Creativity at Work

I am blessed to have a job that allows me many opportunities to express my creativity. Having to live in a world wrought with a global pandemic and multiple lockdowns, I had the opportunity to begin painting murals in the church basement where the Sunday School rooms are. I started with the entrance at the bottom of the stairs and plan to continue them throughout the hallway.

It was so much fun creating this Biblical-themed town. The fact that it took four million coats of paint to cover the walls didn’t even bother me. It’s so warm and inviting now when you come down the stairs. Instead of being met by cold, grey, walls, you enter into a colorful world!

Any excuse to paint

Those of you who know me, know that I will take any excuse to paint and express my creativity! Needless to say, I was super excited when I received approval to paint these murals! These are some of the largest paintings I have ever done. Sure I painted some murals in the nursery, but in comparison, those were quite a bit smaller. These murals are floor to ceiling, and some are painted on difficult cement walls! As usual, they don’t look exactly as I’d like them to but I’m still happy. And everyone else who has seen them seems to like them.

Carpentry Creativity

Would ladder making be considered carpentry? I don’t know, but I hand-tied multiple ladders made from bamboo for Jacob’s shop. Don’t try to climb them though… they are decoration only!

Variety in difficulty levels

As you can tell from the photos, some of these shops were a little less involved than others. Moses and Aaron decided on a more simplistic look for their law office. However, this simplistic look did detract slightly from the fun factor of painting. It is certainly a lot more fun… and frustrating… to paint something like the Widow’s Oil Shop, or Noah’s Exotic Pets. At the same time, there are days when you just feel like painting a simple blue wall.

My Favorite Painting

If I have to pick one shop that is my favorite, it would probably have to be Jonah’s Fish Fry. This was also the painting that took the longest, and used up a lot of my paints! And, it may only be my favorite because it’s almost all of it is a shade of my favorite teal color.

I’m excited to continue painting down the halls with a park scene… and maybe another shop or two. But first, I need to get some more paint! At least white, you’d be surprised just how much white you use when you’re mixing all of your own colors from red, white, green, blue, yellow, and black paints!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little trip through our biblical town and the fact that I’m actually writing a post for the first time in like forever! I promise there will be at least one or two more before I disappear again! Ha Ha!

Visit our church website to see what fun upcoming events we have planned! See more of my mural paintings here.

A Masters course, 1st official class IN University

This week marked a monumental occasion in my life. I attended my first in-person Masters level class at a University.

Why am I getting a masters?

I have taken two Masters level courses from another school, and will be taking a few more from them, but the school is across the country. Four-hour time difference. As much as I enjoy that… particular the ‘avoiding-dealing-with-people-face-to-face part’… I thought for some courses it may be best to actually be able to attend the class.

Enter school number two! Currently I am enrolled as a No-Program student, so I’m not currently working toward a degree, which allows me to finish the courses I was hoping to obtain from the first school. So, on Tuesday, I attended my first class. Intro to Christian History.

It went well… though I left feeling like the dumbest person in the class. My base knowledge on the subject is nowhere near the other students’. This is stressing me out a bit. Especially since the homework went right over my head. I’m the kind of person who puts so much pressure on myself to keep my grades as high as possible. In high school anything less than 85% was a fail and the end of the world. I think I will have to let that go for this course, and just be happy if I manage to pass!

This mess...masters life

We will have to see what happens, but at this point, I do not have high expectations. It doesn’t bode well for continuing in a Master of Divinity but I will give it my best shot! For those who know me, don’t be shocked if you see me walking around with zombie-eyes and randomly crying for no reason! ūüėČ

hyperventilate Masters
This will be me until April! :S

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME!!!!!!! Pray that I survive this semester and that I do not lose my temper with the kids because I am stressed about my schoolwork.

How do you handle academic stress and feelings of inadequacy?

Children’s Ministry and Christmas

Have you ever wondered what a children’s ministry leaders life looks like around Christmas? 

No?

I’m not surprised. However, I’m going to give you a glimpse into what my life looks like… (I apologize now for the quality of the photos, and for the fact that WordPress¬†isn’t letting me rotate them to the correct orientation. I will work on fixing that.)

Mountain of Costumes
The mountain of costumes awaiting finishing touches.

It looks like an insanely high mountain of animal costumes. Yep. You read that right… animal costumes.

For the last few weeks, we have been rehearsing for our Sunday School Christmas pageant. This year we are using The Noel Critter Motel musical. It is super cute and I can’t wait for the parents and our congregation to see the kids perform it.

box of goodies
Antennae, ears and finished costumes.

What this has meant for me – a lot of sewing. There are 15 kids taking part in the Christmas pageant and each one has to be dressed as an animal who would appear in the stable where Jesus was born. We had four animal costumes on hand that I had made for last year’s pageant but that still left me with 11 to make.

sewing
Sewing away

Of course, I unknowingly picked a somewhat more complicated pattern than I needed to, and it involved some adaptation to add ears and the like. It’s a great pattern though, and free right now at Goober Pea Designs. At this time I believe I have spent more than 10 hours cutting, sewing, and gluing.

Between costumes and a rather involved homework assignment for my Masters course, this week has just about done me in. 

Needless to say, a Children’s Ministry leader does not have a boring life when it comes to the Christmas season! I am very much looking forward to having a bit of a break once our Christmas pageant is over.

A new adventure, a new focus

Once again, I will be making some changes to this poor old blog of mine.

My focus in life has shifted and therefore the focus of this blog will be shifting as well. I will still leave room here for our adventures in homeschooling and crafting, but now the main focus of my writing will be on my ministry journey. I will be writing about my work in the church (Children’s Ministry in particular), my journey toward a Master’s degree, and the journey to ordination. Yes, that’s right. I have decided to become an ordained pastor… well… that’s the plan right now at least.

Follow along with me as I work through school, ministering, and maintaining my sanity in the process!