Kim, over at silentlyheardonce.wordpress.com, surprised me a week or so ago by presenting me with this very unexpected award. Kim writes lovely poetry, born of a passionate soul. She writes honestly and openly, sharing her thoughts without fear. Also, she supports her followers by consistently re-blogging their material. Her blog is one I enjoy on many occasion. Just do it. Go visit her, and tell her I said hello, please.
When I say I don’t feel worthy of accepting this award, it is not an act of self-deprecation, but truly a sense of genuine unworthiness. This is because, as of late, I have neither engaged in blogging, nor have I been diligent in reading very many blogs. Some of you will know my plate is a bit full right now, and some days I have just enough energy to smile and remind myself that God is Good. He is Good and His will is divine.
That said, I am astoundingly honored, Kim, so thank you!
From the creators of the award:
The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…!
You will find all of the info plus the Awards with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 stars upon them here
You ALL bless me. I hope you know this. I don’t have the time or energy to write up blurbs for all 269 of you, or else I would. So I chose only a few blogs, and for specific reasons; each one takes time to invest in me as a person, whether it be here on the blog of other avenues of social media, and also because each one possess a gift that, when all the components are brought together, make up the entirety of all the things I love.
~ Lori is the soft the stuff, the sweet middle layer, the in-between of what we humans call “life.” Like me, she doesn’t blog regularly, but when she does, it’s always worth reading. She delights and blesses, just by being the incredible woman God created her to be. I am honored to know this woman, and even more grateful that she loves me.
~ Amber’s blog is a favorite un-guilty pleasure of mine. She is a woman in the know of the most fashionable and posh. There, she shares her passion for music, clothes, and thrift-shop treasures, and of course her enviable visits to all sorts of fabulous locals. Personally, I think Amber should work for Anthropologie. Just sayin’. More than that, though, Amber is a good person; you know, the kind of person that, when she says she is “sorry to hear that” or “hopes you feel better,” she sincerely means it. She is golden and true.
~ Shannon is my daily read. I may not always comment, but in her daily — yes, daily! She is a superstar! Not to mention a mother of twins! — writings I find both the words and courage to praise Him wherever my emotions might be in that moment. Rather than sugar-coating that sometimes life simply and plainly sucks, she delights and rejoices in the fact that we have a Savior who does not! Her posts are that meaningful rub on the back you used to get before heading out the door for school: the unspoken announcement that, no matter what, Good would be waiting when you arrived home.
~ Gloria cracks me up. I cannot make it through one of her posts without a series of small giggles of loud proclamations of assent. Gloria understands that we writers are crazy, and sometimes the only thing we can do about it, is write about the craziness. Insightful, intelligent, and witty, I find this woman to be.
~ George is an aged soul. True, she is a grandmother, but that is not at all what I mean. Likely she’s been this way since she escaped the clutches of her mother’s womb. George is authentic, hilarious, and smart — three things I admire and aspire to be. I think she’s too hard on herself. I think she doesn’t know exactly how special she is. With that camera in hand she possesses the ability to capture elegance and ugly, making the two indistinguishable. With her words she moves emotions like piano keys. George, you’re pretty cool.
~ Michael. Oh, Michael! Was there ever a man with more personality? The answer — case you don’t know it already — is NO. We hardly chat any more, however I couldn’t resist adding him to my list because his “stuff” is just that good. His pictures, oh my, oh my, they are lovely, let me tell you. And the writing matches the photography in both quality and quintessence. He is blissful, and he is a good man to Juliette.
~ Karista makes theee most mouthwatering dishes I have yet to discover. Rarely do I try to replicate one, but lucky for me my husband is an excellent chef, and just recently he attempted her recipe for turkey-pumpkin enchiladas and it turned out famously! Currently she has a recipe for Bleu Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Medjool Dates.
Da-da-da-da-da-dats all, folks!
Have a wonderful Friday, my friends! Love to you all!