Be the one.

Maddy returned home from church camp Friday.

Along with her mound of laundry, she carried home life's lessons to pass on.

Camp songs, skits, new friends numbers...oh and bug bites.

As she sang and shared most of her week with me.... something stuck.

She said, " know Jesus loves you just the way you are"

I replied, "Isn't that wonderful" !

We teach our children this but it sounds so much better coming from camp ;)

She also told me that she would never change for anyone...

Only Jesus.
 ( insert happy momma face here)

While she was at camp I was missing her and painting.. a lot.

This sign came to heart for Maddy.

So I painted.

I like to fill her space with encouragement.

She has a small room so working with wall space is  interesting.

Too often we compare our lives with those around us.

Ever feel different, left out, not included with the other gumballs?


Stand out girlfriend!

Don't worry if you are not like the others.

That's what makes YOU ...


YOU are perfectly and wonerfully made.

xoxox Susie~


  1. LOVE this post! From yours and Maddy's conversation, to the sign, to your words of it!

  2. So true! I'm so happy that kids are being taught a little confidence these days and when there is a lack of it...they know where to look!

    Love the sign!!


  3. Love this! A gorgeous sign and it sounds just perfect for your daughter.

  4. Sweet! My 10yr old feels like that pink gumball among her school friends. I keep telling her it's a good thing. Christ asked us to be set apart from this world - a hard thing to be when all you want is to fit in with your peers. If you ever decide to paint another sell, keep me in mind. It would be a great reminder to her. Love that Maddy understands Christ's love!

  5. Hi Von...I would love to paint one for you. Email me.

  6. Oh Susie isn't it just wonderful when our kids really GET it...I mean they start to really understand God and his goodness. :) I loved your post today and I needed to read your's good to be different! :) Thanks for reminding me.
    Love YOU girlfriend!
    Missy :)

  7. Great post and sign!

  8. So love it when the kids seem to really understand their uniqueness in God!

    The sign is perfect! A blessed Maddy!

  9. Love this post! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thank you for sharing your life and your paintings with us. I love it!

  11. AnonymousJuly 26, 2011

    You are a wonderful mom, Susie!

  12. AnonymousJuly 26, 2011


    Such a sweet post with a wonderful message. Maddie is blessed to have you for a mother. :)

    Your Friend,
    The Pink Gumball

  13. I love this post and so love that sign!!!

  14. Sooo True!! And just what I needed to hear right now!! Thank you for being sooo awesome!!

  15. Amen!
    Well said!!
    Love your sign :)

    Deborah xo

  16. I love Maddy's thoughts that she brought home...what a joy to get to share them together!! This painting is simply adorable and I have a hunch that this positive attitude is going to stick with her..just like gum :) You're such an inspirational woman and beautiful mom! Keep up the great work!

  17. That piece is truly inspired. My daughter loves horses...I'll have to think of a way to recreate your idea with a herd of horses and that one that stands out. (I had a similar experience with my daughter after her return from church girls' camp, by the way. We've been teaching her these things her whole life, but when the camp leaders say it - it's genius!)

  18. That really is the perfect message to paint for a little girl... and the very same one I am trying to instil in my seven year old little boy...
    Kids are so afraid of standing away from the crowd..

  19. LOVE this.....always does a momma's heart good to hear our children speak from the heart....and such truth!!!!

  20. Beautifully said post...with a beautiful painted piece as well! :)

  21. I love this post... The sign is pretty awesome too!

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