a childhood dream

Several months ago I read a blog post written by a woman who had just received news that her house was going to be in a magazine. The post was full of excitement and humility and touched on the point that God is so cool that he knows our deepest dreams even better than we do.

Let me be totally honest with you : when I read it, I didn’t react as I wish I had.

I wish I would have thought, “Wow, that is so awesome for her!”.  Instead that ugly, childish voice crept in and said, “What about me? What about my deepest dreams? Don’t you see me, God?”

I went to bed feeling discouraged and woke up completely convicted. How terribly selfish I am.  I have plenty to be thankful for, plenty of ways that God has been gracious to me and plenty of opportunities to show for it. So I sent a congratulations note to the woman, repented of my ugly ways and went on with my day. 

A few hours later, after maneuvering a cart that was easily double my weight through the slippery and crowded aisles of Costco, I was loading my car and got a call from Ryan.

ryan: “Did you check your email?”

me: “Um, no. I did get 12 billion rolls of toilet paper though”

r: “well there is one here you need to read”.

me: “okay, what does it say?”

r: “it is from a woman at DaySpring. It says they are interested in your artwork”.

I started to cry. There in the middle of the Costco parking lot with a phone to my ear and three kids eating $1.50 hotdogs, I stood there crying. 

I was crying not so much because of this new opportunity {although it was a cool one}, but because it hit me :

Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be an artist. It wasn’t something I put a ton of effort in to – I didn’t take special art classes or get a degree in art, but it was always something I loved doing.  My aunt owned a Hallmark store and my sisters and I would spend a portion of our Christmas break ‘working’ for her {which basically meant we would pass out balloons and eggnog fluffs to holiday shoppers}. I loved that Hallmark store. I loved looking at the gift wrap, the party supplies, the little trinkets and Christmas ornaments. But most of all, I loved looking at the greeting cards.

I would daydream about designing my own cards and what they would look like. I loved the playful styles of Mary Engelbreit, Susan Branch and Kathy Davis. I spent hours and hours looking, studying, collecting art from these designers in the form of greeting cards.

That afternoon in the parking lot, it came full circle. Somewhere between starting a ‘real’ job and starting a family, I had forgotten that dream of being an artist. 

But in that moment, I realized I had become one. 

A good enough one that a company like DaySpring {a division of Hallmark, go figure} would want to sell my artwork.

I was excited. I was humbled. I was so very thankful. 

Thankful that even though I don’t always acknowledge or understand it, God does see me. He does know my dreams and heart desires. Sometimes even more than I do.

As proof of His faithfulness, I am pleased to announce that a few of my art prints are now available for purchase at DaySpring.

If you have been wanting a larger canvas of the bird, fruit, lamp or chair prints, you can now get them! They come either as framed prints {which are really nice}:


or as gallery-wrapped canvases {also great}:


They are even offering personalization if you want to add a family name to the print.


Click HERE to see more at www.DaySpring.com

Do you have a dream you’ve been hiding in your heart? Or maybe one that you have forgotten about? He sees it. He sees you. He has not forgotten you.

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

This collection of scripture prints is special to me and I’m excited to unveil a few new ones as well as a new size : all coming tomorrow :

203 Responses to a childhood dream

  1. Bridget March 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I believe that what you are doing, everything you are creating, and the inspiration you are giving is more meaningful then anything else. You have given me a place to connect, an opportunity to imagine, and an idea that I can create my own of what I have. I have only been exposed to your blog for a full 24 hours and already I am re-decorating and getting inspired to make your wonderful burp clothes. Thank you for your story.

  2. Angela February 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    What a blessing to have read this! I’ve just graduated from college and will start teaching high school biology later this year. The other day, I was thinking that when I start teaching, I’ll barely have time to pursue my other passion which is music. I play the cello in a worship band at church and I’ve already built all my musical connections here. Now, I’m moving to a completely new city (Miami), where I know no one. These thoughts just started to invade my head and I was losing hope.

    Just the other night I was praying, that there would be some way for me to have a musical outlet to show me that there still is hope for this passion of mine. The next day, a guy came to my house to give me a quote on window shades. He went into my room and noticed my cello. He told me that he’s a professional cellist, that he’s just doing this job to help out his dad. He then asked me if he could play, and boy did he play! I asked him if he gave lessons because I need to brush up. He told me that he’s very busy and probably won’t have time. I was a bit bummed, but I let it drop. When he was about to leave, he told me that he would call me to set up my first lesson. He said that he’s never seen someone so passionate about the cello and about learning. I was estatic!

    God is just so amazing. He heard my prayer the night before, and how quickly he acted! Who would have known that the guy who came to give me an estimate was a professional cellist?! Him giving me the opportunity to take lessons, shows me that this is just the beginning. This is my hope for the future that God has planned for me–so perfect because I’ve been losing a lot of hope recently. God works in mysterious and often times hilarious ways. I’m just so thankful because I know I was born to praise him. “Let me live that I may praise you” Psalm 119:175 And it’s funny that you mentioned Psalm 34:7. I just read it this morning! God is amazing!

  3. Corrine January 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    I just had a Middle School lock-in last night where we discussed how great it is when people live their faith and aren’t afraid to give God the glory. We talked about how the world and the devil work quietly to mock or dismiss those who credit God for their blessings, and how we have to (credit: MercyMe) ‘live a life to be followed’. It warmed my heart that in my exhaustion (remember, lock-in), as I looked only to see more of your talent after admiring your chalkboard wall, that God sent me another example for our young people. I also love to see someone be an instrument of God. Too cool.

  4. Amy R. September 22, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    I am so thankful that I decided to read the posts that I’ve missed over the last few weeks. I really needed to read this one today. I’m feeling as though God doesn’t see me or my dreams, but this is encouraging. Thanks. :)

  5. ashley September 17, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    this is absolutely fantastic!! and so inspiring for those of us who are still in dream mode. Congratulations, you are most deserving!!!



