An Award

Deiala gave me this cute award, and there are some rules to go with it:

1. List 10 things that make you happy.
2. Try to do at least one thing on the list today.
3. List 10 bloggers who brighten your day.
4. Those of you to whom I give this award are to link back to my blog and perpetuate the happy with your own lists and recipients and whatnot.

Off we go!

10 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Jesus (though he’s not really a thing).
  2. Snuggling my new baby and watching his “face show” after a feeding.
  3. Cookies.
  4. Watching the Vikings win.
  5. Caring friends (again, not a thing).
  6. Decorating books.
  7. Working out and feeling good.
  8. Trying a new restaurant with my hubby.
  9. Getting to “know” bloggers through this strange-yet-amazing medium.
  10. Capturing just the right moment with my camera.

10 Bloggers Who Brighten My Day

  1. Maria (because she talks about color all the time)
  2. Beck (because even though she can be snarky and sassy, there’s this underlying sweetness about her, and I love her writing)
  3. The Jos (because it’s fun to read about their families)
  4. Tsh (because her posts are so insightful and practical)
  5. Bakerella (because YUM for my eyes and my tummy)
  6. Layla (because she is fun and decorates how I would love to decorate)
  7. Kelly (because she writes about real life and is from Minnesota, just like me)
  8. Donna (because she is so positive about everything)
  9. Gretchen (because she is super-kind and her family is super-creative and it shows through her blogging)
  10. Tara (because she’s my blogging buddy, one of the few I’ve met in real life, even if her posts are infrequent)

If those of you I’ve listed don’t get time to do this, I won’t be offended in any way.  Just know that you brighten the blogosphere for me and others!

    Some More Blog Bling

    Though if a hairy ear passes for bling, I don’t know if I want to be blinged out…


    I have been negligent in mentioning a couple of awards that have (somewhat) recently been given to me.  The first is the “Honest Scrap” Award from Tara.  I am supposed to list 10 honest things about myself. So where’s the line between honest and TMI? We’ll see if I can toe it today.


    1. I got new, kind-of-sassy underwear for Christmas. Husband is happy (see the 1 Cor. 7:5 Challenge button on the side? If you’ve not clicked it before, you should check it out. Your husband will thank you.).

    2. I am quite near-sighted. My mother was shocked and appalled when she once accompanied me to the eye doctor and found out that my eyesight was, in fact, even worse than hers.

    3. I birthed Anja with no drugs. I also tore a lot. It hurt.

    4. I can assemble a banker’s box in about 30 seconds.

    5. I came across something even worse than this episode when Anja was about 9 or 10 months old.  Let’s just say it involved apparent “chocolate stains” around the mouth.  She apparently cannot be left unsupervised in her own room for longer than about 20 seconds.

    6. I blame my husband almost every time we’re late getting somewhere, even if it wasn’t completely his fault.

    7. I like cookies.

    8. I have regularly lifted weights since I was about 14.  Due to some rather heavy lifting when I was younger, my arms bulk up quickly if I lift too much.  So I’m stuck lifting small weights for a million reps unless I want to look like a (male) pro wrestler.

    9. I have a hard time making and keeping good friends.  I often lament to Husband that I miss college, when the environment made it so easy.  We lived in community.  Moving to the Twin Cities has made it especially hard.  Someone might attend your same church but live 45 minutes from you, which doesn’t make for convenient play dates and get-togethers.

    10. I have irrational fears that I don’t want to type out because Satan might read my blog.


    The other award is this hairy ear from Lori:


    Here is the story behind the award:

    This is the Van Gogh’s Ear Award as created by Roger of Idaho Photo.

    This is what he wrote about the Van Gogh’s Ear Award:”Every year I like to make up a award and hand it out to people that make a difference in the blogsphere. I like to make it an award for all to enjoy and pass out if one so wants to, I just ask if your going to give it out to link back to me as the creator of the Van Gogh’s Ear Award.

    “Inspiration of the Van Gogh’s Ear Award”:
    You may know the story of Vincent Van Gogh a well known artist in history. Although a brilliant painter in his later years went quite insane he received the nickname of fou roux (“the redheaded madman”). The most bazaar of Vincent’s behavior is when he cut off the lower part of his own left ear lobe, which he wrapped in newspaper and gave to a prostitute named Rachel in the local brothel, asking her to “keep this object carefully”. After this he suffered recurrent bouts of mental illness, which led to his suicide July 29, 1890 he was 37 years old. His works of art are priceless. “The point of this award” We are all artist in are own way be it art, photography, writing, philosophy, comedy, blogging and we all go a little crazy sometimes.

    Thanks, ladies!  I appreciate them both–and you’re great, too!

