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Mary Lyon Dawson
Los Angeles
I am a writer, photographer, boutique owner who loves the Lord and enjoys living the small town life in big L.A.
Interests: Jesus, the Bible, church, women's ministry, people, writing, photography, social media, event planning, fashion, home décor, gifts, trends, jewelry design, foodie, hospitality, fun, Chatsworth, Montrose, Los Angeles.
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My morning routine: Rise. Walk. Word. When I went to bookmark my Psalm for the next day to my surprise I was finished! How could it be? I have been dwelling on it’s verses for a year now. I don’t want it to end. And then it hit me! MY... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
”For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:30 SIMPLE. Simply. Simplicity. One thing we can all agree on is that this pandemic has changed our lives. Things we used to do we have been prevented from doing. In some cases it’s like a burden has been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
I have been reading through and dwelling on Psalms since the pandemic started but these last few days I detoured to Matthew. I wanted to reread what Jesus said about the last days. And there it was... THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS I wasn’t planning on that. But it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
Perhaps you feel the same way I do. aka “WHAT A WEEK!” “WHAT NEXT?” “WHAT IS HAPPENING?” I have embraced the last 2 1/2 months of the “stay at home” order. It’s the first time in decades that I could go at my own pace, not having to be somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
”They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.“ Psalms 12:2 Treasure, wisdom, and God’s ways are embedded in the Psalms. As I sit in a quiet place at home during this time when the whole world has been told to shelter, what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” 1 Tim 6:17 Imagine being born rich! To parents with money, a big house, a successful business, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
Our January trip to the LAS VEGAS MARKET begins very early in the morning. It's so much easier to fly out of Burbank which is closer to home and less crazy than LAX. It always fascinates me to board the plane outdoors. The one hour flight goes by fast and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
”God bless you!” ”Blessings!” Blessed. I hear this word tossed commonly around. Especially when someone sneezes… like really loud. Then they get a really BIG “God BLESS you!!! But what does blessed really mean? We are studying the book of James in church right now. This morning I am dwelling... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
What a welcome sight after a busy couple of days! It’s time for our BE THANKFUL Women’s Fellowship and Lynda has the room beautifully decorated and ready for guests! One by one the women arrived. After a relaxing time of visiting we began with an amazing warm pumpkin cider and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
It's always a treat to visit our dear friends in Tehachapi, the land of four seasons. A scenic drive north and through the Mojave desert takes us about two hours. Upon arrival we shared this enjoyable cheese platter. The green grapes pictured were picked fresh off the vine and unlike... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
Those who know me well know that I am a major foodie and that my FAVORITE food in the world is PASTA. And to take it a step further if I had to pick my absolute FAVORITE pasta it is hands down PASTA POMODORO. My friends also know I LOVE,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
It’s time for a mini vacation! A scenic drive three hours north of home where this lovely patio awaits us. We are dining Creekside and it’s in the 40s! As you can see not too many people are as adventurous as us. Praise the Lord they have heat lamps! We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
How long has it been since you scheduled some "girl" time? After being on my feet all day at our store in Montrose, it was a welcome gift when my sister offered to treat me to a mani-pedi. We decided to check out the new nail salon that's right in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
January is shopping time for Mountain Rose Gifts. As soon as Christmas is over we are in the car or on a plane getting ready to buy for the coming year. In addition to shopping many show rooms it's fun to check out the displays. Rest assured the neutral palette... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
The amazing Montrose Christmas tree is just steps from our store REVELATION TOPS! Check out this one minute video and feel like you are in a Hallmark movie! And look at the giant, festive tree! So proud of my husband Dale who designs and organizes this event each year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
This was the famous hangout of Clark Gable, Katherine Hepburn, & John Wayne! Today it's a popular filming destination and host to fabulous events. Dale and I enjoyed being invited to represent our stores REVELATION TOPS and MOUNTAIN ROSE GIFTS at a women's meeting & luncheon. Want to see what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
Today’s blog is a bit of “therapy” for my soul. It is the longest blog I have ever written. Now that I have some time to relax I feel the need to recount ALL the many intense things that happened in one week! Praise the Lord for a glorious beginning!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
Last night we enjoyed a Women's Pumpkin Fellowship at church. It was a night to take a break from our daily lives, enjoy the Fall season, share a candlelight dinner, and relive the fabulous women's retreat some of us attended in September. It's nice to relax and converse while waiting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
I keep coming back to this verse: "One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth." Proverbs 13:7 The word that keeps throwing me is "pretend". Why would you pretend to be rich? You either are or you are not. What... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
A common theme throughout the book of Proverbs is contrasting the difference between the wicked, those who do not honor God, and the wise, those who do. In studying chapter 12 a clear contrast is given: THE WICKED These are described as continually plotting. They spend their time thinking of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
Once a year every August we stay late in Montrose to watch a movie under the stars. We met at our store Revelation TOPS which is all ready for Fall, Cali style. That means a new transitional color palette in lightweight fabrics because it can be rather warm here. Check... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
"From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced." The lips of the righteous knows what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse." Proverbs 10:31-32 Have you ever been in a situation where one person is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
"When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever." Proverbs 10:26 Oh the gems that are found in Proverbs! God's wisdom and how things work. Those who follow the Lord will encounter storms in this life. They come about because we have an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
Yesterday my friend Lynette and I checked out the new model homes down the street. In LA land is at a premium and they are building homes VERY CLOSE TOGETHER. It gives new meaning to the phrase "reach out and touch someone"! To fit in the max number of homes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.
Shopping for our store Mountain Rose Gifts is one of our favorite things! Here's why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Small Town Life In Big L.A.