Wednesday, December 19, 2012

God Is So Good!

Mornin' everyone! I finished up a custom order last night for someone who asked that I create a print as a Christmas gift for someone special to him who has done missions work in Haiti. He told me that despite the tough living situation there, you can always find children in the streets singing "God is so good! God is so good! God is so good to me!". If the thought of droves of children smiling and singing that song in unison doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will. So this morning I wanted to share the custom print in hopes that you'll find joy in the day thinking about His goodness!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his love endures! • Psalm 107:1


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lift High

I came across this song the other day and fell in love with it, especially the lyrics. I'm always intrigued by words, whether they be written words I read or songs lyrics I hear. Take a minute to read/listen to the lyrics and I think you'll agree...

Broken people, call His Name
Helpless children, praise the King
Nothing brings Him greater fame
When broken people call His Name

Lift high your chains undone
All rise, exalt the Son
Jesus Christ, the Holy One
We lift our eyes to You

Sinners all, exalt the Son
Your ransom paid and freedom won
We will see His kingdom come
When sinners all exalt the Son

Lift high your chains undone
All rise, exalt the Son
Jesus Christ, the Holy One
We lift our eyes to You

Lift up your heads,
Oh lift up your heads
Look on Him
Lift up your heads,
Oh lift up your heads
Look on Him


Monday, December 17, 2012

Child-like Faith

The past few days after the horrific events that took place on Friday, December 14th, 2012 have had all of us deep in thought, trying to process how something like this could happen. What a senseless act that has changed the course of so many people's lives. None of us can fully wrap our minds around what each of the families must be feeling. Our hearts simply ache alongside theirs. The rest of us realized just how incredibly blessed we were to be able to meet our kids with suffocating hugs as they stepped off the bus Friday afternoon. Everything had been put in to perspective.

Over the weekend social media and the news outlets have spread information (and misinformation) like wildfire. Our society is so desperately searching for answers. "How on earth could this happen? And WHY?" Unfortunately, none of the answers we may find will change the reality of it all, nor will it take away the hurt and anguish so many are feeling. The one and only thing that anyone can take comfort in during a time like this is that regardless of how unspeakable this all may be, God is still in control. And His heart is also heavy.

As I was driving in the car yesterday the song "Away In A Manger" came on the radio ... and at the third verse, the lyrics brought me to tears:

Be near me, Lord Jesus;
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray!
Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven
To live with Thee there.

The thought of heaven having added 20 sweet baby angels on Friday morning was just about more than I could take. Being the mom of a 6-year-old 1st grader I couldn't even fathom it. I don't know how a person could get through something like this without having the hope and security we have been given through Jesus Christ. His word tells us that we are to have faith like a child. Child-like faith is the wonder and awe at what Christ did for us. It's a mix of trust, hope, and sincerity that knows the Lord loves us and will take care of us. Because of our trust in the Lord, we are able to take comfort in Him...especially in difficult times like these. Child-like faith sees the world as exciting and adventurous, and worth going after with our faith so opportunities to please God overtake our tendency to stay within our self-serving comfort zone. And because children are dependent, they must have faith that they will be taken care of. This is a perfect example of how we are called to put our trust and faith in our Lord. Having child-like faith will encourage us to be humble as we realize who we are in Christ. Without humility, we can't come to the Lord, because we don't possess the ability on our own to admit our need, surrender our hearts, or be able to grow in faith. My prayer through all of this is that God will draw near the hearts of those who may have wandered away, or perhaps have yet to recognize their need for Him. The Comforter will take care of those who are hurting and will one day right the wrongs of this world. If ever there were a time to focus on Christmas and the sheer joy that this blessed event stirs in our hearts, it's now. May the hope and joy that's been given to us be the focal point of our lives ... as we strive to live a life here in this messed up world with faith like a child.

1 John 4:4
"Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. "


Thursday, December 13, 2012

No Eye Has Seen

From the very first time I read this verse when I was young, I've loved it. And yes, I know I say I "love" a lot of things ... but I really do love this verse. So I just HAD to make a print with this verse on it!

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.   • 1 Corinthians 2:9 •

I could read it over and over countless times, and I'm confident that each time I'd get the same butterflies in my stomach and smile on my face thinking about the reality of this passage. Our pathetic {although wonderfully made} minds cannot even come close to comprehending all that God wants to do in and through us for His kingdom. Sure, we may have primitive ideas of the potential we've been created with, but we can't even fathom all that God has in store for us once we leave our temporary home here on earth.

