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Happy New Year!

Posted by Lisa on January 10, 2009 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (1)

I can't believe it's 2009 already! Boy, time sure does fly by quickly. I remember my mother telling me at a very young age that the older you get, the faster time goes by. I remember thinking back then, "Yeah..sure. Whatever, Mom". But now that I'm around her age when she told me that, I can see what she means!


2008 was a pretty interesting year. I turned 40 in 2008. That's a big step in that journey we call life. 40 years on this earth. There's a milestone. 40 years of wondering around in the desert, ...looking for the Promiseland! Maybe 2009 will be the year that Jesus comes back! This planet is certainly ripe for the endtimes. Sometimes it's very hard to walk through this life trying to avoid all the flagrant sin everywhere. Sin is pounding on our senses and it's getting louder as time goes by.  


Fred was diagnosed with Melanoma in 2008. Can't say we're not glad to see THAT over! Now we're both "cancer survivors". Whoopie!!


The year 2008 ended well, though. I was able to meet back up with an old school friend from WV. It's been great connecting up with Robin again.


I'm hopeful for the year 2009. I think it's going to be a very interesting year.


Happy New Year everyone!


Posted by Lisa on November 10, 2008 at 6:03 PM Comments comments (0)

November is a good month for reflecting over all the things to which we can offer our thanks to the Lord. There's a lot to distress over these days, but there is also so much to be thankful for. We live in a great country - a country that allows us religious freedom to worship how we want. Many countries around the world do not have this right. God has blessed America time and time again and I believe He will continue to do so as long as we keep praising and thanking Him.




Philippians 4:6


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God




I'm thankful for the wonderful school I work for and for its ministry to the children. God still continues to bless our small school. A lot of teachers and even a few of our college students get together every Thursday and Friday morning to pray for the school and the kids. I have noticed in the few, short years I have been with MSOA, that as long as we keep our focus on glorifying Him, He continues to bless us.




Psalm 118:29


Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.




I am thankful for so many things, but I am most thankful for God's gift of love to us, in His son Jesus Christ. This thanksgiving, let us all give thanks to the Lord. His name is wonderful; He's Master of everything!



Psalm 30:4


Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.







Woe is me!

Posted by Lisa on September 23, 2008 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (2)

I'm a-feeling mighty low lately.... Sad....oh, woe is my mother used to say. For one, I haven't been feeling the best physically because of fighting an infection. I had to go to the doctor last week because my temperature kept raising. When it reached 100.3, I finally broke down and agreed to call the doc. I hate going to the doctor, but sometimes it's just a necessary evil.

He put me on antibiotics and I just took my last one. Hopefully, I'll be over my infection now! Antibiotics make me feel all weird.

Emotionally, I've also been  feeling so blue. I'm not sure why. I feel a deep heaviness weighing on my the weight of the world is resting on my shoulders. I've been doing lots of praying about it. God will give me peace when it's time for me to have peace...this much I know.

In the meantime.....I'll just have to deal with the blue.


Roses are red

My emotions are blue

Jesus is coming

So I'd just better snap out of it and get back on track and continue to live life to the fullest until He returns for His bride because if you are watching the signs, we are certainly in the season!

-Lisa <----not the best poet in the world.  

Happy Anniversary to The Barnyard!

Posted by Lisa on September 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM Comments comments (0)

 Happy Anniversary I can't believe it's been a whole year since inception of The Barnyard! Happy Anniversary Barnyard!! There's been a few changes to the Barnyard throughout its first year. Lots of different looks (anyone remember the newspaper layout?) That was one of my favorites. It then had the blue frames for quite a while, but I had to end up looking for another layout because the frame layout was messing with my forum layout. I then settled on the current green layout. This one is nice!

Freewebs is constantly adding new layouts, so maybe one day I'll change it again.

I'd also like to thank all my subscribers! Thanks for being part of The Barnyard! Please continue to keep visiting for I am constantly updating it. See y'all around.

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Masters School of Art is now in session

Posted by Lisa on September 15, 2008 at 7:08 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, school has begun and it has gotten off to a great start! I'm pretty busy this year with not only the classes I'm teaching, but also with the classes I'm taking to earn my Art Teacher's Certificate.

This term I am teaching Cartooning I and Cartooning III. I'm not teaching Cartooning II this term for the first time because a couple of our college students are teaching a specialized "Superheroes" Cartooning II class instead.

I'm teaching Cartooning III - Graphic Novel for the first time this term. Since it's a brand new class, and because it's a level 3 advanced class, it puts a bit more pressure on me in coming up with the lesson plans. God helps me with my stress level though...through lots and lots of prayer! I'm having all my students do their first graphic novels on Bible stories. I'm allowing them to choose whichever Bible story they wish and they can either do it biblical times or they can modernize it. Fun stuff and I'm really excited about what they'll come up with!

