Acrylic on Canvas
5 ft l x 3.5 ft w
“Beloved, I think about what it took to get you and me to this very moment. I’m thankful for all the men you’ve kissed and the women I’ve kissed. I’m thankful for all the heartbreak you’ve experienced and the heartbreak I’ve experienced. I’m thankful for the traffic jams you’ve had to patiently sit in and the long lines at the store I’ve had to wait in. I am thankful for the argument you had with your mother at the age of 14 and the fight I had with my brother at the age of 16. I’m thankful for the elementary school your parents enrolled you in and the high school my parents enrolled me in. I am thankful for that trip you took to Italy when you were fresh out of college and that camping trip I took with my family a few years ago. I am thankful for that time you had cramps and went to the pharmacy to find relief. I am thankful for the time I broke my leg and had to wear a cast for three months. I am thankful for every word you ever spoke. I am thankful for every tear you ever cried. I am thankful for every song you ever danced to. I am thankful for everything because I know if anything had been different, this moment would be different. Nothing we’ve experienced has been in vain. Everything we’ve experienced has led us to each other and to you, I thee wed.”
Acrylic on canvas
5.5 ft l x 3.5 ft w
“Confidence, Fearlessness, Creativity and Purpose each stood in a corner of the room. They quietly observed the children as they played with each other. The children’s ages ranged from 1 minute old to 105 years old.
“I don’t think I can do it!” Confidence overheard young Jason confess to Michelle. Confidence left her corner and went to where Jason and Michelle stood. She then whispered in Jason ear, “Believe in yourself! Believe in your abilities! You can do it! You got this! You were made for this!” Jason begin to smile as he listened to Confidence. “Michelle, I know I can do this! I was made for this!” Jason confessed as Confidence walked back to her corner.
“What if I fail?” Fearlessness heard Mary ask Luke. Fearlessness left her corner and went to where Mary and Luke stood. She then whispered in Mary’s ear, “The Universe will honor your fearlessness! Whatever sets your soul on fire, that is what you must do! Just take the first step!” Mary begin to smile as she listened to Fearlessness. “Luke, I’m scared and I don’t know exactly what’s going to become of this but there is no way I’m not going for it!” Mary confessed as Fearlessness went back to her corner.
“I will just do what everyone else is doing.” Creativity heard Marcus tell Lisa. Creativity left her corner and went to where Marcus and Lisa stood. She then whispered into Marcus’s ear, “You were born to stand out! You are not like anyone else! You have vision! You have skill! You have talent! Use what you have!” Marcus begin to smile as he listened to Creativity. “Lisa, I’m not going to do or be what everyone else is doing and being! I have a vision that I will give birth to! I will use and trust my God given talents!” Marcus confessed as Creativity went back to her corner.
“I’m useless! The world would be better off without me.” Purpose heard Thomasina say to Nellie. Purpose left her corner and went to where Thomasina and Nellie stood. She then whispered into Thomasina’s ear, “You are still here because you have a purpose! Your purpose is bigger than you! Look outside and see what your beautiful self has to offer this world and you will find your purpose! You have to seek a purpose to find a purpose!” Thomasina begin to smile as she listened to Purpose. “Nellie, I’m still here! That means I’m not done! If this world needed anything from me, it is that I find my purpose and that I start doing my purpose, on purpose!” Thomasina confessed as Purpose went back to her corner.
Confidence, Fearlessness, Creativity and purpose continued to stand quietly in their corners, ready to provide support at any moment.