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23 May 2010

'Day Break' Equine Abstract Horse Oil Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Day Break'
30 x 36 Oil on Canvas

 This is not quite done...but close. I will post it one more time later this week.  This is a commission painting.  It is SOLD.

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 © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2010

The Painting:  It was so bright an sunny outside and I saw Paddy (the dog) rear up by the fence like this and though cool... make him into a horse... and I did.

The Thought: Yesterday Terry and I drove into Dallas for a wedding shower for Justin and Tara.
They do have a website: 

The shower was wonderful and we met many of her parents dearest and nearest friends and share refreshments and laughter and love as she opened many beautiful gifts.  My favorite is my mother's special gift of giving Newly Weds an empty vase called the Forgiveness Vase.  She wrote a special poem for it and inserted it in the vase.   The vase is to be filled with flowers whenever one partner or the other needs to say they are sorry but words cannot seem to come.

I was sharing my tale  about the "attitude adjustment" nightgown.  I told Tara she needed that one special nightgown, different than the rest, and whenever she put it on, Justin would have to change his attitude.  This works in my marriage.  I have two of those gowns,  One is black lace and the other is dark lavender lace. 

Now in the classroom I always had the "attitude adjustment" hat.  Every year I would take in a straw hat to the classroom and allow the kids to take turns decorating it and bringing this from home to put on it.  I always added those colorful balls that hang down and stitched those on the edge of the brim of the hat. When you move the hat the balls swirl around.   So this hat is piled with contributions of love from every student.   When someone is sad, down, misbehaving,...anything like that,  they get to wear the attitude adjustment hat.  Actually they have to wear it.  

I only kept three rules in my classroom.... 1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,  2. Keep it simple Sweetie (KISS METHOD) and 3. the rule of wearing the attitude adjustment hat when needed.   I will never forget the day the kids came in at 8 am to find me with the hat on my head.  I woke up grumpy that morning and was still grumpy as I got to school.  Fifteen minutes in that hat does wonders. I was laughing and happy the rest of the day.

God doesn't really have a special "gown" for us or even a "hat" for us...He has much much more.  Just take a moment and breath and look at the beauty in the world around you. You don't need lace, or silk, or fuzzy colored balls dangling from a hat... you need roses, sunflowers, sunsets, soft breezes, smiles, hugs, and everything else nature (God) has to give you.  Just stop and take the time to breath it into your soul.


“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”- Galatians 5:13

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