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Rainbows in the Rain January 4, 2012

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Don’t worry, I’m still alive!! We have finally moved into our new home and it’s actually feeling like a home. I just got the bathroom and kitchen completely finished, the bedrooms are half done, I cannot see my washer and dryer, and the living room is covered in boxes and toys.
Having said that, we absolutely love our new space! We have a lovely sunny house surrounded by windows, lots of storage, two sheds, a laundry/mud room, two decks, and a fenced in backyard with a swing-set!! We also learned that we have entirely too much stuff! It feels good to start shedding unnecessary items. It’s amazing how much you can accumulate in two years and one baby later. The pre-moving time and moving days were stressful to say the least (hence the “Rain” in my title), but there are many, many rainbows as a result. Mathias is loving the new space and yard and I am loving having painted walls!!
We had wonderful family time at Christmas this year, even though Mathias and I got sick for a little of it. We are having a blast making a new home and hanging out with dear friends/family who share so much Love with us. My wonderful husband told me to leave the house this morning with the computer and go to a coffee shop. Needless to say, I said, “YES!”.  I feel like my mind is calm and quiet for the first time in awhile. But, I’m ready to get back to my homemaking and toddler playing.
I will also be starting a little job this month. Keep an eye out for me doing demos for Nature’s Way products at the Wichita health food stores!! It’s only 3-6 hours a week, which is perfect for me!
I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are starting out the new year with hope and light and Love. I will have pictures of the new place soon!

After thinking about rainbows in my life this morning, I looked at the National Geographic photo of the day and look what I found!

Love, Alisha

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Monday Madness December 6, 2011

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Ok, so it has been like almost a month now since I last posted… For all of you out there who follow me (I am assuming there are some of you…) I am so sorry if you have been checking my blog in anticipation for the next inspirational or intriguing post by yours truly. I have no excuse. I’m STILL learning to balance all my crazy wants/needs/desires/coulds/shoulds while being a mama. I think of you often, honestly, I do! Like my husband CONSTANTLY tells me, I need to write a list. Everyday.

So, usually Mondays are supposed to be “Monday Munchies” (as of one other time…) with a new recipe I have tried, but today I am telling you about the “madness” that has been/is my life currently. Not necessarily a “good” or “bad” madness… just aaalllllll the things that I am behind sharing with you.

To start out, we are looking to move. NOT one of my favorite things to do, but I love to rearrange and start fresh. However, we have yet to find a place and that is one of the most stressful parts (for me anyway). We are looking at a house to rent tomorrow morning and I am so hoping it is the one. I am tired of looking and wondering if it should be the one. You know? I am always wondering if I am too picky, or need to be ok with less comfort. I just want the answer to be clear! Maybe it’s like getting married. You know when it’s the right one… I can at least dream of such things.

Mathias is becoming more and more like a little boy and less like a baby. Good and sad. He is so awesome. I love his little personality. He is goofy, quiet, sweet, observant, snuggly, wild, sneaky, and smart. He hates wearing shoes, loves books, loves balls, eats smoothies everyday, loves raisins, loves outside, hates when Poppa leaves, loves dancing, and smiles big, cheesy grins.

I am working on growing my art repertoire (thanks to Pinterest— another technical advancement taking up too much of my time, but full of awesome ideas!). I want to try and sell some paintings and things from home. Let me know if you would like to buy some art for a Christmas present for family or friends! (: Don’t worry, I won’t start self-advertising on here… too much.

We have been having wonderful conversations and fellowshipping with beautiful souls. Friends that are cherished intimately. We are so blessed. There are babies to be born, commitment to be vowed, and food and art to be created!

one of the latest food creations

I have been getting creative with squash lately and that has been fun! I will share some recipes soon. I hope you are all having a wonderful December already and not stressing about any holiday preparations, but enjoying your amazing lives every day. I am going to work on not procrastinating (:

Love, Alisha

 

11/11/11: Thoughts on Wonder and Veteran’s Day November 11, 2011

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I love today because it is all elevens. My wonderful friends and I are having a fun, magical-filled day that we are creating. I love having friends that love to be imaginative and creative in childlike ways. I highly recommend remembering how to do this. It creates such simple, happy, fun-loving spirit. It has been so awesome already. Now that it’s nap time I decided to have some peaceful computer time.

