Hooray, we made it to post number 50!! I’ve been wanting to lighten up and freshen our little online space for a while, so I figure this is a good time for a remodel. In addition to this being the fiftieth post, I have another reason to celebrate. Last week, Marie from normaleverydaylife.com nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! Marie happens to be my sister and it’s no surprise that she was nominated for this fun award. I enjoy her blog and I’m sure you will too if you swing on over there to her world. Thank you for your support, Marie! I’m honored and I accept.
Liebster, which is a German word meaning valued, dearest, sweetest or kindest is an award nominated to up and coming bloggers by another blogger. Being nominated for this award is just a way of being shown some love and recognition for your blog. Participating comes with some fun rules, starting with some questions and random facts about myself.
The Questions Marie Asked Me
Why did you start blogging? When my husband, Robert, and I were beginning our adoption journey we decided it would be a good idea to start a blog. My intentions were to keep friends and family informed, but also, as a means to shed light on the adoption process on a personal level as we go through it. Smushedkisses is not just about adoption though; we hope to gain new friends and be a light and encouragement to those who read this blog about family and life.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Definitely an early bird.
Who is your favorite author? I don’t do a lot of heavy pleasure reading. I’m always doing a Bible study and usually reading something along the lines of a parenting book. I do like to follow some blogs and pick up a magazine.
What is your guilty pleasure? Break ‘n Bake cookies, and The Bachelor which, admittedly, is quite ridiculous.
What is your all time favorite TV show? Maybe sad, but true, I really like Dateline. Or my “death show” as Robert likes to call it.
Name three things on your bucket list. Hmm, this question required me to think on it. I would really like for my family to have a nice vacation at Disney, do some travelling abroad with the kids, and own a modest vacation home where the family can make memories and gather year after year.
What’s your favorite way to relax? This one’s easy. Picture couch, TV, electric blanket and Robert brushing my hair. Which he’s really good at, btw😉
Do you collect anything? We have a small coin collection. When I was a child, I collected cat figurines and gold rimmed cat “collector” plates, which now hang out in our attic. I am not a fan, personally, of having a bunch of
dust collectors knick knacks sitting around.
What’s your favorite post on your blog and why? I love going back and looking at the pictures, but my favorite post so far is You Have Gone Before Us. The words in this post came from my heart. It’s a post of thanksgiving and I have always drawn strength from people who have been there, done that. When I know that someone has gone through something I’m going to go through (be it childbirth, marriage, sending a child to kindergarten, etc.), I’m comforted. I say to myself “If other people do this then I can too.” When we can learn from others and find commonalities, it’s a beautiful thing.
Do you enjoy appetizers or dessert more? Dessert, but when it comes to party food I don’t discriminate.
What is your favorite season and why? Fall. Fall is sweater and jean weather. Where I grew up, the leaves changed and it was colorful and beautiful. My mind goes to crisp, cozy and bonfires. Fall makes me think of my Mom because I always remember her saying Fall is her favorite season. Last, but not least, this season reminds me of my wedding which was in October.
Eleven Random Facts About Me:
My husband accuses me of being narcoleptic. I’ve been known to fall asleep in the movie theatre and while fast forwarding through commercials with the remote in my hand.
My love language is Acts of Service.
I love going on long walks and doing Zumba at the gym.
I do not like public speaking.
I was obsessed with cats growing up. My beautiful childhood Siamese cat, Scarlett, died early in my marriage. We adopted a big handsome cat from the shelter shortly after that, but he ended up having medical problems and we had to put him to sleep after a couple months. We’ve been pet free ever since. (Unless you count the hermit crab we brought home from the beach, and now, the sea monkeys that we have)
I received a small scholarship to play tennis my freshman year of college. Haven’t picked up a racket in eight years.
Pumping dance music makes me happy and I love to dance. The mood has to be right though, because I don’t think I’m a great dancer.
My dream job would be working in a salon where I would see all kinds of before and after makeovers. I would be the awesome esthetician who is an expert in all things skin.
I do not have a Facebook account. I’ve held out because I am not a techie. (I’m getting better though) And FB is so low on my priority list right now that I just don’t want to invest the time in it. Who knows, I might branch out some day.
I grew up in the North and live in the South. Even after fifteen years, oftentimes I don’t feel like I fit in. Even if I feel like I’m fitting in, that’s suddenly interrupted by hearing “You’re not from here, are you?”.
I’m the youngest of four children and we were all born within five years.
Congratulations To The Nominees I Have Chosen!
*I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these first four bloggers and I enjoy their blogs because they are candid and transparent. (Something that challenges me.)
We Are Meant To Live For So Much More at jeremy-and-sarah.blogspot.com I got to meet Sarah about a year ago when she was the guest speaker at an adoption class I went to. She and her husband have just added a son to their family.
Rebecca Walker Photography at rebeccawalkerblog.com Robert and I have had the pleasure of getting to know Rebecca and her husband for over a year now. They are a sweet couple and we are very excited for them with the new addition to their family.
Birds In The Treetops at birdsinthetreetops.blogspot.com Jeanine, a mother of five children, is very insightful and wise.
Snow Bunch at mel-snow.blogspot Melissa is blessed with seven children and must be exhausted every single night when her head hits the pillow. She doesn’t blog often, but who can blame her?
A Mom In Need Of Advice at amominneedofadvice.blogspot.com I just came across Kristina and her blog. I can’t wait to get to know her better.
Eleven Questions For My Nominees:
Why did you start blogging?
What is a fond childhood memory you have?
Have you started any new traditions for your family? If so, what?
What scares you?
What is your guilty pleasure?
What is an accomplishment of yours that you’re most proud of?
Dogs or cats? Why?
If money were no object and you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
What is your favorite post on your blog, and why?
If you could only do your hair or makeup, which would you choose, and why?
What is your favorite candy?
1. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
3. List some bloggers with less than 1000 followers who you feel deserve some recognition and encouragement.
4. Notify the bloggers you nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Create a list of 11 questions for your nominated bloggers to answer.
6. Thank your award presenter by linking back to their blog.
7. Have fun with it!