So apparently these are the best nine images on my Instagram account for 2016. I guess that’s one way of looking back on the year.
To be perfectly honest though, I’m glad to see the back of 2016. There are so many things that can’t be shared via a pretty picture (or that we choose not to share!). What stands out for me when I look back is an overactive mind frustrated by an ‘under active’ body. Much of my focus this year went to dealing with severe adrenal fatigue and related complications. A major requirement was to relax more and reduce stress. For someone who has always thrived on being busy with many different things, this is challenging!
And yet there where still so many good things in this past year! God carried us all through another year. I am deeply thankful that He gave me a husband who encouraged me through the tough times and helped me to do the things that were good for me. He was patient through all the frustrating moments, as he experienced me fighting against the challenges placed on my path. I was also blessed with many very dear friends who helped to carry me through this year – putting up with my frustrations, providing listening ears and encouraging me along the way.
As far as my artmaking goes, highlights from this year include making botanically inspired art quilts with my daughter Hannah’s class, the annual Armadale Hills Arts Trail, participating in the Illustrating Children’s Books workshop, and creating a very special custom childhood textile portrait.
I have no idea what 2017 will hold. If God allows it, I plan to teach at the Quilt Symposium in Christchurch in October (more details will follow in a separate post. Other than that, I hope that there will be faith and health and quality family time and faith-building relationships and of course, drawing and stitching and creating in between it all! And I especially hope and pray that it can all be done to God’s glory!
Thank you so much to all of you who have shared in my journey here over the past year. The fact that you take the time to read, comment and enjoy means so much to me. May God bless you richly in 2017!