The Liebster Award

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Check that out.  Isn’t she a beaut?  This is my first blog award nomination, so excuse me if I make a big, goofy deal out of it.  The Liebster Award is given to blogs/bloggers who are new-ish and are still developing a strong following.  I was nominated by the witty authoress of Balancing Bedlam.  Thank you, Lisa!

Without further ado, here are the rules that  accompany acceptance of this nomination:

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I was asked to answer the questions that follow, so prepare yourself to be amazed!

  1. What’s your favorite movie?  I have many, but the first that comes to mind is The Odd Couple 2.  I can recite most of it from memory.
  2. What do you do for fun?  In my dreams, I spend a lot of time solo in the mountains.  In reality, I watch a lot of Hulu and read a lot of books far too quickly.
  3. If you could choose any profession in the world, what would you do?  I would be a librarian in a privately-owned library.
  4. Where would you move with your family if you could go anywhere?  We would move off the road system, but stay in Alaska, aka the greatest land on earth.
  5. What’s one thing you wish you had done before kids or when you were younger?  I would have loved to have traveled out of country for a year or so.  Seeing as my husband and I started out so young, we still have lots of time left to see the world, and we get to include our amazing young people in some of our adventures.
  6. What’s something you look forward to later in life?  I’m most looking forward to shifting priorities one day, from wife and homeschool mama, to wife and full-time community volunteer.  If I could work part-time and volunteer part-time once we are empty-nesters, I’d be grateful for that, too.  I’m excited for the future that I can’t see, but that I know God has waiting for me.
  7. What’s one of your favorite books?  Aside from the Bible, Pride and Prejudice could satisfy my literary desires for the rest of my life.
  8. What’s one goal you have for your blog?  One?  Just one?!  Okay, I’ll play along.  One of the goals I have for my blog is to develop my written communication skills in a rapidly advancing, tech-driven world.
  9. Why did you begin blogging?  I began blogging as a creative outlet, sort of a public corkboard where I could semi-anonymously smash my written thoughts up whenever I took the time to jot them down.
  10. Who is one person, living or dead, you’d love to meet?  Thomas Savage!  He is an ancestor of mine who came to North America in 1607.
  11. What’s your absolute ideal weather?  72 degrees F, partly cloudy, with evening rain as we fall asleep.

On to eleven random facts about yours truly!

  • I have super-tiny toenails on my baby toes.
  • I’m not a fan of massages.
  • I had braces for about four years.
  • I have a hard time taking people seriously if they are provocatively dressed.
  • I would love to have long, thick, curly hair.
  • I take deep pride in being a natural blonde.
  • I knew my husband (before he became my husband) roughly four months before we decided to get married.
  • I want to throw a wet sponge at anyone who says they “don’t read”.
  • As a toddler, I winked at men in uniforms.
  • I wish I’d had more confidence in myself growing up.
  • I rejoice daily that all three of my children thoroughly enjoy reading.

I nominate:

As for questions for MY nominees to answer, I really like the ones I was given, and will paste them below:

  1. What’s your favorite movie?
  2. What do you do for fun?
  3. If you could choose any profession in the world, what would you do?
  4. Where would you move with your family if you could go anywhere?
  5. What’s one thing you wish you had done before kids or when you were younger?   
  6. What’s something you look forward to later in life?  
  7. What’s one of your favorite books?
  8. What’s one goal you have for your blog?
  9. Why did you begin blogging?
  10. Who is one person, living or dead, you’d love to meet?
  11. What’s your absolute ideal weather?

Today’s Moments of Happy in List Form.

Morning nap was refreshing, to my surprise.  Didn’t feel even the slightest twinge of guilt.  Wow.

Was inspired by Dave Ramsey and provoked to thought by Matt Walsh.

Completed all errands, without rushing, with time left to spare.

Found partially used gift cards buried in wallet.  Used gift cards to buy treats and hand cream.

Shared chocolate with an incredibly darling little girl, and was repaid a hundredfold by her chocolate grin and her signing, “thank you”.

Son grilled for the first time.  Did VERY well.

Sun shined brightly – ALL DAY LONG.  Stood on the porch with my face toward the setting sun, closed my eyes, stretched out my arms, and thanked the Lord for sunshine with my entire being.

Managed to be kind whilst firm in all necessary corrections.  For those who know the kind of brat I can be, this was a huge win, especially as a mom to three fantastic young people who deserve only the best of me.

Clipped pine and spruce branches to simmer on stove for their therapeutic properties.

Took time to blog.

Budgeted for next month, and will meet all bills despite huge change of salary.

God is good, ALL THE TIME, and all the time, GOD IS GOOD!

 

~V

Articles and Opinions

I’m going to do something a little differently here today, and share some links to things I’ve read recently.  I am not claiming authorship of anything I refer to below, other than whatever thoughts I share as introductions.  If you would be so kind as to share, in as few or as many words as you’d like, the articles that you enjoyed the most or the least, I would ABSOLUTELY appreciate it.  You might even feel like leaving an explanation, but I won’t hound you for one.  Without further ado, for your reading pleasure…

  • If you are attempting to garden (not just flowers) and have toyed with the idea of storing away extra for the winter months, the following succinct blog post may be of use to you.  Sometimes it is nice to have someone else doing to calculations when it comes to deciding how much to plant for storage. 🙂  New Life On A Homestead
  • No matter where you are on the spectrum regarding the use of electronics and youth, the following short article includes references to an author’s work, recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and educated opinions on the subject.  Digital Dementia?
  • The following is my favorite blog in the whole wide world, even if I do’t always agree with the author’s choice of words.  All of the writing is engaging and controversial, and I LOVE IT!  The Matt Walsh Blog

~Ma

You found me!

I’ve been mulling this over for awhile, this move to WordPress from Blogger.  From my point of view, it is similar to moving from Myspace to Facebook.  There were a lot of fun things about Myspace (Blogger) that grabbed my attention – colorful, exciting, lots of options to customize for free.  Facebook (WordPress) is moving on into the internet world of fewer free customizations, but a more “grown-up” feel.  Plus, as an acquaintance of mine pointed out, WordPress has a far more professional look when/if I choose to blog full-time.  So here I am.  If you can spare a moment, would you leave a note or an emoticon to let me know you were here?  No one may ever read about the things I dabble in or ramble on about, but then again, maybe someone will.  I’d like to know if you do. 🙂