Monday, June 29, 2015

Casa - for Katie

One more from Casa Aleluya in Guatemala

Each morning during my week at Casa we started our day with a personal devotional time.  We'd all grab our Bibles and a cup of coffee, and trot off to pick a quiet spot to reflect and study our scripture selection for the day.  The walls all around Casa are filled with paintings and scriptures verses.   This one, with a larger than life Jesus as our shepherd held a special place for Katie, our group leader and here is where she sat each day.   

As a thank you to her, and for all she gave in both leadership and friendship to each of us, I did this sketch.   Everyone signed one of the concrete blocks on the wall and it we presented it to her on our last evening.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Esperanza After

"Mission" Accomplished!!

It was a great week at Casa Alleluya in Guatemala and the girls of Esperanza dorm loved their new look.  I had an amazing team of painters who helped me create colorful and inspiring walls.  Extra thanks go to Brittany, Kristen and Melanie for going above and beyond to make this idea come to life!

"Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation"
2 Corinthians 5:17

"Let your light shine so people everywhere may see your good actions and praise God in heaven because of it."
Matthew 5:16

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

"Sing to the Lord for He has been good to me."
Psalm 13:6

"Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up."
James 4:10

"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a covenant between me and the earth."
Genesis 9:13

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Esperanza Before

Dear friends and followers:

I will be unavailable (both by phone and e-mail) until June 22nd .

I am so excited to be one of a team of 17 women from my church that will be on a mission trip to Guatemala.  We will be working at Casa Aleluya, home to over 500-orphaned children.  Our group will be spending time primarily with the teenage girls. 

I’ve also been asked to lead the team in re-painting the dorm “Esperanza” for the 10-13 year old girls.  I’ve attached some “before” pictures and will look forward to sharing the “after’s” when I’m back. 

Please keep all of us in your prayers over the next two weeks. 
Many thanks, Barbara

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Edmond, Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma

Just completed #3 for Sarah Coll.  It is such a treat to document their family’s history of homes.  This one in Edmond, Oklahoma!  This house holds sweet, sweet memories even though they only lived there for a year.  I was tempted to add a tornado in the sky, but held back and opted for the clear big sky of Oklahoma… OK!  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Creekside Village of the Woodlands

Home in Creekside Village in The Woodlands

I am always happy to donate my work to charity auctions.  This architectural illustration was done for the lucky winner of the silent auction for Breast Cancer Charities of America.  Thank you to Erica Johnson, your amazing staff and the many volunteers for your service and good works for such a worthy cause.