As soon as Sam, our oldest, was old enough to color, family coloring time around the kitchen table became one of my favorite past times. As he scribbled through his pages, I would doodle out my latest memory verse, decorate a recipe card to stick on the kitchen wall, or snatch a page from him and do justice to at least one of the simple, yet beautiful cartoon illustrations. I've never been great at drawing, but have always had a knack for coloring well something someone else has drawn.
Several years ago, I read an article about how adults in Eastern countries colored to reduce stress. This tidbit was tucked in the back of my mind for years, until on a recent trip to Singapore, I walked into a book store to find display after display of these amazing hand-drawn coloring books. We've been out of the US for a while now and I am pretty sure the trend has already caught on there, but I was so excited to have stumbled across this jackpot of authenticity. Needless to say, I had found my souvenir for the trip. I looked through most of the books, until I decided on Singaporean William Sim's"Colouring The World". Coloring and travel, two of my favorite things! Of course, I realize now, you can just order it off of Amazon...
After the trip, Luke even bought me my own set of coloring pencils that the kids are not allowed to touch. But I share them with him. And we sit, alongside our wonderfully creative children, off our phones and computers, talking and sharing some of the most peaceful and joyful moments. Sim describes himself as a "Merchant of Happiness" and that is exactly what we experiences! Here is our first completed page!
Luke and I are married and have four little munchkins that travel the world with us. I blog about living overseas, travel, kids, education and graphic design.
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