The Story Behind the Paint: Mimi & Pawpaw

by Catherine Cotton


In February, I asked my followers to share their love stories with me on Instagram in celebration of Valentine's Day. I received so many sweet stories and it reminded me that each person's journey is so unique and beautiful. The story below was sent in by Taylor, the granddaughter of two amazing individuals. I hope you enjoy it! 

With love, 
Catherine

"These two are the definition of a sacrificial, Christ-centered marriage. My Mimi and Pawpaw were together for more than 50 years and always made sure to set an example of what a marriage should look like when we were around them. My Mimi was always making sure to serve my Pawpaw; to love him, provide for him, and keep him in line.

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My pawpaw was one of the most cherished family members – always saying yes when anything needed to be done and never once stopped to put himself before anyone else. These two were a big part of my life because while my parents worked, they would drop me off and pick me up from school, help me with my homework, and feed me dinner Monday through Friday. A little over two years ago, tragedy struck my family when my Pawpaw had a stroke and then was diagnosed with cancer. The one person who we always counted on now had to be taken care of in and out of the hospital and my Mimi never left his side. She went out of her comfort zone driving by herself to Charlotte to take care of him while also keeping the house up without her other half there to help.

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My Pawpaw passed away two years ago and our family hadn’t felt pain and sorrow like that in a very long time. It is still hard to think that my Mimi has lost her love but she has still continued to pursue the Lord and find joy day to day.  Their marriage is one that I strive to imitate in my own marriage. One that is full of love, sacrifice, laughter, and joy. No, their marriage wasn’t perfect but it is one that I do not see often and one that will forever remain in my heart."

-Taylor


My Favorite Things This Christmas- and Gift Ideas for you!

by Catherine Cotton


We are so close to Christmas! Have you finished your shopping? I sure haven't- I'm typically a last minute Christmas Eve shopper. But this year I have tried to buy cute things when I see them and stop procrastinating! Below are some gift ideas that I thought I would share with you! I have had my eye on these gifts or have purchased them for friends and family (or myself)! Also, almost all of these shops are small businesses and/or friends of mine- which make them even better because you know they are crafted with care! I hope this list helps reduce any shopping procrastination and makes your Christmas a little less hectic! :) Happy Shopping!


Celebrating The Seasons Of Your Story

by Catherine Cotton



I was honored to illustrate this sweet childhood friend, Winnie and her husband! I love watching my friends fall in love and I am always amazed by the unique story being written in each of our lives! When I paint an illustration, I pray that it would help that individual celebrate each season of their story as well as help them remember the unique stages of their life. Read below to hear more from Winnie about her sweet relationship and how they celebrate their love story!

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"We are the product of a long distance relationship. A boy from the Eastern Plains found a Southern Belle! After 7 months, Caleb proposed and I moved to Colorado a few weeks later! It was an instant thing where we both knew immediately we were only meant for each other. (As cheesy as that sounds!) And in March we will be celebrating 4 years of marriage, which blows my mind! 

We are definitely opposites... Caleb is more on the quiet side, and pretty reserved. Then there's me, very bubbly and heart on my sleeve! We really balance each other out, and I'm so thankful for his strength when I'm weak - and my strength when he's weak. But ultimately, our strength comes from the Lord! We've learned that marriage in itself is a testimony, and all glory goes to God. We are both far from perfect, but it's an amazing thing to have a partner who points you to Jesus amidst your downfalls. Marriage has immensely blessed my life and taught me the beauty of grace, forgiveness, and unconditional love. "