Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Catch Up~

It's been a crazy week and by the time evening rolled around, I just didn't pick up my computer to blog... thus nothing blogged.

SO the big Friday Catch Up~
Sunday evening we took a little ride out in the boat and captured these shots~

Monday and Tuesday found Ella and I testing since she is finishing third grade~
while the other kids played at my parents' house. She did GREAT!

Wednesday we had a great day of school~

and little bit of sun which we took full advantage of at the pool~

Thursday we traveled into Atlanta for Payne's SB Clinic~
 And he was deemed perfect from all four of his specialists! Very thankful!

This morning began with Holly reading a fav book around here~

All week EK has suffered with a very sore loose tooth and we could not get it out so
the team stood by her this am as our dentist pulled it ~
Brave Ella is back home spending the day with Hermie who mysteriously appeared on her bed while we were out!
Happy Tooth Day EK!!!!!
Looking forward to a great weekend!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Full Day Saturday~

Today was a full day of inside and outside chores.
The kids played their hearts out.
Evie and Holly got new life jackets and put them on first thing this morning~
SJ came inside from the skimmer with her very first toad of the season
and then there is the journal writer, Payne, getting his life story written.
ALL of this before breakfast!

The kids played much of their day outside and got very hot...
so hot, they needed to go for their very first swim in a clean pool!~
 They were shaking cold but didn't stop them at all~
 We cleared the pool, grilled hotdogs for dinner, and headed down to plant our garden~

We visited our local nursery yesterday to buy our plants~
Everyone was super excited to drop a few seeds in the holes.
We planted tomatoes, radishes, squash, green beans, butterbeans, peppers, 
pumpkins, watermelons, spinach, and carrots~
 EK and SJ planted flowers in their rock garden made from all the rocks gathered from making the garden.
We finished up and the kids ran back to the pool... didn't last long~
When everyone was ready for bed, we made hot chocolate to warm up and called it
A Full Awesome Day Saturday!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Ankerich Artist~ {Amelia: Love Never Fails}

We've know for years Amelia was an amazing artist and because of her great gift,
she majored in Studio Art at college.

She has worked all semester to create five works of art for her Senior Art Show.

Her assignment was to create a body of work of her choice
then appear before a panel of professors and defend her project with answers to all their questions.

Savannah, Josh, and Ben Curtis went up on Tuesday to see her pieces
and the rest of us went up today and it was nothing short of AMAZING!!!
We enjoyed shooting some photos of Amelia and her roommate, Lew~

Amelia wrote a summary of her work and I will use it for the remainder of the post.

I hope this post does her work justice because in person, they are breathtaking!!!

And just so you know, 3 of them are still for sale {2 SOLD!}

Love Never Fails is a promise my mom has always instilled into my families' lifestyle. If we love one another like 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, the love within our family will never fail. There may be hard days but in the end we can always protect, trust, and hope in one another. My mom is the light of my family. She keeps us going and holds us all together. She reminds us daily that love is the root of it all and what holds us all together at the end of the day. With all of this being said, my art reflects what is valuable to me~ family and love. Much of my art is focused on animals, either portraying the beauty I see in them or creating and comparing my family to their human qualities. I decided to demonstrate qualities of my family that symbolize love through animal personalities in the best way I know.

This particular body of work is my visual interpretation of love. To represent "love" I chose to use animals. As a child, animals were always a love of mine, whether stuffed or real. They consumed my childhood and were always a fascination. I broke 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 up into different sections and placed each part with someone. By choosing five different animals and comparing their human qualities to five family members. I have created a body of paintings titled, "Love Never Fails".

My dad, Scott, is a bear. He is the gentlest, kindest, and most tolerant man I know! His patience goes on forever.

"Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud."
Bear Painting: $550

My sister, Rosemary, is an elephant. She is intelligent, trustworthy, honest, and one of the most loyal friends. She always thinks of others before herself.

"It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered"
Elephant Painting: SOLD

My oldest sister, Savannah, is a cow. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know. She is passionate and loves unconditionally without holding any grudges.

"It keeps no record of wrongs."
Cow Painting: $550

My uncle Tony is a deer. He is a fighter, He had incredible strength and was the bravest man I knew. He lead everyone to Christ and wanted the best for them!

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth."
Deer Painting: $550

My Brother-in-law, Josh is a lion. He finds his identity in Christ and the joy that he promotes shows me he is strong and brave. He will protect and never quits.

