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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:

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

image from photos.igougo.com

image from photos.igougo.com

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

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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).

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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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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? pinterest.com

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. 

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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!

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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

Categories: Attitude, Blogging, Faith, Friendship, Fun, Gratitude, Joy, Life, Quotes, Relationships, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 35 Comments

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Food, Art, Books, Birds and whatever...

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Planting roots on our little wild farm.

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