Well, the speaking engagement went well! I tried my best to engage the girls and keep their attention and be "cool" to listen to. However, I'm not sure my calling is to speak to children! Haha! This was good for me though, because it showed me several things:
-When I speak, I want to feel like I've really connected with those who are listening.
-I want to feel like I've really touched someone.
Obviously, with kids, they aren't going to act like they are interested or "touched," but as my mom said, maybe I planted a seed. You never know! :o) I am proud that I did it, though, and came up with something that I felt spanned their ages (and it was a wide spectrum of ages!!).
Today Kurt and I were lazy, which was such a good feeling! I went walking with Mom and Lis, and then got caught up on my Bible study. Kurt usually tries to work himself to the bone even on days off, but he sat and relaxed, and I was proud of him for that. We are going to see a movie tonight, and I am SO excited! It's like going on a date :o)
Okay, this is what I'm excited about: I made the plunge and ordered some art for our house! Granted, they're prints, not originals or even canvases, but I'm going to have them framed. This is a big step for me, because I have a HARD time making decorating decisions sometimes. Oddly, I'm kind of commitment-phobic at this point. Maybe it's because I learn towards so many different styles....but I digress.
This is what I ordered:
Parisian Afternoon II
Parisian Afternoon I
Parisian Afternoon IV
Parisian Afternoon III
This is the "Parisian Afternoon" series by Marysia Burr. Aren't they beautiful? I'm going to hang them in a grouping. I'm so excited :o)
I also have my eye on these:
"Gold Rush" by Dawn Emerson
Baroque Horse Series III: III
"Baroque Horse Series III: III by Heather Theurer
"White Knight" by Albena Hristova
If I got any of these, I would have them mounted on canvas. I doubt I would want them in a frame. They have so much impact on their own! Aren't they gorgeous? I plan on picking one of them and giving it to my dad at some point. But don't tell :o) I'm proud of myself for just biting the bullet and buying what appeals to me. That's my new decorating philosophy: I'm going to buy what I like. I really think I have a good enough instinct to just buy what appeals to me, no matter what period, etc. it's from. Somehow, I think it will just work. Plus, I want our home to have that eclectic feel that combines the looks of...
-An apartment in Paris
-An estate in the European countryside
-A three-story, elegant flat in London
-A home in rural France
-A modern, 1950s suburban home
-A Tudor manor
-A Mediterranean villa
-A rustic lodge
See what I mean? Why pick one style when you can have so many? :o)