For my mom, I did a portrait of my Pop-Pop, her dad. Pop-Pop died in 2003 after being very sick for a long time. She has been missing him ever since.
This is Pop-Pop...
This was my Mom's gift...
My mom, my dad and my sister cried when they saw the portrait. I don't necessarily like to make people cry on Christmas but I think their tears were shed for the "gift" of seeing Pop-Pop again.
The Lord has given me the gift of artistic talent and I was happy to use it to bless someone else this Holiday Season.
This is the first photo-realistic portrait I have ever done. A nice barista at Barnes & Noble (while I was sipping and sketching) asked, "Do you do that for commission?"
I said, "This is for my mom, for Christmas."
He said, "You need to start charging, not your mom, but you need to charge for that!'
I chuckled. It is satisfying to do "a good job" and as a mom it is hard to guage the job you are doing.
With my pencil, I create, I can bless others and that is what Christmas is all about.
I told my husband that I was considering taking the barista's advice and offering portraits as gifts for people and charging a decent fee for the 20-25 hours of work they take.
He rolled his eyes and said, "You would have to give up writing, you don't have time to do both."
Do I? God gave me both gifts, do I give one up for the other or just take a course in time management (which is NOT one of my gifts)?
Would I have any takers?
Now as far as receiving...
My family hit it right on the head this year! I got a snazzy coffee maker (I have been drinking instant for years now), a hair dryer (mine "bit it" this week), and a mother's ring with all three kids' birthstones and names engraved on it (our adoption of our youngest will be final in a couple month so we are celebrating early with the ring). The ring was not in yet so the older two wrote a sweet poem to tell me of my gift....I will have them re-recite it when they get up so I can add it to this post. It was sweet!
Hope you all got what you wanted - we know the Avery's did! And that's what Christmas is all about - Miracles!