It’s Award Season!

I’m so blessed, I’ve been nominated for a couple of awards and I can’t wait to share them with you – not because I’m so awesome, but because this gives me a chance to introduce you to other bloggers out there that you might not know about!

First off, thanks ever so much to Kerry at Winding Road for nominating me for the Blog of the Year 2013!  This award was created by the Thought Palette and the nice thing is, I don’t have to do anything! All I have to do is introduce you people to some of the bloggers who have really impressed me this year! If you don’t follow Kerry at Winding Road, I highly recommend that you do, she is such an inspiration as she pushes her limits, tries new things and help me realize that it’s okay to step outside our comfort zones!  Of course, she doesn’t realize that she does all of this, but the fact that she’s doing the daily Haiku challenge for the week pretty much embodies everything I mentioned!

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  1. Graced by Emilie – It’s fun to read about Erica raising her two little kids – she’s about 10 years behind me, so it always brings back good memories! Plus, she frequently posts pictures of her adorable kids!
  2. Surviving the Madhouse – Holly has become one of my great friends  and I have so much fun trying to decipher when she speaks “Canadian”.  I kid!  And that’s why I love Holly, despite all that she has been through, she still laughs and jokes and teases right back – plus, she loves Doctor Who!
  3. To See the World in a Grain of Sand – Irish covers such a variety topics on her blog, and it’s always interesting to see what she’ll come up with each day, plus, she’s an avid reader like me! Oh, and she has a nail polish obsession, it’s pretty cool!
  4. Today’s Manager –  Cranston helps me grow as a person and as a manager, his blog is full of wonderful stories that help us become better people and manager ourselves and others!

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Thank you Shaun at Looking for reasoning to a complicated world, I am happy to accept the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.  I can’t think of a single topic that Shaun hasn’t addressed in his blog and I think you all should go check him out!

The rules for receiving this award are as follows.

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer 10 questions.
3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

The Questions to be answered

1. Your favorite color – Purple baby!  The color of royalty!  And it really fits, if I do say so myself!
2. Your favorite animal – Stuffed, like a teddy bear.
3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink – Sweet tea! I’m from the South, sweet tea is it’s own food group!
4. Facebook or Twitter – Facebook
5. Your favorite pattern – Paisley
6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? – Both!  I love the joy of giving a gift; however, I really do love receiving them, too!
7. Your favorite number? – All of the even ones! Some of the odd ones.  I like the ones that will be on my winning lottery ticket!
8. Your favorite day of the week? – Saturday and some Tuesdays – the occasional Thursday.  Wednesdays are good, too.
9. Your favorite flower? – Um, one that smells pretty, doesn’t require much maintenance, doesn’t have a lot of pollen. I don’t know flowers, so I can’t give you a real answer. What’s that one that looks like a bird? Or, is there a purple one?
10. What is your passion? – Life.  My passion is making sure that I participate in my life!  And my son, I’m pretty passionate about that.  And cookies… I would have to say that cookies make me pretty passionate.

Nominations:

All of the links should open in a new window, and they are my fellow female bloggers from around the world.  You won’t be disappointed if you click and check them out!

  1. Journey to the Finish Line
  2. Mummy Flying Solo
  3. Kids “R” Simple
  4. Winding Road
  5. My Journey to Live an Authentic Life
  6. Mom Times 4
  7. A Life in Rambles
  8. Ort of Sorts

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Thank you very much Vanessa at Pink Butterflies for nominating me for this award! I think you all should go give Vanessa a follow, her blogs are always so much fun to read!

Rules for accepting the Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award.

  • Display the Award on your Blog.   
  • Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  • Present 8 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded  with a comment.
  • Write a word or phrase about yourself for each letter of the Alphabet.

8 other deserving Blogs to receive this award.

  1. Little Steps
  2. The Smirking Cat
  3. The Book Boozer
  4. Who or What Was That
  5. Kimberly Harding – Soul Healing Art
  6. Free But Fun
  7. Aussa Lorens
  8. The Mmmmm family

Words or phrases about me for each letter of the Alphabet.

