Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Renee, from 2 Peas in a Pod has passed this award on to me. Thanks Renee - You deserve it right back! It was created by Maria from Free to Fly and this is what she says about it.
I have wanted to be able to make an award that I could share
with some of those blogs that consistently
make me laugh, make me think,
and inspire me to grow
and to reach.
The types of blogs that do this for me have a few things in common.
Like a butterfly becomes beautiful,
by living a quiet life, hidden for a season,
while beauty develops on the inside.
That same butterfly has to go through a season of struggle
before it is Free to Fly!
Once it IS Free to Fly,
that butterfly NOW has a beauty we all are blessed to see.
Everywhere the butterfly goes,
it spreads pollen and makes it possible for flowers to bloom
and fruit to be developed.
You could say it leaves a trail of life in its wake!
What a beautiful thought!
Butterflies don't go around trying to be beautiful.
They don't say "hey, look at me".
They just ARE, they just DO, they just LIVE.
All that time spent hidden in a cocoon,
was not wasted.
The time and effort spent struggling to get out of the cocoon
made the butterfly strong and ABLE to fly!
I have been blessed to find many women through blogging,
who have allowed the struggles of a hidden life,
serving in ways that are often unseen and seemingly inconsequential
(judging from their lack of entourage, paparazzi, and assistants!
That IS what our culture uses as the standard for recognizing importance, right?)
to make them strong, make them able to find the humor,
able to see the big picture and to find the purpose
in the everyday matters of investing in the lives around us.
Their ability to focus on the things that REALLY matter,
and to allow the struggles of life to strengthen them,
leaves everyone they come in contact with a deposit of "pollen".
A little dose of the grace that is unique to them,
which adds wisdom, humor, truth
and just a little whiff
of the fragrance of Christ that is unique to them!
They are some wives or mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and nieces.
They fulfill all sorts of roles in and outside the home.
In their church and outside their church.
The world is a more beautiful and abundant place
because of the daily choices they make.
There are two scriptures for this - they work together:
"He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He also has planted eternity in men's hearts and minds
[a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages
which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy],
yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end."
Ecclesiastes 3:11
John 10:10
"The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have and enjoy life,
and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)."
The worst thing about getting awards is passing them on! I always have such a hard time knowing who to pass them on to. I'm supposed to pass this one on to 5 people though, so here they are:
Cheryl from Cherdecor
Joanne from One so Blessed
Melissa from Mel's World
You all touch me through your blogs and I see you all living beautiful lives, from the inside out.

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Shelly said...

I really like that! Mahamad Ali liked butterfly's too!LOL
"Float like a butterfly..."

Justabeachkat said...

Congratulations really deserve this special award.


A Stone Gatherer said...

Mari, Congratulations you deserve it so much! Also bless you for thinking of me! I feel very honored that you would consider me even the slightest discription of what Maria discribed!

God Bless you REAL good today!!!

Perri said...

It's a beautiful description. Congratulations.

Rebekah said...

What a beautiful award. You deserve it. Congratulations!

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

I came here to have my daily fill of my sweet friend Mari..what a n extra added surprise to have been thought of by you.

You have been such a blessing to me. Your gift of encouragement breathes life into my own little blog.

Love, Joanne

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mari! You are exactly what the award describes!

You are always a blessing---continue to fly with Jesus!

Mary said...


Congratulations on the beautiful award. You are most deserving.

Thanks for commenting on my cougar post. The photo turned out wonderful. The owner of the zoo was there when it was taken. I held the camera so the lens was through the wire and got a nice shot.

Michelle's boys are home today because the schools are closed. I'm glad that Brandon is there. He can call if anything comes up, which is unlikely.

Take care, my friend.

Chelle' said...

Renee knew just who to give this award to. Mari- you are everything this award depicts and you deserve everybit of recognition it will provide for you and your blog. I hope and pray people from all over link to your blog from Renee's and everyone else who reposts the award because those who visit your blog will be all the better for it.

As for passing that award on to me... I AM HONORED. It is only my second award and I cherish any thoughts behind any award that is given me. THANK YOU.

LeslieW. said...

Congrats on your award, it was a beautiful one.

Dena said...


Melissa said...

congradulations on your wonderful award! hopefully many more will come your way!

Cheri said...

Congratulations- you deserve it!

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Melissa in Mel's World said...

I absolutely LOVE butterflies and love that you thought my blog worthy of such praise.

You continue to bless me Mari and I love that you were able to receive this award truly are a great lady!