Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WOYWW 405 - Going Green! Heart Expansion!

On the right-can you make out the pile of new stencils by Suzanne Cannon 
for Elizabeth Craft Designs!
You can find out more about the St Patty's Day Explosion Box box and so lucky ATC's 
Here at Quietfire Digital Blog.
Lots of green, on my desk, in the garden and in my heart!

I want to share with you, dear deskers- the healing power of love and creativity.
A year ago, I met a 5 year old child ( and his siblings), experiencing abuse, and neglect, beyond what you can want to imagine.
He had almost no speaking or social skills. 
He was allowed to come to art time with me,yet he could hardly participate as he couldn't use a scissors, paint, glue, or other supplies, with any control or focus long enough to do anything.

Monday, during homework time- that comes right before art time, he read me a story- 8 pages long! with feeling!
And we can have conversations! He can tell me what he wants, how he is feeling!
**Just that he is willing to feel!**

I wish you could see his eyes when he looked at me while reading when he needed help with a word.
**He trusted me enough to risk asking me for help.**
Then, in art time- where I have 12 children, ages 4-12- all levels of ability,
he sat at his place- with two cups of water, scissors, glue and paint, and painted a rainbow for me.
(I'm simplifying and leaving out quite a bit of happy mess)
In fact all of the children now sit and create with me.
My heart grew at least double.

So I hope this made you smile- I'm still smiling!
Thanks for visiting and welcoming me to your place!

Comments and Questions Welcomed!


  1. Robyn, this was so heart warming read. I thank you for sharing the little boy's story. I need to hear things like that. #24

  2. Thank you for sharing such an amazing story. This proves how much children need someone to care about them, do things with them and have patience with them. Happy WOYWW Sarah #29

  3. What joy indeed Robyn, a heart-filled blessing indeed... and I love green too!
    Happy WOYWW.
    Thanks for sharing your desk too!
    Shaz in Oz.x 8 or 9

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  4. Hi Robyn, my Mum used to do the same kind of work with kids, and whilst heartbreaking- if kept in balance it is rewarding too. As he chld I never heard the words 'Don't make a Mess'

    i only heard - wow what fab colours and you did the table as well as the paper - i'd not thought of doing that....!" Hence I say it is my Moms fault that I can tolerate a very chaotic workspace!!!!

    keep up the good work. Dx #32

  5. I look forward to seeing what you do with your new stash. Lovely to hear about the boy you have been helping. My nephew is autisic and didn't talk until he was nearly 4, couldn't articulate himself and was a ball of pure rage. As soon as he was put in the right class, at the right school, with the right teachers and helping staff who genuinely care for him, he has come completely out of his shell, and while he has his moments, is a very polite little boy, mostly willing to participate and have a go. Art helped him massively, because there is no wrong or right. Thanks for sharing and have a great week - EmbroidRage #5 x

  6. I love this post. Lots of green and garden in my heart too. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #40

  7. What an awesome story! That little boy is so lucky to have found you (or you him!) As much as you do for him, he obviously does for you - wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #43

  8. Hi Robyn, what a wonderful story. How happy you must be to see time and love rewarded with trust.Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #11 xxx

  9. WOW what a heart felt connection for you and this little child.
    As for green, me too.... BJ#23

  10. It's amazing what therapy can be gained through art or crafts. I am hoping it can help my grandson come to terms with losing his father (my son) when he attends bereavement counselling. #2

  11. Ah, Robyn, you know there is a place in heaven for you. But I hope it's not soon - we need you here as that little fella knows!
    Love the colours on the stenciling!! <3 <3


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