July 31, 2012
First, I need to apologize for my week of no drawings. It makes me sad but sometimes life just gets a little crazy. Actually, one of the reasons I have not been drawing is because we just came back from a four day vacation in DC. Also, work has just been really busy.
That being said, on the plane I did this drawing of our little brother. We are now officially part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and we are really excited. Last Monday we had our first hang out time with our little brother. Christy and I had all these great meal choices planned but he really wanted to go to the Golden Corral. We left that night with some big stomach aches but we had a great time with out little and I think he had a blast as well. We are excited for what God has in store for this new relationship.
As a side note on the drawing, I wanted to post it since I spent over an hour and I haven’t posted a drawing in a while. However, I don’t think it is finished yet. I might work on it another day and do a new finished post, but, for now, I hope you enjoy what I was able to do.
July 22, 2012
As I am sure everyone is well aware, this past Friday morning there was a horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado at the premier of the new Batman movie. Twelve people lost their lives and fifty nine others were injured. Over the next couple months and years many people will have to deal with the pain and suffering that goes along with the loss of loved ones and trying to understand why someone would commit such a violent and evil act.
I cannot answer any of these questions but my heart does go out to everyone who was affected by this act. I will continue to pray for everyone and I hope that all of you will do the same. I hope that everyone will continue to trust in God and know that he is good even when it really doesn’t seem that way. In times like this all we can do is lean on God and not our own understanding. God was, is, and will continue to be with us.
July 17, 2012
As Christians we desire for our lives to bear fruit. In the Bible Jesus tells us that a tree that is planted on good soil will grow strong and bear fruit. All of this starts with a simple seed that is planted on good soil. One of the things we are called to do is to help plant the seed in other peoples lives.
The cool thing about an apple is it is the fruit that is a result of a well planted tree. When you cut an apple open there is a seed in side which is what that tree came from. In the same way, when we invest in someone’s life we plant a seed and that eventually grows into a new tree with its own fruit. The common denominator in all of this is that it all starts with a seed. I hope that my life can be a vehicle for planting seeds in other people’s lives as well.
July 12, 2012
This is how I feel when I go to the dentist. I relate with this image so much. Especially this last time when I had a few cavities that I needed filled. The thing that really confuses me is that I feel like cavities are dependent on the dentist you go to.
My last dentist I had for 4 years and I never had a cavity. All of a sudden I am forced to switch due to healthcare reasons and my new dentist says I have cavities. What changed in those 6 months? Does it mean that my last dentist was really bad? Did I just do a bad job of taking care of my teeth the last 6 months or are the dentists just trying to make a little money? Sometimes I don’t know who to trust. All I know is I had the work done a week ago and my mouth is still hurting. I feel for this guy.
July 11, 2012
I have to confess that I have not been that good at doing my drawings this week. It has been a very busy week for me, which I guess is a good thing. Anyways, this is actually a part of a larger drawing that I have been working on in my free time. It has to do with a bible verse that deals with money and it’s fleeting characteristics.
Money is always a hard subject for me. You work so hard so that you can have money to provide for your family, have children, and have some security with shelter and food. At the same time, some people work so hard for their money that they are never there for their family. On the other side, if you don’t work and you don’t have money then you can’t really provide food and shelter for your family.
The difficult part is that the Bible talks about the dangers of loving money but it is so hard because there are all these conflicts with desires and needs and wanting to please God. I guess there is a reason God talks about it so much in the Bible.
July 8, 2012
I feel like there has been too much of this news lately but yesterday Christy’s Nana(Grandmother) passed away. It was hard for my wife and her brother to loose such a loving Grandmother as well as for my mother-in-law to loose her Mother and best friend. We are happy that she is no longer in pain because the last few years were not easy for her.
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to spend some time with her the past couple of years. One of the bright spots that I will always associate with Nana is that she was a proud member of the American Red Cross during World War II. During that time, she helped take care of prisoners of war as well as boost the moral of our troops. I think it is fitting that she was a member of the Red Cross because Nana was that type of person. She was a very caring and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
I decided to do this drawing because I know how important the Red Cross was to her. This particular sketch is actually taken from the cover of LIFE magazine. It is just so fitting that it is the cover of LIFE magazine and Nana’s LIFE was characterized by the same love that the American Red Cross exhibited.
Nana, you will be missed and we look forward to one day seeing you again in Heaven.
July 5, 2012
I don’t usually do cartoons but I did this one and I thought that maybe other people felt like this guy. Do you ever feel like there is just too much to get done in a day and not enough time? If only we were better multitaskers like this guy is. Or, maybe that is not what we should be aiming for at all. Maybe we should be aiming for taking on a little less in our lives so that we have more time for those around us. After all, when it is all said and done we won’t be remembered for what we did. We will be remembered for how we loved.
July 4, 2012
This guy is excited and wants to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. We are so blessed to have our freedom. Lets take a minute and thank God for our freedom today. Also, I just want to thank all our military for what they do. Thank you for making America a safe place to be and thank you for all the sacrifices you have made for our freedom.
July 3, 2012
It has been way too long since I posted my last sketch. One of the reasons I have been away from my sketchbook for so long is that I was part of my good friend, Ryan Strzelecki’s, wedding this past weekend. Actually, at this point I like to think that both Ryan and his wife Annette are both my good friends. Another perk of the wedding weekend was that we had the pleasure of having another really good college buddy of mine, Steve Werthwein, stay with us since he was in the wedding. It was an exhausting weekend but it was all worth it because I had the pleasure of standing by Ryan’s side as I watched him get married. I am so excited for them both because I know how great a blessing marriage is.
Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Strzelecki!