Healing through Art

Today is a lazy October Saturday at our house, way out in a little town in Texas, USA.


Charcoal drawing “Mr Bones”

I am about to start going through a book with the kids, that is a world renown tool of many art teachers, to develop artistic abilities.


Charcoal drawing of a man

You read a few pages with them, then do an exercise.

It’s been around since the late 70’s, and is called “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” (you can buy a gently used copy online for around 3 bucks.)

For approximately 10 dollars you can get a sketch pad, and a package of drawing pencils at Walmart (the pencils come in different graphite/lead hardness, that then has different look/effect when used)


So for around $15 bucks total, you get hours of fun, enlightening, quality time with your children, that blossoms into memories and skills they enjoy for a lifetime.


drawing of a hand that I did on another day

I believe that as parents we should spend as much bonding time with our kids as we can, because they grow up in the blink of an eye, and quickly become “too cool” to hang out with old people, like us.

Btw, the older I get…the farther away “old” gets. (I used to think 25 was old. Now I think you don’t qualify as “over the hill” until you’re 80 plus years; jus FYI…that’s where I stand on the subject)

I know from personal experience that art can have a healing effect on the soul (mind, will and emotions) and as we activate that part of our brain, it actually helps our minds to develop. So IF you or your children have experienced some kind of loss/trauma/pain, I encourage you to give drawing/painting a try.


Abstract painting “Lazarus”

Here is a link to a great article that discusses exactly how the arts benefit the development of young minds…

“How the Arts Develop the Young Brain”

You can (with the help of the book I mentioned above) move into charcoal, and color.

You would be AMAZED at how a young person will let down their walls and talk to you, when you spend time drawing/painting/listening to music/cooking with them. These types of creative activities activate the same side of the brain where we process emotions, so the time spent doing these things with your child opens a door, allowing you to step into their world.


My advice is to seize the opportunity, connect with them, and catch a glimpse of where they REALLY are. It is priceless! I promise you.


So whether it’s painting, drawing, or sidewalk chalk, get into your creative, sensitive, childlike state with your kids, and CONNECT with them.

Pay attention to what they draw/paint, and the colors they choose to use, then open a dialog.


Cassiel’s depiction of our house

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with a child’s eye— it’s very beautiful.”
~Kailash Satyarthi


Jace’s drawing of Predator (he has never actually SEEN the movie of course; he’s 11)


As a parent I am often overwhelmed with ALL that needs to be accomplished in a single day, however one thing that has made life much easier in our home, is the discovery of a website called  “Khan Academy”  a non-profit website that offers academic learning for kids and parents alike. FREE OF CHARGE (although to sustain this worthy organization, when it’s at all possible, I encourage you to make a donation) you can create a profile for yourself as a parent, and one for each of your children. IMG_0665Then your children can log into their profile with their own username and password, and go through exercises, take tests to asses their skill level, identify areas where they struggle, and watch instructional videos when they get stuck. Their school teachers can ALSO create a profile, and log on as a coach, to assist as well. This is a POWERFUL tool for parents from all walks of life, to empower their children to excel academically, for little to no money.

This is an amazing website, that our family has been greatly blessed by, therefore I’m privileged to give Khan Academy  a 5 star review!FullSizeRender-27


The website will email you directly to give you periodic updates, on the minutes/hours each of your children has spent working on their academic subjects, and to show you their progress.


For me this has been a Godsend!

An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.

~Benjamin Franklin

Thanks for reading, have a blessed day!    🙂


Parenting 101

I LOVE being a mom!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tough job, but the rewards are astounding. 


Unfortunately, when I was a child, my father passed away;

I was left with a mother, who was very young and struggled financially and emotionally being a single mom.

But today, I get to relive my adolescence packed full with all the pool parties, sleep overs, nerf wars, and fun foods that I decided as a little girl, were SUPPOSE to be part of the childhood experience!

God is SO GOOD.

If I have one bit of advice to all parents, it is this…learn to laugh, because with this job… a sense of humor is a MUST!


There will be days when you are sleep deprived, worried about money, starved for affection, (that is to say hugs, kisses, and words of affirmation, that are NOT immediately followed by a request for a cookie) NOT feeling attractive, and overwhelmed with everything that needs to be accomplished in a single day!