I also realized, after checking my Facebook, that today is Veteran’s Day. There are lots of quotes and pictures and experiences being posted and this got me to thinking.

I grew up respecting and being thankful for and to the people who have gone to wars and battles in the name of freedom, and I still do respect them. To believe in something so strongly you are willing to die for it— that is a bold and amazing thing.

But, I have been thinking about “freedom” lately. Where does freedom come from? How is one free? What makes us not free? Our minds make us not free. When we allow someone to have power over us, to create bondage over us, we lose our freedom. I had an “enlightened” moment yesterday (some of you may have read it on Facebook) and I want to share it again:

“Freedom is a state of mind. Don’t let anyone make you think otherwise. You ARE free. God didn’t create bondage, humans did.”

We are beings created to love and be loved. THAT is freedom to me. We are free when we love each other. When we love each other with that deep, tender, nurturing, chest-aching love. Even when we give that love to someone who isn’t giving it back. That is STILL freedom! It feels to me that we have let borders, wars, violence, and “powerful people” define whether or not we are free. And we have believed it.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to believe that I AM free and start living as that. I am going to do whatever The Spirit moves me to do because God is my king, Love is my master, and Heaven is the kingdom I am living in. This may be vocabulary you do not identify with, but I hope that you understand my point. We are creating bondage and boundaries around ourselves every time we let someone else tell us we are in bondage to them. And you know what? It is all in your head. It is only true because you believe it! When we believe we are free and start loving freely, lives will be changed. Life will change.

I know this may seem a naive way of thinking when attributing it to things such as governments, countries, and war. But, think about it. If we would deeply love everyone we come into contact with, we would quickly and significantly change the whole world.

I’m not trying to be a hippie, a religious side-taker, new ager, or anything else with a stereotype. I just want to be real. A real human with a soul and who loves in the way that God loves all.

I hope this “magical day” is bringing you wonder-filled blessings!

Love,

Alisha

 

Ode on October November 1, 2011

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Once again, it has been awhile since I last posted on here. Was procrastination part of it? Yes. However, October was a very busy month for us. So, I am writing a little summery of all that it held for us.

To begin, it was the month of my friend and sister-in-law’s wedding. I was given the honor to be one of her maidens and so I had much to do in preparation. We had so much fun, though, making flower arrangements, partying last bachelorette days, and wearing pretty dresses while feasting and dancing in the beautiful room we spent hours preparing. It turned out to be the fairytale wedding she had hoped. (Thank goodness!) (:

Also, there were several birthdays to celebrate. My habibi, Ben, turned 26. Our good friend Sam turned 26 as well, and our very good friend David turned the big 3-0. We had a wonderful/fantastical celebration for the trio. And, my baby boy, my first born, Mathias turned one.

It seems like so much more has happened, but all that is coming to mind is park playing, fall feasting, pumpkin pastries, easy evenings, and fun fellowshipping. I’ll take that! Sounds great to me. And, we’re in my favorite season with all sorts of holiday festivities in the near future.

Here are some pictures to sum up the busy month. Enjoy!

Love, Alisha

Jenny's Maidensthe newlyweds, Brandon and Jenny

the cake I made with Meringue Mushrooms!!!

Birthday Boy!Birthday Boysgatherings and games

more gatherings and games with beautiful friends

 

My Brother October 13, 2011

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So, I have not posted on here for quite awhile. I think I was waiting for inspiration to smack me in the face. (That and I am some what of a procrastinator.) Well, I don’t know if you can say that I was “inspired”, but I decided to write a little something for my brother as he begins a new stage in his life. And, he is an inspirational person. 🙂

This is Preston.

Preston is my favorite brother (not to mention my only brother). He is 21 years old and about to move to Louisiana. Why? To become a stunt man! Yeah, that’s right, like in the MOVIES!!!

See? Superstar already.

He just got back from stunt boot camp a few weeks ago and has already been offered two jobs! He took one of them and will be moving down at the end of October. Guess who he’ll be working with?? Will Ferrell! I can’t remember what the movie is called though. My family and I are so proud of him and happy that he is chasing and catching his dreams.

With Ben and I last Christmas

He is a great brother, son, uncle, friend, and young man. I know he will do great and have a great time doing what he loves (jumping off of buildings, getting set on fire, hit by cars, shot, and fake fighting).