"It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Lion Painting: SOLD

Each of these paintings shines light on one of my family members by focusing on animal personalities. This experience has been so wonderful for me because I have continually been reminded of the love I have always been surrounded by growing up and all the love I have for each of my family members. My hope is that my viewers can look at my artwork and relate to my theme, Love Never Fails, by replacing my family with their own.

Oh Amelia~
There are no words for what this does for a mom's heart! Dad and I are SO very proud of your gift of art, but more importantly, your beautiful heart... and as I write that, I notice you can't spell heart without art. Your heart shines through this amazing body of art! God certainly has given you great talent and the ability to use it loving Him through it. 

You are so loved by your family and if I asked any one of these people you painted, they would all say YOU exude these very same characteristics described in 1 Corinthians as well!  

I know for sure God will continue to bless as you finish up this great season of life, college. I can't believe you are graduating. You have accomplished so much and the Best is Yet to Come!!!

We look so forward to loving you and supporting you as your life unfolds. Know for sure God has a plan and you are to trust, follow, and love. 

Love Never Fails and our love for you will only grow deeper with each day we are living... I guess that means for all eternity.

I love you Amelia Frances!!!
Mom and Dad

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

An Island Adventure~

Spring Break Day 3:

Today we took the boat back out right before lunch and had a picnic lunch~
EK spied an island and we drifted toward it as we ate.
We pulled the boat up and dad carried them to shore~
 It was a great adventure of exploring until they happened up on a roosting goose~
and back to the boat they ran!!!
Now it is fondly named Goose Island and will always hold a very funny story.
We rode around for a while then headed back home.
Thankful for such a beautiful day of break!!!
{Plan to begin reading Treasure Island tonight}

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Meet Bentley~

Spring Break Day 2:
Our summers are spent by our pool and in the past, on the lake.
We opened our pool Saturday and found a lot of yuck.
It was pretty disappointing since we knew it would have to be drained, 
pressure washed, and refilled which adds up to lots of waiting days.

Little did they know their daddy had gone to an auction and found our new {2002} friend, Bentley~
You should have heard the shrieks when he pulled it into the front yard.
Is that OUR boat?
We waited for Cowboy Billy {the neighbor that plowed our garden} to get home
and help Scott put it in the water.
Next thing I knew, he had it pulled into our dock and there was nothing else to do but~
 Go for a ride!!!~
 I can't think of a better way for EK to spend her 10th birthday~
Later we went to dinner and for her birthday dessert, she requested Krispy Kreme.
It was the best of birthdays for sure but sure missed our bigs!!!!!

Still Partying~

EK woke up Monday to another day of partying until her birthday.
Aunt Sissy and family gave her a big barn to go with all her animals~
So we spent about 30 minutes putting it together.
She received lots of great things for her birthday~
 Today was her real birthday and we saved our gifts for her~
Huge lego kits that she assumed she wasn't getting.
It was the perfect gift because we are kind of spring breaking this week.
This kept the crew busy until dad made it back with the BIG family surprise...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter~ {2015}

Today was such a beautiful day starting with church~
Then home for pictures and lunch~
 An Egg hunt with grandparents and cousins~
 Holly and Ben Curtis' first~
 And EK's family birthday party since she will turn 10 on Tuesday~
 A new family photo sure makes me SO happy~
A very sweet day with all of us home together celebrating a Happy Easter!!!

He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.
~ Matthew 18:6a

Friday, April 3, 2015

Their First Cake~

We have been reading a super cute book this week called The Dutchess Bakes a Cake
so EK and SJ tried out their baking skills making a Chocolate Pound Cake~
It turned out perfect and tasted even better!!!

I think a cake a month is in the future for these cute bakers. :)
A happy Good Friday!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Discussion~

Out of nowhere while riding in the car, Evie asked if Jesus could live in her heart.
Scott and I are always talking about Jesus and we have a special bible time each morning
so not sure why this question surprised us so much but it did.

This morning our Blessing reading was about Jesus being in the tomb~
There were many questions and I did my best to answer.
I came upon this book this week while cleaning out so we read it together.
It was the sweetest thing to see the last page with Rosemary's name written on it.
A big example for all the littles.

It was the perfect time to share where the Logo for our church NewSpring came from~
Can you see it? Our pastor posted the last photo on IG today
and gave us more to discuss about Jesus.
He didn't need his own burial tomb... It was borrowed because~
He wasn't staying! HE IS ALIVE... He ain't in there!!!

EK is the first of the 6 to give her life to Jesus and I look forward to the other 5 trusting Him too!
One of the most beautiful things about being home together each day...

Growing Whole Hearts toward Jesus.