However when you have a sense of humor, it tends to take the edge off, and make it not only easier to bare, but a deep and beautiful experience.


When kids are happy, fed, and well rested…THEY ARE A LOT OF FUN! And they tend to say the craziest things!

One time my youngest child hurt her eye, and she had to wear a patch over it for a week. She looked so sad with her injured eye covered, that my heart went out to her, every time I saw that little face.

Walking out of the hospital she asked me, “Mommy, do I look like a PIRATE?”

Confused, and feeling much like a deer caught in the headlights of an on coming truck, I ventured out and cautiously responded with “Do you WANT to look like a pirate?”

As I held my breath, awaiting her answer, she looked up at me with a HUGE smile on her face, one big blue eye gazing into mine, then said “SHIVER ME TIMBERS!!!”


Immediately all the fear for her little feelings vanished as I realized that the whole ordeal had upset me, far more than it had her.

I said “YES baby girl, you look like the prettiest pirate on the high seas!”


She is high energy, brave, resilient, and kind, with a sense of humor that shines light into the darkest corners of my heart, and brings joy to even the most hectic moments of life.

No one can really teach you to be a parent, because every child, every situation is different. What it means, or what it’s like, is difficult to convey to someone who hasn’t lived it.

It’s AMAZING, unbelievably difficult, exhilarating, hilarious, and tragic.

It will break your heart, yet cause you to smile through the tears.

When my first child was born, more than 20 years ago, my mind raced with all the things I would teach him, but in reality it has been my children, who have taught me.

Taught me about unconditional love, perseverance, sacrifice, how to find humor in serious situations, keen negotiation skills, and how to rely on God in everything.


Pls note that in this one, she has taken off her dirty sock, put it on her forehead, and is saying “I just need a little ME time right now…could you let me rest?”

Thanx so much for reading!

Share with us, something funny that your child has said.

Something that TOTALLY cracked you up?!?

Pls post your story in the comments, because we’d love to laugh with you. 

Talk soon 😉

“Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” ~Bob Keeshan

Strawberry Summer Salad

As a mom, I’m always looking for healthy menu options like summer salad, so I thought I would share with you, my new fav…


1 Package of SPRING MIX  (my personal favorite, is at CENTRAL MARKET…however, any grocery store/market should carry it)

1 Pint Whole Organic Strawberries

1 Large Apple (my favorites are Pink Lady, Gala, Honey Crisp, or Fuji)

1 Pint Mushrooms

1/2 Cup Pre-packaged Sliced Almonds

2 Large Tomatoes

1 Whole Cucumber

1 Pint Fresh Organic Blueberries

1 Package Garden Onions Diced

1 Package Quinoa (cooked then chilled)

Fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese

1 cup Olive Oil

1 cup Balsamic Vinegar

Cracked Pepper to taste


“Strawberry Summer Salad”

Make the Quinoa, according to the directions on the box, then cover, and set aside in the refrigerator to chill.

Rinse Spring Mix thoroughly, use salad spinner or other method to dry, place into salad bowl; set aside.

Rinse Strawberries, then cut into slices or squares; add to salad bowl (full of spring mix.)

Peel Cucumber, then cut into slices, or one inch squares; add to the salad bowl.

Cut up tomatoes, into one inch squares; add to salad bowl.

Rinse Blueberries; add to salad bowl.

Rinse, then dice the garden onions; add to bowl.

Rinse, then slice mushrooms; add to bowl.

Rinse and/or peel apple, then cut into one inch squares, and add to salad.

“Salad Dressing”

Mix the Olive Oil, and Balsamic Vinegar in a bowl, or dressing dispenser…set aside, and use on top of salad, as desired.


Put fresh cracked pepper corn, on top of salad.

Sprinkle the fresh shredded Parmesan Cheese on top.

Sprinkle chilled Quinoa on top of salad.

Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.


Then you can add some cottage cheese, and/or

Rice Chips, or crackers on the side.


ENJOY 😉 and stay healthy!

I have listed a link below to give you some information on Quinoa …I LOVE it, and because of it’s AMAZING health benefits (too many to list here,) I try to incorporate it into many of my recipes.