Lavender Bouquet, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

I've been enjoying a visit from my dad this weekend. He came, conquered my income taxes, and found me a slight refund. Shortly after that, he set all my loose papers and documents in neat arrangements in a file cabinet. My life is simpler and more organized because of his kindnesses. 

Monday, we head to the printer to pick up lovely prints of lavender. They are fine museum quality prints on German etching paper, and they make me happy just to look at on yet another gray day in Seattle. It was hard work, but good growing work for me as an artist. 


A couple of friends came over today to make art to tell their stories. I think it was helpful and blessed them. Yet again, I am so thankful for the ministry God has called me to be a part of during this season of my life - even in the midst of cancer. Having the call on my life while fighting cancer, is somewhat like the arrival of this beautiful lavender bouquet in the midst of the Seattle gray winter.

and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3