I was reminded of this as I sat earlier this week at church, celebrating the life of an incredible woman who left this earth much too soon. Selfishly I say that, even though I know God doesn't make mistakes and He took her home exactly when he saw fit. As I listened to others share about the impact sweet Debbie had on so many in her short life, I couldn't help but wonder what people would be saying if it was me. What would people say about me and how I lived my life? That's a sobering thought. It made me pause and think a lot about living intentionally, so that others may see Christ in all that I do and say. We have such a short time here – what are we doing with that time?

I've often talked with friends about how important it is the teach our kids to live with an eternal perspective. This goes completely against everything our culture today teaches - the world is all about "living for today" and "saving the best for yourself", but the scriptures call us to live with a purpose and to share what God has blessed us with, understanding that one day very soon we will all stand before the King to give an account for how our days on earth were spent. My heart aches thinking of all those who haven't accepted the hope and salvation that is available to each and every one of us through Jesus Christ. My prayer is that every word that comes out of my mouth, every thought that I have, and everything that I do will be honoring to Him so that others may see his love and grace through me. What a glorious day it will be when we enter through the pearly gates and He reveals all that He has prepared for us!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Life in MinneSNOWta

Some of you know this already, but we got a 'lil bit of snow over the in 14" in our neighborhood. Wowsers. Guess that'll put an end to those of us whining that it didn't look like Christmas, huh?

Well, we just wanted to write quick and give you an update on what's been going on here at Red Letter Ink. I'm fond of "making lists", so bear with me...

1) It's been a busy few weeks getting out all the orders you guys have requested, but it's been a lot of fun working with many of you to put together your Christmas cards!

2) Speaking of custom orders, I had the privilege of creating an announcement for the birth of my newest nephew {Isaac} and the arrival to heaven of his brother {William} - what a bittersweet celebration! I'll post the image of that announcement once they've been sent out to everyone - don't wanna spoil the surprise for those who will be receiving them in the mail!

3) Today we went out and did our Christmas shopping for the family Red Letter Ink adopted for the holidays - we're SO excited to package everything up and pop it in the mail!!!!

4) We were just contacted by a local news outlet that is interested in doing a feature on Red Letter Ink - woohoo! Excitement! Stay tuned for details on that...

5) We will be taking a break from all the "action" in between Christmas & New Years. Our shop will still be open, but all orders placed between 12/22/12 and 1/1/13 will be shipped promptly when we return.

I think that's all for now, folks. Oh, actually, wait - one more thing...another custom order that was just shipped out - remember the old hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"? Well I just did a custom hymn lyric print for that song - forgot home much I love that one!

Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone!


Monday, December 3, 2012

No Not One

Happy Monday everyone! Although we've had a dreary, wet weekend here in Minnesota, I woke up this morning excited for the day - excited to see what God has in store for me this fine, gloomy day! As I sat down to my computer after dropping my kids off at school, I logged in to my Etsy storefront, my email, and even Facebook to catch up after being "off the grid" over the weekend.

First of all, I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY when I returned home last night and saw all of the Etsy orders you all sent along - wowsers. So I've got my work cut out for me today! But the blessing of new orders has also brought about something else. As I've watched God do incredible things in and through Red Letter Ink this past year, I can't help but wonder what else we can be doing to help show Christ's love to others who may be hurting, especially this time of year. For most of us Christmas is an exciting, wonderful time of year - but sadly, for others, all the commercialization about the biggest and best gifts you HAVE to buy for your children is a stark reminder for those struggling to make ends meet that there may not be much of a Christmas this year. As I sat and thought about that, I felt God nudging me to take a good chunk of our sales from the month of November {our biggest, bestest month EVER on Etsy} and turn this money around to help those in need. This afternoon I'll be heading to the local foodshelf to pick out another family in need who could use a little help this Christmas with food & gifts. Our family has sponsored a family every year since my husband and I got married, but this year, we're going to pick an extra family above and beyond the one we've chosen as a family - this one will be receiving a "Red-Letter-Ink sponsored Christmas"!!!  We're VERY excited about this!!!

