Happy Friday, y’all!
Well, not entirely, I guess. :-/ I will admit, the news headlines (which I normally don’t even know about unless someone specifically puts them in front of my face- which they did last night.) have us feeling a little hurt for our son today. We also hurt for anyone else out there who feels less than or left out because of those insensitive and divisive words. I am simply being vulnerable and sharing how it felt, as the mama of a Haitian son, to read those venomous words. Why? Because I want to be authentic and real with you. I always start each post with the greeting, “Happy ____day, y’all!” because it’s how I’d greet you if we were face to face, and I want you to feel welcome here. I still want you to feel welcome and happy to be here today, but I also wanted to be honest and let you know that it isn’t *the* happiest of Fridays at our house. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not going to let one stupid sentence ruin our entire week. But how could we not take it personally right now, ya know? We think about how it could affect our kiddo at school and throughout his life…and our best friends are visiting friends in Haiti right now, so we are of course concerned for their safety, too. And, like I said, our son is Haitian- and to read words that define his heritage as “sh*t”, and that insinuate that he isn’t wanted in the U.S. is beyond difficult for us to comprehend. I hope you understand.
Anyways, I don’t mean to fire anybody up here (and this is most certainly not about that politics!)…I just wanted to share the feelings swirling around in my head and on my heart. I will also tell you that my son is so incredibly proud of his birth nationality. He knows he is Haitian and he has seen the true beauty of Haiti in so many of its resilient, joyful, resourceful, kind and creative people. He talks about going back to visit them all the time. I hope he never feels less than or left out because of where he was born. None of us have a choice when it comes to that. We are all just created. Created by a God who, I believe, desperately wants ALL of us to know our preciousness.
I had originally planned to share this photo consultation I recently worked on with you today, so in an effort to not let the ugly news get the best of me, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. 😉
My client sent me this photo of the back of her home, which is actually the side they drive up to- so it’s kind of like the front side of their house too:
To break up the great, big expanse of ho-hum paneling, I brought in some different colors and textures, and added dimension in the form of an “eyebrow” roof over the garage doors too.
Move your cursor back and forth over the photo below if you’re on a desktop or laptop computer and would like to see the interactive version:
I’m *so* excited to report that she loved all the changes and said they were going to get started right away. She promised to share after photos when they’re finished, so I’ll definitely keep you posted on the project as soon as it’s all wrapped up!
Now. I’m going to go clean something. Here’s to a headline-free Tuesday…and to answering much of the longing in the world by living like we all belong to each other.
PS- If you’d like to learn how to use Photoshop so that you can modify photos of your home, I teach a class for beginners/visual learners here: LetteredCottageCreative.com