  6. meg duerksen September 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    YAY!!! i get to be #200.
    emily i am so happy for you!!!
    THAT is amazingly awesome!
    really and truly.
    way to go.

  7. L smith September 14, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    so happy for you!

  8. Kim September 11, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Congrats Emily!! That is great news! I am happy for you! You do fabulous work and really deserve this :)

  9. Kelly September 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Congratulations, Emily! What an exciting time for you! I have another suggestion for a print (if it’s feasible)….how about an image of a key? I think there is scripture regarding getting a key to the kingdom of Heaven (?). It might just be me, but I’m obsessed with keys, especially old fashion looking ones :)

  10. Jennine September 10, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Congratulations Emily!!! I’m actually surprised that this is the first company that has picked up your work?! I guess I didn’t realize that up until now you have been self published. Relish in this accomplishment as long as you can, you deserve it!!! (especially when its Christmas and you are overwhelmed with work – LOL).

  11. Cara September 10, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    You are so talented, I’m so happy for you! Your blog has been an encouraging word on a long day, and has reminded me where my heart needs to be when maybe I was being a little bit too worldly. Thank you for being so honest, open, and bold with your faith! Congratulations!

  12. KayLynn September 9, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Congratulations!! I love your art…you are so talented! Thanks for being so open about yourself on this blog…I know I struggle with the same feelings when I see someone else doing well. It is amazing how no matter how old and “mature” we get we will always struggle with our human nature. Thanks again and wishing you lots of sales on your prints!

  13. jenn September 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    I read this on my iphone the other day, but I still wanted to leave a comment telling you how nice it was to read your story. Today I listened to a podcast about fighting fear, and how we fear things because of the unknown aspect of them. Sometimes I am afraid I won’t accomplish my dreams and goals and I’m wondering what I am doing. This post reminded me that it is ok if I don’t know, because God knows, and that is what’s most important. No need to be afraid. thanks again I really enjoy your blog.

  14. Renee September 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm #


  15. Ashley September 8, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I felt the same way recently. I reacted selfishly to someone else’s success. I’m so glad someone else said it outloud.

    I love your ideas and your art. I have used alot of your ideas for inspiratiom for my own home. I’ve link to your blog from my own numerous times, since you have amazing ideas!

  16. Stephanie Coughlin September 8, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Congratulations Emily! Your Lamp print has been a part of my home for a while and I love it. You are so talented.

  17. Shawna September 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    I love that you gave God the glory He deserves and isn’t it amazing that He has not forgotten your love for all things graphic!?! Even though you continue to create life for the little ones He’s put underfoot, He’s also taking care of you under Him. Congratulations! You deserve it! XoXo

  18. Auntie! September 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    That is sooooo cool Emily, I am so proud of you!!

  19. Patrice Longmire September 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I am really happy for you. You are so very talented and full of love and insperation. I think that it is so hard not to compare ourselves to others…. especially as they are having dreams come true and you are feeling a bit left out of the loop. I also want to say that many of us will never be published, or seen as a artist in this blog world we live in. We do need to find a way to keep our dreams alive and realize our worth is not based on those things. But find a way to hold close what really matters. Our relationship with those in our lives that we can inspire and teach with love and joy.

  20. Charlotte | Living Well on the Cheap September 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm #


    I had that drab of jealousy recently, directed at s fellow blogger. I decided to reach out to her with an email saying congrats and it led to a great new friendship.

  21. Jessica R September 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I just teared up a little reading this…how exciting!!
    I am currently a senior in college majoring in graphic design; I recently (in the past few months) started reading your blog and I have to say, I really look up to you! Two of my biggest dreams are being an artist of some sort as well as being a mom. (someday FAR from now, though!)
    I also LOVE how you express your faith through your art and your blogging. I go to a private Christian university, but still struggle with figuring out how to use my work for God’s glory. Thank you for being such a wonderful example to me as well as others!!!

  22. Nicole @ Scrap Me Baby September 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Yaaay! That is so amazing for you, and I totally cried reading about it:)
    I love your prints, and am certain that your future is blessed.
    take care!

  23. Chris Salek September 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Our God is an awesome God-I am happy he blessed you.

  24. Vera September 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Not sure why, but I cried while reading this post.
    The Lord does work in mysterious ways, but mostly when we humble ourselves.

    Congratulations to you… You ARE an amazing artist!!!


  25. Lisa September 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Hi Emily! I have to say i haven’t commented here much. I am probably unrelatable to an artist and mother as am a single, NY metro resident who happens to love God and well pretty things…..That said, as different I feel you may be from me I am on a REGULAR basis encourage by you! Stories and all. NYC loves to talk about dreams and successes. We are an ambitious group and hail accomplishment as a a sort of idol sometimes, even measuring one another. Mediocrity is worse than failure. I notice as a Christian how often I feel “dreams” are laid down for his purpose or direction and I wonder all the time if they ever meant anything at all. There is literally at this stage of the game nothing stand-out about my life especially to my peers. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love Jesus in my life.. Often though I find his values don’t match the world and its dreams (which apparently I have adopted more often than i would like to admit) and the construction work he has been doing in my life is um uncomfortable to say the least. I even wonder if I am the only faulty person whose dreams don’t seem to match the actual direction I am moving in….. Anyway – thank you for sharing His process in your life. He has accomplished a lot through you even as you have probably felt it working out in a different way then planned. I am encouraged by you and God in you. I happen to LOVE Dayspring right down to the woolly lamb years when there were all these cute little lamb cards etc…. So congratulations on the development of your business, your accomplishments as an artist and thanks for helping me grow by sharing the process…talk about being long winded lol

  26. hillary September 7, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    oh my gosh, jami nato commented on your blog! are you guys friends and you didn’t tell me?!

  27. Ebony September 7, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    and I cry with you …tears of joy! How inspiring!!!
    I too have the same dream and I appreciate your sharing your testimony…remind me that He sees and knows everything….God keeps His promises! :) Emily, bask in His glory!!!!

