My mom and I had a girls' day out in Denver today. She had bought us tickets to the Becoming Van Gogh exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. It was wonderful! We did the audio tour, so we learned a ton about the artist's life and work. He was self-taught, and started painting at the age of 27. Gee, that's familiar!
I actually started a new painting a few days ago. It's a landscape based on a photo Jeremy and I took on the west coast of Ireland. It's pen and wash right now, but I think I'll end up doing a layer of pastel over it. I'll post a pic when I finish.
Anyway, after the museum today, my mom and I went to lunch at Parsley. I got a fig and brie sandwich on freshly made ciabatta bread. UN-BE-LIEVABLE. My mouth is watering just writing about it.
I went to church tonight because I'm going to be gone all day tomorrow. I am continually amazed at the range of the Flatirons worship band. They did a rendition of White Wedding by Billy Idol, and they rocked the house.
I stayed after the service to have the prayer team pray for me. It's our first Christmas without Scarlett, and, well, hard is an understatement. But Flatirons Church has an AMAZING prayer team. If you ever need prayer, even just requesting it on their website will direct some powerful positive energy your way. The woman who prayed for me was this sweet grandma who said she "wanted to take me home and make me some tea." Such good energy.
I wasn't going to put up any Christmas decorations this year. There are just too many emotions involved. But slowly I have changed my mind on that. And slowly I am adding decorations to our house. Josey made me a beautiful wreath a few years ago, so that was the first decoration to go up. And I brought home the centerpiece from the church Christmas party that Erin and I went to last night, so now that is decorating our kitchen table.
I almost forgot to blog about that Christmas party! The women's ministry at Crossroads Church threw a Christmas party called the Night of Elegance. The dress code was formal, which was a nice excuse to dress up. The entire buffet spread was desserts (women after my own heart), and professional carolers put on a great show. Finally there was a speaker who told the story of Jesus' life in a theatrical way.
Tomorrow is a big day. It's the Thirty-One spring product premiere! So I'll get a sneak peak at the new products and fabrics, and I'll also get the new catalog. So any of you that want the new catalog before it goes online in January, email me!
And yes, next weekend I WILL be starting to take my weekly Sabbath.