Tuesday, June 5, 2012

For Treasure Tuesday...

... I'm going to show you some true treasures.
And my mother will be blushing.

When my mother was in her fifties, she took art lessons.

And look what she did after that!....

There are many, many more pictures, particularly of birds, but I will show them to you at a later date.

The last picture in this list is of the road by their country home they called, appropriately, WHITE HAVEN (my maiden name is White). It's in east Texas and is on the land my daddy's grandparents homesteaded, and where he would love to go as a child.
 In the mid-1970's Daddy bought it from his uncle, and he and Mother built a home there. They lived there for 27 years, till they moved to the Metroplex, to be close to me.

Well, I'm getting side-tracked.
Those pictures that Mother painted really look better in person.... but I wanted to show them to you.
I love them. 

Here's another picture, not of a picture she painted, but of a 'hobby' Mother has.

 Mother always keeps little Gideon Bibles in her purse.
 My dad was a Gideon for years and years (Press HERE  and HERE (the Wikipedia entry on it) to find out what that means, in case you don't know).  Mother was - and is still - a part of the Gideon Auxiliary.
Anyway, she always hands those out wherever and whenever she gets an opportunity. When she and Daddy were closing on their house in Euless in 2005 she met the previous owner of the house and offered to give her a little Bible. That lady said, "Oh, I'm a Christian, but I would love to have it." Mother asked her where she went to church and she said, "I'm a member of Bear Valley Community Church." My mother got to tell her that that was the church her son-in-law and daughter started. Marina (Sanchez) said, "You're the mother of Nancy Carmack and the mother-in-law of Sam???!!!" So there was excitement all around. (Fortunately Marina said good things about us.)
Marina moved from that house that day to near Mesquite. I need to find her.... though I know she has a different last name now.
It's a small world, isn't it? And it's a wonderful world. I'll show you more of Mother's pictures later... when I take better pictures!

The moral of this post is two-fold:

1. You're never too old to take art lessons, or lessons of any kind (well, maybe not football lessons).

2. Share your faith when you get a chance, and excitement might happen!
If you haven't taken my latest poll (upper right), please do.   Thanks!


Laura said...

I don't think I knew she took art lessons when she was fifty. So cool! I like her paintings.

Susan said...

The birds are my favorite!!

Anonymous said...

We are so lucky and fortunate enough to have that last one of WhiteHaven displayed proudly in our dining room. What an honor!

Bailey Jo

Jan said...

She is very talented!! I love the bird paintings too, Susan!!

sara [at] journey of doing said...

That's pretty talented for a woman who "started" art in her 50!!

Fun story about the old BVmember, too!

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