One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing a blog is connecting with and benefiting from the blogging community. Recently I’ve been nominated for several blog awards, which I very much appreciate and have been holding for a time when I can do them the honor of a thoughtful acceptance. So here we go.
In the order in which they were received…
Thank you to Thomas, writing a steady stream of God-honoring entries at Klarion Kall, for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thomas writes about “Jesus, His Kingdom, His People,” and he does it very well. Please visit Thomas’s very inspiring blog:)
Next, my thanks to Bonita, writing with beauty and creativity at forhisgloyandpraise, for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award. I encourage you to visit her very lovely blog:)
Finally, many thanks to Marnie who inspires us to bless others with our time and energy through her blog, The Volunteer Fringe for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger award. Marnie has a big heart, and she does her best to enlarge ours. Please visit her beautiful blog:)
Each of these awards comes with the conditions that I thank and link to the blogger who recommended me (see above), that I share seven random facts about myself and then recommend other bloggers for the award. So, technically I should share twenty-one random facts about myself and recommend thirty or so blogs, but in order to spare you from reading more than you want to know about me, I’ll condense it a bit.
1) I am a rule follower, so it will be difficult for me NOT to bore you with twenty-one facts, but I’ll deny my rule-following impulse for your own good.
2) I like green tea and red cake. One is much healthier than the other.
3) My children used to call me “Mrs. Health,” in spite of my interest in red cake.
4) My family is great fun, and we truly enjoy being together. We also like to laugh at our own jokes.
5) I am a very loyal friend, and I am blessed with some of the best friends in the world. I still have dinner once a month with a few friends from high school (I won’t tell you exactly how loyal I am, because I don’t want you to do the math:), and I am in great excitement over an upcoming weekend with my college roommates from all over the country. Once you’re my friend, you’re stuck with me.
6) I have a reputation for a weakness for shoes. In order to attract a reputation as a shoe-addict, all you have to do is to purchase an unusual pair of shoes occasionally (like a brown plaid with a funky heel) and people think you have a shoe for every occasion. I don’t, but I would like to.
7) I am severely directionally challenged and can get lost in my own home town. Yep, I’ve actually done it. Once, during a Homecoming visit to the college at which I spent four years, I was driving with a car load of friends out of the hotel parking lot to go to the campus. As I approached the stop light, I had to choose a right or a left turn lane, but I was clueless. I tried to fake it, but my friend looked over at me and said, “You have no idea where you’re going, do you?” Busted.
8) I can’t go to sleep unless I read a few pages of whatever novel is currently in its revered spot next to my bed.
9) I like to run, walk and talk (often simultaneously), and I enjoy hiking, biking and baking. I also love to travel, but who doesn’t?
10) We have not had cable television in our home for twenty years or so. Yes, it is possible to live a fulfilling life without cable TV; we get by just fine with an antenna and an 8.95/month Netflix subscription. I figure the cost savings paid for about one year of college for one of our children. Sounds like an excellent trade-off to me.
11) So, now a few times a week, I stretch, lunge and lift some free weights in the basement while watching five-year old television show re-runs on Netflix (since I missed them the first time around.)
12) I don’t like raisins or any other shriveled fruit.
Have you had enough? I have.
Let’s move on to my recommendations of other worthwhile blogs:
For the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I nominate:
Graeme, who ponders a question every day at mybroom: My Year – Asking 365 Questions…’bout Renewing of our Minds.
Rick, at iLife Journey, who writes with a passion to “orient people to what it means to follow Jesus.”
Larry, at Larry Who, a writer who is passionate about challenging us to grow in obedience and truth.
meanwhilein3, a blog that wants to remind us of the “state of the 3rd world and places in need.”
I just became acquainted with Andrew, in New Zealand, at CallingNZ: We Are Called to be a Blessing.
Larry directs us to the Kingdom of God on his blog EVidenceLOCKER.
For the One Lovely Blog award, I nominate:
Cara, at This Little Light, a gifted writer who simply writes a lovely blog. She’s probably been nominated for this award before, but I didn’t see it posted, so here’s another one Cara.
A Tranquil Place lives up to its name. It is a very lovely blog.
One of the first blogs I followed, well before it occurred to me to write my own, was Getting Through This. Margaret shares her personal experiences and her heart for the Lord freely, and it is always a blessing to read her insights.
And for something a little different, my friend Sue just started a blog on golf. She’s a golf pro who likes to write, has a great sense of humor and loves her Father. Stop by Get Acquainted with Golf to get acquainted with Sue.
Tracie Louise Photography is truly lovely.
For the Beautiful Blogger Award I nominate:
Cristal, at Refusing to Tiptoe, who along with her son’s artwork or fitting photography, challenges and inspires her readers from God’s word.
Shannon, at Revelations in Writing, shares a short Scripture along with some thoughts and a prayer every day. I love to check in on Shannon’s beautiful blog.
fromtheheartofj at through Him with Him in Him, who expresses heartfelt truth in poetic words and impactful images.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you check out all these marvelous blogs.
Award acceptance details:
Each of these awards is to be accepted by:
Thanking and linking back to the nominating blogger.
Listing seven things about yourself.
Recommending other blogs. The number of suggested recommendations varies by award. I recommended about seven each.
Let each recommended blogger know of your nomination, and link them back to your post so they know what to do to accept the award.
Paste the award image on your blog if you’d like to.