Monday, February 08, 2010

blessed is the man...

i wanted to share one of the gifts i have given to my sweetie

a couple of years ago i was taking an oil painting class
oh i loved it
i love the smell of the oils & the turpentine
i loved the feel of the brush against the canvas

i'm no artist
not by a long shot
i painted a few portraits of my girls
but usually i "practiced" by using an image
from N.A. Noel
or Jennifer Lanne

i saw this very simple painting of a single tree
done by jennifer
& immediately thought of one of my favorite scriptures
psalm 1
it describes the blessings
that will come to a man
who is wise
& who surrounds himself with Godly men

this is my Dan

he is highly respected in his position
as a highschool asst principal

he is a godly man
who is slow to react
& slower to anger

in fact
in all the years we've been married
he's never been angry with me

he shows our girls
a forgiving gentle spirit
but yet a strong capable protective daddy

i painted this tree
& thought of the shelter he provides
for all his girls
& the stability he creates
through his loyalty to

i love you sweet man
& happy early valentines day

can't imagine
my life

He is like a tree planted
by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Psalm 1.3


Leslie said...

What a wonderful man! I feel blessed to have one too! The painting is so special and I am sure he treasures it. I have always loved N.A. Noel too! I have a few of her books. I am sure he feels just as blessed as you do!

Kristin said...

And I see he is all that to you and your girls and so much more! Love it so that God brought him into your life. You have shown me what true should really look like in your relationship with him and it makes me see that hope, solid and true is possible.

I know that you do not, nor have you ever taken a second of it for granted...Ever, but count your blessings one by one concerning Dan! That has been my sweet blessing to view too.

He is the one prayer that I prayed so hard over you that God would fill and God answered. I remember smiling when I met him thinking "Thank you God for taking care of my girl, my life long precious friend and her daughters." Made me see that God hears and his amazing desires for our lives.

That was deep from me, wink. I hope that was ok to share in a blog comment. ;)

Happy Valentines Week my precious, kindred life long friend.


Lissa said...

that is so awesome paige. how blessed you are!

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Jillian Kincaid said...

WOW that was so sweet... I got teary! It's such a wonderful blessing to have such a strength as head of your family. Thank you for reminding us all that we need to spread the news of the great things our men do- for they also need encouragement. Beautiful post! Keep up the artwork- it looks great!

Martha said...

It is just beautiful Paige!!! how blessed you are...but so is he with you! Happy Valentine's Day!

Kasey said...

what a sweet man he is!
and a lovely post about him.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Wow girl you must be doing something right, if he's never been mad at you! Such a sweet love story.

That painting is so good. I bet he was so proud:)

Henley on the Horn said...

Just precious!

melissa said...

First of all Paige .. your painting is SO beautiful!! I honestly would commission you to do one for me - seriously, I love it.
And, this post is so very touching with such a wonderful message. You and your husband are blessed to have each other!


homebody0404 said...

Dear Paige,

What a great post. I love your gift to him,it's so meaningful and it's a beautiful painting. I love reading the sweet loving posts about your marriage!

Tracey said...

Aww, how sweet and completely wonderful Paige! BTW, you are an artist...beautiful painting!!! I'm so very glad for you and your girls that you have this incredible man in your life! You are blessed ~

Hugs ~

:) T

sevenalstons said...

That is so incredibly sweet! I'm not sure who is more blessed... you or your husband. I think I'll call it a tie :)

julie said...

i am so happy that you are blessed with this sweet man! i am blessed the same way! thank you Lord! i love the picture. its so simple and perfect! xo

Jerri said...

Paige you are so "good" with words and its just awesome that you know how blessed you are and that you make sure Dan knows as well!

PS~Erin said...

Beautiful! Happy Valentine's week to you and your sweet man.

Raining Pearls said...

Tears... Paige, you give us hope that there are amazing men out there and they show up when you least expect it. Beautiful painting!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a beautiful painting.....I love what it represents!!

Hope you and your sweetie have a Happy Valentine's Day!



Southern Sugar said...

Beautiful Paige! Both the painting and the meaning behind it. Have a wonderful Valentine's day :)

Jboo said...

Beautiful painting and beautiful post to your sweet husband!

Hope you have a great week!


shabbyscraps said...

xoxo, Tiffany

Megan said...

Such a special way to show your love.
He sounds like an amazing man. Having read your blog for awhile now...he's pretty lucky too.

Beautiful song. I've always loved Fleetwood Mac and "Song bird" is one of my favorites.

DustyLu said...

Great post! Glad i found you. Off to browse your wonderful blog ~lulu

Felicia said...

I love the painting Paige. I think it's beautiful. Love the significance and meaning behind it too. Perfect scripture!

Courtney Walsh said...

So sweet. Beautiful painting. Everyone is an artist! :) You included!! Don't underestimate yourself! :)

One Womans Thoughts said...

What a lovely tribute to the man you love. In this world of complaining, thank you for bringing love, appreciation and beauty of relationships to us. I am smiling inside and out.

The Flying Bee said...

what a blessing...and your painting is beautiful.


Pearls and Grace said...

What a breathtaking painting.

Beautiful post Paige....

It's one of your many gifts.

I heart Dan.

Kristin's comment made me cry..
She is a "Mary Ellen" (Same kind of different)
What a treasure in an earthen vessel......

Love and Light,


Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Paige...beautiful as always.

this blessed nest said...

hello new friend!

i was so emotional reading your story on our friend sibi's blog. it is truly amazing. you are so brave to share it, but i hope you know how it has blessed many many people. your family is "simply" gorgeous.

and now, about that man of have a treasure there! as i know, you know. my mom has {somewhat} of a similar story like yours. not with a true "loss" of a husband, but finding true love second time around. AND she had us 3 girls in tow when meeting him. (one of the three being a special needs.) but like you, she found love again, in every meaning of the word love. so thank you for sharing your story. (i've never written of this story before on blogland, it just felt right to share with you.)

have a beautiful day!

i'm following you on twitter now!

traci said...

what a beautiful post paige. your dan is a wonderful man. you are indeed very lucky. but i think i can say the same about him - that he is very lucky too. have a great day.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

This is just beautiful. I love hearing about others who are happily married and doing their best to love their mate the way Christ intended!
ps- love your tree, too!

Auntie Cake said...

You are both so lucky to find each other. And treasure each other. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day together. All of you!

3 Peanuts said...

What beautiful love....true that acts and gives not just feels.

Julie said...

This is such a beautiful post, Paige! So sweet. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Valentine's day. xo

LuLu said...

What a beautiful post. Such a blessing and your words are so touching. happy Valentine's Day to You and your loved ones,

cammy said...

....simply beautiful....

sanjeet said...

I have a few of her books. I am sure he feels just as blessed as you do!

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Kristin said...

You are very talented. That painting is lovely. It's so wonderful to have a partner that you can always count on. I am forever grateful for the hubs!