Monday, Monday

So, I obviously stepped out of my recently-established blog format after one week. Which most people who know me would tell you actually IS the pattern. I make ample room in my life for the unexpected moments. Which is funny, because I've actually been told I am difficult when it comes to accepting changes. 

For someone who so loves the unexpected, unplanned moments, gifts, and days it seems ironic that changes would so throw me. I suppose we all like to maintain control over different elements. What I like to control won't make sense to others, and what others like to control certainly doesn't make sense to me.

In any case, I find myself actually planning a bit ahead for the upcoming week, since the next few weeks are going to be bustliing. I'll share a few links below to let you know what I'm up to.

The youth group I was so influenced by as a teenager is now being directed by one of my own graduating 'classmates'. Since I moved home, I've been involved as a Bible Quiz team coach, and also helping to manage the 3 big fundraisers they have every year. Teens for Christ Northwest is a big part of my heart, and we'll be working to raise funds by catering the food and coffee for another great local organization, the Lynden Craft and Antique show.

Run almost entirely by the teenagers and aided and abetted by a team of fantastic adults and parents, the event is not only a way to raise funds for trips and events, but it's a practice time of training the students in excellent service. If you're local, stop by for the great local crafts and antiques. While you're there, enjoy my mom's homestyle soups, Tony's Espresso, and the antics of the greatest teens around.

The following weekend, I'll be heading to Leavenworth to attend Wax and Wane: an Encaustic Retreat. I've been painting and drawing for a long time, and studied art in college, but have always been interested in this incredible retreat. I never thought I'd be able to assemble the time and equipment to try it out, but I started following Shannon Newby's blog last year when she was blogging about a workshop at Regent College from a hugely influential artist, blogger, and instigator of the International Arts Movement, Makoto Fujimura. Shannon blogged earlier this year about a retreat she did, and when I commented on her post to ask about any other opportunities, graciously replied with the information about a spring Encaustic retreat that connected me to the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth. I'm excited to try some new techniques, as well as to see what this organization is all about.

My sketchbook from the Sketchbook Project is on tour, but hasn't logged ANY views! If you happen to catch one of the upcoming tour dates, feel free to check it out. The project has connected me with a lot of fantastic artists and people from around the world. See Arthouse Co-Op, also, for other fun collaborative art projects!


Unknown said…
And you are SO appreciated, Jana. I don't know how we could do it without you!