  28. Kristen September 7, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    This made me cry! He comes through in ways you never expect!

  29. Jenny September 7, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I’m a Hallmarker – and a follower of your blog – and I’m so glad that you’re part of the family! Hope your artwork shows up in our employee card shop soon! If your travels ever lead you to Hallmark HQ in KC, I’d love to meet you!

  30. Erica Mason September 7, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Emily, your humbleness and grace is very encouraging. I appreciate your honesty and testimony of God’s love and promise for us. I am so happy for you and I know you will do great.

  31. Sonya September 7, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    How exciting! Emily, I am so happy for you. You truly bless and enrich my life with your blog and your talent. Your work will be a wonderful and perfect addition to DaySpring! It never ceases to amaze me how God loves and cares for us. Congratulations!

  32. Deana at Soles of a Mom {dot} com September 7, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    everything in it’s time. I amsessing more and more that god doesn’t give us more than we can handel. If thisopportunity had come earlier in your life it would not have been the right time. So enjoy it. He shines on you and through you.

  33. Kayla September 7, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Totally gave me chills, HE is pretty amazing!! This post is something I needed today…just because we don’t always hear/see Him, He still hears our prayers. And He will answer them when the time is right, which is something I need to keep reminding myself that it isn’t always on our timeline.

    Congrats on your newest adventure…that is such an honor!!!

  34. Stacey September 7, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    thanks for sharing this here, today. i really needed to read it. like really, today of all days.

    so excited for you and for the God who sees you to delight your heart.


  35. Tonia September 7, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    WOW! This is such awesome news and I teared up reading you touching & humble post. I love when God gives out those ‘moments’ – -he has GREAT timing! Thank you for always being REAL and HONEST with your life and faith.

  36. jennifer September 7, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    i love the sweetness of God! what a special story to tag along with this great opportunity! i am sure it will make the realization all the sweeter.

    i can identify with the beginning of your post. i believe sometimes we feel that way because we aren’t even sure of our dreams anymore and to see others realized makes that fact more apparent. i was there. i have learned to ask the Lord to reveal my dreams to me again. i am still not sure what all they are but i am at peace. the fun of self discovery and how God may me has returned. i am grateful.

  37. adrienne September 7, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    so very awesome! our God is an awesome God!!

  38. Varada September 7, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    Wow. I am speechless. Through your post God is answering to my recent thoughts. Thank you. Thank you so much for posting this. You brought tears in my eyes…

    Here’s to many more stories like this, :)

  39. bonnie k September 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    AWESOME!!! I love it when God does that… I know He just gets so excited when he’s giving a desire of your heart. I could cry and I don’t even know you. :-)

  40. Nicole W. September 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Thanks for your post. So nice to be inspired by other believers. I love your artwork and look forward to indulging in some one day! Thanks again for sharing your blessings and gifts!

  41. Jessica September 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Congrats Em!

  42. Amoreena September 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Congratulations! How exciting for you!

  43. Mrs Montoya September 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    What a beautiful blessing. You so deserve that and I admire you for your humility and honesty. Congratulations, Emily.

  44. Michelle September 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Fantastic story! Carry on!

  45. Amanda September 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    Wow! First of all, congrats! Secondly, you definitely hit a nerve for me. It is so easy to doubt God’s hand working in our lives, and so easy to recognize the ways he blesses others while overlooking our own blessings. I am still not sure where God is leading me… I can’t see the big picture, but I know he does, and I believe he’s got big things in store for me. Sometimes I just need to be reminded of it! :-)

  46. Rachel September 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Love this post, Emily! Congratulations. So fun to hear of when God reminds us of dreams we’d long ago put to rest. I bet He loves it like we love watching our kids open birthday presents we could hardly wait to give them. Be blessed!

  47. PamK September 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Congratulations Emily! You are so talented and this inspires me.

  48. Megan Trowbridge Hartley September 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Congrats Emily! Be proud of your accomplishments. That’s quite the compliment that Day Spring is interested in your work!

  49. jami nato September 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    is it weird that i just teared up reading this and that my heart is racing with excitement for you?! oooooooooemmmmmmmgeeeeeeee. toats famous. God is so good. even though our hearts are dark and we are undeserving. He is so good. love to you, my intranet-designing-friend-who-is-big-time.


  50. Cela September 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    You made me tear up with your Costco scene! So happy for you! God is good, isn’t He? I love the lamp print I got from you and now I’m hoping to win the chair print from Nester. *crossing fingers*

  51. Lori H September 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm #


  52. Leslie September 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Congratulations! I love your work and look forward to work grow and inspire more people. Never doubt how big your God is. :)

  53. Traci September 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    OH, MY GOODNESS!!!!! I’m so over the moon excited for you! The very first time I saw your art work…I was like, “See…now THAT’s the kind of stuff they should sell at Christian book stores, not the cheesy predictable stuff they always have!”. Congratulations!!!!

  54. Heather September 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    It’s a beautiful thing when God surprises us with a fullfillment of a tucked away dream. Thanks for sharing! It reminds me that He really cares for us and He longs to be gracious to us (Isaiah 30:18). Congratulations!

  55. Trish @TheOldPostRoad September 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Emily! How wonderful! And you are doing HIS work – putting scripture in front of others! I am happy for you – but admit I felt a bit of envy, at first. So silly of me. Great post! And thrilled for you!!

  56. Angel/TaDa!Creations September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Congratulations! And you are a true artist. How do I know? Because I have your artwork hanging on my wall. God sees it and I do to. Love your blog and your heat. :)

  57. Silverfaerie September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Such wonderful news! Congratulations! You totally deserve this kind of recognition and the prints are just adorable! So happy for you!

