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!
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!
"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. "
Listening to audiobooks and podcasts while I illustrate is something that I love and do on a daily basis. It has been such a blessing to listen to amazing words of wisdom and historical works that I otherwise, if I'm honest, would not take the time to read or listen to. I thought I would share some of my favorites that have been most impactful to me lately! Some of these listed are just fun and interesting and some have deeply impacted my journey with Jesus. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!