Sunday, August 30, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Grief is a hard process. I will likely never get over the loss of my mom. While I am grateful she is no longer suffering, I think about her endlessly and miss the sound of her voice. I am incredulous that she will not see my daughter grow up or hear about my new job teaching elementary art or be here at Christmas. But I also know that she would want me to thrive. So I have been drawing throughout the day when I can steal time from the toddler whirlwind. Baby steps for me and my daughter, figuratively and literally.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
Friday, July 17, 2015
My mom, my #1 fan, passed away after battling pancreatic cancer (her third separate cancer case - all fought bravely). I can't really believe she's gone, and look to the flowers and sunlight she loved as a sign of her presence. She was a real free spirit and a beloved person. Her funeral was standing-room only in the back of the church and the reception was over capacity with well wishers and her favorite zydeco band, Lagniappe. She would be 62 today. Happy birthday to my beloved mother, Rebecca Gilliam.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
For our baby girl's 1st birthday (!!), I didn't want to feed her the questionable (& delicious) grocery store cake the rest of us devoured. I'm hoping she can avoid my turbo sweet tooth.
I used this recipe (but subbed butter for coconut oil since that's what I had), and the adults that tried it (since not everyone wants to eat super sugary cake) loved it: http://www.fitmamarealfood.com/babys-first-smash-cake-healthy-no-sugar-banana-cake/
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
I wrapped up my last day at the Academy of the Pacific Rim today, where I have taught 5-12 visual art for the past eight years (since 2007).
Very excited for a rejuvenating summer and a new challenge in the fall: teaching K-5 visual art in Stoughton. I am so excited to work with little ones and their boundless enthusiasm for art.
My baby's first painting (she will be one next week), framed for Father's Day