Sunday, March 25, 2012


I wanted to thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers for my BIL.
He is still in the hospital but getting better.  They have started to try to get him of the ventilator and hopefully he can come home some time this week.
I don't know if I have shared much about my BIL with you and his situation.
16 years ago he was in a car accident that left him what they call an incomplete quadriplegic.  He has no feeling from about mid chest down and he can only move his arms some, his right more than his left, and  has limited movement in his wrists and fingers. 
 Basically he has no fine motor skills.
He has adapted to life very well, works on a computer, NOOK operates his chair and so on. He is the most patient guy I have ever met and has taken all of this with great attitude and determination.

Anyway, when he gets a cold that you and I can just take medicine for, it is a bit more complicated for him.  It usually turns into pneumonia and a hospital stay is normally in his near future.  He has had so much done to him over the years, it breaks my heart.  It seems like being in the hospital sometimes causes more issues and things can snowball pretty quickly.
Anyway, this stay brought on some new issues and we just weren't quite sure what was going on for a while.  My MIL does not leave his side and takes care of him like no other could.  She is amazing!
I would love to tell you more about him, maybe in another post one day.
But please know that your prayers meant so much and they are being answered.
Thank you.

I tried to keep busy last week and it was nice that the weather here was summer-like so we were able to go outside and do a bit of gardening, sit on the deck and just play in the grass.
Things are green around here and it feels so good!
We had a few days where the clouds were amazing!
Distant storms and beautiful sunsets that casts amazing colors on them.
Below is a shot that I took coming home from the hospital one night. 
I actually captured a lightening bolt with my Iphone!

I also found myself painting quite a bit, it relaxes me and keeps my mind busy.
I finished the painting that I shared my frustrations with earlier,

and I also started and finished another painting.

This one was fun with the splatter painting, although I am still finding paint all over. :)

The splash over the rock took me a few tries but I got a chance to learn how to use some different brushes and see which ones that I like the most.

I started yet another painting on Friday, but I just started the sky so I will share that one later.
(These are all paintings from the step by step book I am still working from by Jacqualine Penney)

I am sorry that I haven't shared any home projects with you, I honestly haven't done any.
I hope to paint my entry way soon and now that it is nice out we have turned our attention to the yard and garden.
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and the week ahead is beautiful for you.
I miss visiting and hopefully this week I can have some time to come see you. :)




tinajo said...

I'm glad he's getting better, even if it goes slow! Lovely paintings, you've got talent! :-)

Desire Empire said...

Sounds like he's in the best of care. He sounds like a fabulous guy as does your MIL.

Love your paintings. They are really beautiful.

I hope your week gets better and better
Carolyn xx

Desire Empire said...

Sounds like he's in the best of care. He sounds like a fabulous guy as does your MIL.

Love your paintings. They are really beautiful.

I hope your week gets better and better
Carolyn xx

michele said...

thinking of you and your family and answered prayers and healing in the absence of cure and how creative expression is more than simply a diversion or discharge of pain. it is shining a light in the darkness and holding on to hope (which is ALWAYS a good decision). sending peace your way.


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Keeping your BIL in our prayers! Your paintings are coming along nicely. I especially like the last one with the splashing wave, and you nailed the wave on the left side. The aqua green is perfect! Nice!

Al said...

Keeping you in my prayers. What a thoughtful and very personal post. It sounds like things are getting better. Your creativity is a gift for you, especially at this time. The paintings are beautiful, the sand is gorgeous with all of those delicious splatters.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You are getting SO GOOD, Michelle. Novice or pro, anyone can play with the hue of blue and make magic. THANK YOU VISITING, and I pray that your BIL gets better each and every day, and that his attitude will bless the hospital staff. My mother, when she was in a well-known cancer hospital in L.A., blessed the patients, doctors and staff like I never imagined. BLESS YOU!!!! Anita

beachcomber said...

sorry to hear about your BIL, and hope he is on the way to recovery! your paintings are amazing! i haven't done any painting lately apart from white paint on furniture :)
take care x

Al said...

P.S. I love your piano selections. The music is wonderful :) -Al

Shabby chic Sandy said...

So glad that your BIL is doing better! Your paintings look wonderful and calming. That photo of the lightening bolt is great!

Shabby soul said...

Darling Michelle I'm happy to hear he's getting better!
Hugs form me

Tonya said...

Glad to hear that your BIL is doing better!! Will be praying for him & your family!!

Your paintings are just beautiful Michelle! You truly have a gift!

Cozy Little House said...

What a brave and special man, dealing with it with such strength.

Tanya said...

Thinking about you and your family! You always seem to find beauty in every place you go. You are such a talented painter as well. Hugs to you Michelle!

Rachel Pallas said...

Hi Michelle, Im so sorry to hear about your bil. Such a heartbraking story and so sad that an illness like a cold really is so threatening to him. So sad. I pray he gets better soon~ xoxo

NanaDiana said...

Michelle- I am so glad to see you posting. I have been praying for you and your family. God bless your brother-in-law and MOM for taking such wonderful care of him.

Your paintings are wonderful. You are getting better with each painting-I can see it from what you show us. It is a good escape, isn't it?