Now for a very random change in subject {because that's how I roll - my middle initial is "R"...for real} - when I logged in to Facebook this morning a friend had posted a link to a video of 3 kids singing "O Come All Ye Faithful". I figured, oh yay - Christmas music...and clicked on it. Wow. I had no idea what I was in for. How have I never heard of these kids before? Well, in case you were in the dark like me - check out the group called "Daves Highway". They are 3 siblings and their harmonies are A-MAZING. I mean, completely, amazing. As I was clicking through some of their YouTube videos I found this one and it brought me to tears listening to the words and remembering the Sunday mornings many years ago singing this in church with my family:

The words of this song give such peace and comfort - I love it!

Have a blessed day!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Giveaways Galore!

If you haven't figured it out by now, we love giving stuff away ... for real. This time of year I can barely contain my excitement to make {or occasionally buy} gifts for people. It's my favorite time of year!!!

Well, it probably won't come as a surprise then to find out that we currently have 3, yes, that's right I said THREE giveaways going on with some of our new{er} bloggy friends! You read about one of them in my last post, but I figured today in honor of "Cyber Monday" {whatever that means}, I'd highlight the three giveaways so you can check them out and maybe save a few bucks on Christmas presents! So here we go ...

Giveaway #1 Details: Inspired To Action -
If you stop over and take their "Good Deeds" challenge, you'll be entered to win: An 8×10 of your choice, a 5×7 of your choice AND a multi-pack of notecards
*Winner will be chosen 12/2/12

Giveaway #2 Details: Satisfaction Through Christ
Stop by this lovely blog to you'll have the opportunity to enter this giveaway for an 8x10 print of your choosing a number of ways {via Rafflecopter}
*Ends 11/30/12 at midnight/Winner will be chosen over the weekend

Giveaway #3 Details: Biblical Homemaking
Last, but certainly not least, this giveaway is a whopper of a giveaway! If your name is chosen, you will win your choice of {1} 8x10 and {1} 5x7 print from Red Letter Ink along with several other fantastic prizes {$100+ value} - check out their giveaway post for more details!
*Winner will be chosen 11/28/12

There are also coupon codes for your holiday Red Letter Ink purchases ... but you'll need to stop over and find them for yourselves! Thank you to these 3 lovely ladies for teaming up with us - we're excited to connect with the winners and get them their goodies!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Partnering Up

There's nothing I enjoy more than teaming up with blogs I love! So naturally, I'm ecstatic for my latest opportunity to partner up with Kat over at one of my all-time favorite blogs - Inspired To Action. This blog has provided so much encouragement and inspiration (no pun intended) for me since I first discovered it about 18 months ago. I must admit I LOVE their daily reminders to live intentionally, prayerfully, and to take action!

When Kat and I talked about our second go-around partnering up, she threw out the idea of tying in a Red Letter Ink giveaway with something new she's trying on the blog - "Good Reads and Good Deeds". When she explained it to me, it sounded perfect. Absolutely perfect. Basically, Kat throws out some "Good Reads" for the week from other blogs/websites, then she puts out a "Good Deeds" challenge for the week. It's really THE perfect combination!

This week's "Good Deeds" challenge is this:
"This week’s challenge is to write a letter to someone. It can be a sticky note for one of your kids, a postcard for your Aunt or a five page mega letter to your Compassion child. Whatever works for you. Words are powerful. Share some this week. Are you up for the challenge?"

Kat went on to share her love for displaying TRUTH around her home for her children to soak into their hearts...and then she announced a fun Red Letter Ink giveaway package - {1} 8x10 print, {1} 5x7 print, and {1} Multi-pack of note cards. We are super excited to continue reading the comments on Kat's post to see how others are reaching out and encouraging people in their lives this week! Take a few minutes and stop over to read Inspired To Action's "Good Deeds" challenge - I promise you won't regret it!

P.S. I'll be taking the "Good Deeds" challenge just because I'm addicted to sending note cards ... the difficult decision for the week will be deciding who to send a note to. :) Sounds like I may be sending out more than one!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Avoid the Crazy People...

When I was young{er}, I will admit, I joined in the Black Friday madness. Don't ask me why. But I did. And yes, I realize that makes me sound like a 90 year old woman. Let's just say I've become wiser in my old 33. I must confess that last year's Black Friday nutcase character Target came up with was one of my favorites - sad she's gone this year, but I enjoyed her while she was on TV. She captured perfectly the slightly-psychotic tendencies that stereotypical Black Friday shoppers sometimes display.

