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Day 3 – First Car/Bike/Mode of Transportation

Here it is, my very first car. It was a 1980somethingorother Dodge Omni. Be impressed that I know that much about it. My tomboyishness did not extend to being a grease monkey. I knew how to put gas in it, change the wiper fluid, check the oil, and that was about it. I wish I could tell you that my skills have improved.

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I paid my cousin Scott $300 for this little beauty. It was dark blue, well, most of it was. The driver’s door was several shades lighter and there were MANY spots that were scratched so badly the red paint underneath peaked out. There was a sizable hole in the backseat floorboard – nothing a cookie sheet didn’t cover up nicely. It had more dents than smooth surfaces, but the bumpers were fully attached and all the windows rolled down, so I was happy.

I drew it with the hood open because that’s how I remember it the best. Yes, that’s a fan under the hood, only because I’m not sure how to draw a jet engine. It was loud! The squirrel is there because I was sure that’s what kept chewing the hoses up, and what was running the wheel to keep the car in motion. Even though my drawing is way better than the actual car was, it did get me from Wisconsin to Nebraska and back several times during my Sophomore year of college. When Benny and I got engaged, I sold my car to my step-dad for $300. Win win. 🙂

Day 4 – A Secret About Yourself

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Um…ahem…I’m a terrible housekeeper. I know a lot of women say that then you want to smack them because they smell like furniture polish and you can’t see anything out of place in their entire house. I promise you, that is not me. I wish it was. It’s not just laziness or lack of caring, and I can’t totally blame it on having 3 children, or the fact that I homeschool and most of our day is spent at home. A small part of it is probably that I can handle a little dirt. All of my germophobic friends reading this are freaking out and thanking me for not inviting them over.

The irony is that I’m a great organizer. I could have my own Pinterest following based on my organizing tips alone. I’m just really bad at keeping myself organized. And I hate cleaning. I’m trying to train my kids to do certain jobs because I hate doing them so much. After they move out, I’ll have to train Benny. 😛

Check out the other challengers:

Don Hillson
Zoe Nowell
Bill Davis
Notes From The Backseat
Niki Turner

Marilyn Quinsaat [posting on Facebook]
Kimmy Haines [posting on Facebook]

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I can not believe I’m doing this AGAIN. I must really like Don. This is my own fault. It was my turn to pick the challenge and I procrastinated. I will NOT miss my turn next time. I’m already two days behind. That’s about right. Ha! Don found this Challenge on the web somewhere and some of the drawings are going to be weird. You’ve been warned. I’ll try to include a few extras with my posts because drawing is not my thing. Storytelling? That’s me, so I’m going to do both.

Day 1 – Muppet

I’ve always been a frog person. Frog stuffed animals, knick-knacks, and posters cluttered my room well into college. And really, is there a more famous frog than Kermit? I think not. I wish I still owned this shirt. My daughter would love it! This is me and my college friend Mike.

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And my drawing for Day 1:

30 Day Challenge 001Day 2 – Favorite Sport

This one was also easy for me. I’ve played soccer since I was about ten years old, but it was fast pitch softball that captured my heart. I got my first broken bone playing softball in the 7th grade; Just a finger and it didn’t slow me down for long. I had a blast playing in college with this crazy group of girls:

YC Women's Softball 1992-92

And here’s my no-frills drawing for day 2. Hey! I’m trying to catch up!

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Don Hillson (Our Challenger/Motivator/Head Artist in Crazy Town)

Bill Davis
Notes From The Backseat
Niki Turner
Marilyn Quinsaat [posting on Facebook]
Kimmy Haines [posting on Facebook]
Karen Haines (no url provided; will update)

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I’ve been thinking about this challenge for the past few days, but was finally inspired by the baking and canning frenzy at my house today.