  • A –  Awesome
  • B – Bumbling
  • C – Cowboys!
  • D – Dog Lover
  • E – Energetic
  • F – Faith
  • G – Gratitude
  • H – Hi!
  • I – I hate these things!
  • J – Just won’t end…
  • K – Kudos for making it this far!
  • L – Loving
  • M – Mom
  • N – Never ending list…
  • O – Optimistic
  • P – Party Girl
  • Q – Quintessential
  • R – Rugged
  • S – Single
  • T – Troublemaker
  • U – Unique
  • V – Vexing
  • W – Whatchu lookin’ at?
  • X – X Chromosome
  • Y – Y are there so many letters?
  • Z – Zebra. (I kinda gave up)

I’m really hoping that all of you go check out Kerry, Shaun and Vanessa, and the other bloggers that I have nominated in this post.  There are so many wonderful blogs out there and it’s always good to keep an eye out for someone new!

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Thanks for sticking through to the end!  There are so many wonderful bloggers out there and if I failed to list you, it’s an oversight on my part, not yours! Thanks to all of  you for being there for me, reading my posts, my comments and for keeping me entertained!

A Single Step

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Saturday marked the 4 month anniversary of when we lost my baby brother, Lee.  Nine months prior to that he had been diagnosed with viral congestive heart failure, and that diagnosis started me and my family on a journey.  It was a journey of knowledge, of discovery, and of love.  It was a journey that frequently left us with more questions than answers and with tears of joy, frustration and eventually, of loss.

There were days when things looked wonderful – when we knew that all was going to be okay – and then came the day when we realized that things would never be the same again.

One foot in front of the other and continue on with the journey.

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An important reminder to enjoy the path.

This weekend I literally put one foot in front of the other as I continued on my journey.  My family participated in the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk.  There was no greater way to physically represent this journey than to walk a mile on behalf of my brother.

Let me stop a moment and give a huge THANK YOU to those that contributed to my fund raising efforts.  There were times that I was stunned when I would get an email telling me who made a contribution.  I tried not to have any hopes or expectations, but I figured that a couple of my friends would break down; imagine my surprise when I had friends and family members that I did not expect stepping up to the plate.  I struggle to fund raise, always have, and this was not different.  My jaw dropped when I hit $100, my mind was blown when I hit $200 and I was near tears at the generosity of my friends and family when I hit $275!!  I have thanked each of you individually; however, I’m sure my words were inadequate. I can’t express to each of you how much I truly appreciated your generosity.  An unexpected side benefit was that I got to know a little bit more about some of you, as you shared your story with me and the fact that you opened your heart in addition to your wallet gave me great comfort.  Again, thank you.

Back to my journey!  Friday night the family gathered at my parents house and we had dinner and picked up our shirts for the heart walk.  We were walking with the local hospital, at which my mom works, and she had picked up our shirts and taken them home and customized them for us.

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Our customized shirts!

Saturday, very bright and very early, we were up and on our way downtown to the Stockyards.

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Go Team Lee! 🙂

From L-R: Mom, me, Roshonda holding Bella with her sons in front of and behind her, Amy holding Joshua, Dad, Sam, Mr. T, friends of Jayman and Samantha and ending with Jayman (not releasing names of the minors that I don’t have permission to!)

Before the walk started it was amazing to have people from the hospital come up to us and stop to talk about Lee.  We might not have recognized each other, but they knew who Lee was.  I had one nurse bring me to tears as she told us how much she enjoyed getting to know him while he was in the hospital.  It was a very blessed moment.

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Joshua enjoying the bounce house before we walked.

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Jayman and Samantha and their friends.

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Selfie before the race with Mr. T

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Starting line!

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My view for most of the race – 🙂

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My partners. Bella is already asleep!

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Mr. T crossing the finish line.

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Me crossing the finish line – obviously I had a hard time getting me and the finish line in the frame!

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We finished the race! We earned these muscles! And yes, that’s dad throwing up bunny ears, because we don’t grow up in our family – a thought that pleases me greatly!

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I found a train for Joshua to ride after the race – he loved it!

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Sweet! Our walk was recognized 🙂

And thus ends this chapter on my journey.  Thank you to all of those who have walked with me, mentally, emotionally and physically.  Even if I haven’t mentioned it – the support has been noticed and appreciated!

