“One Lovely Blog” Award

“Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

“All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.”

James Russell Lowell

One Lovely Blog Award


Acceptance Speech!

Hearing that I had been awarded the “One Lovely Blog” Award was – well – a lovely surprise!

First, I want to thank Dianne Thornton of Sweeter Than Honey for nominating me for this award. Dianne has designed a beautiful blog which provides Christian encouragement, poetry, Scriptural truths, and more. She’s also a master at coming up with Wordless Haiku poems (solve one of her puzzles if you can!)…

Next, I want to thank Hailey Foglio at Pigs and Writing for also nominating me for this award. I can’t say that I share Hailey’s liberal political views or her obsessive love of pigs (I like pepperoni on my pizza!), but her blog posts are always entertaining and fun to read.

Thank you both for making my day!


Rules of Acceptance

The rules of the “One Lovely Blog” Award are simple. A nominated blogger must (1) link back to the person who nominated them, (2) list these very rules and display their award, (3) share seven facts about themself, and (4) choose 5-15 blogs to nominate.

Seven Things About Myself

  1. I am the proud owner of two wonderful dogs, Bene and Bella. I never really wanted dogs, but my wife told me she had been praying about one, and the next evening a random car stopped in front of our yard and a frantic woman jumped out and begged us to take these two puppies before they were put to sleep over at the shelter where she volunteered. Guess you can’t argue with destiny, and we’ve loved having them in the family ever since!
  2. I’ve always loved writing, and put this to good use at Christmas time while growing up. My family had a $5.00 rule for a while, where every Christmas gift had to cost $5.00 or less. It was a real challenge, and I used to write short stories to spice up my gifts. My personal favorite? The year I wrote a Sherlock Holmes story for my dad (Sherlock is his favorite fictional character), and also wrote my dad into the story, making him to be one of the few villains who actually managed to outsmart the great Sherlock Holmes. He loved it!
  3. I started wearing glasses in 1st grade, and lived up to the “geeky kid with glasses” persona. During high school I landed the lead role in a church musical. Want to guess which character I played? Yep. The geeky kid with glasses that gets beat up for refusing to do someone else’s homework. Talk about typecasting!
  4. When I was a young kid, I told my mom that I was going to see the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Eiffel Tower, and the Roman Colosseum one day. She laughed and shook her head at me, but I’ve now seen three of these four sites!
  5. While I was a public school teacher I made it into the newspapers one time. No, I wasn’t Teacher of the Year! The article was entitled, “Choir Student Improvises in the Key of F,” and was about the way I wrote a student a ticket for using the “F word” in my music room. Hey now – we all have our own claims to fame!
  6. We moved around so much when I was young that my dad actually considered having our family live in an RV so we could just stay on the road permanently. The craziest part? I was all for it!
  7. I often write articles related to parenting, but I actually have no biological children of my own. My wife and I are currently serving as foster parents as part of a Foster-to-Adopt program, which has been rewarding, exciting, and horrifying all at the same time!


My Nominations for the “One Lovely Blog” Award

  1. Tales from the Laundry Room


  1. Seeing Deep


  1. Crusty Bread


  1. Family to the 5 Power


  1. Mom Life Now



“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Philippians 4:8


8 thoughts on ““One Lovely Blog” Award

  1. This is great, John Mark! Enjoyed reading more about you. I have a daughter who is “Pig Crazy” — her room is filled with them. Thankfully, she ENJOYS bacon. 🙂 I’m going to check out these blogs! Have a great end of week!


  2. You definitely deserve the Lovely blog award! I’ve never seen a single one of your places, but my children saw the Eiffel Tower this summer. They brought me back a lovely keychain of the tower, which I enjoy … but I I would have enjoyed seeing it in person much more! I hope you and your wife get to take a trip to Paris someday soon. 🙂


    1. Thanks! There’s something about going out and seeing a place you’ve dreamed about for a long time – it just makes for a fun road trip! Someday soon you’ll be the one bringing your kids souvenirs!


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