Friday, May 10, 2013

My Young Artist Goes To The Printer's Shop!

He draws.  A lot.  He doesn't take lessons yet, but my twelve year old draws almost non-stop.  When he's doing math.  When he's reading.  When he's trying to complete a writing portion of his school work.  I used the same textbook to teach the nine children before him how to read. But once I started using the Alpha-Phonics book to teach Jeremiah, the bottom portion of many of the pages sported a handsome drawing of some animal or person from one of the many historical periods he'd studied.
It was agreed that I'd take him to see the printer Miss Vicki recommended just as soon as he could complete three farm type drawings.  The pictures/note cards would be his contribution to stocking the little farm store we're working on. I thought it would take days. He was very eager.  It took a small portion of one.
His father loved to draw.  When his side of the family held a bridal tea for us, before we were married, Tom wanted to attend with me.  He did.  And his fifth grade teacher was also there.  She'd actually saved a set of red bird pictures he'd drawn while in her fifth grade class and she gave them to us as a wedding gift.  Wasn't that sweet?  And I was very familiar with the story he'd told me of having been in her class.  She recognized his gift and encouraged him.  In fact, he spent so much of his time drawing that it was soon apparent that he hadn't learned his multiplication tables and had to spend evenings with his mother helping him catch up!  And his mother must have worked diligently with him.  He learned to love math as much as he loved drawing.:)
This was Jeremiah's first time to really handle a business transaction.  But the gentleman who owns the print shop was so very kind.  He spoke directly to Jeremiah concerning his little business endeavor.  And he gave him accounting tips (save your receipts) and a history lesson concerning the old printing machine in one of the above pictures.  His father and a friend started the business back in the 50's.  And now the son is the owner.  He explained how technology has changed and how many printers of the past were missing two of their fingers because of equipment which was less safe. And I'm reminded by the events of this week, and in seeing Jeremiah's face frequently break out in a large smile, of the importance of encouraging our children and others in using their gifts. We never know how a kind word or bit of advice might benefit someone and brighten their day.  And I'm also reminded of how grateful I should be to the many who have encouraged me along the way.  And my family.  And if the grandparents are reading this, your copies will be in the mail.  Soon!

                                                   Blessings,

                                                   Sherry

9 comments:

  1. Oh those look lovely! I am interested in purchasing one for my son's room, would you let me know when they come available for purchase?

    You are so right in regards to nurturing those gifts, they are vitally important to an individual's overall well-being.

    Thank you for always writing with such intention and encouragement.

    May you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

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    1. Jaclyn,

      Thank you so much! And I will let you know...we're very busily preparing the little farm store and we're almost ready.:) You are so kind to ask, and I'll tell Jeremiah.

      And I hope YOU have a wonderful Mother's Day. God bless you.:)

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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  2. Way to go Jeremiah!!!! Awesome! You have quite the talent. Keep up the good work!
    -Gracie & Kris

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    1. I'll pass along your sweet comment to Jeremiah! Thanks!!

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  3. Please post if these become available. We definitely want to support this effort and it will be perfect cards for our son to use to encourage others, thank you notes etc. Great job Jeremiah!

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  4. This is wonderful!! I am sure they will be popular in your store.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  5. Sherry ~

    I hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day...a precious family to enjoy and celebrate! The farm store sounds like a wonderful adventure and I pray the Lord's blessing upon it and your family as they journey down this God directed path. Your son's drawings are a delight to see...a gift from the Lord and one I am sure will be a blessing to so many in the years to come. What a wonderful gift from your husband's 5th grade teacher...his drawing must have been precious to her for all those years, making it even more meaningful as she gave it to you both.

    It sounds like exciting times on your farm! I am always blessed to by your post, closing the gap of distance. God's blessings and wisdom this week with all your set your hands to do.

    In Him,

    Jarnette

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  6. Jarnette,

    Thank you! And I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with your family.:)

    It is exciting and quite busy around here as we are trying to get the little, and I DO mean LITTLE, farm store ready!

    I really appreciate your comment and your encouraging words.

    God bless you and your family ~

    Sherry

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  7. This is such a wonderful reminder of encouraging the talents that each child has of his own, God given.

    That smile on your son's face says it all and makes my heart happy ;) Thank you for sharing!

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