A family of families

Dianna, of Sunsets and Sundaes, presented my blog with two – count ’em – two awards a few weeks ago.  I’m a little behind in accepting, so today I am feeling the love and saying “thank you, thank you very much.”

That's all right Mama ..

Elvis has nothing to do with this post and that’s all right Mama ..

The first award is called “Best Moment” award (moment in time) and accepting this one requires me to answer a few questions:


Who inspires you?   I am inspired by people who are passionate – about their families, their relationships, their golf game, whatever.  Passion. Passion inspires me.


What is the hardest part about blogging, if any?   I wish the “Publish” button was just a little farther away from the “Preview” button.  There have been a few not-ready-for-prime-time posts published before – oops!


What is your favorite quote?  “To Thine Own Self Be True.”  Know who you are and own it. Don’t know?  Find out.  That’s where adventure lives :).

..:: read it ... learn it ... live it ::..

..:: read it … learn it … live it ::..

What is your favorite dessert?   I’m not a regular dessert eater but I have never turned down pie.  Ever.

one end of the pie table.

one end of the pie table at the hometown fall supper.

What skill do you wish you had taken the time to learn when you were growing up?  I wish I’d learned to love gardening like my sisters do but years of weeding cured me of that.

:: image from Pinterest ::

:: image from Pinterest ::

What is the one activity you wish you had the time to pursue?  I’d enjoy traveling more … for fun, not just for business.


If money was no issue, where would you like to travel?   I’d be very happy to drive all over the U.S. States and Canada, England, Ireland and Scotland, stopping along the way to sing some songs, drink a few beers and eat pie :).

The other end of the pie table ... What to choose?

The other end of the pie table … What to choose?

What is your favorite holiday?  July 4th for purely selfish reasons.

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image from

What is your favorite pastime?   Spending time at home: listening to music, cooking, reading and hosting special gatherings with friends & family.


I love it when the patio is filled … L-R Uncle Terry – Hubbs – and my FIL John. In the background, son #1, Auntie Karen with baby MJ on her knee. 🙂

What book are you currently reading? I just finished reading “Waking up in Heaven” by Christal McVea.  It’s chock full of hope and redemption and it made me cry more than once.  Good books do that to me.

An excerpt:

There is so much I want to share with them, so much I want them to know. You see, my story is one of hope and forgiveness and salvation, and of the glorious healing power of God’s presence. It’s the story of what I saw and what I learned when, during a hospital stay, I left my body for nine minutes and went to heaven and stood before God. And it’s the story of how, when I came back to Earth, my life was profoundly and permanently changed— changed down to the very core of my being.

Do you play a musical instrument?   Yes, I plink away at the piano and still play guitar.  A graduation gift, my guitar still has the price tag on it, and youngest boy plays it now.  Hearing him play my guitar makes me grin.

Dianna also nominated me for the WordPress Family Award.  (She’s generous like that).


From what I understand, this award is “… is for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family.”  The award was started on the basis that the WordPress family has taken us in and shown us love and caring as only WP folks can.  You know what I mean — the way people take time to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition.  Source — Shaun at Praying for One Day.

This award has no questions to answer but it does ask me to nominate at least 10 others in my blogging “family” — I’m asking you to visit those folks whose faces and blog symbols appear along the upper left of my blog — after  nearly 3 years of writing, they always make me feel included and appreciated as a family should. These are the folks whose thoughts I enjoy reading and the ones I’d love to sit down and sip coffee with … over a piece of pie, of course!

And since Dianna is a a “Barn Charm” gal, here’s one for just for her collection — my Grandpa’s barn.  Home to Belgians and Herefords, alley cats, bats and puppy dogs; home to the lazy days that housed this prairie girl’s childhood.  Thank you again sweet friend!

... Grampa's barn ...

… Grampa’s barn …

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20 thoughts on “A family of families

  1. What a fun post, MJ! Thanks for all your kind words….(I have lots of things to write in comments today!)
    1.) I, too, wish WP had a safety valve on that “publish” button.
    2.) That sounds like a wonderful book! I just may have to read that one.
    3.) Your favorite past-time is so special.
    and finally:
    4.) What a beautiful barn; I will be sure to share it in an upcoming Barn Charm post!
    Have a great day, my friend!