I hope your upcoming week is a good one and you will be in my prayers-xo Diana

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Glad that he is doing better Michelle and keep on painting- they are beautiful!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

your paintings look amazing! and your brother in law sounds utterly amazing as well!

Tania Maree said...

I haven't stopped by in awhile.
I am so glad things are getting better by the day......
I really like your work by the way.
Thinking of you all the way over here in Australia,

Tania Maree xx

Scandi Coast Home AUSTRALIA

Karena said...

Michelle I had no idea I believe angels are here to take care of our loved ones with such difficulties.

I am so proud that you are painting. They are all beautiful Isn't it fun to experiment?

Art by Karena
The 2012 Artist Series

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad things are improving with your BIL...I will continue to send healing thoughts his way!

That photo of the lighting is amazing, and your paintings are beautiful...I'm so happy you are continuing to paint, you have so much talent!

Kat :)

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry about your brother in law. Life just isn't fair and I wish it was. I will pray for him. Your paintings are lovely :-) Try to enjoy the spring...


Amy Kinser said...

So sorry, Michelle, about your brother in law. I pray that he will be out of the hospital soon and I also pray that your mother in law can get some much needed rest.

Your paintings are just gorgeous. I am so totally impressed with your talents, my friend.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I heart your paintings-very cool.

Martina said...

Michelle, you are so artistic and talented - love your style! Hugs to you and your family - hope that all is fine with your Bill now - have been away and only read about this now. Hope your day is lovely!

Anonymous said...

So glad he is getting better Michelle...and I dont know why I am getting goose bumps. He is such a man of steel. He is the very epitome of positiveness. God bless him.

Also, beautiful paintings. Love them all..specially the one with the rocks.

designchic said...

Thinking of your brother in law and so hoping he's better soon! Your paintings are gorgeous ~

Seaside Style said...

Hi Sweetie, So sorry to hear about your BIL! He sounds like a great guy! I wish him a speedy recovery. You are so very talented! I can't believe how the paintings are turning out, they are beautiful! I hope you have a great week1


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm glad to hear an update and will continue to pray for him. I love your art, Michelle! The first one is my fav....the clouds look so real! Enjoy your day!

Claudia said...


I am glad for the good news and that he's getting better. Love your beautiful paintings.

Take care,

Tybee Dreaming said...

Your BIL is in my prayers. I love visiting ur site your pictures and paintings are so beautiful. I must ask u though where do u find all ur lovely music?

Ral @ARTbyRT Seascapes and Island Life said...

Just keep keepin on with your painting!

Jesus is a rock in a weary land, I too will be praying, Love Ral

Calypso In The Country said...

I am glad to hear he is getting better. It sounds like he must be a very strong person with all the challenges he has had to face. You are in my thoughts. Oh, and your painting are beautiful!

YONKS said...

Oh Michelle,
I missed you post last week and in light of my week know exactly how you and your family must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers go with you. I hope all is well.
Much love

Rayanne said...

Hello sweetie! So very happy your Bil is doing better...I'll keep praying.
My your paintings girl!! Lovely!!!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Hey, lil sis....I'm so glad that he's on the road to recovery. My prayers are still with you all. ♥ Your paintings are really looking fabulous! I love your use of colors and textures. :) You're doing a fabulous job!

xoxo laurie

Melissah said...

Wonderful artwork and I am so glad BIL is doing much better.
Melissah from Coastal Style

A Cottage Muse said...

So glad to know your BIL is doing better. Thank you for letting us know.
Having something to keep the hands and mind busy is so helpful ~ your paintings are beautiful!

Debra from Bungalow said...

Thanks for sharing the story of you BIL, I'm happy he is getting better and my prayers will continue.

I love your paintings! The rocks are so pretty...if rocks can be pretty! It's my favorite :)

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Glad to hear your bil is doing better. Praying for a full recovery. Your mil sounds like an amazing woman. Prayers for her too.
Your paintings are so pretty. You should sell on etsy!

Brandi said...

So glad to hear that your brother-in-law is doing better. He sounds like such a strong person as does your mother-in-law. Your paintings are beautiful, Michelle. You really have a special gift there!

Jenni said...

Michelle, I am so glad your brother in law is doing better, and that he might be coming home this week! I will be praying for him, I have to catch up on your last post about this, I did not see this before now!

I love your paintings, and especially love the last one you showed with the rocks, that is so amazing! {I can barely draw stick people, and I am always so in awe of those of you who can paint like you do!} Y)ou have a true gift! :)

I hope you are enjoying your week and the good weather you are getting, my friend! :)


Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

So how is he now? Slowly recovering? I look forward to a post about him.

I like the lightening bolt shot. Pretty cool!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I hope your brother in law is feeling better. My next door neighbor was injured by a drunk driver in a car accident many years ago. I completely understand the hospital trips. He has taken many ambulance rides to the hospital over the years. Isn't it sad that people just won't be responsible. Best wishes to you and your family!

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Hi there, just discovered your blog through hopping around. Your painting are wonderful, I love the way you capture the wave colliding with the rock here.



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