Thursday, August 7, 2008


I have been having so much fun playing the pay it forward game. So many of you have posted it on your bl0gs and are doing special things with it. It made me think of the word BEAUTY!!

I am surrounded by beauty everyday of my life, as we all are. With the stress that life throws at us sometimes we forget to look for the beauty that is apparent in so many different facets of our lives...

When my children were small they presented me with beautiful challenges each new day. Some days it was things they did or other days it was things they said.

One day when our oldest son was outside playing he ran up to me and he said; "Mommy look what I found, a snake wrapper!" You see he had found a snake skin in our back yard and was so excited. I saw the beauty in this little boy then as I see the beauty in the man he is trying so hard to become now.

As each of my children were born I so the beautiful babies they were and prayed for the beautiful adults they would become!!

Now I see the beauty in the 8 Grands my husband and I have.

As I visit all of you I see the beauty of many things. Some of these are compassion for each other, love, concern for the problems our fellow bloggers encounter, giving of the things you have and of your time. talents, and yourselves. We are a bonded family who are more than willing to laugh and cry together!!!!

I see the beauty in the lives of my family and friends and the people I worship with each Sunday. Each one of you are so special to me in all of your diverse ways!

When I wake in the morning I an astounded by the rising sun that gives us light and warmth. The butterflies darting about. Oh how I love butterflies!!!!! Then at the end of the day the sun is setting and the moon and stars are lighting our paths.

Oh my yes we are surrounded by Our GOD's beautiful gifts each day of our lives.

Now I challenge you to do something to bring beauty into someone else's life. Be it a smile, a kind word, comforting a child, spouse or friend. Baking something, or just being there listening to your loved ones. Go out and make some beauty!!



I see the beauty in you my friend. Your heart and soul shine out in beauty. Thank you. connie from Texas

Mary said...


I certainly did somethings to bring a smile to my grandsons' faces this week. They each got to stay overnight on their own and do something that they wanted to do. Jordan chose fishing and Brandon wanted to go shopping for his brother a birthday gift, so we had fun doing those things.

Both yesterday and today, I took the boys swimming. The weather was perfect - no too hot with a nice breeze.

Enjoyed my visit, as always.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Mary, I published my Pink Saturday post early tonight because we are on our way to visit my mom in Vermont. I posted the Pay It Forward in the same post, I am giving away three miniature paintings of Pink Geraniums. Stop by tomorrow. Have a great weekend. Blessings, Karen

Anonymous said...

Great post. You are so right about the problems and seeing the beauty.Thanks for reminding me.

a portland granny said...

What a lovely post! It was a great reminder for me to be more thrilled with the people and the world around me. Your positive attitude, your praise of beauty and your love for the Author of all things beautiful, is a real blessing to me.


ShabbyInTheCity said...

Okay Mary Isa :) I'm gonna do it :) Just came in from Rebecca's wedding. Nice to see Dave and to sit with Billie Ann and eat cake!


Thank you for sharing your "beauty" with me. So much to be thankful for :)

justabeachkat said...

What a beautifully written post! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your heart with us.


Denise said...

Oh that was soooooooooo BEAUTIFUL !!!

Blessings to you my friend.... you are a beautiful soul, that shares a beautiful heart...

Mary Isabella said...

set up my blog.


Kari & Kijsa said...

Thank you so much for your prayers and wonderfully kind comments during this difficult time. Every word made and is making a difference as we begin this new journey.

Thank you so much for your words of comfort and blessing,
kari & kijsa

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

A wonderful reminder.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

A wonderful post and sentiment! I try every day to bring a smile to someones life. I constantly practice "random acts of kindness".

smilnsigh said...

Just put this comment {below}, in Vee's blog, because of your comment there. -giggles- So I thought I'd come over and copy and paste it here too.
To Mary...

"Rain, rain go away,
Little {insert name} wants to play."


And how about...

"It rainin', it's pourin'
The old man is snorin'.
He bumped his head
on the foot of the bed,
And he couldn't get up
in the mornin'."


Miss Mari-Nanci
'Smilnsigh' blog

Nnairda's said...

I actually stopped by today for some beauty. It seems that you are always full of sunshine and God's blessings!

School begins today and I will do my best to help ds' teacher as best as I can.

Enjoy every moment!


BittersweetPunkin said...

I am making lasagna tonight...I hope its a Beauty...LOL!!

Cathy said...

A beautiful post, dear ~
You might enjoy my butterfly pictures I posted recently. :o)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Mary Isabella , I do believe that you have a beautiful heart ! Have a blessed day !

Thank you for the visit today !

joan said...

How ownderful to see so much beauty everywhere. I love the butterflies also. I am finding lots of pleasure in watching the hummingbirds come to my feeder lately, I get so excited when one comes and feed. Thanks for a great post.

Gayla said...

Your blog is a beauty.. I love to read about what you are doing and about your days... Thank you!

Denise said...

Just checking in on you my friend to say Hey!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a beautiful post Mary. I really enjoyed reading this. I feel the same way about my boys!! You are a beautiful person and this post really made me think.

Thank you!

Lallee said...

Such a 'beautiful' post. It reminds me to not miss the obvious during my day.

Kathleen Grace said...

It is so important to be able to see the beauty! I laughed out loud when I read about the "snake wrapper", what a joy children are!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Spreading random blessings - what a beautiful thought! I'm happy with you, hearing about all the lovely in your days. Blessings... Polly

Jackie said...

Mary, I loved this post. It made me think of all the beauty in my life.

God bless.

Sandi McBride said...

How lucky are you, 8 grandchildren! Lovely post Mary, just lovely

The Burp Cloth Babe said...

What a beautiful blog!!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and signing up for the giveaway.

(Also, my 13 month old just danced a jig to your music...we may hang out a while and dance...thanks!)

simple~needs said...

i got my goodies!! yea!! i love it all and posted about them on my blog!!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Sweet words from a sweet lady! =) Hugs to you, Mary!

And now I am off to bring a smile to someone's face!

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Mary!

A lovely post... You write so beautifully, and I so enjoy all that you share with us. Thank you so much. You and your lovely family enjoy the rest of your week!



david mcmahon said...

Thank you so much for the generous comment on my blog.

I love what you see in life and what you see in the people you love and respect.

Susie Q said...

What a truly beautiful post sweet lady.
This post had your sweet heart in it.
And practicing random acts is how I wish to live...or living my life so I am a help to others. Not perfect in any way but to try!

The snake wrapper was just too precious! What a lovely memory.

Thank you for this today. Now I am off to catch up with you! I hope to get back to regular blogging soon. This Summer has been so busy that blogging the way I love to did not happen.

Have a sweet Thursday!


Akelamalu said...

You don't have to look far to see beauty, you just have to appreciate it. :)

Congratulations on your 'Post of the Day' at Authorblog.

Anonymous said...

Think I might pass on the baking but bringing beauty into someone's life is probably the most rewarding thing one could do. A lovely post.

CJ xx

cheshire wife said...

Congratulations on Authorblog 'Post of the Day' nomination.

Beautiful post!