Handwriting and Legacy

Praising God in Color When Surrounded With White

This time of year tends to bring a slowing down and regenerating for many of us. When living in an area engulfed in frigid air and snow, while beautiful to look at, it can also can squelch our creative mojo. Especially if you put toddlers into the mix. Being stuck indoors for days on end is enough for cabin fever to spread through the house and create more damage than the full fledge flu.

So how do we combat the natural consequence of lots of downtime for both us and the kids? We bring them into the creative process and enjoy the messy ride! I am sure you have noticed how much kids love to do things they “aren’t supposed to do”.

(Side note) For example, have you ever caught a kid trying to snatch sweets? Having as many boys as we do, we see this A LOT. My third son has been the worst, because he is a “snacker”. One night when he was around 4, I sent him to bed and prepared for a movie night. After the movie, I went upstairs to check on him. When I reached his room, he looked so cold! He was mostly out from under the covers and was slightly shivering. I gently picked up the blanket to pull over his little body, and, lo and behold, I found two containers of ice cream (half eaten) with a spoon and my cell phone were tucked under the blankets. (Now, every parent faces these situations…..the hard part is figuring out if you need to discipline said child or take a picture and laugh about it.) We chose to laugh about it and texted our whole family so they could join in the joy of childhood funnies.

Back to the art stuff….

The point is, sometimes kids need to be a little risky and do things we would prefer they do at school. But, I want to share with you how rewarding it is to bring them into our creative art process. It’s amazing what they can do when we release the reigns a bit.

A couple easy projects that are good to fill a long day is to re-use broken crayons to create art! I have two different projects to share with you.


Melted Crayon Art on Dictionary Pages

1) First off, kids love to make personalized art. This is where the dictionary pages come into play. Have them decide on an animal or object they would like to draw, find the subject in the dictionary and rip the page out gently.

2) Show them where the word is on the page so they can draw the object near the word. This also is a great way to sneak some teaching in. For older kids, this is a fun way to demonstrate how to read a dictionary and alphabetize.

3) Take a hairdryer and warm the page, being careful not to touch the paper to the heating element. At our house, I allow the pre-school and kindergarten age kids to help with this, because they love to do big things!

4) Begin coloring on the page starting with the lighter colors and then moving to dark. Keep the hairdryer nearby blowing to keep the page warm. You will need to stagger how closely you keep the hairdryer to the page, because at this point, it can be very warm on your hands. Exercise caution! It is fun to draw with warm, melting crayons. The color is more vibrant and spreads super easily.

5) Once done, let the page cool and you are ready to add any other details, words, verses, etc…


Broken Crayon CPR

How many of you have a container full of crayons that have snapped and broken, leaving them unwanted and abandoned? It seems like we keep them around, unable to throw them out, yet no one wants to use them! So how about another time filler for those cold winter days?

1) Start by feeling awesome because you are not wasting these cute ‘lil crayons! After you have given yourself a pat on the back, begin the task of removing the labels off the crayons. (This is a good task for the kids!)

2) Break the crayons and place in the pan of your choice. I used a non-stick, mini muffin tin. Since it was non-stick, I did not need to use cooking spray. If you are using a different type of pan, it is suggested to spray with cooking spray first. Let the kids make creative combinations allowing for super cool results.

3) Once the pan is ready, place in an oven heated to 275° for about 8 mins. Keep an eye on it! You will smell them when they are heating too long!

4) When the crayons have melted into a liquid, carefully remove and let cool in a safe spot away from little hands. When your pan is cool enough, place the whole pan in the freezer. This step makes the crayons come out easily.

5) Geek out with the kids at the cool crayons you made and let them go to town! *BONUS! These make fun blocks for your little ones also! Score!

Another cool discovery is that while your kids are playing with their new crayons, you can use the melted crayon technique to Bible Journal! Right now, I am journaling in a Holman Women’s Study Bible with thin pages. (Hopefully, I can score a Journaling Bible with interleaved pages soon!) The crayon technique is visible on the back page, but does not bleed to subsequent pages.

