Friends and clients Suzanne and Gary Halstead commissioned me and Stratoz to turn the 9 Fruits of the Spirit into mosaic signs. In April, 2011, all four of us gathered in our basement to pick out sheets of glass, and talk colors. Wayne Stratz designed the lettering, cut out the letters, ground the edges. Margaret Almon created the backgrounds, and then we gave them to Suzanne, who created the borders, grouted, sealed and polished them as part of sweat equity. Gary installed them for the October 1st, 2011 dedication, which started with a walk through the Halstead’s stone labyrinth in their backyard. These words will always be present in my heart after working with them so intimately over the past months, and I am honored that Suzanne and Gary were moved to commission us.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been reflecting on gratitude. In curiosity, I looked up the etymology of “gratitude” and discovered it is linked to the word “grace” which is God’s favor or help, a pleasing quality, favor, good will, or thanks, praise, celebration, and moving deeper into resonances of beautiful form or movement, grace before meals as a form of gratitude, and finally to “grace someone with your presence.”
Gratitude is a wide place, an open space, a place where joy arises.
This year I am grateful for:
My husband, who truly does grace me with his presence and enthusiasm for my very being.
My art, and the gift of being able to direct my creative energies into making mosaics and sharing them with others.
My friends, who provide an abundance of good will, who take the suffering out of pain and sorrow, and celebrate all that is delightful in this life.
I will be more than glad to say grace before this all, out of incomprehensible blessing.