    • 🙂 Let’s get a safety valve on the Publish button 🙂
      I hope you pick up the book, it’s well worth the read…. I’d have to say that putzing is one of my hobbies.
      And if you click on the barn photo, you can see the seats of an old cutter (sleigh) sitting in the grass just outside the doors. I love that barn; it’s like an anchor. It’s the first building you see when you come over the hill to the valley below and it’s where I could tie my pony and scamper to Grandma’s house for cookies and a visit. Grandpa always had a few cleans stalls with fresh hay & oats for our ponies; Just thinking about those times there makes me smile!

      Have a wonderful day and thank you for being such a welcoming and warm family member 🙂


  2. Love this post! Your quotes and answers resonate with me, especially the desire for travel, pie, and the quote about pursuing what catches the heart.

    The barn photo is perfect, especially for Dianna! I never see an old barn now that I don’t think of her, and her barn charm posts! I agree, I have found a WP “family” that has been a wonderful addition to the experience of blogging…didn’t expect it, didn’t really intentionally seek it…but I’m so blessed by it! Thank you for being a part…you were the very first person to comment on one of my early posts, and many of my favorite blogging connections came through you! ~ Sheila

    • Thank you and yes, I never see a barn without thinking of Dianna, either.

      Like you, when I started out blogging, I never expected to experience the community that I have .. and it’s been a wonderful addition to my life. I am happy to comment on your posts, Sheila, they are always so well written and thoughtful. Bests to you!


  3. I really enjoyed this post, MJ! You always share straight from the heart, and I always come away inspired! You and Dianna are both very welcoming and hospitable bloggers; WP is a friendly place to hang out, for sure. 🙂 Hope you have a great day!

    p.s. An “undo” button surely would be a welcome addition to the dashboard(!!!!!)

  4. I like coming here. btw I really could have used you sitting next to me or in my pocket playing Outburst with the family and the category “Elvis songs” came up. Ooo…I came up short on that one.

    • I like that you come here :). Ooh I would have enjoyed that category … but am always surprised how many songs he had, I tend to play my favorites over & over. Secret — I listened to Elvis Radio in a rental car recently … didn’t really like it. Seriously! They played a lot of bad recordings of non-popular songs – ugh! Give me the good stuff, please 🙂


  5. Congratulations on your awards! Your blog is always inspiring and entertaining. It’s no wonder you’ve earned some recognition.

    And now I have The Pie Song from the movie, Michael in my head:
    Me oh my
    Nothing tastes sweet, wet, salty and dry
    all at once so well as pie
    an’ wet bottom.
    Come to your place everyday if you’ve got em’
    Me o my
    I love pie 🙂

    • And now the Pie Song is in my head 🙂 Thank you, Thank you. I love pie! There – I’ve said it.

      And the recognition is on you, now, too — enjoy!!

  6. Congratulations, MJ. That is one special barn. I’m passionate about that passion quote!

    • I love that old barn; it still stands, quiet and dignified. My cousin and his family live in Grandma and Grandpa’s old house; their daughters have horses stabled there. It makes me smile to know that 🙂


  7. How fun to read the answers to your questions. I love your favorite quote! Congratulations on your well deserved awards. And just the other day I hit the publish button before I was really ready. I hear you on that one!

    • And I hope you know you’re included in those awards so – TAG – you’re it!

      I think the publish button should be really bright yellow with a big red ring around it so we’re sure we’re hitting it 🙂


  8. Congratulations! You are certainly deserving! Love thr barn.

  9. cooper

    Well deserved.
    Pie….indeed yes!

  10. The Publish button scares me, too. But most of the time I always get stopped by Spell-Check first anyway. So, hopefully if that ever happens to me, I will have the Spell-Check pausing again first and it would help stop me. More than likely it will since it thinks a lot of things are misspelled that aren’t.

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