Sunday, August 02, 2009

answer to a mother's prayer

Last February I began an artistic journey with a group of fellow artists, lead by the very talented Seth Apter, in what Seth calls
I jumped in around February 14th. The big reveal date was May 1st.
This project has been brewing in my mind since then, as we were to use element(s) from our
DisCo DisCovery bundle to design, or give new life, to a piece of art of our choosing.
The due date August 1st or thereabouts.
I began pondering the very words of Seth,
"As I thought about the process of disintegration, I saw it not as destruction. Or decay. Or death. But as renewal. Change. And life".
This brought me back to last April, when circumstances (like an artistic journey to California) took place. But more important than that, and I mean life changing important, was the water baptism of my daughter, Melanie.
I had no idea she'd decided to participate in her church's outdoors baptism, held in the cool waters of the Guadalupe River in Boerne, Texas.
It tore me apart to not attend, as it was just several weeks before that I had purchased my airline ticket and paid for my classes.
So with great joy, my dear husband stepped in to video the event. Some of her sweet friends took pictures. But, even more and without a blink, my daughter gave me her blessings to go to California.
So this is why I am mentioning Seth's words, about decay not being death, but rather a renewal or change of life; as it made me realize that is exactly what my daughter did that warm Spring day in April...down in the cool waters of the Guadalupe River. She became a new person. A living soul in the body of Christ.
So with all that said, I have finished my project,
Day at the Guadalupe.
It is one filled with love and adoration for my beautiful daughter. The one I love so very much!

Melanie C. Wait was baptized into Christ on 4/19/2009.

Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

37 comments:

Wayne Pitchko said...

nicely done

Stacie said...

What a wonderful outcome and great day...

lyle said...

how grand for you both! lyle

Molly Alexander said...

Oh Diane - how wonderful! It fills our hearts with joy when our children stand up and publically proclaim their commitment to the One who holds their heart, and your art piece perfectly represents that renewal.

:-) Molly

Titus 3:4-7

The Joy of Nesting said...

What a wonderful gift to your daughter filled with a mother's unconditional love!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

SharonP said...

So beautiful...I am touched by your daughter's committment to Christ and her generosity to you. Your magnificent artwork is a testament to your love for Christ and each other.

rachel whetzel said...

SO beautiful. On so many levels!!

Tina said...

amazing!

Cindy said...

Diane
What a moving experience you shared, your daughter's baptism. Your piece holds so much meaning. You are such an incredible mother...and your piece turned out beautiful. I'm sure your daughter appreciates how you've captured her special day, even though you could not share it in person.

sharon said...

So beautiful and powerful Diane...I am so happy for you both...this is what life is about!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

a beautiful tribute and memory piece for a very special day!
~*~ Patty

Coastcard said...

This is such a wonderful Christian testimony. So special. Well done on the art, too: what an inspiration it has all been to share in Seth's project and to see the different results.

Greetings from Wales, UK.

Daryl said...

How wonderful ..

Diana said...

What a lovely piece, Diane, and tribute to your daughter's rebirth!!
Hugs
Diana

Jill Zaheer said...

What an amazing journey you have taken with Seth's Disco project. I am continually in awe of the level of soul touching that the project has taken- and certainly for yourself. So glad you were able to find expression for yourself in this way! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my disco post!

DymphieM said...

lovely work!

alteredbits said...

what a wonderful story, beautiful piece and great husband!

Debrina said...

A lovely story to go with such a lovely final piece. What a blessing to you both - a baptism and the birth of something new from something old.

Lawendula said...

Very intresting art!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

It's absolutely perfect!

Renee Howell said...

Great story and beautiful ART. So glad things all worked out. Thanks for sharing your story and your daughters.

Artisticaneum said...

Very nice piece and a lovely, loving gift to your daughter.
Judith

rivergardenstudio said...

Beautiful collage for the Disintegration project, and I really love the story behind it.. and all your jewelry is lovely!

herminesplace said...

Fabulous!

Riki Schumacher said...

Diane, I can tell your heart is bursting with happiness and pride. It shows in your fabulous piece, wish I could see it in person. Mel will LOVE it! Much love.

Chris said...

beautiful Diane~~just as beautiful as your kind creative heart...

Susan Tuttle said...

beautiful work and beautiful story Diane:)

Trudi Sissons said...

A very heart warming and thoughtful story - you've created not only a beautiful memory piece, but a warm and loving relationship with your daughter.

Beth Bricker said...

Diane,
This is a daughter you can be extremely proud of. How wonderful for her to have proclaimed her faith and love for Christ in this way.

Charlene said...

What a precious post. How blessed you both are!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is a touching post and an amazing work of art borne out of disintegration. Simply lovely on many levels.

KayEllen said...

Wonderful!!!What a blessing that your daughter committed her life to Christ...

Are you going to the launch party tonight for Stampington and Company?

Please look for me if you are...I would love to meet you in person!

KayEllen

Dawn Wilson said...

what a wonderful piece to capture the rebirth of art and life

deb said...

a true rebirth for all

Lisa Sarsfield said...

What a lovely piece of art you have created. I love the double celebration of things renewed. I was baptised in a swimming pool! Nothing quite so exotic sounding as your daughters:)

Thankyou for visiting me.

Stephani Gorman said...

What a joy to know your daughter has been baptized.:) Good job Diane. Hugs, Stephani

donnaj said...

lovely piece~