  58. Kim@todayismysome-day September 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm #


    I am so happy to hear this great news! I knew you had great style, and obviously Dayspring noticed too! I love that you got over your pride and showed love and support to the other blogger who had her work published. Then God, did “exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could ask or think”! Eph 3:20

  59. Dawn September 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Congratulations! That is so awesome!!!

  60. Nicole Parker September 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Congratulations! You’re an inspiration.

    I bought your art print set several months ago… I’ve been giving them out as gifts ever since :) My friends love them just as much as I do!

  61. denise sabia September 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    SO great! Dreams can come true! You are never forgotten!
    d e n i s e

  62. Dana September 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Aww that is amazing news!! Congratulations Emily!!! I absolutely LOVE your prints and am so glad DaySpring loves them too! You are so deserving of the honor and many more are to come for you I’m sure :)

  63. Jennie September 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Congratulations…I am SO excited for you! You are an amazing artist. How wonderful that you have this special opportunity to share your talent and encourage others in the Lord with it.

  64. Pam September 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Emily, I’m so thrilled for you and your opportunity to share your gift! I don’t know which is more inspiring, your faith or your creativity and passion! Isn’t it amazing throughout the blogosphere the posts that always garner the most comments are the most transparent, written from the heart. We can all relate!

  65. Laura Putnam September 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Your post brought tears to my eyes, that moment and what it must of been for you. BHG.com is featuring my Christmas Mantel, not quite “published”, but a start. When I read the email, it brought me to overwhelming tears as well. Not even close to your moment, but it gave me a sense. I wish you the most sincerest of congratulations on “being seen” by the “Great See-er” and for giving us all hope for our dreams to be realized someday as well.

    Many blessings,

  66. Sarah D September 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Congrats! I can’t wait to find our new home and will have to find a place for one of your prints – they are wonderful!

  67. Marissa September 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    How awesome is that??!!! It’s almost as if Christ knows us and our hearts (an all our selfish and sinful ways) and just waits to show us his righteousness and love for us. Amazing. Can’t wait to see where this takes you!

  68. Amy September 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Praising God for His blessings in your life and your transparency <3 Five years ago I attended a women's retreat. The speaker spoke on how every gift comes from God, whether you're a doctor, a writer or a tightrope walker in the circus. That weekend I gave my gifts of writing and graphic design to God. That was in October. A couple of months later, on Christmas Eve, I was leaving service with my family when our pastor pulled me aside and said they needed someone to join the staff as bulletin editor. I gave glory to God and began immediately. A few months after that the Lord told me a full-time position was going to be offered and sure enough, that very afternoon, the very same pastor called with the job offer – before he could tell me why he was calling I shared with him what God shared. That was five years ago … even though my passion has always been writing I've also served as Childrens and Missions administrative assistant while also doing the layout, design and printing of the bulletins. About a month ago I told my parents and family that I was going to start looking for a second job, something that would give me extra money and allow me to be a bit more creative, as well (I was actually REALLY inspired by your Blog). A few days later I was called into a big meeting at my church and offered a custom-made position of Communications Specialist, meaning I get to write, do layout and design and create all advertisements, posters and inserts. AND, the job came with more money. I just had to cry at how God CONSTANTLY hears ALL our prayers and how faithful He is to those who wait upon Him. Hugs & Many Blessings to YOU! <3

  69. Lesely September 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Wow, congratulations …
    This is your time to shine :)

  70. Gina September 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    That is so incredibly awesome!! Congrats!

  71. Rachel Mathai September 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    I started bawling when I read this! Yea!! God is so good!

  72. Katherine September 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Dreams do come true, sometimes it just takes a while. Big hugs of congratulations, applause, and fist pumping in the air too, whoop whoop, you are awesome. You are loved, God works in mysterious ways.Hugs

  73. Jen September 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Congratulations! That is very exciting!
    And also thank you for the reminder that God doesn’t forget our dreams. It is a much needed reminder.

  74. Julie D. September 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Emily, Congrats! That is so awesome. Your prints are amazing. Thank you for all the cool downloads too…you have motivated me to get myself a new printer ASAP! :) You are really generous with your downloads and I pray that your business continues to grow and your dreams become a reality! Blessings,

  75. Cortney Jenkins September 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    congratulations! Your prints are beautiful and you are a wonderful artist!

  76. Courtney Allred September 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    First of all, I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS! That is an amazing opportunity. Second, this is probably my favorite of your posts so far. Don’t get me wrong…I’ve enjoyed so many of the tutorials and funny anecdotes that you’ve posted. However, I feel like I needed this one. I find myself envious lately and incredibly discouraged in my talent because I feel like I will never get to where I want to be. I see these wonderful, inspiring women with beautiful families and they are able to do the things that make them the most happy. Sometimes I just feel inadequate. I’m rambling now…I have many blessings and I should focus on being thankful for those rather than wondering why I don’t have certain things or opportunities. Thank you for this post.

  77. monique September 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    So, happy for you!
    Your post has really touched me. I, too, have struggled with being happy for others, when I feel like God has been continually been passing me by. Your post has encouraged me stay faithful and hope for the best and to just be thankful for what God has given me at this the moment.

  78. {hooked on hickory} September 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    gosh, do i feel ya. congrats to you!!! i can’t even understand the feeling your are experiencing right now. all it gods time…boy it that true.

    ashley @ hookedonhickory.blogspot.com

  79. Elaine September 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Way to go! Beautiful prints!

  80. Stephanie September 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Congratulations Emily!! I’m so happy that your childhood dream is being fulfilled. Our God is so awesome, and sometimes I am just so blown away by how much He loves us, and cares so very much about the desires of our heart.
    I visit your blog often and wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are to me. Your work is beautiful! I love how you don’t ‘pretend’ to be someone your not, you’re very real with your readers. Very inspiring! God bless you and your business.:)

  81. gwendolyn September 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    so happy for you, emily! your honesty is always so lovely. i love to see how God continues to bless his children. congrats!

  82. Catherine September 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    This is why I love this blog. Your raw honesty is inspiring and serves to help me look at those things inside myself. So happy for your good news after that!

