Saturday, December 7, 2013

Liebster Award Fun!

Many thanks to Chrissy at Mom Loves Freebie for nominating me for the Liebster Award!


What fun!


The Rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Share eleven interesting facts about yourself.
3. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
4. Come up with eleven questions for your nominees.
5. Nominate eleven other bloggers!


My Eleven Interesting Facts:
(Ha! I use the term “interesting” rather loosely, but I think that is what I’m supposed to say here!)

1.  My family stays amused at my delight over little things that aren’t often typically noticed.

2.  I LOVE pine straw and leaves scattered across lawns far better than manicured landscapes.

3.  Yesterday was our 28th wedding anniversary.

4.  I love seniors.  They have so much wisdom to impart.  

5.  I’m quiet natured in groups, but I can talk the ears off of a Billy goat when I am comfortable in a one on one situation.

6.  I don’t exactly have a good singing voice, so I try to keep it as quiet as possible in church, but I love to sing, so that’s difficult!  “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…” it says in Psalm 100.  I think that verse is written to folks like me – joyful “noise” rather than joyful music. :) 

7.  If you have read my post labeled 20 Random Things that You Might Not Know About Me, I mentioned that I don’t like using the word “I” so much, so this list is a little challenging for me.  Let’s see, does that count as one?  Just in case not, here’s a short one – I’m excessively cold natured.  I would freeze to death where some of you live!

8.  I have extremely fond memories of my early years growing up on Lake Conway in Orlando, Florida.  I spent many hours swinging on a homemade swing hanging from a giant tree that overlooked the lake, and had a neighborhood full of children to play with.  Here is a picture of some of those kids:

December Days in Florida

That’s me in the front on your right.  Those were the days!  Such an easier, more innocent time in our nation. 

9.  I have a vivid memory, that goes way back, even to some toddler times.  But yet, I’m a bit scattered.  I find it challenging to keep up with my shoes, rings, and keys, especially.  ;)

10.  Due to sentimentality, I keep almost everything.  The most treasured item that I have from my childhood, is “Mrs. Mouse,” a little Remco vinyl doll.  My little childhood friend Tracy, which is the one pictured above on the front left with short hair, gave me Mrs. Mouse, in her sweet, loving effort to keep me from crying for my mom when she was going out for the evening. 

Mrs. Mouse became my treasured companion.  I kept her with me, all the time, that is, when I could get away with it.  She traveled wherever I traveled, and as quirky as it may seem, ‘til this day you will find her packed in my luggage if we take a trip.  Here, I’ll show you…

DSC_1980Yes, I realize, she may look a little creepy to you.  But to me she’s beautiful!  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ya’ know! :)       

11.  And that leads me to this one – I love old pictures.  This generation is more creative with photography, but somehow, old photographs are far more charming to me.  Are they to you?

christmas_dividers20[1]My Eleven Questions from Chrissy:

1. What do you like most about blogging?

Getting to visit with people that I normally wouldn’t get to meet.

2. If you could have any pet in the world what would you pick?

I’ll cheat a little here, because I can’t pick just one.  I would love to have a pet monkey – that is, as long as it was clean and had clean habits. :)  Life wouldn’t be worth living to me without my little doggie friends, and I love horses.  But I wouldn’t mind having a pet elephant, either!  I just love animals!  So much that I can’t wait to see what the animal kingdom will be like when we get to Heaven!  Maybe we can even have tigers for pets!  Wouldn’t that be awesome!

3. What are you really good at doing? Or a talent you have?

Uh oh, on this one!  I’m not good at anything! :)   I take that back…when I look at my kids I think I must be good at mothering, but it is probably more of a case that they are WONDERFUL kids!  Talent…humm…I probably could have been good at piano if I had had lessons growing up, and I love to decorate, if that accounts for anything. 

4. What were your favorite subjects at school?

School, goodness, that was a long time ago!  Language arts, because it was the easiest to me.  But now, history would absolutely be my favorite.  I just didn’t realize it then because memorizing facts and dates deterred me from discovering my passion for old times.
5. What was your life like before kids? Or if you don't have any, what do you think it would be like with kids?

You know, I always longed for the time that I would have children.  Motherhood was what God had planned for me.  Once I had my third child, I discovered a completeness that I had not yet known.  But to directly answer the question, childhood was in part, fun, adolescence was turbulent and scary, and then I married at 22 and became a mother at 24.   

6. Do you like to read? If so, what type of things?

I like to read.  Okay now, don’t shoot me, but I’ll add, sometimes.  I’m a little complicated on that subject.  I enjoy reading books that are beneficial spiritually.  As for fiction, I go through stages.  Sometimes all I want to do is read, yet at other times I cycle in not reading a lot of fiction, especially when my kids were little and life was plenty full of adventure! :)    

7. What do you consider to be a bad habit of yours?

Eating cookies for breakfast.  Today it was chocolate chip.

8. What is your favorite type of music?

Piano music!  I LOVE the piano!!  And nothing is better than Peanuts music by Vince Guaraldi, in my opinion!

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9. If you could spend a day with any famous person, living or deceased, who would that be?

Well, no doubt about it, Jesus, but the wonderful thing is, we can spend every day with Him!  So, I’ll give a second answer.  Wow, that’s food for thought.  I’ve never explored that thought before…Okay, I’m thinking… and in the meantime, I’ll go to the next question…

10. Do you like to clean or hate it?

Love it!  I hate it!  Hee hee!  It’s kind of one of those love/hate things!

11. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you make that dream come true?

That’s easy – a mom.  As a child, I was obsessive about dance too, and wish I had pursued it.  I would love to have a little dance studio by my house where I could teach girls classical ballet and Irish dance.

Now back to #9.  I think I’ll go way back in time and say the apostle Peter.  You gotta love Peter!  I’m pretty sure he was fun, funny, and a mess!  Just imagine the stories that he could tell us!  But I would also love to sit down with Corrie ten Boom or Elisabeth Elliot, gleaning wisdom from their experience with God. 
christmas_dividers20[1]Eleven Questions for My Nominees:

1.  Do you live where it is common to have winter snow and do you like snow?
2.  Do you decorate your Christmas tree with a theme, or do you decorate it with an eclectic collection of sentimental decorations?
3.  What are some fun things that you plan to do this Christmas Season?
4.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
5.  What was a favorite childhood toy that you had?  How did you acquire it and do you still have it?  
6.  Do you like to watch old movies, and if you do, what are some that you especially like?
7.  If you could live in any time period, when would that be and why?
9.  Would you describe your decorating style as being  fun & cutesy, charming & rustic, elegant & ornate, or classic and sophisticated?
10.  Green acres is the place for me; how about you – if you had your druthers, would you prefer city or rural living?
11.  If you could open up a door and climb inside the world of a fiction book, what book would it be and why? 

My Nominees:

Life on a Back Road
Across My Kitchen Table
Little Birdie Blessings
The Enchanted Rose
A Sheltering Tree
An Artful Mom
The Writers Reverie
Afternoon Coffee and Evening Tea
Blessings and Sweet Tea
Ms. Redo
Sunny Skies and Sweet Tea

Thanks for taking the time to visit today!  Signature red


Stephanie said...

Oh I loved this, sweet friend! First of all, thank you for nominating little ol' me - you are a sweetie pie! Secondly, I eat cookies for breakfast too! haha Someday in heaven we can get together and enjoy our cookies :) And thirdly, I know what you mean about using the word "I" - my husband is the same way and when I married him I began to realize his reason for not using that word "I" all the time. It is also my desire to not use it ALL the time, but as you can see from this comment, I have failed... :)

It was such a pleasure reading this and getting to know you more. Mrs. Mouse is not at all creepy - she's actually kind of cute. And speaking of cute, look at you as a little girl! So precious :)

When you mentioned your love for seniors you reminded me of mu mom. She has such a big hear for the elderly. In fact, today she hosted a Christmas party for the seniors in her church. And I remember as a young girl she would take me to the senior's homes where I would play the piano for them - it was a wonderful blessing to be apart of that.

Anywho, I hope you're enjoying your weekend! Thanks again fort he nomination. I will attempt to get this done, but please forgive me if I do not get it done for a little while. Hugs to you!

Billie Jo said...

I so enjoyed this, my friend!
I so enjoyed reading through your responses and getting to know you better. : )

My daughter Madison enjoys spending time with seniors...she is planning a New Years Party for the members of my mom's senior center now.

I am a reader as well...books are my dear friends...

Thank you for being a wonderful Bloggy friend. And thank you for the nomination. I am honored to even be mentioned among your special friends. : )

I will attempt to respond as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I hope you have a cozy weekend, my friend. : )

Jazzmin said...

What a beautiful, special post! It was such a joy to read this and get to know you better! And seeing all your sweet photos! And Mrs. Mouse is so cute. I think it is so special that you have such precious memories and sentiment for things from your life. I definitely agree that old photos have much more charm and loveliness, too.

It made me smile so that you chose me as one of your nominees. Thank you for thinking of me! I did this post awhile back when another blogging friend nominated me, but I wish I could do it again because I am honored :)

Congratulations on your award! You have one of the loveliest, warmest blogs I have ever read.

Blessings to you!
& Happy Anniversary to you.

Have a wonderful Lord's Day♥

Pam said...

Oh, I loved this post SO MUCH! It was so fun to get to know you better. And THANK YOU for the nomination!! It's funny, as I was reading through your post, how I noticed how very many things we have in common! And I mean MANY! I hope to participate with my answers soon--Things here have been very hectic, as my daughter was hospitalized this past week, and things are a little crazy around here in lots of ways. But I wanted to thank you. I truly appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

Blessings, milady, and what a honor to be nominated to participate! I loved reading through your little bits and pieces. You responded in such a casual, intimate manner - all that was missing was the tea and cakes and the comfort of a sitting room where we could visit in person. Mrs. Mouse is darling - and I do love the old photos. I must say, many of your answers - would be MY answers! I just love how blogging brings kindred spirits together in the Lord!

I will begin to prepare my response, but I fear I may not be able to publish it til after Christmas as I am on a crafting and writing deadline these next two weeks and I fear my own regular blog posts may suffer for it til I'm on the other side of Christmas. :(

However, I shall make every effort to close out the year with my Liebster Award post - with great joy!


Unknown said...

I loved your answers! Ya know, history would be my favorite subject now too..I hated it in school and I think for the very same reasons! We are a lot alike! Thanks so much for participating...your blog is lovely!

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