Oct 15, 2012

An Award! An Award! {and so it begins...}

The fact of the matter is that awards and followers are to me like Catnip is to a cat. 
I greatly appreciate the award and the blogger who gave it!
{Sweet Marci over at Life with Joys}

I will play along because that is the kind of girl blogger I am.  I LOVE getting bloggy awards and having people click the little buttons on my right side bar {-------> just over there}that affirms my chicken scratching over here. 

But I must explain: I am blogging *this time* out of Obedience to God, He told me to get writing... and here I am.  I will appreciate every affirmation I get along the way... but I am trying to please GOD!! (there...) 

Now that my internal dialogue is over... here is the story with this super cute and fun award... 

Facts of the Liebster Award:The Liebster Award's origins are pretty much a mystery. Bloggers nominate other bloggers that have 200 or less followers. It's basically a "Hey, that's a sweet little blog you've got there. Here's an award!" You can't just accept the award. You have to play by the (ever changing) rules and pay it forward. Then you can put the award on your blog for all to see.

The Rules:

1. List 11 facts about yourself. 
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you. (My 11 questions for each of the 11 nominated blogs are near the bottom of this post!)
3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate. (At the very bottom of this post you will find the links!)
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. (see the intro of this post!)


11 Facts about MYSELF

1. I read so much I call myself a "binge reader".  Over the summer this year I read a whopping 57 books.  (And yes, I showered and took care of my two children, cooked and even occasionally cleaned - though I should have invited Marci over to do my laundry)
2. I have written over 400 posts, though only 200 exist today.  Don't ask what I did with those other posts... you don't want to know.
3. I am a cat person.  I like dogs too... but I love cats.  I understand them.
4. I am a recovering slob {occasionally my husband would say "recovering?" in a slightly sarcastic way}
5. I am not a kid person.  I love my children, and don't mind hanging out with kids, but I prefer teenagers and adults if I have a choice.
6. I volunteer to teach music a few times a month at my kid's school.  If you were paying attention to #5, let me explain that it comes from a love for my kids and a desire to give them music education that I spend an hour a week teaching music to 32 2nd graders and 32 4th graders (shudder). 
7. I am becoming more and more convinced that I have ADD.  It explains why my whole life has to be scheduled out for me to get anything accomplished.  
8. I really enjoy spending time with junior high and senior high youth.  They are so much fun!
9. I've been in youth ministry for 17 years.
10. I can touch my nose with my tongue.
11. I get really really creative at about 11pm.  If I am not careful, I will stay up until 1am every night... I have to force myself to go to bed.

11 Questions from Marci...
1.   What is your favorite season and why? I love Winter! (I love Winter clothes)

2.   Are you a morning person or a night person? I am a night person.  But I wake up naturally every morning at 7am.  (I don't talk much until after I shower and have coffee though)
3.   What did you want to be when you were a little girl? I wanted to be a Vet and/or a teacher.  Oddly enough I didn't become either.
4.   What is your favorite movie? That's a hard question.  I love Pride and Prejudice and the Twilight movies...
5.   If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why? Mother Teresa, she was an amazing woman.  It would have been amazing to meet her. 
6.   What is your favorite decoration you have in your home? My photo collage over my dining room table.  Combination of my photography and my favorites from Ansel Adams.
7.   What is your favorite color nail polish? Clear.  I hate having nail polish on my hands.  It always gets chipped. Ugh.
8.   What is the craziest thing you have in your closet? A full Jedi costume (my husbands) - something he could wear to ComiCon
9.   Where is your favorite place to go for date night? A Mexican restaurant followed by either a movie or walking through a book store.
10. Do you prefer chocolate candy or gummy candy? Definitely Chocolate!!
11.  Do you prefer to be barefoot or do you prefer to be in shoes? BAREFOOT PLEASE!!

11 Questions from AJ...
1.  Toilet paper: wadded or folded?
2. Would you rather listen to your kids fight or listen to someone scrape their nails on a chalkboard?
3. Would you ever unfriend someone off of Facebook? Why?
4. What is the strangest thing you've ever eaten? Would you eat it again?
5. Thanksgiving or Christmas?
6.  Could you live without your cell phone for a day?  A month?  A year?
7.  Your favorite t.v. show (can be on Netflix)?
8. Mexican or Italian?
9. Your favorite type of music? Why?
10.  Best moment in your life?
11.  Something that really makes you laugh?

AND {drum roll} the nominees are:

Handfuls of Sand

Becoming {God's Gift}

Jumping Tandem

Serenity Now

Raw Christian

Fill the Well

Behind the Smile

Jottings from Jennifer

A Vintage Farmwife

Life ... Just Saying

Normal Chaos

Please go visit and say hi at those blogs.  They are places  I go to read in all of my "spare time." (Trying to comment each time... but I am not always the best at that! :)  


  1. Aj,

    I am honored, girl. Thank you! I am intrigued to visit the other blogs too, and am happy to be back at yours again too. Okay, so let's see... you like Mexican restaurants, are a voracious reader, love working with teens, like chocolate, and are enraptured by photography? Fun! I like you already. :)

    Re your comments at my post "Conspiring Teens Plot Joy (Want their Secret?)", seeing people worship is exciting and humbling. Seeing teens worship thrills my heart.

    Stalk away. :) I'm glad you're here. It's fun to get to know new friends.

    Have a great week.

    Jennifer Dougan

  2. You are so sweet to nominate me for the award. I appreciate it!

  3. I love the 11 things about you. If we lived near each other I would so do your laundry! I must admit, while reading your facts I tried to touch my nose with my tongue...no can do! I laughed out loud at your 11 questions for your nominees...super creative.
    I love your blog. So glad I found it. Xoxo...Marci

  4. Thank you for nominating me for the award. It is a huge compliment! Looking forward to reading some new blogs...always a pleasure!

  5. Thank you Aj! What a fun little game. And I love seeing 10 new links to "stalk"!

  6. Thank you AJ for nominating me for this award I feel humbled and chuffed all at the same time. I have put up my post and linked to your site :-). God Bless.

  7. Thank you so much for honoring me with this award. I am working on my post. I so enjoy your blog!


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