A blessed birthday to a wonderful and beautiful friend, Ellen. Everyone should have a friend like her, someone who brings beauty wherever she is, who creates beauty and opens your eyes to beauty. Someone who is also deeply beautiful inside. Her oil of Mary at the foot of the cross (below) is stunning and the fruit of great suffering in her own life. You can see more of her work here.
Happy birthday, Ellen. I thank God for the way you bring wonder and beauty into my life.