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Recently I went to New Orleans for a Creative Love Mission and 4 other artists came along. While we were there, our hostess took us to "the tree" in a park by the Mississippi. It was a place that meant a lot to her. This particular weekend, the Mississippi was the highest it had been for almost a decade.

Once we were there, we all hung out under the shade of the tree. Our host laid down, others walked around, I was busy with my camera. This shot I got of the tree was so beautiful to me, I decided to paint it.

I went away for my birthday in May '11 with my family to the inter-coastal waterway and decided to bring my paints along. I set up my easel and paints, so l during the weekend I would stop throughout the day and paint a little. I had so much fun with my family, it was a very special time. We have been through so much together and have all come to know the Lord. There was such a peace the whole weekend and we spent time sharing about the goodness of God in our lives!

As I was finishing up the painting, the title came to me, "Family Tree". I realized, just like my family in the natural and spirit, this tree was strong, bold, colorful, a shady resting place...although it had weathered many storms, it was deeply rooted and planted by the River.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.

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