, this blog, and talk about one of my favorite topics, fashion.

If you follow my instagram posts, you should be aware that I’m pregnant with baby boy number three (pray for your girl 😂)!

Honestly I love having boys. Heck, I don’t know any different. So as a veteran, I’m not freaking out… well that much!

One of the things I’ve done differently this time around, since it’s my last pregnancy, was enlist the help of a personal trainer. I really wanted to continue to grow in my fitness journey and didn’t want to slow down momentum just because I was pregnant. If Serena Williams can win a grand slam six months pregnant, I can definitely have the fittest pregnancy of my life.

Thank you Jesus that I’m connected with an amazing trainer who has helped me so much. I’m eating clean and training with her twice a week, and I’ve never felt better. At 30 weeks, I have lost a total of 19 inches all over my body while growing baby. I have not experienced pregnancy edema (yet), most of my clothes still fit, and I feel really good! It’s been a great decision.

Although I feel really good, I’m at the stage where I barely want to put on clothes 😂. However, as a working mom I don’t have that luxury. I’ve got a little less than 10 weeks left, so I’ve challenged myself to “stay fine down to the line.” 😂😂😂😂 That’s something my husband would say or this one, “stay fine even with 9… weeks to go”.  I’m also taking the minimalist approach to the challenge. Unless you have an endless supply of maternity clothes, most mommas-to-be are limited to the number of items they fit comfortably in the last trimester. So I’ve styled 25 outfits with 9 items of clothing + 1 scarf.

 

Plaid shirt: Target

leather leggings: Target

Rust sweater:  Shop Dress Up

Scarf: Vinnie Louise

Pink Blazer: NY&CO

Houndstooth Blazer: Forever 21

Black Dreas: Motherhood Maternity

Leather Jacket: Marshalls

Africa Sweater: Grass Fields

boots: Bronx  Diba

flats: Target

black booties: Target

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