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Let God Surprise You

Lists, Goals, Projects: Oh, how I love these things. Notebooks, Planners, Calendars: I’m all in. You, too?  In ninth grade, I mapped out my entire high school curriculum just for fun. In college, I carefully plotted my classes so I could take extra hours each semester in subjects I loved. I knew what my senior […]

Away In The Manger

Away In The Manger

This is a painting from a children’s book I wrote and illustrated called  Joseph’s Heart: A Story of Adoption. It is titled  Away in the Manger and is the most whimsical image from the book.  Baby Jesus takes center stage as He lies in swaddling clothing, surrounded by a bird’s eye view of various creatures. They look […]

Here Is My Son

Here Is My Son

  After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary wait one month in Bethlehem before taking Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. In the Old Testament, the law requires after thirty days the new parents must travel to the Temple  to consecrate their son to the Lord and make a sacrificial offering of two turtledoves. “Every […]

You Were Born In My Heart

You Were Born In My Heart

So it came to be Mary and Joseph were married. As they were settling in to their new home, an order was given. All people had to return to the town of their birth to be registered and counted. This meant Mary and Joseph must journey a long distance. Joseph worried it was dangerous to […]

Joseph Under The Nightsky

Abraham, David and Joseph

If Joseph was a guy who played by the rules, my next theory is he also knew a lot about his family tree. I believe Joseph studied the great patriarchs, prophets and kings of Israel as any dedicated Torah scholar should. Three of his ancestors are especially important in understanding Joseph. Abraham, his forefather, faithfully […]

Joseph Holding Baby Jesus

The Idea That Wouldn’t Go Away Part 2

Along with the excitement about The Idea, I soon realized there were countless details to work out to make this book a reality. Even though I was an artist with a BFA and MFA in Drawing and Painting, the truth was I had: No experience with illustration. Large Mixed Media Abstract Images? Why, yes. Realistic […]

St. Joseph Creche 2

The Idea That Wouldn’t Go Away

It was the first Christmas after September 11th, when the hearts of all humanity were broken and tender. We knew the world had changed and would never really be the same, but many of us were trying to reach back to our old lives, to recreate something familiar, something comforting. Something to remind us of […]