Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sweet Surprises

"All that we behold is full of blessings."
 ~ William Wordsworth ~
Yesterday, mom surprised me by offering to whisk my kids off
for a night at grandma & grandpa's house! 
I always have mixed emotions about seeing them go,
but admit it's nice to get a break ~ at least once in awhile...

So, after hugging and waving goodbye and blowing kisses until everyone was out of sight (and then some), I returned inside.  The weather was gorgeous, but I just had a desire to paint.  After adjusting my light and pulling up a chair, I impulsively grabbed a brush.  With just a few long strokes ~ a blue sky was created.  At that moment I didn't know what would come next.  

Sometimes it's nice to start a painting 
without expectations and flow in the moment.

Almost without thinking, I dipped my brush in to a dark green, and haphazardly painted some trees... then thought, it's Autumn, so why not add some orange.  Next came yellow and brown, a little more orange for the sky and green for the grassy field, purple for a little creek... before I knew it, all the colors merged and... a landscape appeared.

A sweet, unexpected surprise...

Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected.
  Unplanned... at least by us.
It's hard to let go of my plan, and leave it in God's hands,  
but that's exactly what I'm supposed to do. 
He's got a plan for everything ~ and who doesn't
love a sweet surprise here and there? 
Our days are full of them...
if we're just present to accept the gifts.

For I know the plans
I have for you, declares the Lord
plans for welfare and not for evil, 
to give you a future and a hope. 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~


  1. this is a beautiful post and a lovely landscape, wow, and unplanned!

  2. What a beautiful and perfect post!!!! thank you for joining us Megan!!! your art is perfection!!!

  3. the painting is so sweet...what a great gift god has blessed you with. simply wonderful

    - KAT -

  4. Such a beautifully sweet surprise, indeed!

    I think your October sketches in the post below are wonderful too :) I love the details your daughter put into her note!


  5. Thank you ladies ~ looking forward to more Sweet Saturdays :)

  6. Hi Megan, thank you for this lovely post! I'm so happy you shared this verse. It really helps me now. I really have something in my mind of how I want things to work out in the future, and I have it all "planned" out, but it hasn't exactly happened yet, and I'm getting impatient. This is just what I needed to remind me about God's plan. Your painting is beautiful! Thank you for dropping by my blog.

  7. Hi Megan,

    Aren't grandparents fabulous? I wish I lived closer to my grandson so I could do the same thing. Love your art. Nice to meet you.


“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.”

~ Mother Teresa