sometimes the beauty is in believing

To tell you the truth, butterflies kind of creep me out.


When my best friend was in Ecuador years ago, she sent me a photo of her at a butterfly farm absolutely covered in butterflies. She said it was amazing; I said it was way too close to a nightmare I had as a child of being covered in grasshoppers. Butterflies and grasshoppers may be nothing alike, but they fall in the same category of insect in my mind and I don’t want either of them touching me.  Which is really a shame, because butterflies are quite pretty.

And what they symbolize is even more beautiful.


The newest collection of JDC|Monthly has just been released and it’s full of these lovely vintage butterfly graphics.

My favorite item in the collection this month is the art print.


 I had this idea in my mind of all different butterflies sort of escaping and floating upwards all together. I’m not sure if butterflies fly like this, but it felt symbolic of being free and light and joyful. Designing the butterfly part was easy; then I was stumped on what it should read.

I prayed about this one – wanting it to be just right – and the answer came through my best friend.  She is fun and wise and is taking a big step in hosting her first women’s retreat in just a few weeks.  She texted me the other day saying she had finally decided on a theme: believe.

I knew right then that was the perfect word for the butterfly print.


We all know about the life stages of a butterfly – how they transform from an ugly caterpillar and then wait for days or weeks in a cocoon before emerging as these graceful and mysterious creatures. They are often the illustration of transformation and rebirth and sometimes that can be a bit cheesy. I truly don’t mean for this print to be cheesy.

What I wonder is: do we really believe God has our best interest at heart? Even when things are hard or sad or bleak, do we truly believe that He is good? Do we believe in his promises even when our lives don’t make sense or look how we think they should? Do we believe in our value – our unique purpose – that He has put within us? Do we believe in our beauty not because we fit some cultural standard, but simply because He made us so?

Even though butterflies are a little creepy to me, I love that they represent that beauty can come out of ugliness. I hope we can see the correlation between this little creature and ourselves and somehow be encouraged to believe. Even when life looks ugly. Even when our current circumstances are not where we want to be. He doesn’t promise that our lives will be perfect, but he does give us hope and peace and freedom in the midst of it all and that usually ends up with our hearts being transformed and we become more beautiful people because of it.

I want to be free and light and graceful and the only way I can endure the hardships of life is by believing that God’s promises are true: that he is at work in my heart, refining me daily, transforming me, covering me with his grace so that I can fulfill the unique purposes he has for me.

Even though I don’t want to touch a butterfly, I sort of want to be like one.


The new collection is so pretty and brings springtime cheer to your everyday organization and seasonal decorating.

As always, here’s what’s included:

* monthly calendar
* weekly calendar
* menu calendars
* chore charts
* spring cleaning checklist
* grocery lists
* note cards
* scripture memory cards
* an art print exclusive to jdc|monthly members
* a video project tutorial {this time Audrey joined me} with templates for the project

You simply download the pdf, print on your favorite paper and fill in the details. My sister has these calendars/chore charts/menu plans all over her fridge and I love to see how she uses them!

JDC | Monthly is $9.99 per month and your first month is free. You are welcome to give it a try. If it’s not the right fit, you can cancel at any time.

Plus, all JDC | Monthly members receive 50% off all printables in the shop.

Click the button below to sign up:


When you sign up you will be directed to the current month’s link immediately. Billing is done on a 30 day cycle {so if you join on the 15th, you will be billed the following month on the 15th}. On the 22nd of each month, you will receive an email with the link to download the collection of pdfs, as well as the project tutorial.

Please let me know if you have any questions … and be encouraged today that no matter where life has you, you are being made beautiful.

25 Responses to sometimes the beauty is in believing

  1. Lien April 29, 2013 at 10:17 am #


    Is it possible to get April’s printable? I just joined today and missed out. It is really beautiful.

  2. Haley April 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    This looks soooo pretty! I am a suscriber to the monthly but my card expired so i have updated it a couple times and have not been able to get the email with the monthly.I don’t know what i am doing wrong.Thank you

  3. Thomas D. April 3, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Beautiful. I love all those pictures, the graphics are just so well-composed without being so busy. I love the symbolism you’ve drawn out of the butterfly’s metamorphosis. If an ugly caterpillar can still become a pretty butterfly, why should we lose hope that regardless of how bad our predicament is, things can still change for the better through God’s will?

