Island Weather


Island Weather

By Susie Teramura


The door

Slams shut

On our new

White suburban,

Mom puts

The keys

In the ignition,

We peel out

Of the rental

Car shop ready

For our

Island adventure,

Just us girls.


The beauty around

Is breath taking,

But at this moment,

All I can do is stare

At the car

In front of us.


The rainbow

On the license plate

Catches my eye,

“That’s cute,”

I think to myself,

“The Rainbow State.”


Finally we reach

The resort,

Crowed with people

In brightly

Flowered shirts

And purple orchid leis

And find our way

To the 30th floor.


Opening the

Sliding doors to

A feast for

The eyes.

Ocean views

In front,

And the Hawaiian mountains

In back;

Green and lush

Curling around

Us with a

Friendly embrace.


But then I see them,

Dark misty clouds

Over the hills,

As rain drops

Slide down on

Our island adventure.


But sure enough,

As quickly

As it came,

The rain

Runs away,

Chased by

Warm sun

And replaced by

A ribbon of color.


And like a

Game of tag,

The sun,

And the rain,


Always ending

The same,

With a rainbow


Across a

Clear blue sky.


And so I learn

About the

“Rainbow State,”

And island weather.

The sun always

Follows the rain,

It’s a promise

And a present

Wrapped in

A colorful bow.


And then a

Call from home,

Son with a

Broken heart,

First love ended,

And my heart

Clouds with his

The rain coming again

This time

On the inside,

And searching for

Words to say

I whisper to You

And ask for

Your words

And thoughts.


“Island weather,”

You say,

And remind me

About the rainbow

That day,

And the promise

That You give;

That there

Will always be

Sun after

The rain.


And that those

Dark clouds

Are not

Here to stay,

You, their Maker,

Have the last say.


In You,

The best is


Yet to come,

Look up, now,

Here comes the sun.


I hang up

The phone

And whisper

In your ear

Close so

No one else can hear,

“God, You are

So great,

Thank you for

Taking me

To the Rainbow State!”


Romans 8:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us!


Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.


 Romans 8:28

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.


Ephesians 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


Jeremiah 29:11

..I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.


Yellow Class- Letter B Blue Blind Contours

The second lesson in my Y is for Yellow class is the letter B. For warm ups we had to do blind contour drawings and shade them in with light and dark blue. A blind contour drawing is a drawing where you cannot look at your paper. You are only to look at the reference picture. It is very hard to get the drawing to look right! I was frustrated because when I  finished and looked at what I drew it was nothing like I had hoped.:( Anyway, it is good practice for eye-hand coordination and drawing what you see. The second part of the lesson I hope to finish by next week. That too will be a challenge as it is a rendering of one of Picasso’s blue pieces.




By Susie Teramura


Hurriedly picking up

The schoolroom,

Feeling behind

Overwhelmed by

The weight

Of it all,

The tasks,

And the New Year,


So fast.


Sour mood

Sets in as

It feels impossible

To do it all


And the worry,

And fussing,

Is happening

in my head,

Like a flock of birds,

Each one speaking

Its own mind

At its own tempo,

Trying to talk


Than the worry

Next to it.

Making me feel

Tired and worn,


And then

The handle

Of my broom,

Hits my stack

Of Bible verses

Off the shelf

Now scattered

All over the floor,


And there it is

In plain English,


Isaiah 30:15

“In quietness and trust is your strength”


I read it again

And it hits me

Fresh, like

An ocean spray,

Opening my eyes

Slow and squinty,

To what is

Right in front

And available

To me.

This verse says it

So clearly.


My strength is

Directly related

To my trust

In You.


And trust

Is manifest

In a quiet spirit,


So the more

I trust,

The more

I quiet,

The more

I quiet,

The fretting

Takes flight


My strength

Will be renewed.



My sour sweetens

And I smile

Towards You,

And as quick

As they came,

Away those birds



 Isaiah 30:15

…In quietness and trust is your strength…


 Isaiah 30:15(NLT)

Your strength will come by being quiet and by trusting.


 Isaiah 30:15 (message)

..Your strength will come from settling down

in complete dependence on me,

Y is for Yellow- A is for Animals

Our first assignment has been hard and quiet humbling  ;). We were to choose 5 animals and do a series of 4 drawings with them. One of which was to draw them with your opposite hand. Another was to draw them with our eyes closed and lastly we were to do what Carla calls a “smudgie.” A “smudgie” is where we take a chalk pastel and smudge in the body shape, then go back with pencil and redefine the legs etc. Then we were to repeat this excersize 4 times making 80 drawings in all. I am still working on them but decided to share some even though they aren’t exactly finished pieces or anything I am super proud of. (These are my left handed drawings and smudgies )I am learning that the process is as important as the end result. It’s in the process or the journey that I find Jesus right beside me, and there is no place I’d rather be.

Update 2016


2016 Update

Aloha!  🙂 I just returned from an amazing trip to Hawaii with my mom and sister and our daughters. What a special time we had celebrating Mom’s 70th birthday! I have always wanted to go to Hawaii drink from a pineapple with a pink umbrella-and we did! 🙂 It was very yummy and fun to sip these watching the crazy waves  with my girls on the North Shore!

I just wanted write a quick note to thank you all so much for all the encouragement and support your have given me this year. I am so thankful for each one of you. You have blessed me greatly! I also wanted to update you all on some of the new things happening for me this year.

I am once again taking another yearlong class taught by Carla Sonheim; this year it is called “Y is for Yellow.” In this class we are going to focus on creating a unique and individual body of work.

I am excited about this and feel this fits my needs well in that I have trouble focusing and deciding what I like doing best. We will be working through the alphabet filling a sketchbook  to help us come up with ideas.

In addition to this, at the end of February, I will be taking another 5-week course by Lynn Whipple, called “Big Beautiful Blooms.” In this class we will be working big and painting colorful bouquets of flowers. This will be challenging and new for me to do larger pieces like this.

I am hoping to post my art assignments weekly along with a poem or thoughts as the Lord leads. This year in addition to linking with Holley Gerth and Susan B. Mead, I will also be joining Bonnie Gray’s One Word Coffee on Wednesday. I am thankful for these beautiful women of God. Their words truly are like coffee for the heart!

I am so grateful for all my dear blogging friends. You have been such an amazing encouragement to my heart. I am praying that you will be overwhelmed with his blessings this year and know how deeply loved and cared for you are.

Thank you for walking along beside me as we journey toward more joy and more of Him!