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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pay it Forward from Me to You

This is another example of how awesome the blogging community is and how appreciative I am of being a part of it!  

A while ago the blogging friend of mine, MarieElizabeth, did a post about paying it forward.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with the concept of paying it forward; whereas one good did done to someone is not returned to the giver, but rather given to another person who therein does the same.  

That's my definition anyway, and I am overly impressed I used the words 'whereas' and 'therein' in a sentence.  

So back to paying it forward....  MarieElizabeth's act of paying it forward was to make some amazingly beautiful cards.  When I say amazingly beautiful I mean it.  They are so intricate and I can't even begin to think of sentiments wonderful enough to fill them with.  I want to make them myself, but haven't the slightest idea how to begin to construct something like this. 

They have ribbons, flowers, and cute little messages.  I'm in love.  I want more.  She better have an ETSY store. see what I did there with that rhyming at the end?


Onto the importantness:

With her gracious gift I am also going to pay it forward.  While I actually do pay it forward on a regular basis (example: my photo assignment prizes are completely paid for by myself just for fun) I figured I would offer up something a little extra to one of you.... A print of one of my most favorite photos I've ever taken.

"The Old Red Dodge"

One person who comments below will be randomly selected to receive an 8x10 print of this photo, because it is one of my favorites and I'd love to share my favorite things with you. The only catch is that I ask you share in paying it forward by doing something creative for someone else!  In other words... you must pay it forward!

If you're interested then leave a comment below!  And just for fun, I'd love to know what you would do to pay it forward.  I'll randomly pick one commenter to receive the photo on Friday afternoon/evening.  Until then, be kind to one another and revel in your talents that you can share :)


CTN said...

I love your photos....and would love to win one :) I try to pay it forward often...I like to pay for the person behind me in the drive's fun to watch their face in the rearview mirror but I always tell the cashier to NOT tell them it was me :) Blessings!! Stephanie

Misty Dawn said...

I'd have a giveaway of either my Spring flowers coffee mug or my raccoons coffee mug. :-)

Carol said...

How ironic! My blog from yesterday was titled "Pay it forward"
It was about helping another learn Photoshop, just as I have been lucky enough to learn it from others.
I love your blog, and I love the irony that we blogged about the same exact thing as the same time!

Katie said...

Well I dont have a blog (because Im lazy and uninteresting) so I cant really have some sort of giveaway. But since I frequently hit up all the local drive throughs I'd just pay for the person behind me. But not if its some huge conversion van. I cant be sure how many people they have crammed in there. And how would I explain to my husband that I spent 45 bucks @ Arby's?

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I just love that photo! It's postcard perfect:)

HickChickBritt said...

I love that print! I pay it forward, I never extra money to do good deeds with but, I always make sure to hold the door for anyone coming, and smile! It is amazing the difference a smile makes.

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite photos of yours. It is amazing how there are daily opportunities to be kind to one another. I like the doing "random acts of kindness" idea too. We are so blessed that we can't not give back.
Deb W.

Rachel Sue said...

I love that photo! Every time I see an old truck like that I think of you. :) I like the pay it forward idea too. :)

~A said...

I love that picture, and really old trucks, too. In fact, I'm trying to convince Superman to let me buy one... we'll see how that goes.

I make cards, too- I hand embroider different designs on em ( and I love giving my cards away!

MarieElizabeth said...

Yay, they arrived! Glad you like them.

Shari said...

What a great idea, and can I just say, I have been in love with old red trucks FOREVER!

As to paying it forward, hmm... I'd have to say that I would try to help someone with writing or editorial services. That's probably my best skill!

Oh, and LOVE the belly shot!

Faith said...

I love that photo! I like the pay it forward idea as well...I would volunteer to be worship leader at my church. I know the fellowship team has a hard time coming up with people to help lead worship!

Diana Sue said...

The first time I came to your blog I saw that photo of the truck - I love old trucks and it really reminds me of home (Franklin County, VT)with the fields and mountains even though I'm 2,000 miles away in Texas. I can't wait to get back there this summer. I would pay it forward by doing a review of someone / someplace on my blog ( to help promote their business and / or art.

Amanda said...

Just like Rachel Sue, every time I see an old truck like that I think of you. I need to stop being such a slacker with my blog so I can actually HAVE a contest of some kind one of these days. :)

Kim said...

beautiful work! Love the composition and the overall vibe...seems like a very sentimental shot.
What would I do to pay it forward?
bake something from scratch for somebody I love for no reason or occasion, just because. I'm thinking my tried & true white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies. said...

I love your photo of the old truck! I've always wanted an old red pickup! I think I would pay it forward by giving someone a basket of flowers! We finally have flowers blooming here and I think every porch needs a hanging basket! :)

Anonymous said...

I like Dodge trucks. I love the `red truck' it makes me think - `47 Powerwagon - and that makes me smile. Have a fun day!
- Bill said that

Glyndalyn said...

Great photograph. I would pay it forward by anonymously paying a portion of someone's electric bill.

R. Roushey said...

Sorry about blogger erasing comments and your latest post. They must have been having some serious issues because it took forever for them to get back online!

I love the cards you got, they are wonderful!

Kim said...

Yep, my comment disappeared :(
I love that has a very sentimental vibe that you can lost in!
I'd pay it forward by complimenting a stranger (which I try to do regularly anyway) and also bake something from scratch for a loved one for no reason.
happy Friday!

Margaret said...

I am so in love with that picture!!! It is amazing!

Diana Sue said...

Mine was deleted too - lets try again. haha.

When I first checked out your site, I saw this pic and I immediately fell in love. First of all I have this infatuation with old pick-ups and with the scenery in the back ground and all the vivid colors its just perfect. It reminds me of home (Berkshire, VT) and now that I'm in Texas it makes me even more excited to get back there an visit! It's my favorite shot of yours.
To pay it forward - the best way is to promote a fellow blogger to get their site and interest / art out there for others to enjoy on my website. (

Faith said...

I love that photo! I try to pay it forward often by holding the door open for someone or complimenting a person. This time I would volunteer to lead worship at my church on a Sunday. I know our fellowship team has a hard time getting people to volunteer for that job!

Mandy said...

I love all your photos! That is one thing that kept drawing me back to your blog but also your stories too. =)

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