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Catch and Release.

October 14, 2011

I am desperate.

 I strain to hear.

I see the shedding of your Creation.

My children run in the made up game of a thousand generations past… Catching the leaves as they fall.

Catching the beauty of your Creation.

Catching what is being released.

The trees reaching to praise you have abandoned all else and a painters palette of leaves swirl and fall.

Like a million tiny prayer flags all released … all let go.

Being let go.

They can’t be held anymore.

They can’t go into the next season.

At least….not where they are…they must be :


Then a beauty that only occurs in the letting go

A beauty that happens when we allow ourselves to go into the next season;

these leaves… these little flags of a million prayers swirl about.

A letting go of all else so that we can move forward and receive whatever the next thing is.

Some hold tightly to their little prayer flags.  Refusing to truly let go.  They hold onto them…green.


But all around them what appears to be a death to some… is really an abandon to the true Creator.

A freedom in going into the next season.

May we all be so beautiful in our abandon that our children would joyfully try to catch what we have.


~I am linking up with Studio Jr and to Gypsy Mama today….HOWEVER, I think if God is saying something today my sister is hearing it over on her blog….So go read the good stuff she is receiving. God wants everyone to receive that message for sure…so go click here and check it out! Read it quickly my sister talks fast;) ~T


29 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2011 12:47 pm

    LOVE the word picture of “a million tiny prayer flags.” *sigh*
    and that heart-shaped leaf? Perfection.

  2. October 14, 2011 1:54 pm

    Wow…what a beautiful sign…the leaf that looks like a heart! So amazing.

    And love your painting…autumn is my favorite season of all…thank you for sharing at Studio JRU today! God bless.

    • October 14, 2011 2:06 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to say such nice things
      I truly appreciate it!

  3. October 14, 2011 2:29 pm

    “May we all be so beautiful in our abandon that our children would joyfully try to catch what we have.” …. love that.

    Beautiful photos and beautiful watercolor illustrations. Thanks for sharing!

  4. October 14, 2011 2:48 pm

    The photo. The sentiment. The entire post. Truly beautiful. Blessings!

  5. October 14, 2011 4:58 pm

    Your art work is so absolutely lovely.

  6. October 14, 2011 6:26 pm

    i hear you…changing seasons…can’t be taken with us…great post…right where He has me…nice to see more of your art work…

  7. October 14, 2011 6:30 pm

    Talk about a mixed-media post . . . artwork, photos, words . . . each media speaks so eloquently on it’s own, but gathered together it is truly stunning. Letting go is so hard for some people, (me, at times) but the freedom that comes is remarkable. Thanks for a beautiful 5 minutes, T.

  8. October 14, 2011 7:30 pm

    This is poetry, so beautiful! And I love the heart leaf and your hazy watercolors!

  9. October 14, 2011 7:43 pm

    Such a beautiful post, the words along with the paintings and photo’s..I love seeing hearts in nature 🙂

  10. October 14, 2011 10:58 pm

    I didn’t get to say it on here but I love the paintings. truly a’ve come a long way since your paper-mache “horse” in the basement…nice job

    • October 15, 2011 6:29 am

      lol… can you believe they threw that out.
      I mean come on that thing was huge… hilarious now that I have a horse the same size.

  11. October 14, 2011 11:01 pm

    Fall… it is! Nice painting

  12. October 15, 2011 4:45 am

    Beautiful!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  13. October 15, 2011 9:08 am

    The photos and artwork are beautiful, The falling leaves do have a message– I enjoyed your words. Thanks for visiting my blog. (We are still waiting– sometimes labor stops and starts with the fourth baby.)

    Have a great weekend.

    • October 15, 2011 9:24 am

      Oh don’t I know it…my third was the 36 hour labor… My fourth was three hours done and done ( I had him alone at home)…
      Hang in there

  14. October 15, 2011 9:46 am

    So cool that you found a heart shaped leaf! I love your words and your art. I have definitely experienced a letting go in the past couple of years and the season God has me in is so exciting! The letting go is the hard part, isn’t it? I can just hear God saying that if we would just let go, that He has something better for us. It is scary to let go!

  15. October 15, 2011 3:44 pm

    This is beautiful. Your photos and art are amazing as well! Thank you for sharing.

  16. October 15, 2011 7:18 pm

    You know, I have such a difficult time with the “release” part. :}
    Thanks for the beautiful post.

    • October 15, 2011 8:23 pm

      Oh I think that is part of the process for sure…. Coming to grips that us our choice to let go.

  17. October 15, 2011 8:11 pm

    LOVE the idea of falling leaves being prayer flags…this is so poetic today! And the watercolor is simple, yet colorful…sort of the perfect backdrop to the poetic. I keep thinking I will give the 5 minute Friday a go…

    • October 15, 2011 8:22 pm

      Funny you say simple…I mean it is obviously simple.. But no one has mentioned it… Truth of the matter I had some idea of what I wanted but I was making dinner…teaching math… Talking to my daughter about dance…. And the baby kept coming through…. So I was sort of craving simple while i was painting! Just a simple place with a simple wind and simple leaves…. Sort of obvious… Some day when my mind can think about one thing at a time I will really be interested to see what I end up painting…will it then become chaotic,lol.
      Love when you visit.
      You are a gem.

  18. October 16, 2011 5:50 pm

    wow, i’m so excited i found your blog through my link party, because i seriously cannot wait to dig through the archives and learn all about you and your gorgeous family. thanks so much for linking up this week! the post was just really beautiful and the paintings are amazing! did you paint them? blessings, friend


    • October 17, 2011 8:21 am

      Oh my gosh, really…
      I am so thankful.
      Ask me anything if you have questions.
      Please come again.

  19. October 16, 2011 6:06 pm

    I love how you said… then a beauty that only occurs in the letting go.Yes! In that letting go. Beautifully said. I love the paintings too! Simple and beautiful… just how I like things! 🙂

    • October 17, 2011 8:20 am

      You are such a joy.
      I am always lifted when I see your little face in the comments section.

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