I'm also teaching Creative Writing. I have to admit, I think I enjoy teaching writing more than I even do Cartooning. I know... I know...that's a shocker even to me! But I just get so much joy from teaching Creative Writing. It's fun to come up with unique and exciting ways to get the kids to be creative. There's some awesome resources all over the internet which helps to take a bit here...a bit there....mix it up/change it up..and come up with my own unique assignments. My students seem to enjoy the lessons and it's fun listening to their creative stories. There's some wonderfully talented writing students at MSOA.

I'm also co-teaching Color Pencil with Lennie this term. This is also the first time I've taught Color Pencil. Lennie is a great teacher and I'm learning a lot just by following her example in this class.

So between Thursday and Friday school, I'm teaching a total of 7 classes. (Phew!) That's a lot of lesson plans to prepare!

I'm also taking 4 classes this term for my college certification. I'm taking Watercolor & Ink from Lennie. Right now I'm working on a rooster, so if it turns out decent enough, I'll post it in my portfolio. This is a class I'm enjoying very much.

I'm taking Cartooning II - Superheroes as well. I'm going to turn Lucy-Goosey into superheroes!!  ....nothing permanent, just trying it out to see if I like it. It's fun to experiment with Lucy-Goosey and try out different things. It's a fun class!

Drawing 301 is probably going to be my hardest class, but I'm still enjoying it very much. Drawing is the solid foundation to all art, in my opinion. It's what I started out doing at a very young age and I'm so thankful to finally be getting a good drawing art education!

And last, but certainly not least, I'm taking a class called Book Illustration. This class is being taught by a published author of a wonderful children's book. I'm currently working on writing and illustrating my own children's book, so this class is going to be so useful in helping me accomplish my book and get it printed and published! What a joy it would be to have my very own published children's book! God willing!!

I'll miss you, Ray.

Posted by Lisa on September 9, 2008 at 4:07 AM Comments comments (0)

I've lost a very dear friend and relative recently and I don't think it's still quite hit me that Ray is gone. It was all so sudden and he was so young (36, I believe). The news has shocked the whole family. Ray was one of the members of this website (known as Bigdaddypirnat on the forum). He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met and I will miss him terribly.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Janna and her two girls, Jessica and Kayla. I can't even fathom the heartache of losing your spouse. It's just too overwhelming to even consider.

Ray's death also was a wake up call to me because I'm not sure the condition of his soul. Did I witness to him? Did he know Jesus as his personal Savior? Only he and the Lord know the answer to that. I can only pray that he did, and it certainly made me realize how short our time on this earth is. It's the eternal destination we should ALL be worried about. Where will you be spending all eternity?

Time is short and it's more important now than ever to get right with the Lord.


Harvest Family Fellowship

Posted by Lisa on August 19, 2008 at 5:54 AM Comments comments (0)

I just finished watching another sermon by Pastor Steve Hadley, and I can't express enough how much I love this man's teaching! He's so wonderfully ....human. But I think the thing that I love most about him is his love for Jesus! Right now, Pastor Steve is teaching on the book of Revelation and it is one fascinating study. If you get the chance, please watch some of this man's sermons. You can see them all at:

I recommend starting with 7/13/08 The Rapture and working your way up to the current date. That's when this series really started. I love how Steve uses story telling in his teachings. He brings the stories in the bible to life in ways I've never really thought or heard before. He makes it all so simple. And that's what it's all about. God didn't make His word did.

He's located in Reno, Ray & Janna and/or Aunt Jodi....if Fred and I ever travel over to your neck of the woods....we want to go to this church on Sunday!

Watch him. You'll love him.

Blessings and a Break

Posted by Lisa on August 11, 2008 at 11:14 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you ever feel like you need a break from things? I feel that way sometimes when things or situations start to overwhelm me. I'm really enjoying my summer break from the school. I do miss the kids a lot, but I'm also enjoying a break!

I haven't had too much of a break from school this summer though...there's still lots that needs to be done behind the scenes. I told the Director of the school one time that I just don't feel like I'm a part of this school...I feel like this school is a part of me! Most of my time revolves around some aspect of MSOA, whether it be lesson preparing for teaching, homework for my college classes, office paperwork/organization/constant updating, website creation/upkeep, or school board work. There's always something I'm doing. I receive so many blessings with being a part of this school too! Sometimes the kids will say or do something, or the parents. I remember one blessing I received; It brings to mind the scripture of "ask and ye shall receive"...

Most days on my way to school I say a silent prayer. I ask Jesus to shine His light through me so that the kids see Him and not me. I would pray these very words nearly everyday. "Jesus, please shine Your light through me so the kids see You and not me." You don't really know if your prayer has been answered most of the time, but this particular occasion...I received not-so-much an answer, but more of a confirmation. I got a Christmas card from a parent one year. She had written me how much her child enjoyed my class that term and she ended her note to me with "You shine Jesus light." !!!!

