With some chagrin, I must admit that I am extremely tardy in acknowledging this great honor bestowed upon me by not one but two of my favorite people and bloggers: T.R. Noble of Inside Cup and Lea of Lea’s Spiritual Journey
T.R. actually writes two blogs: one that explores her relationship with Christ, others and a variety of related subjects; the other addresses writing and blogging advice. Both are wonderful. Her posts are always thought-provoking and wise. She is an excellent writer and a deep thinker. You are sure to enjoy her blog should you choose to visit! I hope you do!
Lea is an amazing poet and story-teller. I don’t know which I love more, her poetry or her life stories. Either way, reading her blog will be sure to leave you encouraged and inspired.
Because I truly love and admire both T.R. and Lea, I must beg their forgiveness for being so tardy with this post. In my defense, I will say that it has been an extremely busy year for me. In fact, since I work full-time as an artist and try to squeeze in blogging on the side, sometimes posts fall through the cracks.
Despite my pokey-ness, you must believe me when I say that I am extremely honored and grateful for the award. Indeed, I did not rush to respond because I felt that such a high honor deserved a thoughtful post.
This award is a beautiful one. It’s an award given to bloggers by other bloggers in hopes of creating awareness. I love that. What greater joy is there than encouraging others! In addition, it is given primarily to blogs that have less than 200 followers. Of course, that is no longer the case for me. But we can pretend that I posted this thank you sooner rather than later. 😉
The Lengthy Acceptance Speech
Part of this blogging award’s etiquette includes answering a variety of questions from the blogger who has bestowed the award. Since I am bundling two awards in one post, forgive the lengthiness of this particular part of my post. I will try to be as brief as possible while still doing the questions justice. So here goes…
What is a moment in your life that changed the rest of your life forever?
There are too many to list here because as Robert Frost has written, “Two Roads diverged in a Wood and I– I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.” But probably the most significant decision I ever made was to embrace Christ as both my Lord and Savior. You can read a little more about my spiritual journey here.
Since your first blog post, have you learned anything? What was it?
Hmm… this is a tough one. I’m learning all the time. But regarding blogging, I’ve learned my way around WordPress. I now understand what “re-blogging” is and what “notifications” are. I wasn’t particularly savvy about WordPress when I began.
If you could give any piece of advice right now, what would you say?
Put God and people first. And don’t wait to follow your dreams.
What kind of mark would you like to leave on someone’s life?
I would like it to be said that I gave love and grace to others simply because Christ has given me amazing love and grace.
Are there any regrets you feel right now? Could you mend them if you were able to?
My one regret relates to a writing goal that I had as a child. When I graduated from college, I had the opportunity to achieve that goal; however, I found myself busy with wedding plans and thus, I didn’t follow through with the work necessary to achieve my goal. Years passed in which I put family first. Now, I am in a new life season, and so, with God’s help, I am doing my best to resurrect that writing dream.
Mary Poppins was probably my favorite movie. I always wanted to pop in and out of chalk drawings. To this day, when I paint, I try to paint the places that would make for a “jolly holiday.”
My two favorite books were probably L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. My husband says I’m just like Anne. He may be right.
My other favorite was Pollyanna. I love her “Glad Game.” She found something to be “thankful for” in almost every circumstance. I love that.
Do you like playing games? What is your favorite game?
With the exception of Pollyanna’s game, I generally don’t have time to play games. However, I have always enjoyed an ancient game entitled Oh-Wah-Ree It’s simple and thus, it allows for general conversation. And after all, enjoying the company of friends and family is why I like to play board games.
What is your favorite food to eat?
I love Italian food.
What could you go without for a month?
I’m not quite sure I understand this question since T.R. suggested that it should not be something easy… yet, if I could go without it, it must not be very important. So, I guess I’ll say that I could go without watching television. Television drama can be so absorbing… and this is especially true for me since I lose myself in stories… reliving them again and again. Unfortunately, if the story is sad or suspenseful like much of television drama seems to be, I find myself gravely concerned, if not worried, about the characters. For this reason, I prefer not to watch.
