Tonja Blog

  • Shine


    I haven't blogged for quite some time, but our family has been very busy. Since we arrived home from our 4 month stay in Nicaragua, we have invested much time and love into our 2 new children. Now our family of 7 children (also twin grandchildren born in 2014!) is complete and moving ahead quite nicely. In the midst of all of this, we bought and renovated a 1925 brick church building. This beautiful building, complete with stained glass windows and a bell tower, needed some attention to save it. The project is complete and this historical landmark serves as my husband's office and my studio!

    In the midst of all this change, my artwork has expanded. Our latest series is dear to my heart. The title of the series is "Shine." The purpose of these pieces is to help orphans around the world. With our connections to missionaries in countries such as Nicaragua, China and Korea, we will use photos sent to us as a platform to create original pieces of artwork. A portion of the proceeds from each piece will go to help fund the great work that they do!

  • Home With Our New Children

    We have been home since the end of July.  I spent 4 months in Nicaragua and yes, this was almost 2 months longer than we expected! There are many stories to tell about our adventures in country, but for now, let's just say, I thank God for our country! There may be issues in our beloved country that we would love to see changed, but despite our problems, we live in the greatest country on the earth! .... And yes, our new children were worth it!!

  • Getting Close to Traveling to Nicaragua!

    We received our official approval to adopt a child from Nicaragua today. It has been such a long process but I know in the end, it will be so worth it all. About 1 year ago, we felt God was telling us that there was a boy that needed us. This began our search to find our son. Our journey has led us to the country of Nicaragua. Why Nicargua you may ask? We'll it just so happens that is where our son lives!! We will soon spend 3 months living in a strange country getting to know our new son and   his country.  We are trusting God through this whole process!

  • Art with a Purpose

    I love creating a piece of artwork that has a purpose.  Currently, we are in the process of adopting a boy from Nicaragua.  The process is long and expensive but it makes me smile to think that my artwork has another purpose. A sold piece will bring us one step closer to bringing our son home! 

  • For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shined in our heart to give the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2Corinthians 4:6)