  83. Heidi September 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Congratulations! You must be over the moon!

  84. Megan September 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    congratulations!!!!!!!!! i think you are such an inspiration on so many levels and i am so excited for you. I went on the website and your artwork looks beautiful- beautiful color selection as well!!

    you rock!!

    ps. i loved the scripture verse on this post so much that i made my own wall art with it for my daughters room (using my emily font of course :)- true artists inspire others to create art- thanks for giving me the courage to think an ordinary girl can create something extraordinary

  85. KC September 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Yay God! And, YAY Emily!! To whom much is given, much is required. He has given you much Em, thank you for using your talents to glorify our Father. Love you!

  86. Anna September 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    So glad that your dreams are coming true! I too love a great card, Marjolein Bastin is one of my absolute favorites. I have sold some of my paintings and hope that one day I too will be able to call myself an artist. God is sooooo good!

  87. Sarah September 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Congrats to you! You are so deserving of this, your work is wonderful, and I am glad you are being recognized!
    We all have feelings from time to time of feeling as though our dreams will never come true, we just need to remind ourselves that we don’t always know what lies ahead. :)

  88. Michael at Blue Velvet Chair September 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    I sometimes have those same ‘pangs’ of “why not me” when I look at other blogs and their followers and comments. And then I get a wonderful comment from someone that gently reminds me that I am connecting with other like-minded people and something I do strikes a cord with them. It’s a bit of a shame that the spirit of the blog world can sometimes lead to a daily dose of comparison. But each day is another lesson – and I try to be the best ‘me’ that I can.

    So… a warm and honest CONGRATULATIONS to you. How very exciting to realize that dream.


  89. Cara @ WhimsySmitten September 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Congrats on having your artwork on DaySpring — they are such an awesome company and your work really fits right in. Thanks for the reminder that in His time, His dreams, in us, do come true. :)

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  90. Misty September 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Congratulations! Our Father sure has wonderful plans for us :)

  91. Sara @ It's Good to be Queen September 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    what a perfect fit! so happy for you, emily! i’ve found that verse to be so, so true. blessings,

  92. VF September 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    What can we say, but THANK YOU GOD?! Thank YOU GOD!

  93. Tracy September 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Congrats!!! I feel the same way you did at times. I’ve noticed it’s Satan’s way of making us doubt, feel bad and forget that our Father in Heaven is there. Other times I think it’s God’s way of laughing at us (in the loving way we laugh at our children sometimes).

  94. Carolyn September 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I enjoy your blog and you are definitely an artist and deserve the recognition. Congratulations. Do you think it was God’s ‘planning’ or ‘doing’ that her home was in a magazine? I don’t.

  95. Beth September 6, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    That is so exciting Emily! I teared up reading it, I’m so happy for you and so encouraged at the same time.

  96. Carol September 6, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I am so happy to see this post! This is crazy, but my bro-in-law shoots all the photos for the DaySpring website and catalog, and I saw these prints and asked if they were yours. The lady doing the photo-shoot didn’t know, so I have been wondering. . . So glad to see that they were! Congratulations – they look amazing!

  97. Erin Dofelmier September 6, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    This made me cry. He is so good to us and loves us so deeply. It amazes me when He shows how much he cares for us, so much that He even cares about what is important to us. Thank you for sharing and a big heart felt congratulations!

  98. Julie September 6, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Congrats to you!! I, too, am a huge fan of Mary E. & Susan B. So happy for you

  99. Jenny September 6, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    wow! congratulations! What’s funny is that I am sure so many of your readers think the same about you every day – “she is living MY dream!”. I love reading your blog and dreaming about one day quitting the corporate world and just buying old stuff and fixing it up… for now, I will live vicariously through you and my other favorites and be grateful to have a job, great family and friends and a roof over my head :)

  100. Jordan G @ The Happy Homebodies September 6, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Congratulations! That is amazing. Thanks for being transparent about your feelings– don’t we all struggle with that stuff? I know I do! But God is always good and always 10x smarter than me. :)

  101. christy September 6, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    wow, this is so exciting Emily! Your post brought tears to my eyes as well, as I can really relate to this. I sometimes feel like I’m just treading water right now, not really sure what I’m supposed to do “when I grow up” (although I’m 36!). I stay home with my kids, but I feel like I should be doing ‘more’. The typical mom guilt, I guess. I too, would love to be an artist and find a way to make $$ doing things I love. God’s timing is best, I just need to remember that…

    Thanks for sharing your heart – your words are so encouraging and I really appreciate that! Congrats again!

    christy :)

    • Rachel Hoover September 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      I’m in the middle of this course. I read your blog post and thought you might be interested. It’s for women who want to sell their art and make the dream a living as well. Thought of this when I read your post. I’m half way through the course and it has been life changing for me. I’m not making a lot right now at all as my hubby is still in school but I can still say it was well worth the $140!

  102. Tammy September 6, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Congratulations! You have already inspired so many…and now your faithfulness will allow you to reach many, many more. Many blessings!

  103. Tiffany September 6, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    What a sweet story to share. Congratulations, well deserved.

  104. Susanna September 6, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    What a wonderful story, Emily. I do love that God intimately knows the desires of our hearts. Congratulations! I have the chair print in my dining room and I love, love, love it. You are definitely an artist!

    You are so transparent on your blog and that makes all of us feel so comfortable with you. May God’s blessings continue to shower on you!

  105. kayce hughes September 6, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I am so excited for you! Thanks for being real and honest with God, yourself and us.

  106. heidi September 6, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    how exciting, congratulations!!

  107. Jen September 6, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    What a great reminder for both me and my sister right now (I’m sending her a link although she probably was going to read it at some point today…). Sometimes it’s so hard to rejoice in others joy but it so necessary to! Thanks for your honesty and the encouragement to be more like Christ. And a big huge congratulations on your work with Day Spring!! How exciting!