Uncle and Mathias

we had a little photo shoot so he could have pictures to take with him

Preston, we know you are awesome and you will be awesome! We’re so excited for you! Don’t forget us when you get all cool and famous and stuff. (:

Love, Alisha and family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbows Midst the Cloudy Days August 28, 2011

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I have not posted on here in quite awhile… I feel as though I have been so busy, but if you asked me what I’ve been doing I would have to think about it for awhile and then tell you “I’m not sure…”. I think it’s because our bed is no longer comfortable for my body and I have been sleeping on the couch (not to mention waking up to nurse once a night again). And Ben has been sleeping on the floor %75 of the time because it hurts his back. Needless to say, we have ordered a mattress. A memory foam mattress! I’m very excited and hoping that it meets our high hopes of sleeping a most luxurious and deeply restful sleep!

Doesn't this look divine? This is where I want to sleep *sigh*

But, I have been learning (struggling might be a more appropriate word, but I’m trying to stay positive) how to live fully and enjoy and be present despite my very tired body and eyeballs. Here are some things in my/our life/lives that I have been able to enjoy in the midst of the sleepless week or so.

1. Right now I’m watching Mathias proudly flip through his plastic books looking at each page as if he knows exactly what every word is… and enjoying it. 🙂 Pretty dang cute.

2. Mathias has also been giving the best and biggest grins ever! He squints his eyes and smiles as big as he can, usually sticking his tongue out to where you can see his top front two teeth. We call it his “big cheese” smile. Talk about melt the heart.

The “Big Cheese” (still not even the biggest I’ve seen!)

3. My husband has been wonderfully sensitive to my sleepiness. He has helped me so much to stay on top of the kitchen cleaning. He got Mathias up for me this morning and even changed his diaper and clothes!! He has rubbed my back without me asking. He is so perfect! 🙂

4. I have had several amazing spiritual conversations and experiences with different people this week, all of us growing on our own paths together.

5. Ben and I have been able to go to several yoga classes at SIVA yoga and are SO enjoying it. Thanks to many wonderful friends who offer to babysit for us!

6. Mathias just keeps developing his personality more and more and Ben and I are having a blast watching him and creating a relationship with him.

I could probably keep going for awhile, but I don’t know how many details you are interested in actually reading, so I’ll stop. I’m so thankful for this time in my life. I’m learning many things about myself, my family, life, God. Learning to be in the present moment with this all. My brain is too tired to think about the future. And, I know that “this too shall pass”. I’m not gonna lie… I have had a few brake downs and pity parties for myself and stayed in my pj’s all day long several times, but overall, I feel that I have grown and matured a good deal lately. Praise God for the endless blessings!

Now, it is time for me to go learn more about disciplining my child… 🙂 I’m sure there will be a post about this soon.

Blessings to you all!

Love, Alisha

 

A Rainbow!! July 21, 2011

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Today’s rainbow is an obvious one. Mathias has FINALLY taken his bottle!! He is nine months old and still mostly breast-fed. Which he very much enjoys. However, he is growing a lot and mama just ain’t cutting it, and I’m not enjoying getting up twice a night again. I know, some of you have been getting up in the night for since the beginning… but I have been spoiled with glorious sleep that I consider a necessity and so this has been a tragedy for my emotional well-being. (maybe that’s a little exaggerated… not much though)

Anyway, he is a typical boy and prefers the breast over the alternatives. I have been trying to get him to take goat milk, goat milk yogurt, fruit… anything! He refuses. But, today I had a lovely friend tell me that she put molasses in her baby’s goat milk and that helped. So, I tried it… and it worked!! Hallelujah! Thank you, God, for that rainbow in my day.

Also, I am starting to discover more ways to personalize my blog’s appearance. And being an eclectic artist, be prepared to witness a few changes every once in awhile. Hope you don’t mind change. 🙂

Hope you find a beautiful rainbow in your day today! Please share what yours is if you would like!

Love, Alisha

*Little Rainbow of the Day: Mathias rolling his tongue every two minutes. Probably the cutest thing I’ve ever experienced.

I added a picture of Mathias just because I love his face. A surprise rainbow in Ben and I's lives.