Well this year, not only will I be missing the chaos fun we call "Black Friday",  I won't even be able to enjoy any of the online Black Friday mayhem. Instead, I'll be in the northwoods of Wisconsin, enjoying some quality family time...with no internet or cell service. That's right, folks, there are still places like that in the good 'ol USA. I'm actually looking forward to catching up with family, doing some crafting, and maybe reading a magazine or two while sipping coffee after a nice walk through the woods. But don't fret ... Red Letter Ink WILL be participating in Small Business Saturday by offering blog readers and Facebook fans a special 'lil discount so you can get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

If you find something in our Etsy shop that you just can't live without - enter the coupon code "SMALLBIZ2012" when you check out and you'll receive 10% off your purchase!!!

We hope you have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving! We have SO much to be thankful for, not just this week, but all year round - God is good!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Cards Are HERE!!!

Last week on Twitter a friend of mine (@pbapottery) tweeted, "Are you doing Christmas card templates this year - as in photo cards?" in response to my free printable gift tags. I've often thought about doing some Christmas card designs, but for one reason or another something else always came real work that needed to be done or children who needed something or the dog needed to go out and my ADD kicked in, which meant I got distracted and forgot whatever I was intending to do... Happens a lot, unfortunately. Anyway, after Pete the Potter asked, I thought BY GOLLY, this is going to be the year I do it - the year I design Christmas cards for someone other than myself!

Well I'm happy to report that even though I was severely distracted this week by a million other things (can you say not one but two hard drives crashing, leaving me to set up a whole new system while trying to keep up with the chaos I call 'freelance graphic design'), I have reached my goal of not only having some Christmas cards designed, but actually posted in my Etsy shop. Impressive if I do say so myself. Now to find the time to finish up the 8-10 other designs I started but haven't finished yet...well anyway, I'm super excited to share these designs with you for now! My hope is that these will be a fun way for people to send out Christmas cards focusing on the true meaning of this holiday season. Stay tuned for more designs coming soon!

P.S. Thanks for the prompt to get this show on the road, Pete ... and just a quick shout out to my friend Delaney - thanks for getting the rest of my blog pulled together. Be sure to check out the links up above to learn more about Red Letter Ink!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

FREE Printable Christmas Tags

I'm probably doing a big "blogging no-no" by posting twice in one day, but I couldn't resist ... I'm too excited to share these with you! So, in my last post I featured the new Red Letter Ink Christmas print and mentioned possibly making some free printable Christmas tags. Well, I couldn't wait to do them, so they're already put together just waiting to be downloaded.

They're so cute! Just imagine them printed, trimmed, with a hole punched in the corner and tied on with some rafia or thin twine - beautiful. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Enjoy!

-----------< Download Printable File Here  >-------------

Please note: These may be used for personal use only.


Raise Your Hand If You LOVE Christmas!

Okay, let's be honest...who doesn't love Christmas? I mean, c'mon. Well I personally love Christmas, but not in a "yea-I-get-lots-of-presents" kid kind of way though. The thing I love most about Christmas {besides the obvious fact that we're celebrating the birth of our Savior and King}, I L-O-V-E giving gifts.

My husband gets annoyed with me because as Christmas draws near I begin my obnoxious list-making of all the people we could give gifts to. Notice I didn't say people we need to give gifts to. I said people we could give gifts to, as in I make up reasons to give gifts to as many people as I can think of. No joke, last year I found myself putting together gifts for people who in all reality didn't really need a gift. I'm a freakish joyful gift-giver ... watch out people, you just never know when you might get a random gift from crazy Aimee. Heck, I've even thought about keeping a few practical gifts in my car {year-round} to hand out to people who I come across that seem to be having a bad day. Yes, I will admit that. Gift-giving brings me SO much job, I can hardly stand it. Go ahead, tell me I have a problem and need help. I just can't help it. What an easy way to show the love of Christ to someone ... through something as simple as a basic gift!

So, in the spirit of starting to think about Christmas {even though I've been buying gifts since January}, I've designed my very first Red Letter Ink Christmas print that I wanted to share with you today - it's hot off the press ... and freshly listed in my Etsy shop!

 I'm thinking I might use this print as inspiration for some free printable gift tags, what do ya think? Leave me a comment if you'd like to see some sweet gift tags you could print, trim & add to your Christmas gifts!