  108. Shelley September 6, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    This fills my heart with so much happiness for you! Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

  109. Stacey Woods September 6, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Ahh. Posts like these are why I read your blog daily. I love your honesty, humility and your gratefulness for your blessings. All the best to you, Emily, and congrats on your new line for DaySpring!

  110. Kim September 6, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    A well deserved honor to be sure! Best wishes in your new venture!

  111. Laura Stotz September 6, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Emily – I absolutely love getting all your emails & posts. But this one on “a childhood dream” required a response! It brought tears of joy and thankfulness — not only that this happened to you, but that you are so humbled, grateful and willing to tell the world about God’s faithfulness. THANK YOU!

  112. Kristy Borg September 6, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Congratulations!! Couldn’t have happened to someone more deserving!!!
    You artist you!

  113. Aimee @ My Pink Life September 6, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Congratulations Emily! Your artwork is just beautiful ~ I love your work! Thanks for being honest and vulnerable enough to share your story. You’re inspiring! :)

  114. Alima September 6, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    So happy for you Emily!! :) Your post made me cry – happy tears for you. Such an awesome thing to realize that your childhood dream has come true!
    I actually heard about your dayspring line somewhere in the blog world a week or 2 ago and I was surprised that you had not mentioned it on your blog. I thought maybe it was something you had done a while ago and I just missed the post. But nope, you were just waiting for the right time to announce you new, exciting adventure!
    Congrats again! The prints are fabulous!

  115. Marisa Butterworth September 6, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    OH MY GOSH! This is SO cool. I’m super excited for you, Emily!

  116. katharine September 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    thank you so much. oh how i needed your message. congratulations as well.

  117. daisy September 6, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    God is truly amazing! He does know and cares about the desires of our hearts! so excited for you! Your art inspires me!

  118. Crystal September 6, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Yay God! Congratulations :)

  119. Kara September 6, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    I think you have long been an artist. Congratulations!

  120. Jamie Harris September 6, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Congratulations! Isn’t it so cool that God already knew His plans for you? He is good (and you are a great artist!) Yippee!

  121. Melissa September 6, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Wow! What a sweet and wonderful surprise and blessing! Congratulations!

  122. Emily Jones September 6, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    I’m thrilled! What a blessing that will be!

  123. beachmamato2 September 6, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Dearest Emily,
    Congratulations on your Dayspring accomplishment and thank you for sharing your honest humility. I can’t tell you how nice it is to subscribe to your blog and how blessed I have been to be able to purchse your prints. As a spouse of a Crayola employee, another division of Hallmark, please know that they truly are a company that puts family first, just as you put God and family first.

  124. Rachel Hoover September 6, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Emily – Thank you for using your blog to minister to others. This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear this morning. I have been discouraged, and the Lord used YOU and your blog to speak to me. I love your blog! Congratualtions on your dreams coming true. How amazing! : )

  125. Kris10 September 6, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    So very happy for you { and of course a little jealous ;o) }. Congratulations!!!

  126. julie chen September 6, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    CONGRATS! your story is all too familiar. God also made my dreams come true & my art is also sold by Dayspring (i am licensed by DEMDACO & Avalanche). it’s so fun to hear the different ways God blesses us! keep it up! love your work!

  127. Robin September 6, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    You are just a delight, Emily! I look forward to your emails in the morning! Congratulations!!

  128. kimberly tidwell September 6, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Great story… As always!! I am so happy for you and your sweet family!! What a testament to the goodness of our GOD!! You are very talented, you deserve this opportunity!!

  129. Erin September 6, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    How amazing! That is such a wonderful opportunity for you. Congratulations! You are an awesome artist and deserve that!

  130. Emily September 6, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    That’s really exciting! Congratulations, Emily!!

  131. Shannon September 6, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Oh Emily! I saw those on Dayspring the other day and thought “wow!”. That is incredible. God loves you Emily. And you are a very talented artist!

  132. Mia September 6, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    This is SO exciting for you Emily! You are adorable and talented.

  133. Kelly September 6, 2011 at 9:10 am #


    Congratulations! You have already blessed me with your blog and your art prints; what a huge blessing you will be to others now. It’s amazing how God uses our gifts and hobbies to bring His light to others. God bless you!

    Also, I also love Hallmark. Kind of an addict. I’m a perpetual platinum rewards member because I spend way too money at Hallmark. Love greeting cards, stationary and gift wrap. So pretty. I collect all 3! haha

    Congrats again!

  134. Mandi Smith T September 6, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    This is the best post I have ever read. I have tears in my eyes about it! Such a wonderful testament of your faith and of how we as woman need to hold each other up and be supportive. It does not go unnoticed by the one that matters!! M.

  135. Amy September 6, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Thank you for such a lovely reminder. Congrats to you on the realization of your dream!!

  136. Carrie@221vision September 6, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    What a blessing, God is so good. Congratulations!

  137. Stacey L. Leonard September 6, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Wow. I have to admit, I just discovered you and your art and your website and everything, but already after reading this post, you had me crying. I sometimes feel the same way-as though God has forgotten my dreams, or as though I should move on and even stop dreaming. Thank you for this encouraging post.


  138. Crystal September 6, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    This was exactly what I needed to read today. I have been struggling to remember that God does see us and knows what is best. Thank you so much for your word of encouragement.

  139. Gerry Lynne September 6, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    You are such an inspiration! Congratulations and Hallelujah!

  140. Jennafer September 6, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Wow! First off, congratulations! I just got this in my inbox and it made me cry. I’m going through a bit of “what about me and my dreams” myself. This hit home. Everyone gets noticed in different ways and their lives are better than they realize, myself included. Thanks for writing such an inspiring blog post, I really appreciate it!

  141. Catherine at Design Editor September 6, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Woohoo! Awesome news. So happy for you!

  142. Barbara September 6, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    As they say, “All in God’s time.”. It so hard to be patient, though! Congrat’s! Well deserved!

  143. KellyB September 6, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    LOVE THIS!!! Congratulations Emily :) May God continue to bless you and your work……..

