May 27, 2013

rough sketch: jennie lusko

happy memorial day friends! i'll probably never know the full weight of the sacrifice made by so many men + women serving our country, and yet i get to reap the rewards of what they've given... a 'thank you' doesn't seem like enough, but i pray that soldiers and their families feel immensely appreciated today + always!

i'm so excited to share today's artist with you guys, she's one of my sweetest friends and it's been nothing short of amazing to see her continue to blossom even after one of the harshest winters of her life...

jennie is not only the lovingly devoted wife of pastor levi lusko, but also a creative + supportive mom, a passionate soldier of Christ, and now an inspiring blogger! basically a proverbs 31 woman, right?!
i was honored to collaborate on her new header and just couldn't wait for her blog's debut! i'll let her have the floor now, but don't forget to check out her new site -!!

thanks jennie for taking the time to hang out over here for a bit!! xo!

q. // what prompted you to start blogging?

[ a. ] As a pastor's wife and mom of young daughters, I love meeting other women who are in the same stage of life, to be inspired by them and to learn from them, and to know that it really is possible to live passionately and courageously in such roles. I've been writing and journaling since I was seven years old, but for the past few years, God has really been teaching me and showing me things that I'd love to share with anyone but specifically to young wives, moms, pastor's wives, and women in ministry

Recently the fire underneath this blog has been stoked even more as the brevity of life has become even more intense with our five year old, Lenya Avery dying suddenly on December 20, 2012 from a severe asthma attack. You can learn more here:

q. // what inspires you + where do you find it?

[ a. ] My first and most important inspiration is my Lord Jesus Christ, and the Bible - that's mostly what I write about - things I'm learning from Him. But I also want to point out that my husband, Levi Lusko, is the most inspiring person in my life. He does all of life with such passion and intensity and I really wish everyone could know him the way our daughters and I do. He has a very unique way with words and can not only preach with all his heart, but he can write words down effortlessly, and his blogs and writings inspire me, and I can't wait for his books! If you're not familiar with our church, you will definitely want to go to and listen to these messages from God's Word that could very well change your life.

I also love Ruth Bell Graham, the wife of Billy Graham. I think if she had the access and ability, she would have been a huge blogger! She wrote many books and many books have been written about her. Her life, her passion, her wisdom, her creativity, her love for her husband and children and people are all things I aspire to.

q. // if you could give one piece of advice to fellow creatives, what would it be?

[ a. ] In light of how short our lives are, the biggest piece of advice I would give would be to focus on the eternal impact of what we do. To look at our responsibilities, our jobs, our work, our families, our relationships through the lens of eternity and how what we do will impact that Day. Everything we do, if we are doing it in worship to the Lord, can count for more than here and now, but for all eternity! And that is amazing, that the little seemingly insignificant things can be eternally significant! "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58

q. // when you're not writing, what's your favorite thing to do?

[ a. ] I love time spent with my family, which is a daily joy for me because I'm a stay at home mom, and I'm so thankful for that. Our family days are on Fridays and that is always a happy day.

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I have a penchant for... creating new things out of old things (ie taking apart old t-shirts and sewing them into dresses for my daughters; taking scraps of paper and making birthday cards, thank you cards; taking something ugly and making it pretty; etc.)

[photos by kelli trontel]

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