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'F' as in Frank

Overcoming obstacles

When Joni and I returned from Hungary 11 years ago, we brought with us several photographs.

One of them was taken of a courtyard doorway in southern Hungary.

There was just something about the contrast between the wisteria covering the upper part of the entryway and the rustic, time-worn entry that prompted us to take a picture of it.

It was one of our favorite scenic photos, and Joni's cousin Carolyn liked it so much she asked for a copy.

Carolyn likes to paint, but only has full use of one hand due to a stroke she suffered about 20 years ago.

She talked about doing a painting of the photograph from our experience in Hungary.

That was 11 years ago, though, and just this week for Joni's birthday Carolyn presented her with a painting based on the photograph.

What makes it even more amazing is Carolyn had to do much of the painting from memory because she misplaced a copy of the photo we gave her.

The result is pretty amazing.

She shows some of the details in the photograph, such as chipped stucco on the entryway wall.

Yet there are flourishes in the artwork, such as a couple strolling together in the courtyard.

We've found a prominent place to hang Carolyn's painting, as well as a place to hang the original picture nearby.

I look at it every day. The painting based on the photograph from our years in Hungary reminds of our time there.

But it also reminds me of the obstacles Carolyn overcame to see the artwork through to completion.

I find inspiration in that, for when facing my own obstacles the artist behind the artwork reminds me I can overcome, too.

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