I’m very excited to have been nominated today for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Especially Made. Thank you so much!! In her blog, she talks about the challenges and joys of raising a child with special needs, and I never fail to be moved and humbled by her posts. If you haven’t stumbled onto her blog yet, I would highly encourage you to do so!
To accept the Beautiful Blogger Award, the rules are as follows:
1. Post the award on to your blog.
2. Remember to thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site.
3. Post 7 random facts about yourself to help us to get to know you better.
4. Nominate 7 new bloggers you consider noteworthy.
5. Don’t forget to leave a message for those you nominate that you chose them.
In a recent post, I listed 13 random facts about myself – hi-my-name-is-joy – which you’re more than welcome to check out, if you haven’t done so already. But, for today, in keeping with the theme of beauty, I’m posting 7 random things that I personally find beautiful.
1. Canada – If you’ve never been to Canada, you’ve missed out! I’m been from coast to coast and there is so much beauty everywhere. But, since I’m originally from the East Coast, I’ll single out the province of New Brunswick. When the leaves change in the fall, it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.
2. My son – My son Tim is in his mid-thirties but he is one of the most beautiful people I know. I am proud of his accomplishments but I am proudest of who he is as a person. If he wasn’t my son, I would still want to know him.
3. Burmese people – I had the privilege of going on a 6 week missions trip to Myanmar (formerly Burma) in the summer of ’99, and I was so touched and moved by the people there. They had literally nothing but they were so quick to give. It was also rainy season and we witnessed widespread flooding. Some of their huts (yes, they lived in huts…) had chest high water, forcing them to sleep in hammocks strung high between the trees, and yet they were always quick to say that it was worse in Bangladesh. They were optimistic, giving, kind, gracious, beautiful people.
4. My brother Brent and his wife Angie – For the past 11 years, my brother has been Executive Director of Cottage Cove Urban Ministries, a faith based inner-city ministry providing educational opportunities and training in the arts to at-risk children of Nashville, Tennessee. The ministry, which operates solely on donations, is a daily program offered free to the children and their families, and currently serves upwards of 70 children per day, with many more on a waiting list. To me, there is nothing more beautiful than investing in the lives of our future generations, and particularly in the lives of at-risk children.
5. Giving – I know of countless individuals who selflessly give of their time, talents, and resources to help make a difference in people’s lives. Many have made a difference in my own life. Giving brings beauty to a world that often seems less than beautiful.
6. Grace – I heard a story in church yesterday of how the speaker’s elderly mother attended the court proceedings of the boy who had robbed her because she wanted him to know she forgave him. A beautiful example of grace, and a challenge to be more of a grace giver myself.
7. Prayer – To me, prayer is beautiful because it’s a direct connection to my Maker and Saviour. But, prayer is also beautiful because of it’s power to change. It changes me.
Continuing on the theme of beauty, I nominate the following blogs for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Each blog has inspired me, and helped me see beauty in the midst of the chaos of this world. I hope you’ll find them as uplifting as I have.
2. Mustard Seed
5. Jon Lilley