"And If not, He is still good."

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I'm not knowledgeable about much. In fact, i'd venture to say that i'm not knowledgeable about anything. I know a lot about a lot but there isn't one subject where i'm like, "Man, I could school you on this."

Autism and Special needs is a subject that I knew Literally zero about before Ollie. I had seen one kid with autism (that I knew was autistic) but that was it. I have quickly learned more than I ever wanted to know the past 9 months. Autism wasn't talked about in the circles I was in. Since sharing Ollie's story though I've learned that hundreds and hundreds of you have similar struggles with your kids-The spectrum is so big and so diverse. I've gotten so many encouraging messages and emails and texts that have helped us through this. There have also been the non encouraging messages but I won't talk about those Yahoos.

I know, without a doubt, that every human is made on purpose and for a specific purpose. No child was made on mistake and no child is a surprise to God (Even if He was a surprise to us.) There are no surprises where God is concerned. I've heard some people say crazy things that hurt, even though some of them are trying to be helpful. I've heard and read messages that say things like Like shots cause autism and wifi causes autism and if we feed him a special juice he will speak  and that you can believe something out of a kid. Like if we believe in God enough that Ollie will be healed (I've literally heard that.) Here's where that gets crusty... While I 100% believe in Miracles, I also believe that God allows struggles in our lives and that the hardships we endure will also help us to see His Grace. 

"There are times that difficulties aren't there to be Solved, But are there as a measure of God's Grace.'' - Matt Chandler

Um, can I get an amen?! 

Ollie isn't a case to be solved. He's a human to be loved.

Do I wish that one day he would wake up and talk and eat perfectly? I can say I have been guilty of wishing things like that. But I'm not going to sit around and wait for that to happen and miss the amazing kid sitting right in front of me. My boy is brave. Almost too brave. He's so strong. I like to think he gets that from me. He also doesn't know one stranger. He gets that from his extrovert dad. He is a mixture of all things beautiful and different and he is ours. That is my kid and I take so much pride in him. There has never been another human that has made me cry and smile and break as much as Ollie does. He is Perfectly imperfect. Just like all of us.

God doesn't love the future version of ourselves. He doesn't love future Ollie. He loves us now. I'm not going to be the parent who wishes and prays away the things that God has put inside my son. Is it hard seeing your kid delayed and struggle with everyday things? Absolutely. Will we get past it? Yes. How do I know that? Because I can literally look back into every aspect of my life and see how far he has carried me. It may be hard now but I know it's going to get better. Ollie may always be delayed and He might never eat a full meal... but he might.  He may amaze us all and become a Chef one day. We just don't know what the future holds for anyone. But God has a plan and If he doesn't miraculously make Ollie speak and eat, that's ok because we know God is still good.  Ollie was stitched together by God. Every inch was made on purpose for a purpose.

"I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." -Psalm 139

2 things I know are true:

1) God promises to never leave us or forsake us.

2) Parenting is Hard...really hard.

God loves Ollie more than I love Ollie and I've got to think about that a lot of times a day. Whatever challenges we face on this road i know that he is going to be there with me.  I would love if you would share this blog with a friend who you thinks needs it. Together, we can accomplish so much. 

God, Help us to see the beauty in all the things. Even the hard stuff. -Amen

 Photos by Karri Wieners Photography

Photos by Karri Wieners Photography

 

 

Posted on May 10, 2018 .

"The Art of Words" My new Book!

This Book teaches my different lettering styles, Projects to do, and has a ton of coloring and lettering pages with cut and paste pages too. I explain different tools, different papers, markers and more. This is for the beginner who wants to create a style and can be used by anyone for all the fun stuff in the back pages. See amazon for their description.

Posted on May 10, 2017 .

Bible Journaling Workshop Videos

You guys told me that you wanted some videos and I tried really hard to figure this out AND I did it! OVER 2 hours OF VIDEO... I can't believe it. Once your Purchase the listing "Bible Journaling Workshop Videos" You will get an email with the password to each video. These are go at your own pace and work through videos. Each one has supplies that I use, steps I take, and explanation. There are some lettering videos, HOW TO paint a rose, a mixed media page and different types of pages to create. I hope you guys enjoy these! This page will continually be getting new videos and once you purchase you will always have access to the new and old movies. I will try to add a couple every month :) 

The Videos work Best on an ipad or computer but can be viewed on your phones as well.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THE PASSWORD WITH YOUR FRIENDS. I make my money by the things you create, like your occupations, I don't get paid if everyone is getting things for free.

 

Video 1: Creating a water color page framing our words.

Video 2: Lettering in the margins on top of a water color wash.

Video 3: Acrylic Page with a warm color base.

Video 4: Acrylic Page with a Hexagon Background

Video 5: Rose Petal Mixed Media Page

Video 6: How To paint a rose (Easy Step Tutorial!)