  4. ginger April 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Hi Emily~ LOVE this collection SO much! We LOVE butterflies in our house, with two little girs it kinda comes with the territory!

    I wanted to ask if you could include ‘Notes’ to each monthly collection. I LOVE the months when you have half sheet size notes! I will print off a lot of them at one time and use them for reminders throughout the month. And, if I could, make one more suggestion. The little note cards you made in your February collection were adorable and perfect for my oldest daughter’s lunch. I write her a note everyday and put it in her lunch. Those ‘valentine’s’ were the perfect size.

    Ok, I am done. :) Thank you for your monthly collections. I love seeing the little ‘gifts’t in my inbox every month! It’s like Christmas every month!

  5. Tabitha March 27, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    You don’t know how I needed to hear this today. God spoke through you today girl! Thank you for your blog, it’s not just a pretty place, it’s one of depth and meaning. Thank you again!

  6. Jamie March 26, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    What a beautiful post both in words and your images! I too want to aspire to be a butterfly and I think it’s a great message this week of Easter. He makes all things new! Thank you for sharing Emily.

  7. Sarah March 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    I love the vibrant turquoise butterflies!! I would also be interested if just the art prints were available. Beautiful work!!

    • emily March 26, 2013 at 11:47 am #

      Thanks for the compliment! We are considering just selling the art print in the shop. I will let you know if/when it becomes available!

      • Tonia March 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

        I would LOVE this to be available in the shop as well. A 10×13 or 16×20 would e fabulous! I’ll be anxiously awaiting.

  8. Chris March 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    I love, love the butterflies art print. I am praying that you will make it available to everyone as I find it very joyful. I especially loved your post….as I have been struggling and have to remind myself to stop and be still; to ask the Lord to help me listen more closely and to see his provision more clearly. Thank you.

  9. andrea March 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    I love thisl….can’t wait to get my link to this month’s collection……

  10. Lani March 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    I was lying on the couch for a moment today feeling so overwhelmed and discouraged. Thanks for an encouraging moment, I’m not done yet! I will believe for clarity and that one day my new blog will be pretty and functional…

  11. kc March 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm #


  12. sarahlynn March 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    oh goodness, thank you SO much for this month’s collection. its absolutely gorgeous. I was honestly considering cancelling my monthly subscription to JDC monthly, simply as a way to reduce my monthly expenses, etc and the last few collections were really not “my style”. but this one is just so perfect and so lovely it makes my heart happy. and knowing you stepped outside of your comfort zone to create it makes me happy. great work Emily, and if I didn’t know any better, I would have NEVER guessed you didn’t like butterflies. thanks for always inspiring… sarahlynn {msfauxfrench}

  13. Bill Swan March 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Thanks Emily for posting this encouragement. I was just sharing with my wife, Kay this morning some things bothering me. She told me of this post and its just the remider i needed. So ‘thank you!’ for it.
    Have a wonderful day,

  14. Dee March 25, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I spent $23.00 to take my son and my niece to the Butterfly Pavilion. They both walked in, started screaming and RAN to the exit. So much for a little nature!!

    • emily March 26, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      I did the same when I was a nanny … we both freaked out and left as soon as we could!

  15. kelly thompson March 25, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    how can we look at our account/billing?

    • emily March 26, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      I will send you an email with a link to your info :)

  16. Lisa Frank March 25, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Beautiful as always, Emily! I’ve been a JDC Monthly subscriber for quite a few months now and love them all!

    I have a request…could you bring back the grocery list with the printed categories? I use that one all the time and have missed it for the last two months. :)

    • emily March 26, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Just created it and sent an email with the file! Thanks for the request.

  17. emily jones March 25, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Thank you so much for writing this. I had an extremely rough night with the baby not sleeping at all last night and I was sitting here trying to find the motivation to still attempt moving towards some big goals I have for myself….feeling bleak and frustrated that I have this battle for energy…and this spoke to my tired heart :) A light little reminder that the Lord does have my best interest at heart and that I can do ANYTHING if I lean on Him. So thanks! love, emily

  18. Auntie! March 25, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Love you!

  19. stephany March 25, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Love this!
    I am terribly scared of grasshoppers…and butterflies!
    I, however, think butterflies are beautiful and have used them in the decor of my daughters room.
    This is a gorgeous collection.

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