    Dad always said I was Brilliante

    And he couldn’t spell terribly well, either.  🙂


    I got this great award from Jamie at ohbecareful.  Thanks so much, Jamie!  Your kind words meant a lot to me, as well as your knowledge of my love of cookies…


    The rules:

    Put the logo on my blog
    Link to the person you received your award from
    Nominate at least 7 other blogs
    Put links to those blogs on your site
    Leave messages on the blogs you’ve nominated


    My nominees are:

    1. Gretchen at Lifenut.  Her story-telling ability always amazes me, and she has a great sense of humor.

    2. Esther at The Mommy Diaries.  She has such a kind heart, and is constantly rallying prayer warriors for bloggers in need.  Never mind that she’s a Packers fan… 😉

    3. Hibby at Hibby and Hubby.   She also has a knack for story-telling, and she uses big words, which helps me to learn new ones!  Plus she’s my dear friend.

    4. Emily at Chatting at the Sky.  She is nothing but real about her life as a mother, a sister, and a tag-along to the Nester.  And in my opinion, she’s a pretty good decorator herself.

    5. Heather of the EO.   Even though she’s on blogcation right now, Heather’s insights into faith and blogging have me hooked.

    6. Jenni at One Thing.  Jenni has been nothing but encouraging and inspiring to me as a blogger and a friend.  Her birth stories are super-fun to read, too.

    7.  Erica at The Hildebrand Happenings.  Her blog is private, so you won’t be able to read it, but she is an old childhood friend of mine, and I love reading about her life as a wife to a pastor and a mommy to a little girl.

    Awards galore!

    I got two (count ’em, TWO!) bloggy awards this past week. Thank you to the kind Esther, who gave me this very sweet award:

    Also, Joanna and Johanna at The Jos Know gave me this kind award:

    Thank you, thank you (cuz there’s two of you)! This one has rules attached, but first I want to say that you’re going to want to go stop by both of the above-mentioned blogs and visit these ladies!

    Now, the characteristics for the Smile Award are:

    1. Must display a cheerful attitude. (not necessarily at all times–we are all human).
    2. Must love one another.
    3. Must make mistakes.
    4. Must learn from others.
    5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
    6. Must love life.
    7. Must love kids.

    There are rules attached (I think I broke Rule #4…shh, don’t tell!). Here are the rules:

    1. The recipient must link back to the awards creator (The Babblings of Mere).
    2. You must post these rules if you receive the award.
    3. You must choose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself.
    4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award (see above).
    5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
    6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
    7. You must thank your giver.

    Phew! Stringent, eh? Here are 5 people (and I could name many more, but here’s the five who make me smile today) who I would like to pass this award along to:

    1. The Nester, who inspires others by constantly looking for economical ways to make life beautiful, but doesn’t overreact when things get messed up (how can she with all those boys?)

    2. Lori at Owed to Joy, because she keeps a positive attitude despite all she’s gone through, and she loves her kids like CRAZY

    3. Paula at Amused Momma, who is always providing thought-provoking posts and info on homeschooling (also loves her kids–anyone spotting a trend here?)

    4. Miz Booshay at Quiet Life, who makes us laugh and cry with her as she recounts her own adventures as a mother, home-schooler and photographer

    5. Erica at Haphazard Happenstances, because she meets challenges head-on and tackles them (Make digital scrapbook papers! Lose weight and get buff! Ship off her youngest to school!) with a positive, can-do attitude

    So if you aren’t already readers, 5 more blogs for you to love.

    My First Bit O’ Bling!

    Albeit slightly strange-looking (it was started by an Uruguayan, Arte y Pico), I’m pretty excited to get my first blog award!  I can’t vouch for the rest of the content on that blog, since I can’t read it, but here’s what this trophy means:

    What is the meaning of the expression? And basically, ironically, it translates into a wonderful phrase in Mexico, “lo maximo.” LOL! It will never find its counterpart in English, but if it HAD to, it would be something like, Wow. The Best Art. Over the top.

    The lovely Wife and Mommy gave me this, and I’m very flattered!

    The rules for this award are:

    1. You must pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award, based upon creativity, design, interesting material, and that also contribute to the blogger community.
    2. Each award must have the name of the author with a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
    3. Award-winners must show the award and put the name and link to the blog that awarded it.
    4. Award-winners and the one who has given the prize must show the link to the Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
    5. These rules must be included in your post.

    My picks:

    Mck Mama at My Charming Kids

    Jenni at One Thing

    Veronica at Toddled Dredge

    Jamie at Oh Be Careful

    Beck at Frog and Toad Are Still Friends

    You guys are all great writers and some of you take great photographs to boot!  You inspire me to blog regularly and attempt to come up with better content myself.