Genuine Sunshine & Inspirational Hugs

Over the past little bit, Dianna at These Days of Mine has been very kind and very busy – she’s been busy sharing with me the following blogging awards: the Sunshine Award, The Genuine Blog Award, the HUG Award and, just this week, the Very Inspiring Blog Award.    Wowza!   I am happy to be included and thank Dianna (and Sundae) for honoring me so.

OK, now onto the rules.  Accepting The Sunshine Award requires that I answer the following questions:

Favorite color:  Blue. I love Navy Blue, Royal Blue and Turquoise Blue. I love Baby Blue, Robin’s egg Blue and Sky Blue.  Yep, pretty sure I love Blue.

Aren't the colors here dreamy?

Favorite animal:    Dogs, cats, horses, pigs and cows.  A farm girl can’t be expected to choose!   Don’t mind chickens but geese scare me.

Favorite number:     Can’t think of one.

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Diet Dr. Pepper.  And I remember the first Dr. Pepper I ever drank – we were visiting family in WA State when my uncle bought a case of them; driving our family up a mountain, Dad pulled off at a scenic rest stop where we played in the JULY snow and drank Dr. Peppers.  Mmm. 


Prefer Facebook or Twitter?   Have never tweeted and am losing interest in Facebook.

My passion:    I’m passionate about my marriage and I’m passionate about being a good example to my boys.  I’m passionate about how I dole out my time and to whom.  I’m passionate about a meal lovingly prepared and liberally shared. I’m passionate about the “little” things in life that make it delightful and I’m passionate about “big” things, too.  I’m passionate about learning.  What I’m passionate about really comes down to this: it’s what’s not negotiable. It’s what I could never, ever leave behind.  It’s how I behave and who I am whether anyone is around to know. I know, and that’s enough for me.

And of course, black leather Elvis … hello!

That's all right Mama ..

Prefer getting or giving presents:   Receiving gifts is always delightful but thinking of and finding “just that right little something” for another is the best.

Favorite pattern:  Blue & white …as in an antique china pattern.

Blue china; isn't it pretty?

Favorite day of the week:  Sundays

Favorite flower:  Lilacs

my 2011 Lilacs .. heavenly

The Genuine Blogger award doesn’t come with any stipulations, but I’m touched to receive it because it means that Dianna thinks I’m the real deal.  Thank you, friend.

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a better friend than any possession. -Sophocles

As for the Hug (Hope Unites Globally) award, you can read its origins here. And the only requirement for accepting the HUG award is to pass it on to at least one person.  Ditto for the Very Inspiring Blog Award.

There are many wonderful people writing blogs and I can’t possibly highlight them all here — so today I am passing along these awards to a few of my favorites (see below).  They might not have time to accept right now but I hope you’ll make it a point to stop by their sites for a visit.    Cheers!

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own. – Ben Sweetland

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35 thoughts on “Genuine Sunshine & Inspirational Hugs

  1. Gosh, thanks, MJ! You are so good about acknowledging and passing along these awards. I’m a little less so, I’m afraid. Hope you will forgive me. However, I’m honored–and truly appreciate the shout out.

    And, by the way, I, too, am crazy about lilacs! Oh, the scent is glorious!

    Happy Sunday-ing!


    • You’re welcome, Kathy. And I understand if you choose not to feature the awards – it’s fun to do but a little time-consuming as well. I love to give the shout outs but always feel like I’m missing someone and would never want anybody to feel slighted.

      Lilacs will be blooming soon if this warm weather continues 😉


  2. Congratulations to you and all the award winners – sharing each other’s blog-sites helps us all reach out to each other
    God Bless

  3. Congrats!

    • Thank you, Elyse. So many wonderful writers – you included – I’m so fortunate to have a smorgasbord of good readin’ at my fingertips 🙂 MJ

  4. Congrats, MJ! I always enjoy learning more about the blogger behind the blog.

  5. The lilacs are lovely, MJ. Congrats on the awards. Thank you for the nod, and it is always nice learning a bit more about you. Your words inspire me. Thank you for that.

    • We bought our house in winter and I had no idea there was a lilac tree in the yard till that spring – glorious 🙂 You’re welcome for the nod, and you are oh so deserving of it 🙂 MJ

  6. Wonderful awards, and well deserved. Your blog is always full of inspiration, hope, humor and substance. Love your list of passions. Somehow I’m not surprised that your answer couldn’t be limited to one or two.

    Thank you so much for sharing your bounty with me!

    • Yeah, I was prolly a bit too wordy there – ha – but I figured – my blog, my rules!
      You’re welcome for the nod .. and I’ll look forward to reading your selections, too 🙂 MJ

  7. MJ, thank you for including my in your list of blog award recipients. I am looking forward to visiting the bloggers you have highlighted. Thanks again!

  8. Aw, MJ, you’re making me blush! You, too, are a special friend, and I always look forward to your blogs!
    And, as you know, I love blue too — and black leather Elvis: oh my.

  9. Thanks, MJ 🙂 I’m honored and humbled and will pass these along. It is lovely to encourage each other… a year ago I followed one blog and now dozens, my life it richer for it!
    ~ Sandi

  10. There’s nothing like a big dose of appreciation. Congratulations.

  11. You are so deserving of each and every nod you have received. You are the real deal. Congratulations!

  12. Agreed. I cannot endorse Dr. Pepper strongly enough.

  13. cooper

    Thank you, my friend. Feeling is mutual…and I’m watching our lilac tree slowly start to bud…..

    • Our lilac tree is just starting to bud as well … oooh ahhh …. kinda early, hope it doesn’t get snapped by one more winter blast. Cheers Coop! MJ

  14. Thank you much MJ….I was gone for almost a week and I came home to a beautiful surprise….your choosing me humbles me and I truly appreciate your encouragement and friendship. Congrats back to you too MJ….your blog is one that I love and look forward to reading…you deserve the awards and tonight I am sending you special blogger hugs and also blessings:)

    • You were missed; hope it was a good week and I’m happy to know that my blog awards to you were a warm welcome home 🙂 Thanks for the special blogger hugs and blessings, too 😉 MJ

  15. This is a VERY belated thank you for your inclusion of my blog on your list. I am slowly catching up from my lapse with computer time. I won’t promise when I’ll pass the award on, but be assured, at some point, it will happen! I’ll check out the others you listed too…always fun to find a new friend.

    I see a few more things we have in common from your list about yourself. I too love blue, blue and white china, and lilacs. My love of lilacs began when we lived in Michigan. Lilacs became my favorite flowering plant then, and is still a favorite today.

    As always, thank you for sharing! ~ Sheila

    • .. you are so welcome! I enjoyed your cruise post and photos – gorgeous!

      Yes, blue and white china and Lilacs = heaven … my all time favorite, hands down! Cheers .. MJ (( and no pressure on the award ))

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