The Chrysler Museum’s Art Comes to Life!

“Naked! Naked! Naked!” The giggles and guffaws begin as we enter the 12th-19th century European Art gallery and Cody declares his observation for the entire gallery’s floor.
“Why are there so many…um, well, you know, she’s naked…” Ryder shyly asks.
“I’m not entirely sure, but I would guess there are various reasons artists like to focus on the naked body – it makes an impression on the viewer, the body is a curious and beautiful structure, and well, …”


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Canvas Cookies 4 Sale

Cookies! Get your cookies! These aren’t just any cookies, these are Canvas Cookies made by Amelia’s Desserts that can be painted and eaten! How many times have you thought, “Wow, I wish I could paint and eat what I am painting.” Well if you are between the ages of 0-4, that thought crosses your mind every time! Now the dream of every young child can come true.



Order these outstanding Canvas Cookies from Amelia’s Desserts. All proceeds go to the Nepal team I am leading to help with earthquake relief in Nepal July 6-17th. Order by e-mailing or by direct messaging her on the Amelia’s Desserts Facebook page.


Maybe painting a Canvas Cookie looks like Ryder: focused, thoughtful, and less interested in eating and more interested in how it was all constructed.


Maybe painting a Canvas Cookie looks like Cody: paint? brush? water? Wait, there’s a cookie. Let’s just get straight to the eating!


Or maybe painting a Canvas Cookie looks like Rory: bliss, joy, utter happiness as the colors are selected and smoothed onto the icing color page. Every stroke is considered and then “YUM!” it is eaten – paint pallet and all!




Order while supplies last! Amelia’s Desserts is only taking orders through June 15th for this special Canvas Cookie. All proceeds go to the Nepal trip. Your cookie canvas will include:
·      One cookie color pallet
·      One cookie color canvas
·      One paint brush
·      Hundreds of smiles from the Nepali people

Order by e-mailing or by direct messaging her on the Amelia’s Desserts Facebook page.

If cookies aren’t your style, considering donating to the trip with a tax deductible contribution. Our goal is $3,000 per person sent. Please donate through Greenbrier Church‘s Quick Give and then select “Nepal” from the menu:

DonateGreenOr send a check, with “Nepal Team” in the memo, to:

Greenbrier Church
1101 Volvo Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Thank you to the amazing Mini Mack followers who have contributed already to this very important trip. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!



Annual Honey Tasting Party!

The golden hours of photography are in the morning and evening when the sun meets the earth in a warm hug. No matter the subject the light engulfing it is magical. Rory calls this golden light “pixy dust” and tries to catch it in her hands. I wholeheartedly agree. It is the time of wonder and imagination that twinkles in flits and glimmers, challenging us to chase it and catch it in our lives.


Honey is a similar God-given twinkling-golden wonder, but the difference is you can taste it!

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Happy Day Donuts

When I was a kid there was one thing I strove to do with the utmost dedication – be my older brother Ben’s sidekick. Three years older, he was (and still is) one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. Loyal, reliable, and has the most hilarious dry humor you will ever hear. My only complaint is that Ben always got to do more than I did (yes mom, you can roll your eyes now). He would disappear after school in the afternoons to race and chase with our cousin a few neighborhoods over or “secretly” ride his bike to 7-11 when our mom was teaching music students in her backyard studio. He is the reason I frowned at dresses and refused to play with dolls. Because if I showed I was tough, maybe, just maybe, I’d get to bike with him on an adventure too.


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