Terribly Long Overdue

Please forgive me Rose, Lori, and Jueseppi. I promise I have a valid excuse for not writing a post for this sooner. And that excuse is:


I heard it my mind and it’s just lame, but here it is despite the lameness. The reason for delaying is that I wanted to have the award pictures up on my sidebar before making it “official” and I needed my husband to do that. He forbids me to mess with the codes — no, not true; I forbid myself. Anyhow, he has been overextended lately and I haven’t wanted to bother him; hence the extremeee delay.

Right now I want to thank each of you, respectively.

Rose — Your comments to me, namely left on “Something is Mi  ing” blew me away. Bloggers wait all month to receive a thoughtful, provoking, insightful comment such as that. Everything you do, you do with passion. It’s all there in the way you express yourself without one bit of ambiguity.  Thank you so much for awarding me “The New Blogger Award.” http://taracrow.wordpress.com

Lori — Did a sweeter lady ever exist? Whenever one of Lori’s post comes through my inbox, I stop and go on over to take a look. I never worry about what I might find because Lori, like myself, pursues the Light. And she exudes it. She’s the type of person who comes up with silly nicknames and post things that matter dearly to her. Lori, I thank you for honoring me with “The Sunshine Award.” You are sunshine embodied. http://blessyourhippieheart.wordpress.com

Jueseppi —  What a character! He is intense, direct, and makes no pretenses about his ebullient ardor and advocacy for our countries’ current president. He is generous with praise, and while it can occasionally slip into more baser humor than I personally enjoy or espouse, he gives it freely without expectation. Since following my blog, I don’t think a post has gone by without him taking the time to “like”  it. Thank you, Jueseppi for bestowing “The Hug Award” upon me. http://theobamacrat.wordpress.com

Okay, I think I’ll tackle this in the order each award received.

First up is “The New Blogger Award.” This, as far as I know, doesn’t come with any rules other than passing it on to other new bloggers. Very honestly, it’s not easy for me to know who is new exactly, so what I’ve decided to do is give this to people that are new to me; recent followers. I hope you will accept this, and know that I loved having the opportunity to get to know you and your passions a little better. In way or another you have inspired me.

Here they are:

http://brainsnorts.wordpress.com — This man is funny. Better yet, he’s clever.

http://sugaredpecan.wordpress.com — Warning: do not visit blog without food in your stomach — recipes and photos will induce drooling.

http://wordsweneversaid.wordpress.com — This lady and I bonded over our mutual adoration for Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series. She is thoughtful and leaves sincere comments, and of course has great taste in literature.

http://funandfabulousness.wordpress.com — I love her pictures and I love her attitude. I think in real life Elisa and I would be friends. AND I think it’s worth mentioning — since there has been much discussion on the subject as of late — Elisa was recently Freshly Pressed! Congrats, Elisa.

http://karistaskitchen.com — Again, this incredibly gifted chef’s blog should not be viewed unless a) you’re well informed that by doing so, you will want to make everything she has made, or b) you have practiced the words “No — put the butter and sugar down.” very thoroughly. Check out her post from today. Yum!


The second award I received was “The Sunshine Award” from Lori.

This one does have a few rules:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you

Ten Questions About Myself: Well . . . By this point I wonder if anyone is still reading the post, or if ya’ll have just skimmed through to see if your name is on the list. No judging — I’ve done that myself a few times. I think instead of answering ten questions, I’ll lift up 10 prayers to people/circumstances I’m invested in. That way, even if I have lost all you readers, it stands for something 🙂

Father, I ask that you pour out your wisdom over Amanda. Help her to trust in Your plans for her life, to determine what is fear and what is false, and continue to go bravely forth in the midst of uncertainty and change.

I ask for comfort for Jenn. May she be surrounded by those who know her and love her. Those who understand there is nothing they can say to take away the hurt or change what’s happening, but love her enough to simply be.

For Kristin, I ask for strength. That she would continue to persevere and triumph, finding joy and pride in every daily conquering.

Build a home around Tiana and Aaron. Use their gifts, strength, and abilities to further your kingdom and do good in this world. They are beautiful, Lord, and I thank you for bringing them into our lives.

