on being a hummingbird

I shared my updated chalkboard on Instagram this week, but goodness…I’m a blogger at heart. I wanted to share it here with more of the story.

I sent my sister a text last week asking her to sketch out “I want to be a hummingbird in a world of buzzards.” I thought just maybe if she sketched it, I could attempt to copy it on my chalkboard.

Well, being the ever-thoughtful sister I am, I asked my VERY pregnant sister to come watch my 5 kids for a few hours.

I did ask, but I also told my kids they were supposed to babysit their 3 year old niece and tell Aunt Lesley to lay on the couch and read magazines. Instead of laying on the couch, she surprised me when I got home…


In my original text, I explained to Lesley the words were from my notes from church. An illustration was shared about how a buzzard spends all day looking and finding dead things. A hummingbird spends all day looking and finding sweet things. Both exist everyday. What is found depends on what is sought. What you find is a matter of what you are looking for…

“Whoever diligently seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.” Proverbs 11:27

9.15hummingbird-02Our house is full and active and there are lots of emotions going on all the time. With 7 people sharing a space, there are our fair share of arguments and looking for dead things instead of sweet things. After hearing this illustration, I sat the kids down and we talked about it. We talked about what that looks like practically in our family, in our home.

Now, it is written in the living room. A reminder that we want to be hummingbirds. We want to train our eyes to search after and find the sweet things in life. I figure the chalkboard won’t make sense to others when they visit, which provides a great opportunity for the kids (and me) to explain it.9.15hummingbird-03

Today, we are going to be hummingbirds.


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  • Mac - Beautiful and inspirational

  • Southern Gal - This is fantastic. The message, the art, the chance to share with others…all of it!

  • Belinda - Thanks so much for sharing more as when I saw it on IG I couldn’t quite work out what the message was all about! Powerful message and one to definitely remember!

  • Paige E - I just LOVE that illustration!

  • Emily - I just love this!

  • Holly - What a great sister!

  • Kristi - I love this! Is there a podcast of the sermon? I would love to listen!

  • Dena - This is awesome!

  • karen brown - adore this! and especially that you’ll need to explain it to all who ask. brilliant!

  • Ranee - I love this…of course Lesley’s work is her usual beautiful, but the illustration is such a good one and so true. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah - Oh goodness, I love this!!

  • Diana - Fantastic reminder!

  • Rose - Love this!

  • Luisa - I love this and you for sharing. I rarely comment…mostly because I am quickly skimming my favorite blogs. However, this post I just wanted you to know that I loved and I thank you for spreading your positivity into this world.

  • Kate - Great message! What a wonderful word picture for training our minds, taking thoughts captive and being thankful for what been given. I will use this with my kids. Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie T - Every time I see the beautiful messages you and your sister create on chalkboards I always wonder what kind of chalk you are using. Nothing I do with regular chalkboard chalk ever looks half as nice and the chalkboard markers are beyond frustrating! Is there a secret?

  • AshleyAnn - Katie – it is plain ole’ regular chalk. Mine were all little broken pieces and she still created that art!

  • Tania - I love this quote and the meaning behind it. I so needed to hear that. I’ve been feeling pretty down about how things aren’t how I want them to be, lots of negativity, and I’ve recently tried changing my attitude. I need that bible verse hanging up. Beautiful art work too, by the way. Your sister is so talented!

  • Jill Stansell - This is beautiful! Would you sister have any created to sell? I love her artwork with this and it is an awesome reminder.

  • Katie - Where did you get your couch! I love it –

  • AshleyAnn - Katie – my dad built it 🙂

  • Sara W - I love this illustration so much! I’ve already shared it so many times. It was so timely for my week. Thank you!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I know I already commented on your Instagram post, but my goodness, I just love this. So much truth and beauty!