I am pretty laid back, in a manic sort of way! I can roll with things that some find stressful. I can respond in a crisis and not fall apart (I will have a migraine once it’s all over, but never during!). I think one of the greatest gifts we can give is to make others feel valued.
BUT – I do not handle praise very graciously. It makes me uncomfortable. Many times I am proud of my accomplishments and occasionally pat myself on the back for things I do that are difficult for me (my friends Jean and Lisa know all too well about this), but I tend to keep it to myself.
So, when the lovely Meike @ hubilicious nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger award, I went through lots of steps to make sure it wasn’t someone who hacked her account to spam me….that’s just how cynical I have become!!!
Surprise – it’s a real nomination. For me! And this journey with my mom and my kids and my husband and that big white fluffy dog! Inspiring…WOW! At the risk of sounding preachy – I do pray about that many days. I know the power of connecting with other caregivers (keep reading to find out more about them) through the blog world. I know the strength I have found and the laughter and the inspiration. And yes, I pray to be a comfort or a bit of comic relief or an inspiration to others who pop by my site and join me in my journey.
So, thank you hubilicious for paying attention and being so kind and supportive. I write for my sanity, but what writer doesn’t want to be read? At least once in a while!
Here are the Rules for the award:
1. Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you. – Check!
2. List the rules and display the award. – Check!
3. Share seven facts about yourself. – EEK! Okay, check!
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. – can I start with 4???
5. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. – check and check! (truthfully, I followed hubilicious as soon as I knew I enjoyed the writing – I can’t be expected to go and search out or remember that I even want to – I just click that follow button and enjoy the ride – WordPress has spoiled me!)
Okay, 7 facts about me…
1. I am from Ohio. I am proud to be from Ohio. I love most things Ohio. I never even gave LeBron any crap, because I might have done the same thing and he’s from Ohio…and now look! He’s back!
2. I crack myself up. I am occasionally embarrassed by how many times a day I catch myself laughing at me. My thoughts. My ramblings. My inner monologue.
3. I watch too much Food TV and Cooking Channel and HGTV. Those are my guilty pleasures. My new year’s resolution in 2013 was I would cook something I saw on tv at least twice a month or I would have to give it up…bring on the new recipes!!!
4. I cried and wore black for 3 days when Tim Russert died. I had such admiration for him and his brilliance and easy-going manner and ability to talk intelligently about anything political. Also his love for his father and his family.
5. I love Al Jarreau and have been known to try and sing along with the scat parts with wild abandon and at the top of my voice (in my car, with the windows UP!)
6. I can’t get used to my children being so grown up. I sneak in and watch them sleep and lay my hands on them most nights or mornings to pray for good judgment and good health and grace and the security that comes from knowing someone loves you more than anything. I adore being a mom…my kids take my breath away.
7. I am my father’s daughter. I believe in the goodness of all mankind. I think it’s easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar. I say why shake hands when you can give a hug? I love to laugh. I love to talk. I feel the need to be kind to strangers…not that I’ve ever really met one. I am too familiar too soon and can’t help it. I am too loud. I am too corny. I will never be cool. And I am comfortable in my own skin. I love you Daddy – I miss you always.
7b. I can quote all of John Cusack’s lines in the movie “The Sure Thing”…it’s not that important, (I am certain most people don’t even think it’s a very good movie – what do they know!>) but it amazes me what my brain decides to hold on to and what it’s okay with letting go of!
I asked my family to tell me what they would list if they had to share one fact about me:
- Mom: “you’re my best friend” – How sweet is that?
- My son: “you’re very kind and loving” – WOW!
- My daughter: “you’re a really good cook…but I wouldn’t say that, because I hate to eat your cooking…it’s too weird…” – That’s my girl!
- Sophie: “you’re a good dog mom and buy the best treats” – she’s pretty easy to please!
- I forgot to ask my husband, because we got distracted by talking about the kids
And here are the bloggers who inspire me – I’m starting with 4 because 15 is just too many!
1. Paula from Smidgens, Snippets & Bits. She writes from her heart. She pulls no punches. She is sometimes raw and her words make me feel real emotion. She is one awesome lady who reached out to me to introduce herself and made me fall in love with connecting through my blogging. She is a goal setter (which totally inspired me to do the same) and she is honest with her progress (amazing!). In a past life, Paula was a nurse and you can feel her caring right through the screen.
2. Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm. She is fun, energetic, a great cook, a recipe sharer, a home remodeler and nurturer. She vacations and takes us with her through her blog – love, love, love the dive photos! She gives and gives and shares it all with us through her words and pictures. She’s amazing!
3. Liz at Laws of Gravity. She’s a substitute teacher with great stories of her classroom adventures. She is not one of the “there to grab a paycheck” subs – she expects the kids to learn and participate and she tells a great story. She also has a fun “what if” that always gets me thinking. And I love to read the responses to the questions she has us ponder.
4. Nancy at Alzheimer’s Wife. She has a way with words. Her stories flow. Like when you are talking to a good friend. She shares about her life caring for her husband, Bo, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, and their new life. She has a thing called “NancyCamp”, which is brilliant, that she organizes for her grandkids (and I wish I could go too!!!). She takes a mean picture – which always inspires me to want to photo-document more of my posts.
These are my nominations. I know, regardless of the day or time or weather – I will find a smile when I visit their sites. I have no idea if they will accept this nomination or challenge and I’m not really that worried about that. I just wanted to say publicly how important their words are to me!
Thank you again hubilicious – congrats on the World Cup! – I will do my best to inspire and paint pictures with my words as I document my journey as a caregiver.