  144. Brianne September 6, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Thanks for the reminder! Congratulations, I love to hear how God moves in people. I appreciate your vulnerability.

  145. Kristin September 6, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Congrats!!! So exciting!

  146. Sarah September 6, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Congratulations Emily!

  147. Shelly N. September 6, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Oooh I love Dayspring and your stuff is definitely a beautiful addition to their framed art section!! Congratulations!

  148. Lana September 6, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Dear Emily ~
    Thank you so much for sharing your heart. God does care about our hopes and dreams no matter how big or small. I am so happy for you. I’ve admired your work and enjoyed your blog for some time.
    God bless,

  149. Amanda Eck September 6, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome and those prints are just beautiful!! I can totally relate to the “hidden dream” and have just recently ventured out to live mine. I pray I one day get one of “those” emails (well not from a greeting card co-but you know what I mean)
    So happy for you!!

  150. Paige September 6, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    What a beautiful post and one that I’m sure so many of us can relate to. Congratulations on your prints – they are gorgeous!


  151. Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle September 6, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    Oh my gosh Emily….I am thrilled for you. Truly. God is soooo good. And although I’m not sure if you were actually being tested. There are so many mysteries about God and how he works to mold us. But, let’s say you were, and passed, and are being rewarded. What a blessing! Those little art pieces of yours are beautiful. And now they will help shine the light of Jesus in many more places than you or I would ever imagine. Yay! You are rockin’ and rollin’ for the kingdom….no doubt about it!!!

    • Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle September 6, 2011 at 8:46 am #

      I forgot to tell you…your post moved me to tears…and touched me deep inside. Thank you for being real. {hugs}

  152. TB Pasquale September 6, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Thank you Emily. Your post was raw and nakedly honest in the way that the best writing is when it turns our emotions inside out on a page (virtual or paper). I am so happy your dream came into being, and even more touched by the manner that it did–in that wonderful, mysterious, bigger-than-us, and bigger than (often) the God we even have eyes to see in us IS. Again, thank you for your story…it is one I really needed to hear today. I hope I can have your permission to post a few excerpts from your wonderful writing on my blog–I am a closet design fiend but my blog/website is spiritual in nature. Feel free to stop by and let me know if that would be ok.

    Thank you for your words and I am so happy for your dream realized!


  153. Michelle Webster September 6, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Oh Emily! That is so exciting, congratulations!

  154. Fonda September 6, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Congratulations Emily!! That is just awesome!!
    And you have so much courage being so honest on your blog! Thank you!

  155. michelle @ this little light September 6, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    SO exciting! Congratulations!

    My son had Bible Camp this summer and for it, we bought the accompanying CD so he could enjoy the music even before the camp began. His favorite tune starts out with “I am not forgotten, God knows my name …” and it chokes me up every time his little 5-year-old voice sings it. You’d better believe it, Bud. We all should!

    LOVE your prints! Am totally buying a personalized one!

  156. Ashley September 6, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    This is BEYOND exciting! One million congratulations to you, you have earned this in so many ways!!

  157. Emily Stimpson September 6, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Congrats! So exciting Emily! Happy for you and your new endevour, VERY well deserved!

  158. Chelsea September 6, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Congrats!!! Keep up the good work!! I love your blog and always look forward to reading new posts!!

  159. Holly@Loveoflifeblog September 6, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Congratulations! And thank you for beginning this post with such humble honesty. It’s always refreshing to hear!

  160. Andrea September 6, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Congratulations! Your work is lovely; I can’t wait to get my hands on some of your prints! :)

  161. Meredith @ La Buena Vida September 6, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    What a beautiful HONEST post. Congrats on being featured by DaySpring–the prints are LOVELY!

  162. Beth Young September 6, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Praising and thanking God with you! Beautiful products :)

  163. Aubri September 6, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    CONGRATS!!!!! I’m so happy for you Emily! Will they be selling them in stores also?! Can’t wait to hear about more updates!

  164. gboll September 6, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Congratulations! You deserve it…your work is beautiful and you are a beautiful person! I love your blog and encouragement I get from it when I read. God is good! :)

  165. Lynne September 6, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    How appropriate that your body of work has been embraced by Day Spring. My cousin just recently retired from there! They are the most wonderful company to work for. The company has a true faith based philosophy, which is such a perfect platform for your art!

  166. Alyssa Erin Bryan September 6, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Thank you. I needed these words so much today.

  167. Jenn y September 6, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment. Best of luck as this continues to grow!

  168. Carrie September 6, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Congratulations! God is great!

    And now I’m craving a Costco hot dog.

  169. Priscilla September 6, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    We can all relate to this. We all want success or to have our dreams come true. It’s hard sometimes to rejoice with those who rejoice. Thanks for sharing! I AM very happy for you. I can’t even imagine….how cool!

  170. Heather French September 6, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    So happy for you!

  171. Hannah B September 6, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Congratulations, by the way! That’s so awesome and I’m so excited for you!

  172. Hannah B September 6, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    My dream has always been to write for and be on Saturday Night Live. It’s a bit of a far-fetched dream but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Now, I’ve set new dreams for myself…to write books and go on national book tours. That’s still far-fetched but more attainable…something I can actually work towards.

  173. jaime September 6, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Congrats! These are some of my favorite prints that you have done. What a gift you have…and using it to honor God is a great witness to all of us!

  174. Carly September 6, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    How exciting for you! God is good… and in a time where we are so focused on what others have that we don’t (that’s the good and the bad of the blogosphere) it’s stories like this that encourage me to be grateful, thankful and content. I used to work at a Christian bookstore that sold DaySpring products and while they were uplifting, they were usually…well, *cheesy*. I adore your style and am so glad that your products are now going to be available for a more modern audience. I love reading your blog. Thank you for all of your fabulous ideas and for your humble and endearing posts!

