"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


Two Sweet Gifts

I received two sweet gifts from women I have met through the wonderful community that blogging is. The first gift is from Roben-Marie of Every Life Has a Story. She and I took a stenciling class from Mary Ann Moss. She made these cute little stencil journals and sent one to me in a beautiful stenciled and sprayed envelope. Thank you Roben-Marie, it truly was a bright spot in my day.

Yesterday I received this wonderful book written and illustrated by Martha at Art du Jour by Martha Lever
It is a beautiful book written for "children of all ages" as Martha says. Both the words and illustrations are inspiring. Thank you Martha, it touched my heart.

There is a part of me reluctant to post gifts like this, I do not want to make anyone else feel bad for not having received them. But, I also want you all to know that I do not take these kindnesses for granted. So, I am going to post them. There have been a few of you who have sent me a sweet gift, and I do want to thank you again. Knowing how these acts of kindness touch my heart makes me want to begin to do more of that myself.

I am constantly amazed at how this community has become such a part of my life, how special each and every one of you are to me.



Bevie said...

Mary you should share these wonderful gifts from wonderful gals you met along your adventure here online. If not only to show respect for their kindness, but to show how much it means to you!!!
I'm so happy they took the time to show how much they care having met you here...See my sweet sister you mean so much to so many!!!
Enjoy it!!!
I love you sis...

ellie said...

What a beautiful post, Mary. But you don't realize that when you post the pics of your gifts, you ARE "giving" us one as well because we get to see them and share the marvel of them! lol I think both books are wonderful...visually and in content....not to mention the thought and love behind them. so, I, for one, thank you for posting them! ;)

Martha Lever said...

Mary, you are just a precious, thoughtful and caring person and I hope someday I can meet you in person!! Glad you enjoyed the book!

Poetic Artist said...

You deserve nice gifts..So we are a little jealous..LOL>. Thanks for sharing them.

Mechelle Harrison said...

Hi Mary, I unfortunately did not get into the Norcross Art festival this year. They left a lot of artist out this year. It was a big shake up. I am going to apply to a few holiday shows in the area. I will keep you posted on where I will show this fall.

lori vliegen said...

what beautiful books! i took a class from roben-marie several years ago....she is such a warm, giving, very talented lady!! and, of course, you know how i feel about my sweet friend martha. i just love all of her work! i totally agree with your thoughts about our blogging community....i feel SO blessed to be a part of it, and i'm so happy that our paths have crossed, mary!

Mar said...

a gift is for sharing...

which is how the person intended and if sharing makes you feel happier
go for it!

i see them as inspirations
the spray painted book is adorable
and prompts me to get the spray paints out!
you helped me

Sandy Poppins said...

Gosh Mary, you are so blessed to have received these treasures, they are amazing! I think it reveals the kind of person you are when friends want to bless you and lift your spirits. I hope I get to meet you one fine day! x

Brandi said...

what wonderful surprises to get in the mail!! :)

Martha Lever said...

Thanks, Mary!!!
And don't you just love it when God does that??!! :)

brenco1 said...

Mary I had to leave you a comment, since I cannot reply to you via email from my blog. Thank you for your loving comments and including us on your journey, may it continue.
In regards to the sewing machine - try a heavy duty needle, maybe a leather needle. If that doesn't work try a topstitch needle. Enjoy the little grandson - they do not stay little long - but oh it so fun to watch them grow.