Interview with a Renaissance Mom – Ruth Simons

Interview with a Renaissance Mom – Ruth Simons

Welcome back to our series: Interview with a Renaissance Mom. Today we’re featuring one of the mom-artists who helped start it all. Back when the book, Life Creative Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom was just a dream, I reached out to artist Ruth Simons and asked for her thoughts on motherhood and creativity. This is what she wrote: “Never has there been a time like this for creative and artistic women to embrace the high calling of motherhood and the unique giftings God has given to each of us. There is indeed a movement– a renaissance — of the creative woman, the creative mom. I’m grateful that Wendy and Kelli have chosen to encourage this generation of women, right now, to embrace their God-given creativity to the glory of God, and to steward it well. This book is right on time.” And so it is with great joy that I introduce you to the art of Renaissance Mom, Ruth Simons.   photo credit: Elizabeth Wells Photography   Please introduce yourself to us by sharing who you are, where you live, and a bit about your kids. I’m Ruth Chou Simons. I’m married to Troy and we live in Albuquerque, NM with our six boys, ranging from age 3 to 14. I am the founder of GraceLaced, a blog I began almost 10 years ago that expanded into an online shoppe featuring my artwork. I share daily from Instagram and am looking forward to the release of my first published book this Fall.       At Life Creative we believe that art morphs as a woman transitions from season to season. This...
There’s Gospel Power in Your Bible Journaling

There’s Gospel Power in Your Bible Journaling

Instagram is fun! So fun. But, for the gospel-driven artist, it can be awkward. We paint in God’s Word, hand-letter His promises, color our way through our personal Bible study, and hope beyond hope that each time we upload a picture to social media, we’re pointing people to Him. But often, as we read through the comments, it’s our artwork that they’re praising. That’s okay. Grow your skills with the hope of growing God’s Kingdom!     But still… it can be awkward. Today a generation of creative, Jesus-loving women are using their artistic bent to bend others toward the gospel. Creative women of faith, many of them smack-dab in the midst of motherhood, are doing the awkward business of uploading faith inspiring pictures, with the ultimate hope of showcasing God’s Word for all to see. One of my favorite ministry minded creatives is Shanna Noel, founder of the Illustrated Faith community. Her life is a beautiful portrait of how Gospel-power can flow out of a creative woman’s life. By example she inspires us to press into the awkwardness of platform building, with the hope of standing upon that virtual stage in order to hold up our Word-centric works of art.     (The following is an excerpt from Life Creative) “The first time I stumbled across one of her photos, I gasped. Literally gasped. It was all right there, faith and art intersected in the most worshipful of ways. I didn’t really expect to find God on Instagram, not wrapped up in such fresh creativity, but there He was. His Words brought to life, then captured and shared for...
Renaissance Mom – Rachel Baxter

Renaissance Mom – Rachel Baxter

My heart’s desire for this series, and truly for the book Life Creative itself, is to show that God made us creative for His great gospel glory! We are His masterpieces, indeed, privileged to make masterpieces of our own, but all purposed to point others to the Master Craftsman! Today’s guest, Rachel Baxter, gives us a clear picture of how God’s Great Commission call upon our lives can be lived out, partially, through our inspired, creative, in-His-image design. Get ready to go on a wonderful ride, to the far corners of the world, with this sweet Renaissance Mom and her dear family.   Welcome Welcome, Rachel Baxter!     1.) Please introduce yourself and your family to all of us. Hi! My name is Rachel and I am married to my handsome pastor and we have six children, Ellie, Sam, Henry, Nora Kate, Charlie and Ben. Our children range from two to nine years old. Let me do the math for you, we had six kids in a seven year span. I gave birth to five of our littles in six and half years and then we spent the last year working to bring our newest son home through adoption. He is two years old and is from China. You can imagine it has been a busy, beautiful, messy, exhausting, hilarious and exhilarating last decade.     2.) What did your art look like before you had children? The funny thing is I think my children actually helped bring out my creativity. My years in college and the few years after when I was doing college ministry I did not do much...
Interview with a Renaissance Mom – Stacey Thacker