I remember I just couldn't believe what I was reading. It was the very thing I prayed for!!

Yes, I definitely receive blessings. This is just one example of many I could talk about! So even though I'm enjoying my break this summer from the teaching and art classes I'm taking myself, I'll still be glad to be back serving the Lord in the path that He has laid before me. And hopefully, with His help, I'll continue to do it joyfully!


Little Red Rooster

Posted by Lisa on August 1, 2008 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (1)

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I've been working on my next video to upload onto YouTube. I want my next one to be a video slideshow of my art. I'm calling it "Lisa's Art History" and I'm starting with my oldest artwork to my most current. Well, when going back through my art, I happen to notice something interesting. My very first drawing was of a barnyard!! No kidding! Here's my very first drawing. I drew this back in 1981. I was 12.

I found that so funny. I remember having this old book of animals (I still have it) and just sitting down one day and deciding to draw this rooster. I don't know why I picked the rooster at the barnyard first. Guess I just like barnyards!! I hope you're listening to the song I put on this blog entry. It's "Little Red Rooster" being sung by Sam Cooke. It's a great little song!

So if anyone sees that ole rooster, send him on back to the barnyard. We miss him!!

Ok... if my life is a barnyard, does that mean it stinks, it's a lot of hard work, and I hang out with a bunch of animals?


Let's see...what animal would fit what family member? Oh, this could be fun! I already know what Fred Jr is. He's my stallion! Horse 1 

 Sheep I'm just a little lost sheep. That's all I am. A lost sheep waiting for her Shepherd! Although I do remember as a little girl...roughly around the age of 5 or 6..they used to put my hair up in a little ponytail on top of my head and call me rooster. I forgot all about that until this very moment! I think I'll stick with a little lamb though since I'm really not the right gender for a rooster.

As far as all the rest of the family. I'll let you pick your own barnyard character! I think it would probably be safer (for me) that way. Feel free to post a comment and tell me what barnyard animal you are and why!


How do I love thee? ..let me count the ways..

Posted by Lisa on July 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM Comments comments (1)

You know, sometimes I think I'm the luckiest gal in the world. If I actually took the time to stop and count my blessings, I'm afraid I would be here for a while! Specific blessings I'm thinking about today are my loved ones - in particular my in-laws.

I know that some families have a hard time with their in-laws, but I can proudly and firmly state that my in-laws have never ONCE given me any cause for heart-ache. They are always there for me...willing to help out in any way they can with never a complaint. They do this for all their children and I should be down on my knees thanking God everyday for them!

Case in father-in-law calls me up yesterday just to know if I'd like to go out to lunch with him and Lennie. No special reason....they just wanted to take me to lunch. HOW GREAT IS THAT??

Quality time is not my love language (mine is gifts), but it's still nice to know that people enjoy spending time with you. I remember one time I was feeling kind of blue because I just didn't feel like anyone wanted to be around me. It was that time when Satan was filling my mind with all those doubts like "you're a horrible person" and...."nobody likes you" thoughts. I had voiced this to Evie, the Director of MSOA, that day because she could tell that something was bothering me and wanted to know what was wrong.

When I finally broke down and told her that I just didn't feel like people wanted to be around me...she suddenly got the strangest look on her face and replied, "Are you being serious?" When I told her through sobs that yes, this is honestly what I was feeling, she told me a story of something that happened at school that week. She said she was teaching in her drawing class and had to leave the room for a minute. Well, when she came back some kids had drawn something in big letters up on the white board. She said they wrote, "We love Lisa, the cartooning teacher!". She said they wrote it in big words all across the board. Then down below in smaller letters they wrote, "and we also love Miss Evie".

Evie told me, in a dramatic fashion, that she felt honored to actually be mentioned along with Lisa!!  Laugh She then went on to tell me that she just didn't understand why I was feeling this way knowing "how much I'm loved by everyone, especially the students".

I'm not trying to toot my own horn here, I'm just merely pointing out how Satan can turn our own thoughts and self-doubts against us and blow them up into something bigger than what they really are. You never really can judge how much you mean to someone else. It's hard seeing the point of view from another person when we are so wrapped up in our own little delusions and sometimes warped sense of our own reality.

While I believe that our self worth and self confidence should never be based on the opinions of others (if so, we will always be sadly disappointed because no one can live up to our expectations), it's still nice to hear and nice to recognize you mean something special to others in your life..even if it's something as simple as being invited out to lunch.

So I just want to send out a big thank you to Fred and Lennie and to ALL my loved ones. I don't say it nearly enough. Thanks for loving me. That's the best gift anyone can give me.