Yesterday during my morning quite time, I read a devotional about Leah from the Bible. She was a woman familiar with rejection; her husband was tricked into marrying her and preferred her beautiful sister Rachael.
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One important thing I've learned from painting portraits is that every child needs to know they are important. They want to feel loved and valued for who they are, not what they do or what others think of them. Each portrait I paint is about honoring the uniqueness of the child.
I am unbelievably proud and honored to be a volunteer at Streets Ministries. Last night they held their first fundraiser featuring ten portraits I did of Streets kids. I've written a lot about this project, and to see it completed was really satisfying. The night was about celebrating Streets and it's founder Ken Bennet. Like most people there, I was touched by the tribute to Ken and grateful for his service to the kids in the poor areas of our city. Streets has impacted lives for generations to come.
One of my favorites scenes from the movie, Bridget Jones’ Diary, is when Bridget is alone with Mark Darcy at a friend’s dinner party. She’s putting on her coat to leave what has been an awkward and embarrassing night as the only single person in a room full of Smug Married Couples, who all want to know why she’s not sprugged-up yet (that's British for married.)