Monday, November 5, 2012

How It All Began

I often have people ask me, "So, how did you ever get started doing this thing with Red Letter Ink?". What better time to share the story than in one of my first few blog posts! :) The truth is, it has always annoyed me that it was nearly impossible to find anything semi-modern/in style that had scripture on it, especially as I was trying to decorate my kid's rooms and my own house. The last thing I wanted was a hideously outdated painting with a scripture passage hanging on my wall ... even if I loved the verse.

From the time I was a little kid I've always loved writing and making cards and personalized gifts for people. When my grandma passed away a little over a year ago, we found several of my masterpieces I'd made for her when I was young as we were sorting through her things. You'll all love my fantastic birthday card I drew for her ... it showcases my drawing skills. My parents and I had ourselves a good laugh when we came across this gem. Clearly, my grandparents both loved fishing, so why not draw a picture of them out fishing in a boat and put it on a birthday card? Makes perfect sense ... when you're 9 or 10. And of course, Grandma would have a fish on her line before Grandpa because she was the fishing QUEEN. I especially love how I drew Grandma all dolled up, wearing her earrings out in the fishing boat ... while their Pomeranian - Pekingese dog "Pebbles" sat peeking over the edge of the boat patiently waiting for them as they fished. And Grandpa's perfectly sculpted hair was drawn to perfection as it always looked. Details, details! I was especially relieved to see that their boat license was prominently displayed on the side of the boat, too. Apparently this card was something special to Grandma because it was in a scrapbook with several other fantastic cards I'd made for her.

Thankfully, over the years my artistic skills improved. Whenever I had an opportunity to make a gift for someone I'd jump at the chance. One day a couple of years ago I had a chance to make a very special gift for some dear friends of ours.

Back up about a year prior – we had some friends {Justin & Becky} who were struggling with infertility. We'd known them for a few years from being in small group bible study together at church. They are some of the sweetest people we've ever met. We absolutely adore them! At the time they had one son, Isaac, who they called their "miracle baby". Becky had shared with us girls when we split for prayer time one week that they had decided to try IVF again but it was a long shot. She asked us to pray that if it was God's will for them to have another baby, that he'd allow it to happen. There was so much that needed to happen in order for this to move from a dream to a reality, including the daily shot regime that helped prepare Becky's body for IVF.

Looking back we often laugh about how Becky and I got to know each other on a whole new level during that time. One evening after some of us girls from small group had gone out to dinner, we came back to our house and Becky said she had a really awkward question to ask me. Her husband Justin was out of town, but she needed to have one of her injections ... in her backside. We laughed and laughed until we were both crying as we cracked jokes about how we hoped our husbands didn't find out, and how the least I could've done was buy her dinner. It was hysterical. I can't help but laugh about it as I write this! Well, a few weeks after our "intimate" evening of dinner and a shot in the backside, Becky shared with us that the impossible had in fact happened – she was pregnant! I remember there being lots of tears flowing that night as we celebrated guardedly. For the next 9 months our group of girls prayed and pleaded for God to protect the life of this little one he'd created. The day little Eli was born our small group family rejoiced and gave thanks for Justin & Becky's miracle baby #2!

When it was my turn to take a meal to Justin & Becky after they brought Eli home from the hospital,  I couldn't just take a meal ... I had to take a gift, too! And it couldn't be another pack of diapers or onesies. I'm sure they had plenty of those. I wanted it to be something special that signified what a special gift Eli was, not only to Justin & Becky, but to all of us who had prayed them through the pregnancy up until his arrival. The verse from 1 Samuel came to my mind and I instantly knew what I was going to make. I created this print just for Eli and framed it before putting it in some tissue paper and dropping it into a gift bag. I'll never forget showing up on Becky's doorstep handing her the meal and gift. She opened the gift, and we stood there crying and hugging on their front step for several minutes. There is absolutely nothing else in the world like being able to give someone a gift that blesses and touches them at their core.

This is where the idea for Red Letter Ink came from. God has given us so many wonderful gifts in His word, gifts that encourage, inspire, and challenge us. My desire is to create artwork using God's word as inspiration so others can find hope and strength through the truths found in scripture. We are blessed to have the freedom to dig in to God's word daily, so why not take advantage of this and hang His word on our walls as daily reminders of His goodness? We are blessed. Truly blessed.