Let me know if you try this technique out! I would love to see pictures of your work! Blessings to you on these cold days!!

Handwriting and Legacy

Handwriting and Legacy



One day, when our purpose on earth is complete, we will be a memory to those who love us. The Bible journals, traveler’s journals, or diaries will be treasures waiting for your family to unearth. The distant family members of the future will begin to know who you are by these written words. Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms may or may not be there. But the carefully passed down journals will be what they turn to when they look to learn from the past.

The diary you see belonged to my grandmother who was dearly loved. It contained her favorite recipes. When the cover is open, you feel like you are standing right beside her, like she is still here. Why? Because of her handwriting. She handwrote all these recipes carefully and with the intention to be passed on. 20171120_101543

Is her handwriting perfect? Did she painfully take time to inscribe every letter? No. She wrote from the heart.

Our handwriting is as unique to us as our fingerprints! Celebrate your uniqueness, don’t let it hold you back from telling your story. The future will thank you!


The above page is a sermon my great-grandfather wrote on his lunchbag while working. He used to walk in the woods and allow God to speak to His heart in the quiet. This, and other diaries of his sermons, are things my family treasures. His life on earth ended earlier than it should, but his legacy and heart for Jesus has lasted multiple generations. The biggest reason for this is his written word.

This next picture is from my dad’s sermon notes and quiet time. I love my parent’s handwriting. It reminds me of childhood and receiving birthday cards, taking notes into school, and going grocery shopping. I especially love reading their heart for Jesus and their walk with Him.


When we choose to write, we typically only write the things that are important to us. The things that stand out – good or bad. When we Bible journal,  we write the lessons God has spoken to our hearts, truths from the Bible, prayers answered or unanswered, blessings received or given. What a beautiful heritage to leave our children!

My mom has been an avid journaler her whole life. She has multiple volumes just waiting to be read and cherished. But for now, I have her and I am so grateful!


If you are a new journaler, don’t pressure yourself in having perfect writing every time. It can steal the joy if you focus on the perfection and not the journey.

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When I first began Bible journaling, I didn’t realize what a big deal “handlettering” is. I just wrote. But over time, the more I saw other people’s  beautiful lettering, I felt I needed to work on that also! I allowed the pressure of the crowd to determine my progress instead of letting God form my artistic style.

I quickly got over that and decided to celebrate my own style. It brings much freedom to rest in being who you are. I still practice handlettering- sometimes, but I am ok with not having the most perfect written word also.

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My prayer for you as you journal is to enjoy the sweet relationship with Jesus. Allow Him into your heart, in the inner parts to transform you from the inside out. Don’t be afraid if your story is less than perfect, if your artwork is sub-par, or your handwriting looks like chicken scratch. We all have a story to tell. We all have hills and valleys. Praise God in the storms and praise Him in the calm. Write it down, embrace who He is making YOU.

Remember! One day, your written word will be a treasure to be read. May your words be written in love.

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Painted Praise and Worshiping In Color


 This Isn’t Who I Always Was


I haven’t always done this. I used to be a gal who worshiped God in song, in prayer, and in action. I used to read my Bible and pray every day. I used to write lists of prayers and mark out when they were answered.

“So what changed? You look like you still do all those things”, you may be thinking.

      I do. But now, I do those things through the lens of a woman who has had her heart broken, dreams shattered, and hopes crushed and blown away. God used those things to start a part of my sanctification story that would forever change me.

Now, I write my prayers out in color. I circle over and over again in purple ink around a friend’s name who needs a hedge of protection. I paint a background of splattered paint to write my Bible study verses on. I read through the Bible and then find a way to illustrate and paint a picture of what it means to my life. I am able to share those pictures, those entries and encourage other women to share their heart as well.

I may not be as young and free as I once was. But I am certainly more free than I’ve ever been. Free to create without excuse. Free to journal my heart- good or bad. Free to feel confident in my own skill set God has given me.

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. IMG_20151103_170448_415