  175. charis September 6, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    that is so exciting! congrats emily! i remember you talking about designing cards when i first met you, then i stumbled upon your blog through kc and saw you doing it, and now your art is at dayspring… amazing to see how God has moved over the years. very excited with you!
    my recent post: coming next april

  176. Christine September 6, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Congratulations, Emily. Our Father truly does give us the desires of our hearts. I have your pear print and it is a wonderful reminder to me to be more like Him. You are a sweet, talented woman and I am so happy for you.

  177. Jill September 6, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing your moments with us. I needed this post so much today. God uses us in so many ways. You are such a blessing with your work, your words, you.

    Congrats to you and your dreams!

  178. rachel September 6, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Thanks for sharing your story…it’s a great reminder that God really does care about our dreams and desires. Congrats to you! This is very exciting!:)

  179. Vanessa@DesignsbySessa September 6, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Praise Jesus! Don’t you just love when God shows you how much he cares about YOU! God is just so cool! I’m so excited for you , too!

  180. Jess September 6, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Congratulations, Emily! I can’t imagine how thrilled you are. And it is SO great that you give all the praise to God. I am sure no one is surprised by this, but you. ;)

  181. Kelly September 6, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Congratulations!! That’s amazing!! I’m definitely encouraged to keep going. I told my husband last night we need the Lord to pick up my little business and how it’s so tiring when no one notices, but I need to just keep trudging through. I have promises from Him I’m waiting on :)

  182. Abbie(Five days...5 ways) September 6, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    This is too cool!
    I too am apt to respond selfishly when I see others flourish and want to think, “Why not me too, Lord?” (Never mind the myriad daily blessings he showers on me in the form of health, family, a roof…and then some!), but I can honestly say that, after reading your blog (first thing!) daily for the last 15 months, I can genuinely feel happy for not only your success but also the incredible feeling of worth that must come from the confirmation that the Lord sees/hears your dreams.
    I sent you an email the other day telling you how much I love your art prints and how I keep finding more uses for them in my home and even on my blog (where I always get compliments for them!)…and obviously I’m far from the only one who thinks they’re special.
    So excited to see them in different sizes/colors!

  183. Diane@InMyOwnStyle September 6, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Hi Emily-

    Congratulations – You are one talented artist and it makes me so happy to see that you have reached your dream in such a wonderful way – when you least expected it. Reading your post brought happy tears to my eyes as I felt I was reading about myself as a child loving the artists you mentioned, dreaming of becoming a greeting card artist, and spending many hours in the Hallmark store.
    Everything you create is just beautiful and all of your work incorporates your unique style – it was only a matter of time before a company came calling.

    Best wishes on your new venture.
    My best- Diane

  184. cassie September 6, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    i love the story you told about it. we all have that little ugly childish voice sometimes, and i love your raw honesty about it. and am so happy for you- you deserve it!

  185. Tricia September 6, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    That is so, so wonderful! I cannot imagine how wonderful it would be to share a part of yourself with the world and have it recognized and appreciated in such an awesome way. I am so happy for you!!!

  186. Susy September 6, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    How exciting! I have one of your prints, and I have been wanting more…the chair would look so great in my living room! Many congrats to you! You are more than deserving, and I hope you can feel the love from your many readers!

  187. Nicki September 6, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Congratulations Emily! I actually read about your line at DaySpring through the Nester’s blog post because it appeared first in my inbox. I am soooo excited and happy for you! I wish you more continued happiness and the opportunities for you to see that you have been an artist this whole time. Look at your blog! You show up as an artist in every single post.

  188. Kacey September 6, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Emily, congratulations! That is wonderful news! Definitely well deserved.

  189. paige September 6, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    i am FREAKING OUT tickled for you!!!!

  190. Kimberly Renee September 6, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Your prints are so beautiful Emily! And yes, I totally understand EXACTLY how you felt when you were reading that other person’s blog and then when you woke up totally convicted. Thanks for being so open and sharing your heart. We all have dreams in deep in our hearts- we hope beyond hope that our Creator will remember that He put them there. It’s beautiful to see that God saw your dream and it’s beautiful to see you glorifying Him every day on your blog. Thanks for being an example and an encouragement! :)

  191. Brooke September 6, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    That’s an awesome story! So inspiring! God is so faithful! Doing what you’re passionate about is truly the BEST! CONGRATS!!!! LOVE your art!!!!!!

  192. Janell Beals September 6, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    A huge congrats and also saw your art on the Nester’s blog this morning! Yeah!! Janell

  193. Lisa Blackman September 6, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    I have SO enjoyed my prints. I’m very excited and thankful that the Lord has given you the desire of your heart. I especially love hearing how you found out and responded in Costco. Thanks for sharing your transparency! Praying that the Lord blesses you abundantly beyond anything you could think or imagine.

  194. Lynda September 6, 2011 at 5:41 am #

    That is very exciting Emily! I have the chair print hanging in my hall and love it! You are super talented – can’t wait to see your new prints!

  195. Dana September 6, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    Your faithfulness was rewarded! God is GREAT! Congratulations and good for you for being able to SEE His handywork.

  196. Angie September 6, 2011 at 5:09 am #

    Heartfelt congratulations to you Emily. I too had one of these full circle moments with a design magazine wanting an article from me. Still pinch myself about that & so will you. Well done!

  197. Michelle September 6, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    congratulations!!! He does know what we want :)

  198. Kelly in georgia September 6, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    That is just tooooooo cool! and I loved the “division of Hallmark, go figure” part of your post. Your verse is a perfect one for me today, so thank you for writing this.
    You ARE an artist, and you should never think otherwise.

  199. Dixie Delights September 6, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    great reminder. and congratulations!!!

  200. lisa September 6, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    Wow Emily, congratulations!! Thanks for the reminder, not to give up on our dreams! God is faithful! I choose to delight in Him!

  201. Emily, Timeless Paper September 6, 2011 at 4:15 am #

    Congrats Emily! I know exactly how you feel. A similar moment happened to me this week with Southern Living! You are so talented, keep up the beautiful work.

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