Friday, November 2, 2012

"The Blog"

I just have to say that this whole "putting a blog together" thing has been pretty cool. Cool in the sense that I've had the privilege to work with someone I connected with on Etsy earlier this year - and it's been a great experience. Her name is Delaney and she runs this super fun blog called Got Freckles? (be sure to stop over and check it out!). As we shot messages back and forth, we found out that despite a few years difference in our ages (okay, let's be honest...I'm 33 and she's under 18), we have a LOT in common. In fact, I'm pretty sure we could be BFFs if she didn't live in Georgia...and I wasn't 10+ years older, almost old enough technically to be her mom.  :)

The first and most important connection that we have is that we both love the Lord and live our lives striving to please Him. Awesome. Love it. Delaney and her sister run a company where they design blogs - the company is called 2X Design. So we also share a love of being creative! Oh, and another cool connection we had - she's home-schooled like I was for several years growing up. Fun stuff! We had a chance to chat a bit about what a wonderful experience that was, one which has grounded both of us in our faith. Did I mention we both love photography, too? Seriously, we could be best buddies. Oh, and she loves to write (hence the blog), and is actually a phenomenal writer. Again, love her and all the connections we share!

So, without further ado ... I want to give a big shout out and say THANK YOU to Delaney for all of her awesomeness! She's put up with all of my knit picking and silly questions for a while now as we've finalized the blog even though I'm sure she was often thinking, "oh my word, really?". I've loved every minute of the time we've spent exchanging emails and messages on Etsy, and I look forward to following her lovely blog and seeing how God continues to use her in the years ahead. Thanks, Delaney - you're the BEST!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It Is Well

Howdy everyone! Time to kick it in gear and BLOG, so here goes nothin'!

I don't know if you saw my latest design or not, but I have to admit, it's my favorite to-date. I can't stop looking at it ... there's something that just makes me smile when I see it. Well today it hit me why that is. I had a flashback to sitting in the chapel at Trout Lake Camp a few Septembers ago while I was attending their Fall Women's Retreat. The speaker that year was extremely "deep" in comparison to the light-hearted speakers I'd heard in years past. Initially, I didn't know what I thought about her speaking style, but as the weekend unfolded, I found myself completely in awe of how God was using her words to touch me at my most vulnerable spot. The speaker spoke on the different trials and circumstances she'd been forced to deal with in her life and asked us to think of the absolute lowest point we'd ever been at in our lives. Undoubtedly for me, my lowest point was when my husband and I received a devastating diagnosis of a neurological disorder for our young daughter back in 2006. I remember hearing the doctor rattle off a bunch of big words I didn't know the meanings of. I remember being handed a pile of papers which included referrals to see other specialists. I remember feeling numb and in complete and utter shock. And then I remember the many nights where I silently cried myself to sleep with a heavy heart, unsure what the future would hold for our sweet girl - or our family, for that matter.

Over the course of the weekend, the speaker continued to share her story and declared that no matter what obstacles God places in our life, we need to boldly claim "It Is Well" because HE is in control at all times. Even when our lives feel like they're spiraling out of control. And even when we feel so incredibly helpless. He ordained a plan for our lives long before we were ever thought of or imagined. And by claiming the truth that "It Is Well" in all seasons of life, we are transformed by our faith in Him. That weekend I remember sitting in chapel with tears in my eyes praying to the Lord, "It Is Well", trusting Him to work out all the difficult details in my life at that time.

Fast-forward to 2012, and there are no words to describe the blessings God has lavished on my family and I. I've successfully managed to run my freelancing graphic design business for over 5 years now, after leaving my corporate job in January of 2007 to make sure our daughter got the additional therapy and support she needed. She's an absolute joy and is doing very well, all things considered. I've also had the privilege of starting up a business that brings my heart SO much joy - Red Letter Ink. Each day I'm absolutely blown away by God's goodness, none of which I deserve.

Last weekend, our family closed on a beautiful new-to-us cabin in northwestern Wisconsin, close to where I grew up. Yet another blessing I never could have dreamt up or imagined ... but He has given it to us. The very first thing I did as we unpacked, I unwrapped my brand new canvas that had arrived just in time for our closing, and set in on the mantle. I stood there staring at it for quite a while. There really could be nothing more appropriate to set on our mantle than this. We will now have a constant reminder of where God has brought us and where He continues to lead us...because no matter what happens, "It Is Well".


Monday, October 22, 2012


Well, this has been a looong time coming, but I FINALLY have gotten my act together and have a blog. Yay!  I'm hoping this will be a great way to keep folks up-to-date on what's going on with Red Letter Ink. November is going to be jam-packed full of giveaways, so stay tuned for more details!