Happy Thursday, everyone!
I’m not normally going to post two days in a row, but today is special, because: we got nominated for an award! I’m so excited about this, because we just got started in this whole venture, so the fact that the lovely Suzanne at Teaching 4 Things nominated our blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award means so much! As Andy Griffith sings on his classic show, I always try to “spread a little sunshine every day” to the world – so, this is pretty cool. Thanks so much, Suzanne!!
Suzanne is a homeschooling mom of “4 things” (I love that) – her four kiddos. She’s a former teacher, and her goal with her blog is to build a supportive community of parents and homeschoolers. I think that’s great, and she’s doing a fabulous job for just starting out. You really should check her blog out, and follow along – better yet, join in. I’m sure she’ll welcome you with open arms like she did me!
So, here are the guidelines for the Sunshine Blogger Award, because now it’s my turn to nominate a few other wonderful people I’ve met in the blogging world!
- Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you and link their blogs.
- Answer the 11 questions that blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers you think deserve this award and write them 11 new questions!
- Display the Sunshine Blogger Award photo on your post and/or blog!
Suzanne posed these questions to her nominees, so here are my answers:
1. What made you want to blog? What is it you want to share?
I suppose quite honestly I felt a tug to do it. I still haven’t nailed down my full “why” yet. I say we’re a ‘faith, family, and homeschooling’ blog, so that is what we aim to write about, to share about. To connect with others, and bless others through our experiences and shared lives. It’s something I’ll learn along the way, I think.
2. Who is your greatest supporter in this venture?
Along with Ben, who is sharing in this journey with me, it has been my dear friend Stephanie Pitcher Fishman – who has been there for me for a long time, always only a message away, even though she lives in the next state. She is also my Virtual Assistant, and has helped me get the blog to be where it is. (So, bloggers, if you need a VA – she’s your girl!)
3. What is one thing you want your readers to know about you?
I am what you’d call a “bleeding heart.” I have always had a soft, sensitive spirit. It’s what draws me so much to Jesus. He always has taken up the case of the least of these, the downtrodden, the oppressed. It’s what keeps me from growing too cynical at “Christendom” – the part of the Christian religion that raises a triumphant banner over the least of these and marches all over them… because I know that is not Jesus. Jesus is the one who welcomed the hindered little children, the one who turned to the bleeding, scorned woman and healed her, who was born humbly in a manger, and gave his life for us on the cross, and then conquered the grave. HE is my Lord.
4. What is the hardest life lesson you have learned so far?
Honestly… I suppose, that life is hard. Simply that. It’s tough. Hardly anything ever comes easy. But as I’ve learned to say to myself: I can do hard things. And I think more importantly, I can do hard things, with God’s help. It’s something I try to teach my kids – that perseverance pays off, and they can do hard things, too. Practice never makes perfect, but it does make better.
5. What is the greatest gift you have ever received?
If the answer needs to something material, then it’s things that people have blessed us with. From thoughtful gifts like gas cards or grocery trips when we really needed it, to last year when my dad’s old co-workers gifted us a minivan that their business no longer needed, right when we were in dire need of a vehicle. My mom recently said to me, “Sometimes God is so obvious in his blessings, it’s amazing” – and it truly is.
6. Who do you consider your hero/heroine?
Simply: my family. They keep me going.
7. If you could pass on one piece of advice to anyone, who would it be, and what’s the advice?
This is a hard one. I think… coming from someone who lives with mental and chronic illness, who has gone through terrible bouts of depression and anxiety and pain… I would say, find what keeps you going. Whether it’s a person, a song, a quote, a verse, your faith, all of the above. Identify what you will hold onto in difficult times. Like St. Benedict, establish a “rule of life” – even if it’s something informal, commit to it and hold onto it. Find what will keep you going when things get just too hard.
8. What is something you’ve always wanted to learn to do?
I have always wanted to be completely fluent in other languages. Back in college, I was nearly fluent in Spanish, so much so that I took an entire course in it – no English at all – and today I can still carry on a decent conversation, but I’m not nearly where I once was. I would love to be at least conversationally fluent in Spanish, French, Arabic, and Chinese – for starters. I think it’s so important in this global society to be able to speak more than your native language, so foreign language learning is something I’ve incorporated into our homeschool.
9. What is your favorite season?
Oh, fall for sure. I love the bright colors of the trees, the crisp air, the perfect weather, fresh apples, apple cider, and yes, even pumpkin spice anything. But I love the traditions we have in the fall even more – hayrides, bonfires, s’mores, camping, hiking, apple-picking, all of it. It’s just a beautiful time of year.
10. If you could plan the perfect trip to anywhere, where would it be and who would you take?
Okay, this is a bug I caught from Stephanie earlier this year, and it’s caught on, with Ben and the kids, too. We are working toward being part-time travelers – both of us working from home so we can travel anywhere, almost any time, in a camper. We have been looking at pop-up campers for some time, and hope to purchase a used one next year, and begin our travels then. Where would I go first? I’d probably start off exploring more of the area around us – spending time in Indiana state parks, then make our way through the Appalachian Mountains, and on to the Atlantic. Not all in one trip, because we want to be at our house in Indianapolis as well, but this is our big goal. We’ve always had a case of wanderlust, and I pray that it’s finally almost time to make this dream a reality.
11. What is the one chore/job, that you like the least?
Dishes! I can’t stand doing them! It hurts my back and shoulders to lean over the sink, and I hate the slimy feeling on my hands and arms. (We don’t have a dishwasher.) Thankfully, Ben has graciously taken over this job. (Sigh of relief.)
Whew! After so many deep questions, I love that it ends on something so light. Thanks again, Suzanne. Now it’s my turn to nominate my rays of sunshine! These are people I’ve met mainly through Twitter and Instagram in this short blogging journey of ours, (some I know from my days at my old blog, Storybook Ancestor) but it hasn’t taken long for me to find out how great they are. Here are my folks:
So, there are my folks! A few of them may not know much – or anything – about me, but I have enjoyed following them on social media and their blogs. You should check them out, too. Maybe you ladies will share a post answering my questions – whether on your blog, or on one of your social media outlets? I’d love to hear your answers. So, here are my questions:
- The first is not really a question, but: Share a short story from your early days of motherhood.
- What do you do on days when things just aren’t working out in your home? In other words – what is your “reset button” with your kids?
- What music do you love to share with your kids?
- How did you come up with the name of your first child? (You don’t need to share their real name if you’d rather not.)
- What has been a favorite trip you’ve taken with your family?
- What is a possession of yours that makes parenting easier for you?
- Do you have any pets? Share a little about them.
- Besides blogging, do you work another job outside or inside the home?
- What has been a favorite book or book series you’ve enjoyed reading with your kids?
- What’s one great thing about the place where you live?
- And lastly – what is one important lesson you’ve learned that you desire to share with your family?
And there it is! Woohoo!
I’d love for you to stick around here for a bit – make sure you subscribe while you’re here – (I’m running a giveaway of my children’s book for my subscribers this weekend, so there’s a wee little incentive for you to sign up! Head to the side bar to enter) – but be sure to check out the wonderful bloggers I nominated, too! Happy reading, friends. And thanks again for nominating me, Suzanne! It’s been fun.
May God be with you!