Interview with a Renaissance Mom – Stacey Thacker

  Welcome back to our (hopefully) inspiring new series, Interview with a Renaissance Mom! Today’s featured artist has found the key to her Great Commission Call from the comfort and confinement of her own cozy home! Author Stacey Thacker shares with us how her words have wings to go beyond the practical places of this parenting season.       Please introduce yourself. Hello friends! I’m Stacey Thacker. My husband Mike and I have been married for 22 years and for the last 14 or so we have lived in Central Florida. We have four girls ages (almost 7, 10, 13, and almost 17).  We also have a crazy dog, but that’s another story. I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana and graduated from Indiana University.   At Life Creative we believe that art morphs as a woman transitions from season to season. This is especially true of creative personalities. What did your creativity look before children, and what shape does it take today? I’ve always loved music and starting singing in church at a young age. Throughout the years, I played in the band and sang in various school choirs. Today, I’m blessed to have the opportunity to lead worship at my church on a regular basis. This is one of my sweetest gifts. Words have also been a large part of my life. I always wrote letters and kept a diary as a girl. This somehow got buried in the baby raising years. My husband was smart enough to know I needed a place to work out my words and encouraged me to start a blog about...
Interview with a Renaissance Mom – Becky Leach

Interview with a Renaissance Mom – Becky Leach

  SIGNS SIGNS SIGNS- Many of today’s Renaissance Moms are creating handmade signs with paint and pen and computer graphics. Some hand letter their missives of encouragement while others salvage reclaimed wood and frame up canvases. These word-centric works of art hang above our mantels, above our beds, above our couches, ever-reminding us of what is true and right and nobel. Adorning our homes with lovely things, decorating our minds with lovely thoughts!  In the old testament book of Deuteronomy, God declares the most important commandment of all, to Love Him with all we have (our heart, soul, and strength) then He goes immediately on to tell us how the love should flow out from within us – out into the lives of our children and into our homes, as we write His Words upon our doorposts and our gates.  Signs! Today’s Renaissance Mom is the sweetest sign maker you’ll ever meet. Many of Becky Leach’s happy works of art simply cheer us up with an “Oh Happy Day!” while others cheer us on with scripture promises.  I’m so pleased to introduce you to, Renaissance Mom, Becky Leach     1.) Please introduce yourself and your family to all of us. Hey y’all!! My name is Becky and I am the artist and owner behind the hand-painted sign shop, Little Branches. I am married to my hunky high school sweetheart, Jeff and we have three kids – Brady, Charlotte and Landry. They are 8, 5 and almost 2 respectively.   2.) What did your art look like before you had children? I graduated from college with a degree in Interior Design and worked at an...
Interview with a Renaissance Mom – Melissa Fischer

Interview with a Renaissance Mom – Melissa Fischer

  Today’s Renaissance Mom is an artist I’ve been following online since Kelli Stuart and I began writing Life Creative two years ago! This sweet lady’s pretty little squares on Instagram kept us going when we wondered if this messy blend of motherhood and creativity really held any gospel influence at all.  Of course, the answer is a resounding, YES IT DOES! Read on.  You are sure to love this Bible-bound artist as much as we do. And, perhaps, you’ll find yourself inspired to fit your own God-given creativity into the practical places of family life.  God did a good job when He created you creative and then made you a mom!     Welcome Melissa Fischer! I often talk about “Creative Crushes” and you’re one of mine.   1) Please start by introducing yourself to us. Absolutely. I’m Melissa Fischer, artist behind Fischtales… and Fischtale Designs. I live right outside of Memphis TN., in a little town called Oakland. My husband Scott and I have two pretty awesome kids named Ella and Elias. My little ones are now 12 and 10 – and oh how the time is flying by with them! I have been blessed from the beginning to have the opportunity to stay home with them. Its not always easy financially but I work in between school hours now giving me the chance to catch field trips, class parties, and stay home with them when they are sick. Being a stay at home mom has its challenges, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way.     2) At Life Creative we believe that art morphs as a woman transitions...