Please provide protection for those who have suffered the loss of people and homes due to tornadoes and other natural disasters. Spread your Goodness and Love throughout the country and enable people to fulfill the purposes in which you created them for. Lord, have mercy on my mother. She is dear and jaded, and needs your grace terribly. Guide Michael and I as we search for a new place to call Church. Help me to a woman of nobility, of generosity, and love. Allow me to do Good with my voice, tame my tongue and give it direction and intention. Help me not to equate success with productivity.

May your Hand be with our country as we try and pull ourselves from the trenches. May we uphold what it means to be American and all that entails.


The people I would like to nominate for this award are those who make me smile just by being themselves. They take the time to interact with me by leaving a comment and make me feel as if they truly care what this lady has to say. Their blog content is diverse, ranging from food, design, and simply the call to share their lives. I am glad to know you, and since I don’t get out into the sun very often for Vitamin D, I thank you for being that lil bit of Sunshine for me.

Please check out these wonderful blogs when you have a moment.


Lastly, “The Hug Award.” There is much content affiliated with The Hug Award, and while it is lengthy and seems a bit extensive to me, I do not want to maim or corrupt its potent message by leaving anything out.

Please do not change or use another image for the HUG Award Image©.  Please do not alter–by changing, shortening, or adding to–the text about the award and how to share it with others.  Either copy the entire article as it is on this page, or please include a link back to this article, when you post on your blog or share award with others.

I ask you to please honor this request and help me keep the integrity of the award as originally designed, so that future award recipients will know what an honor it is to receive this award.  Thank you, Connie Wayne


Hope is an expectant desire; a confidence in a future event; a ground for trust and confidence; to think; to look forward to with trust and expectant desire.”

 The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today athttp://ahopefortoday.comwhich promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people.

 The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they:  Hope for Love; Hope for FreedomHope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and HappinessHope forCompassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

 The HUG Award© recognizes and honors those who help keep hope alive in our current world, which is plagued by war, natural disasters, and economic recession.  They nurture hope, in any of the above areas (in italics),  by the work they do, or in their personal lives with things such as blogging, public speaking,charity work, etc.

The HUG Award© is for anyone, anywhere in the world, who meets theguidelines and wants to be nominated for the award. Please leave a comment on this page if you are interested in receiving this award, or if you would like to nominate someone else for the award.

The HUG Award© is for people who, without giving up or compromising their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, are able to nurture hope and respect the dignity of all people.

 The HUG Award© is for those who, without bias or prejudice, use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.

 The HUG Award©is for people who have a hope or an expectant desire that the work or talents they use in things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc., will make a positive impact on the world.

These people do not have to actively use the word “hope” in their work or creative talents.  They only need be conscious of their desire to make the world a better place for everyone.

These people use their available resources–a smile, a hug, a helping hand, a listening ear, a voice, time, money, possessions, education, personality, talent, websites and blogs—to make a positive impact on the world and make the world a better place to live.

The HUG Award© is not specifically a website or blog award.  It can be given to people in your community, at your employment, at your place of worship, etc.  Please make sure they have a copy of these Guidelines, and please don’t forget to submit their names back to this site.


HUG Award© Image:   Those who receive the HUG Award© may paste a copy of the original HUG Award© image into an Image widget on their website or blog by simply copying and pasting the following image URL into an Image widget:   http://hopesfortoday.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/hug-award1.png.  As the link URL for the imageplease inserthttp://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.


1.  If you receive a HUG Award©, you may nominate others who also meet the above guidelines for the award.  You may nominate as many people, websites, or blogs as you want to nominate to receive the award.  I do ask that, upon receipt of the award, you nominate at least one other person.  The award is also not time limited, so you can nominate new people or sites you encounter in the future.  Please try not to nominate those who have already received the award.

2.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACTING YOUR NOMINEESand telling them you nominated them for the  HUG Award©.  AND when you contact them…

3.  Please link this page:  When you contact your nominees for the award, please include a link to this page,http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/so they will have the same information you received about the award.  Then, they also can perpetuate the award by nominating others.  AND…

4.  Please post a comment on this page athttp://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ with the name and the complete website or blog address of the site(s) or person(s) you nominate.

5.  If you know, I would appreciate you informing me of the geographical location of your nominee(s) and /or their site(s).