We are a missionary family. We run our ministry and our household on the generosity of others. Our financial supporters are amazing! Some of them have been with us since the beginning, sending their checks faithfully for the past 8 years. We’ve seen several go because of their own financial situations, completing the original commitment they made to support us for a certain time frame, and a few other reasons-some of which I’m too kind to mention here. We’ve also been blessed by new people wanting to partner with us. Overall, we’ve been very blessed, but to say the past 2 years have been a struggle is a gross understatement.

Benny and I are both terrible fundraisers. We don’t want to emotionally manipulate people to give. You’ll never see starving babies or abused puppies on our website, but we also need to figure out how to get the message out that we need help. What Benny does is a full-time job, but we’re living on part-time pay. I do my part by being a super couponer, shopping at a food bank, and a billion other little ways I am frugal for my family.

I know this is a DRAWING challenge, I just wanted to explain my drawing to you.

I chose green for what we have coming in now. I like green.

I chose gray for the one-time gifts that occasionally come in and allow us to catch up. Gray because it’s uncertain – we can’t plan for it.

I chose pink because it’s my favorite color, and I want pink. I want the rest of what we need.

I chose to draw a pie, because that’s what my house smells like right now. 🙂


Go check out my pie-loving friends who are taking this challenge with me:

Expatriatism,  Free To Be Too Much, and GirlyGeeky


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Day 19~ Something NEW

I decided to go with the play on words with this one. On May 5th, 1993, I became Mrs. Benny Nowell aka Nikalas El Nowell.

Before that day, I was Nikalas El Wood… N.E.W. 😉

Day 20~Something Orange

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me the name of this 1980’s jumping phenomenon. 😉

I’m all caught up.

Now go check out orangey things at my friend’s blogs:

Expatriatism,  Free To Be Too Much, and GirlyGeeky

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Yes, I know. I’ve been absent for a few days. I’m trying to catch up because being behind makes me feel like a behind. 😉

Day 16: Inspiration

A lot of my inspirations of late have come in the form of encouraging words from friends via snail mail. I’m a big fan of opening my mailbox and finding a letter bearing the handwriting of a friend. It speaks of an added effort and personal touch that emails just can’t capture. Back in high school I had a friend who would send me random things in his letters: a coupon for eye glasses, comic strips from the newspaper, empty candy wrappers. Stuff like that made my whole week. 🙂

Day 17: Favorite Plant

I like plants about as much as I like animals. BUT, I do have a favorite. Daisies are kind of my thing. Floating from my index finger up to my triceps, my right arm is covered in them. They make me happy. Daisies are usually present in my doodles and my signature on personal notes and letters.

Day 18: Just-a-Doodle

I didn’t want to make myself doodle, so I pulled out my old sketchbook. Here’s my long explanation for a very simple doodle:

A few years ago, I was part of a team with a couple of difficult people. My friend who was the head of the team sent me an email that I thought was meant to encourage me – that we’d get through a particular situation we were in. While the email accomplished that, I didn’t know that it was also a goodbye. In his parting words to me, he used two phrases that stunned me. I don’t think he could have imagined what they would continue to mean to me – how many times it would come to mind in the difficult months that followed. He told me that I need to understand the places where flowers grow after I’ve been there. He told me I am so much more than…and listed a few of my titles that I was mistakenly thinking were my identity. It was a truth that took me awhile to embrace, and when I finally did, he was no longer a part of my life.

A few months after that email, I was enjoying a Niki Day and doodled this page.

My other doodling friends are keeping up with the challenge:

Expatriatism,  Free To Be Too Much, and GirlyGeeky

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I over-thought this one trying to be clever.

If you’re ever in the market for someone to draw your family portrait,

you might want to ask one of these people:

Expatriatism,  Free To Be Too Much, and GirlyGeeky

It won’t hurt my feelings. Really.

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I am stretching the rules again. Yesterday was my day off and I desperately needed to get out of the house for the day. That meant no drawing. For reasons I stated last week, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale, so…

My other friends taking the challenge put up fabulous drawings.

Go check them out!

Expatriatism,  Free To Be Too Much, and GirlyGeeky

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