year 23 starts today.

Did you know the Lead is a writer? He wrote and framed this poem for our fifth anniversary. We were two kids in and trying to live dreams that seemed to have been squashed overnight by God.  We were just surviving daily on what we had been given when we had grown up in our own perspective houses.  Him, yelling. Me, avoidance. It was a perfect pair. Five years in I can remember thinking, man we have a long way to go till death do us part. We weren’t even 30 yet. Babies trying so hard to be a family on every account. Both of us stubborn as hell.

We struggled so much.

Yet, here we are. Year 22. Twenty Two years you have called me your bride. Twenty Two years and God has hacked off our rough edges and is honing us into more of what He desires us to be as people. So that He is more glorified in our relationship. Somewhere around year 17 he took our hearts and smashed them together again and said in His own loving and grace filled way. “Tony, you be you. Kelly, you be you. Your love will grow from this one thing. Don’t worry about the other person just stay close to Me and I’ll show you how your words and actions can radiate me back to them so they can be reminded to stay close to me.”  It was a game changer.

When we come to the end of our lives and we have to part, I’ll shout it from the roof tops that the only way we stayed married all these years is God. He is the reason I love the Lead so much. He is the reason I can put my own agenda aside and faithfully walk next to a man who loves Jesus just as much if not more. Sure there are things I still get annoyed with but honestly they are trivial compared to the state of his soul. If I can influence that on anyway I need to stick close to God so that I can do it honestly and with integrity.

Year five has come and gone. Year 23 starts today and I am so joy filled that we both didn’t stop loving each other at the same time over the years. Because your love Mr Lead carried me through some dark days and off the beaten path adventures. Tears fill my eyes over the Christ like love you have shown me.  I love you and will forever My Lead.

a princess party recap



When God orchestrates your plans I think you can feel it. From the get-go the Paint with a Princess Party took on a life of it’s own.

  • The Lead came up with the idea.
  • My middle changer coordinated all the princesses.
  • The best seamstress in North Iowa sewed all the dresses. DSC_1504-2
  • The best treat maker, Happy Sweets, supplied all the sweet treats.19047071_10154342912552493_702360126_o
  • THEE best keeper of all things for creating had lots of egg cartons for our paint.
  • Extra hands showed up to help set up and take down without being asked.

Many texting conversations from all in involved frequently included the words,  “I am having a blast, this is a blessing to me, it’s not work at all!” and I would ask over and over again… “are you sure? I don’t want to be asking too much from you.” Over and over again I would hear, ” I love this.” and I just eventually started agreeing… the whole planning and preparing thing was just a blast.


Then the night came and the little princesses showed up and it was magical and delightful and enchanting all at the same time. Barely into the night I was already thinking about how to tweek it a bit so that the same princesses and possibly their friends could come back and have another party… and the dreams just kept coming even after I was laying in bed.

It’s one thing to be creative, but it’s another thing to be creative and have people join you in that creativity to make something magical. I can’t say it enough…. my heart it full Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. To all who helped, brought princesses to paint, and gave of their time on this journey. I am blessed to tears…


….but not that kind of tears.

The next Princess Party will be July 6th at 6:30. It takes a village to spread the word so when the event pops up in the newsfeed on the Kelly Gau Studio page.. feel free to share! The more princesses we have at the party the more fun it becomes for everyone.. and I LOVE fun!!!