Who in your life has made a lasting impression?
Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my parents. I personally believe that no matter how old we are when our parents pass away, we find it difficult to be orphans.
If you could do one small thing to help another person today, what would it be?
I would encourage others and make them smile.
Name three of your blog posts that mean a lot to you.
What? Only three? Quite honestly, I don’t write a post unless the subject means a lot to me. And that’s the “whole truth.” Here’s three that you might enjoy, though…
My favorite animal is my dog, Bentley Rembrandt. He’s a Labradoodle.
Biggest pet peeve?
Don’t really have one. Life is too short; I prefer not to sweat the small stuff.
Name a song that you can listen to over and over again.
I have so many favorites, and I frequently choose a song each day to replay again and again. But here’s one of the songs I return to… Through All of It, sung by Colton Dixon
Favorite thing about blogging?
I love to create and to encourage. Both bring me tremendous joy. For me, blogging encompasses both. And that’s what I love about it.
Share something you love about yourself.
I’ve never given that much thought and so this is a tough question for me. I do think the most important thing is that “I’m a survivor.” Yeah, God is so good. I’m thankful for more years to spend with people I love and time to share my love for God with others.
What is something you wish more people knew?
How about someone I wish more people knew? Jesus, of course.
Where do you get your inspiration to write?
My paintings inspire my writing. God teaches me both through the creative process and through His Word… Thus, the title of this blog: Through Ink and Image.
Share a vision you have for your future you.
When I grow up, I want to be a cool old lady… See also, Jenny Joseph’s poem, “Warning.”
Tell me 3 things you are grateful for…
I am most grateful for God’s love and grace expressed through Christ; for the love of my family and for the ability to create.
In addition, I am asked to list 11 random facts about myself. I’m not sure what would interest you all so I’ll just list the first random thoughts that come to mind…
- I began my work life as a journalist.
- I’m a mom…best job ever!
- My husband retired from Youth Ministry fifteen years ago, and became a Chick-fil-A franchise owner. I wish I could say, “I married him for the Chick-fil-A.”
- I have lived in England.
- I love British literature.
- My music taste is eclectic: I love Jazz, Big Band, Classical, Rock, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Broadway, Opera, Folk, Celtic and Country music.
- My favorite living artists include Scott Christensen, John McCartin and Dave Santillanes.
- I am a Biola University alumni.
- I completed my graduate work at the University of Virginia.
- My best friend talked me into creating this blog.
- I love to travel.
Whew…I hope you are still with me. Now to the really important business of nominating bloggers for the award. Of course, there are many wonderful blogs; however, I am only to select those that fit the award’s perimeters. So, if I have missed any of you, pardon me.
Drumroll, please. And now, in no particular order…
Congratulations, all! The rules of engagement (should you accept the “Liebster Award” mission) are as follows…
- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you for this award.
- Answer 11 questions the blogger gave you.
- Give 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 11 blogs.
- Notify your nominees.
- Give them 11 questions to answer
My Questions For You…
- What inspired you to blog?
- What do you most love about blogging?
- What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
- During the course of your life, who has most influenced you?
- Who is your favorite author?
- What historical figure would you most like to meet?
- Where or what is your “happy place”?
- Share with us a favorite memory.
- What would you most like for people to say about you?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- Do you have a favorite Bible verse? If so, what is it?
The End of Ceremony
And so, my dear friends and readers, I’ve completed this challenge… But I’m afraid that today, I have neglected reading all of my favorite blogs–yours included– in the process. However, please know that I will be back to reading tomorrow because your posts daily inspire and encourage me.
One last note…I suspect that given the lag between award and opportunity to write a post to do it justice, I probably should make this blog an “award free” zone in the near future. I will do so only after I thank and honor my wonderful blogging friends who have thus far honored me. I will be writing one more such post in the coming weeks.
And of course with the post, another apology for tardiness. Funny that. I collect clocks and other timepieces. I guess you can add that to the list of random thoughts about me.