Today we have something really special to share. This is a gift that was given to us by Roscoe's favorite artist, just prior to Alisha's baby shower. When Paul pulled us aside at church to give us the gift, we weren't sure what to expect. Then he unrolled this from a tube he was carrying and we were completely blown away.
What impressed me almost as much as how cool this map looks, was that Paul took the time to read the entire book of Peter Pan to make sure that he didn't miss anything on the map that wasn't shown in movies. He signed the map in the lower corner with another mug stain with his fingerprint in the middle.
As can be seen in the "Neverland" text above and the mermaid lagoon below, Paul also added glitter to parts of the map to make them sparkle for an extra visual effect (depth/motion) as the light hits them:
He also used glitter in the Fairy Forest, which is Alisha's favorite part of the map. It is coincidentally also about to be attacked by my favorite part of the map, which is Hook's Ship.
To top it all off, he even personalized the map with a location that isn't found in the Peter Pan book (but should be): Roscoe's Roost. This map will get passed down to Roscoe as he grows and has children of his own. We were thinking that his children may see Roscoe's Roost on the map and wonder whether Roscoe has actually been away from Neverland so long that he's allowed himself to grow up. If he's anything like his dad, he probably will never fully grow up.
The map has a ton of detail. The compass on the map even matches with the colors of Roscoe's room. The horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines you see in the background were also added (yet look like they are just old marks on the canvas) to look like coordinate markers. There are so many little touches that make this gift special to us, but what makes it most special is the love we see behind each of the details.
God's creativity astounds me through works like this. It is one thing to be creative, yet it is a totally grander thing to do as God does and invent the concept of creativity and create something that itself can use that creativity to create. You've noticed some of the details of Paul's creation in this blog post. I encourage you to look at the wonders that God has designed and planted all around us to show us his artistry. Our creator is wonderful and his imagination is vast.