I was tapped for this by Loving Annie. If it were not for the fact that she nominated me, she would be on my list for this award. Annie is a very positive woman in her every day life as reflected in her blog. And I love that she isn't afraid to be a well-rounded woman. I will be, too, when I grown up!
This award is unique from those I've received before, and in addition to the above excuse I've also had to really ponder my own next move, that of naming five people to whom I wish to pass the award. As usual, this is not easy. I have a lot of respect for many of the bloggers and their daily (more or less) posts. Those I've chosen are people I've been often in awe of their journeys, their positive attitudes, their spiritual strength, and their overall resiliency.
"This award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy… of knowing them and being blessed by them.”
Here are the rules for this one:
1. Copy this set of rules.
2. Reflect on five bloggers and write a least a paragraph about each one.
3. Make sure you link this post so others can read it and the rules.
4. Go leave your chosen bloggers a comment and let them know they’ve been given the award.
5. Put the award icon on your site.
~ ~ ~ ~
- Be Inspired....I Am
Dawn has one of the most positive outlooks on life of any blogger I know. She always has good things to read in her post, and even in times when she is struggling with a personal challenge, she frames it in such a way that you know she believes that everything will be alright, even when it feels her heart is literally breaking into little pieces. Dawn obviously has a great faith and knows that she is not alone as she works through her daily routine. she knows with Whom she walks.
- Little House On Wheels
Pepper makes me proud to be a woman who is unafraid to step out there and do whatever is before me. If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I've learned to do a lot of things for myself, by myself, because I had to. Pepper reminds me that I can also do things that are out of the ordinary for a woman to do just because I want to! She reminds me that it is OK to do things because I can. She reminds me that because I can do those things, perhaps I should, while I can. Life is short. We often spend most of our lives working hard for "someday," without being able to enjoy it when someday arrives. She has, and she does. And she shares my love for tools!!!
I'm cheating a little on the next two, but this is because the bloggers have histories that put them in one category and my respect for them is equal.
Caroline in the City (Private blog)
Traci & Caroline have both "escaped" from the same religious sect and are learning to be whole again after the fact. They also share similar familial histories that will scare the hair right off your head. I admire them both for their ability to come back to the real world when they could have curled up and died emotionally and spiritually in order to "get along." Caroline has recently taken her blog private because of harassment from her family, so you unfortunately can not read her journey. Both these women represent to me the strength of resiliency that says that women can and do survive and become strong in the "real world." Their stories say to me that we can chose to be respectfully loved by The Creator and the human beings around us.
- Dancing on the Edge
Adventures of Law School Mama
Casey & Dakota are a couple both of whom have recently endured the loss of a parent. Casey lost her mother and only a few weeks later Dakota's father passed away. Losing one parent is devastating enough, but trying to deal with the final journey of two parents at the same time while keeping sanity in the household for their two young children is an incredible challenge. I empathize because my parents died in 2000, just three weeks apart, and I know the physical and emotional toll it takes from a person. The fact that they somehow managed to be supportive for each other during that time period is worthy of standing ovation. I hesitate to reopen their wounds, but I can't pass by the opportunity to say how proud I felt to know that we are all strong women, that these two exemplify what we can do, despite the challenges everyday life throws at us.
- Jenster's Musings
Jenster's blog is a relatively new read for me. However, it didn't take long at all for me to admire this woman for continuing to blog in the aftermath (is there really "aftermath" or is it an everlasting task?) of breast cancer. Her attitude is always good, I swear! After living through my husband's struggle with lung cancer, I highly respect Jenster for her upbeat postings. I don't know that I could remain so on top of things and stay focused as she does. However, after reading her for these short weeks, I've become convinced that if she can, so could I. Just another of those people who cross through my life and give me a lesson in "oh, yes, you can and you most certainly will!" My last few years have taught me a lot that I can do; Jenster confirms it.
And an honorable mention:
Seven, Seven, Seven. How this man makes me think! I know he is too busy at this time to follow through on this award, but I still have to acknowledge his effect in my thinking. It's always a challenge. I don't always like self-examination. But I do think when Seven puts out his challenging questions. I'm really thankful that I stumbled across him in my early days of blogging, and I appreciate that he keeps me on my toes. It is easier sometimes to just float in the wake of the general population. I do that less now, because I'm always aware that Seven will be around soon with another "wake up and smell the reality" post, so I might as well think a little before he does. Between you and me ... it doesn't help. He still tickles my thought process. Thanks, Seven.
So there you have it. Blogger friends who have made a difference in my life, in my thinking, in my spiritual walk. I'm so glad that Caroline "bullied" me into blogging. ;-) It has been, and continues to be, a fascinating and restoring trek.