Video 7: How I lay out lettering. How I mix Capital letters and lowercase

Video 8: Lettering Warm Up

Video 9: Floral Page with Dark Background

Video 10: Create your own Acrylic Tabs and A floral Isaiah Page

Video 11: Step by Step Floral Vase and Creating a double sided tab. (2 Corinthians 5)

Video 12: Making a Stencil and A mixed Media Page

If you have any other questions, Please email me at vwieners88@aol.com

Posted on April 22, 2017 .

Favorite Bible Journaling Supplies ((WITH LINKS))

Curious as to what some of my other favorite Bible Journaling Supplies are? Click any of the Blue Words and Go straight to Amazon to purchase...the best part, once you spend $49 you get FREE SHIPPING!!!

My Journaling Bible is an ESV Single Column Bible

I love Faber Castell Pitt Pens"Artist Loft" Watercolors and if you have a little more to spend, I LOVE my PH Watercolors , Paper Mate "Clear Point" 0.07 Pencils, Cheap acrylic Paints like Apple Barrel and Stamps of All Sorts found everywhere. I love the Ranger Ink Pad and Acrylic Blocks for all of my Peel and Use Stamps.

My Favorite Brushes are Water Brushes. There are a ton of Brands available to purchase but Pentel are my favorite water brushes. I have a TAB punch that I love and use it daily... Need extra TAB STICKERS, Get them by clicking the word!

For my White Pens I love using the Uniball Signo with white ink, they will write over any kind of paint magically and show up while being vibrant. I  love my huge pack of twistables and highlight everything I need to with them. They don't bleed though and come in so many different colors.

I love my Faber Castell Big Pitt Set so I can Highlight and Color all the things without it bleeding through. This set of Washi is one of my favorites that I have bought time and time again---I love the patterns on it and it's cheaper than most sets.

Want to learn Lettering from me? You can purchase my Download and Print Lettering guides to help you along your journey. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are great starting spots and when you want to keep going and try different Projects, Volume 3 is here for you...

Thanks for viewing this Blog, Enjoy a Free Printable- You can save this, resize and Print it :)

Posted on March 9, 2016 and filed under bible journaling, stamps.

Painting Houses...

I started painting houses this week with my little Art Students because we are memorizing the Verse "As for me and My House, We will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

They were painting their houses so I decided I wanted to paint mine and I LOVE how it turned out...

Our house was first but then I wanted to try another one because it was kind of fun. I asked the moms to send a picture of their houses with their Little people The next day and I tried another one...

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Want me to draw your house? Email me a picture of your homeland send it with your Family name and verse. Base price is $70 shipped.

This was a fun Custom Church done as an anniversary Gift...

You can order a house or church painting any time by emailing your pictures to VWieners88@aol.com ---

Most paintings are $80 and all are 8"x10" Original Water Colored Paintings.

Posted on September 18, 2015 .

Beautiful Just as I am...

Some days I feel like a failure but i'm not. I'm moving forward--

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.

I know what life is like without addiction and it's good, really good. You smile, you laugh, and you don't have to fake it. You can have a conversation...When I put God first, above me, above Brad, I live a healthier life and i'm able to love better. Not just my husband, Not just others, but myself... 

Posted on September 13, 2015 .

2014 Year In Review..

.I had wasted my life and i felt such shame. i didn't know Jesus yet so i had no hope...i parked in the parking lot, looked at my 3 rolled up $1 bills and the small rock of cocaine i had left, crushed it, snorted it, and then went inside. walking first, then running, then screaming. ..

Posted on December 31, 2014 .

Birthday Collaborations: Bailey & Addison

Birthdays are one of my favorite things and birthday parties that involve painting are by far one of the best ways to spend my day. Bailey and Addison are two of my favorite girls. They are so kind, graceful, they love art, and they love Jesus. They invited me to their birthday party to teach some of their friends how to paint so we did just that!

Posted on September 22, 2014 .

Happy Birthday Jessica!!

The Blog Post Ann Voskamp Blogged About--

I recently got asked by a friend to create a Birthday Piece using all the highlights made in Ann Voskamp's book "1000 gifts" -- I got Jessica's book from her and began reading through every highlighted page, there were a lot of great....

Posted on September 12, 2014 .

Journaling Bible- FAQ

Recently I came across a hashtag on Instagram that was #journalingbible -- after I clicked on it I immediately had to go get one of these neat things. Apparently they've been around for a long time but I had no idea such a cool thing existed.....

Posted on August 29, 2014 .

A year in the Making((Learning to Love well))

"That's when i found new friends and a new idol in drugs. this is when the fun stopped and life got bad real fast. On my quest to feel loved i broke up multiple marriages, stole a lot of things, got into a lot of fights, and embarrassed myself more often than not. I didn't have a home and would sleep wherever and with whoever i needed  to."

Posted on August 2, 2014 .