Below is a post I wrote (and never published, UGH!) before the whirlwind of projects I did for my daughter's dorm room and also, getting ready for surgery.
Today is one week since I had a thyroidectomy! Still recuperating and spending more time hanging around the house getting my hands messy with paint and on the computer. Enjoy...It's on the longer side, so you might want to kick up your legs and get a cup of coffee :)
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How does time fly so quicky? That's what I've been asking myself lately with my daughter Sarah, our 3rd child, who will soon be heading off to college. That leaves us with our youngest, Nick, who is a highschoool senior this year.
The empty nest syndrome is right around the corner! Yikes! It certainly doesn't seem possible...but, honestly, in many ways, rather exciting since I don't ever remember not having kids! I was a kid myself when my first was born.
I have been thinking of how I will decorate Sarah's dorm room. She actually told me I could do anything I wanted...just as long as her roommate agrees. Oh yea! I'm so excited about her new little space. I want to make it very special for her.
I thought of decorating it Bohemian chic. I figure that would be a way to infuse some bold happy colors because I know painting the walls will be off limits.
I do want to incorperate inspiration and even some scripture to remind her of who and what matters most.
I've already decorated a large trunk and have a growing pile in our storage room with items Sarah is sure to need.
I made this collage painting for her dorm room. I want her to remember the Lord's plans for her are to give her hope and a future. I adhered scrapbook papers with Mod Podge, used acrylic paint and inks to collage the background then I hand painted the verse. The colors are not exactly what I had in mind when I started this peice, but I think it will work with the color pallette I have chosen for Sarah's dorm room.
The original here is 11 x 14 on a wrapped canvas. I have made several copies, smaller in size and adhered them to wood. I gave some as graduation gifts and they're also now available in my Etsy Shoppe.
I decided to make one with the same verse since I needed some grad gifts for boys and pink would just not cut it. So I painted this one. I also made copies of this in which I mounted on wood. These too are now available in my Etsy Shoppe.
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Sarah, My Amazing Daughter
I know I've shared about my daughter in previous posts, however, I must say it again...I have a truly amazing, loving, beautiful, dedicated, and talented daughter!
Yes, I'm sure I'm a bit biased but it is completely true! The only way I can explain how and why she is like this, has nothing to do with me, but everything to do with her Heavenly Father who created her the wonderul way she is!
I took Sarah to Portrait Innovations and spent entirely too much money! We got some really great shots and had so much fun too! I tried to rationalize the pit in my stomach by telling myself how much money we saved on school pictures through our years of homeschooling. My hubby didn't quite see it that way. lol!
They told us to bring anything that had to do with her interests, so we brought many of her metals and some of her trophies...and running clothes for her to change into. This is one of my favorite pictures!
SARAH LOVES TO RUN! And that really is an understatement! She has been running since she was 14 years old when she stepped on a treadmill at our local YMCA.
She has not stopped since. Sarah has run many marathons, triathlons, and even a half Iron Man. She trained herself for the first seveal years winning her age group in every race she ran until a Brooks trainer noticed her during one of the Tueday night runs at Fleet Feet. He began training Sarah about a year ago and along with Sarahs hard work and dedication, she qualified to run the Boston Marathon. But sadly, she was not able to run since she wasn't 18 yet.
Sarah will be continuing her education at Brenau University in Gainsville, Georgia where she received a full athletic scholarship. Sarah was recruited to run on their cross-country team and will study Occupational Therapy, a five-year master's program.
I took this shot when Sarah was running in the "Running for the Bay" Marathon in Apalachicola, Florida last year. The sun was rising and she was running over a huge bridge. Since they didn't close the roads, I was able to drive beside her and take this pic. This was the marathon when she qualified for Boston with a time of 3:38.
The quote I added to this photo was one that she was quoted in in an interview for a article that was written about Sarah in our local newspaper several years ago. "When I started running outside, it felt so much better. It was like I felt God's glory running through me" Sarah Saenz
Sarah's inspires me with her dedication and self-discipline!
Thanks for staying with me during this rather long post. But sometimes a mom just has to brag a little.
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Yes, tomorrow I will reveal Sarah's dorm room.