6.  Social Media Sites:  You may also copy and paste unchanged copies of the original HUG Award© and HUG Award© Guidelines’ wording to other social media sites such as Facebook and Linkedin.  You may also print original copies for your personal use for display, etc.

7.  You may print a copy of the HUG Award© Guidelines for people you nominate, who do not have a website, blog, or social media account to which they can paste award and Guidelines.  If they have email, you may email them a copy of the original HUG Award© and original Hug Award© Guidelines.

The people I have nominated for this award seek to do Good with their blogs by sharing inspiration, kindness, and courage. If you have already received this, please just accept that I appreciate you. Thank you for being Light.

Rose — http://taracrow.wordpress.com

Shannon — http://revelationsinwriting.wordpress.com

Silently — http://silentlyheardonce.wordpress.com

Lori —  http://blessyourhippieheart.wordpress.com

Whew! I’m tuckered out from all that award receiving and passing on. Time to get down to business for the day and back to that book.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. See you on Tuesday, or maybe sooner if inspiration calls. And just because, here’s two pictures; one to make you sigh, one to make you laugh, both good for your soul.

evening walk

i agree.

17 thoughts on “Terribly Long Overdue

  1. Oh, heavens, you have been very busy. I would be exhausted, too. Congratulations on your nominations and congrats to all those who have been gifted the awards as well.

    Cara, you are a huge inspiration to me and I love seeing your comments on my blog. You always make me feel so fantastically wonderful and blessed to be who I am and to be a part of this universal blog family. Thank you, also, for the nomination. I love your prayer. I could feel God’s arms around me as I read it.

    You are an angel. Thank you for being who you are and coming into my life the way you have. Sending hugs and my love your way. God bless.

  2. Wow, I would have been tardy if I was expected to deliver this mountain of work in recognition of my already large mountain of work.
    Cara, you are one of the angels on this earth sent to watch over the poor souls who lose their way so easily. I am often like an Alanis Morissette lyric and so easily injured to the point of wanting to quit.
    Now you just gave me a little sunshine. I am inspired by this and tomorrow or Monday I will respond with my acceptance and a twist.
    I am honored you chose me and absolutely 100% relieved you did not nominate me for the Hug Award 🙂 I might have had to hire an intern if you gave me that one

  3. I love how wonderfully thoughtful you are, to spend the time and energy assigning each one of these awards to the most deserving folks! I am also so touched that you have included me in your prayers on this blog. I just love you to pieces and am so thankful for you, my sweet friend!

  4. Cara Mia Bella!

    You never fail to blow me away! That is so YOU to lift up 10 prayers rather than talk about yourself. WOW, that’s just awesome! Congratulations on all of your well deserved nominations and thank you so much for your endless positive words of support and encouragement. You have taught me a thing or two about the importance of giving, and to never miss the opportunity to bless someone. (I was reminded of this lesson a few days ago when a teenage boy asked me for some money so he could buy a hamburger) 🙂 And lastly, THANK YOU for nominating me for the HUG award. I am truly honored and so appreciative to be included, but most of all I am so blessed to have you as a friend!

    Peace and Blessings Always!


    • Thank you, Alex! Yes, it is necessary to properly thank those who have been gracious and pass on the Good, but boy is it exhausting. I needed a nap afterward, lol.

      Hope you’re having a wonderful Tuesday!

  5. What a beautiful way to accept the Sunshine Award, Cara! With prayers. And thank you for the nomination of the HUG Award.

    You are well deserving of all you’ve received.

  6. Cara, Thank you, Thank you! You are as Michael says “one of the Angels on this earth”. I feel truly blessed to have happened upon you and your delightful and inspirational blog. And congratulations on the blog awards, truly deserved! Delicious wishes!

    • I suppose, in us all, resides the capacity for angelical benevolence; this, of course, is offset with that less-than-admirable iniquity. I am honored that I can aspire to the former by doing only what feels right: taking a moment to love on my friends. 🙂


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  8. Cara, I couldn’t find you on twitter. I wanted to get word to you that I am planning something special for the Sunshine Award.

    Thank you so MUCH for the nomination, the honor, and for your encouraging messages.

    The honor has not been forgotten, my friend.

    Hope you’re recovering is coming along. All the best!

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