As this new chapter starts I look forward to you being there with me and I am so blessed to be part of your journey, too.

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I Have the Best Friends

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Okay, don’t take this post as bragging; take it as me counting my blessings.  Or, take it as bragging, I’m really okay no matter which direction you take now that I think about it.

I do have a lot of blessings in my life.  It is so very easy to get weighed down by everything that seems to go wrong and everything bad in our lives and all of the vampire personalities that seem to be thrown my way, but I like to think that they are all in my life for a reason.  Mainly to teach me a lesson; however, sometimes I have experiences or people in my life so that I can teach them.

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That’s not the point.  The point is that today I’m counting my friend blessings.  I really do have some great people in my life.  In her post Stand Falling Still Karaboo described our Diva group like this: “We have a sweetheart, a redneck, an ordained preacher, the girl-next-door, the wife of an ex-husband and an evil step-mom.” (Just FYI, I’m the sweetheart of the group!!!)

They are all different types, and they all feed my soul one way or another!  Today I want to share how I have the best friends in my life.

My Amy:  She got me a guy.  No joke.  When she was single, this guy found her and she thought that he’d be a better fit for me.  So, she gave him to me.  It worked out well! (She gets called my Amy by me and several of our friends in order to distinguish her from my sister Amy.  It started with my family, they couldn’t tell which Amy I was talking about and so I started calling her “my Amy” so that they would know which Amy…and it carried over. Convoluted, I know, but it works.)

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Holly: My wonderful friend from the blogosphere helps me indulge in my addictions. I posted about my current Supernatural obsession, and she showed me a web site that had the shows I missed… for FREE!  Seriously, friends that feed your addictions are wonderful! (Except when they’re not, some addictions probably shouldn’t be fed.  That’s not the case here – Holly totally gets props for feeding my addiction!!)  (On another note, does anyone say “props” anymore?) I’m all caught up now, by the way, because I know you were all wondering!

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Karaboo:  She runs away with me.  You don’t know how awesome it is to have a friend that will run away with you when you need it.  Our last trip was to a casino in Oklahoma.  It didn’t take long, we did come back, but she gets that sometimes I just need to get away, and she doesn’t judge that I like to wander around and look at the bright shiny games more than I like to play them!

BA:  He’s my chauffeur and my adventure buddy.  Okay, he’s probably my adventure buddy because he’s my chauffeur  When we have industry functions that we both are going to, he doesn’t mind picking me up and driving me.  When I get tickets to the Cowboy games, he drives.  When real adventure calls and it’s time for the Meatloaf concert, he drives.  (He’ll remind me that he’ll even pull over so I can puke on the side of the road.  Okay, it was ONE time!! And it was the morning after the Meatloaf concert, so I’m sure there were some toxins that needed out of me.  I won’t tell you that several hours later we were stopping at Care Now because he thought he was having a heart attack… yeah, it was gas.)

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Erica: She keeps me honest and makes me cookies that she never really shares.  Erica is the only person I talk to on an almost daily basis and it helps keep me grounded and in touch with reality.  Her latest pregnancy has had her baking almost non-stop.  Every time I turn around she’s making more cookies or cake or breads.  She sends me pictures, but refuses to mail me any.  She’s a tease, but I do love her! (She also encourages me to keep up my craft making, which is a very good thing.  I get distracted pretty… hey look, something shiny!)

Heather: This is a special shout – out, one she’ll probably never see, but the other day I saw an advertisement for Burger King’s new turkey burger, and I posted on FB that I needed someone to go try it for me and let me know how it was.  Heather did it!  She texted me the other day that it was so worth it and now I see a BK Turkey Burger in my future.

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There are so many more wonderful people in my life, and if I’ve left you off, it’s not for lack of love, it’s because I’m running out of space! I just wanted to share some of my blessings with you!  I have great friends who are there for me when I need to laugh, cry, yell or just run away from it all.  They put up with my quirks and eccentricities and personality disorders and still love me anyway!

I’d ask and invite you to share some of your friend blessings with me below, but you all know how much I hate that!   I just want to say thanks to everyone in my life that has been there for me, in big and small ways! I’m truly blessed!