April 4, 2011

Unique Beauty

This photograph was taken on our recent trip to the conservatory of a local garden.
This particularly vibrant blossom graced a bed of silver grasses in the Desert Foliage Room.
I loved the contrast of orange and gray tones.

The beauty of the contrast made me think of our lives. 
We are each individuals with unique personalities, talents, and gifts;
created by the Designer to uniquely shine.
I can not help but be amazed and grateful.

...continuing my gratitude listing...

406.  unique beauty

407.  the gifts and talents of others that bless me and my family

408.  remembering God's faithfulness and sustaining grace

409.  our littlest boy standing on a kitchen chair declaring himself "The Protector, defending Mommy from huge, fierce dogs, dogs bigger than Moe"

410.  available transportation when our family van would not start due to a dead battery

411.  my husband fixing the van and the boys' broken lamp

412.  completed fence

413.  our whippet running full speed around the yard

414.  a daughter giving preference to another, learning to put others first

415.  playing board games with my oldest daughter, just the two of us

416.  reading The Foot Book with my youngest, who has parts of it memorized

417.  rainy days that result in more time inside playing and expanding the children's imaginations and creativity

418.  smell of pumpkin bread baking in the oven

419.  reading The Prodigal God, by Timothy Keller

420.  serious and silly conversations with my husband

...and so it continues...


  1. Dorie - what a beautiful picture and such a wonderful analogy! Bessings to you today!

  2. The Foot Book was a favorite when my children were little. I loved reading your list today!

  3. Your an amazing photographer...love it!

  4. #407 was my favorite today, though the whole list was perfect!!! It was a hard choice! The gifts and talents of others that bless me and my family! Isn't it great when God uses others like that? Makes me realize that I don't have to do it all by myself --- that God has others that will fill my life in the areas that I can't. Thanks for that reminder today. It was great to read your list and to be here!

  5. What a stunning contrast of colors in this photo. I also love your list. God's constant and sustaining Grace is always a blessing.

    Linen & Verbena


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