Wednesday, May 1, 2013

ending apathy: eliza's loves and gifts

Eliza is in an advanced art class at her high school. As part of a year long project, she was asked to incorporate a variety of media into a meaningful statement, something she feels strongly about, something that could convey a message. Her great loves are her artwork and her advocacy and devotion to animals. Tying the two together would only be fitting and something so satisfying, so powerful, and so exciting for her.

She learned a lot as she's devoted so many hours to this project throughout the school year. Her painting and drawing have improved. She's found joy and more time with the camera. And this extra bonus: The lion face (the school mascot) she's holding in the top and bottom photos was her entry for a mural that would be painted (a group collaboration painted by all the advanced art students) along a long wall of the lunchroom. Her design was chosen and the students are now in the process of graphing and drawing it out on the wall. We couldn't be more thrilled for her. Her work going down for years and years as a piece of school history for students and faculty to enjoy. What a confidence boost.

I'm so happy for her. To see her develop her God-given talents. Talents, interests, and abilities planted as seeds in a tiny little girl whose hands were constantly working with her crayons and markers and watercolors.

And tomorrow, she'll celebrate her 15th birthday. What a gift she is!


  1. Wow, she is really talented!
    There is no greater happiness than seeing a child succeed!
    Thanks for sharing this with us.