One Lovely Blog Award

Love is in the air!  No really, it is!  I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by not one, but six amazing women whom I just adore.  They are Electric Mystery, Infertility, U Suck, Twelve Week Eternities, Baby Sans…Baby Brains, My Perfect Breakdown, and Drunk Storks.  You are all amazing women and words cannot express how thankful I am to have you supporting and encouraging me each and every day.  I am truly thankful to have you as a part of my life!

Onelovelyblog award

Rules for winning this award are very simple, here they are:

1.  Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link to his/her blog.

2.  List the rules.

3.  Include 7 facts about yourself.

4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated.

5.  Display the award logo in your post. 

 Here are 7 facts about myself: 

1. polorioid of GoldieEvery night for the past 8 months I have tucked a three-year old cutie patootie into bed that isn’t mine nor are we related.  Goldilocks (not her real name) came into our lives on January 10th through a program my husband and I are involved in called Safe Families for Children.  It’s a volunteer based program in which parents voluntarily place their children with volunteer host parents while they are going through an immediate crisis (job loss, eviction, illness of a parent, abusive relationship, etc.) and feel their child needs a temporary “safe place” to call home.  Goldilocks was originally placed with us for 30 days, which then turned into 90 days and now we are going on 9 months.  Why?  Due to some new circumstances, the State of Illinois has had to get involved and she has been legally (no longer on a volunteer basis) placed with us while her mother completes a few required tasks.  Needless to say, I am now swimming in mounds of paperwork and our entertainment at night is watching the required videos because it is a court requirement that in order for her to remain in our care during this time, we must become licensed foster parents.  Despite all of the extra work of now jumping through bureaucratic hoops, it is worth it to make sure she has a happy, safe and loving place to call her “home” during this rough and uncertain time in her life.  I would post a picture of her but due to confidentiality and in order to respect her privacy, I can only post the back of her head.  But isn’t that head just adorable?!

2.  I am not a dessert kind of gal…I’m more of a “pass me the rolls” and “I’ll take an extra helpin’ of Mac and Cheese, please” kind of gal.

3.  HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY TO ME!  My birthday is tomorrow and I will be 31 years old young.  I have discovered if I think about my age too much, I get discouraged as I have nothing my younger self thought I would have by now, so I don’t dwell on it.  Instead I think about how I am blessed with another birthday which is a privilege denied to so many.

4.   “So what do you do?”  That’s the question I get asked most often when meeting someone new and my response is always this, “I retired in 2012 at the ripe ol’ age of 27.”  I am a stay at home wife who spends hours upon hours playing Pac-Man while eating a box of Ho-Ho’s until 15 minutes before my husband returns home and that is when I jump up to brush the peach fuzz off my teeth and change out of my pj’s.  Just kidding…but I’m certain that is what most people think I am doing when I answer that I do not work.  I did go to college and I do have a degree in social work, but when my husband and I moved from Indiana to Illinois in the summer of 2012, I took the time off to just relax before the new school year started (all of my social work jobs have been in the school system).  Needless to say, I enjoyed my summer so much that I never sought employment again.  Besides…we were starting fertility treatments and I just KNEW I would be pregnant soon….cough, cough.

5.  I rarely, if ever, watch TV.  We don’t even purchase cable anymore because we never watched it; but I LOVE the Cosby Show and watch the reruns on DVD weekly.  I hope to be as funny of a parent as Mr. Cosby and as smart as a mom as Mrs. Huxtable.

6. 0124141630 Currently one of my favorite quotes is “God doesn’t give us what we can handle. He helps us handle what we have been given.”  I hear so many times the quote (accompanied with a pat on my shoulder), God won’t give you more than you can handle” and it was starting to make me bitter at God for GIVING me so many hardships.  Why did He give me PCOS?  What loving father would give their child something like this?  Was God as loving as my childhood Sunday school teacher drilled into my head?  Instead of growing bitter at God because I KNEW that would get me anywhere, I dug deep into His Word.  I learned that He doesn’t GIVE you sickness.  He doesn’t GIVE you diseases.  He doesn’t GIVE you heartache.  He doesn’t GIVE you infertility.  All of those things are results from Eve eating the fruit and thus living in a fallen world.  God can ONLY give GOOD and PERFECT gifts (James 1:17). He can’t be good and bad.  Mark 3:24 says, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”  God doesn’t give evil, just like the devil doesn’t give good.  So while He isn’t the one GIVING you sickness, disease, heartache, infertility, and other trials, He is the one helping you through them.  It may not be painless and it may not be quick, but He will help you through it.  (Not to mention, some of the problems I go through, are from my own stupid mistakes. hehe)

7.  My hubby would say it is extremely difficult to get me to “laugh” and he takes pride in himself whenever he can. I believe the only sure-fire way to make me belly laugh, is to hold me down and give me a tickle.  However if you do, I will start yelling and throwing punches to get you to stop because I am thirty and for some strange reason, I cannot hold my…well, you know…I sorta, kinda  , maybe a little bit start to get “tears running down my leg”…

That's all folks

With each award I am always humbled but like My Perfect Breakdown said, I also have an internal struggle as to whether I should participate in these chain-letter type blog posts.  However, as you can clearly see I have decided to participate.  I did so because I find it an excellent opportunity to not only give thanks to those who have graciously nominated me, but also to give a huge shout out to other bloggers who I believe are much deserving of such recognition.  When I started blogging in October 2013, I would have never imagined the amount of consistent love, support and encouragement I would encounter.  I have “met” some amazing women and forged many friendships that I know will last a lifetime.  Each one of you inspire me as you show grace, humor, wisdom and generosity during such a difficult time in your own life and so without further ado and in no particular order, here is my shout out to 15 bloggers who I think are simply lovely.

(psst…it was really hard to pick just 15 as all of the blogs I follow are lovely…I wouldn’t follow them if they weren’t (and some had already been nominated).  But I figured I should follow the rules because I don’t want the blogging police to come knockin’ on my door.)

Life.Love.Jesus

Starbucks, Peace and the Pursuit of a Baby

A Hundred Affections

The Sea of TTC

Awaiting Autumn

Bruised Banana

With Grace and Faith

In Due Time

Our Greatest Desire

Victoriaagredo

Amber Under Construction

coalescedreberie

A Calm Persistence

Hope Anchors the Soul

My Life As a Case Study

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41 thoughts on “One Lovely Blog Award

    • I am so glad you commented! I tried looking for you blog in my blogger dashboard the other day and nothing came up…you still blogging? It might have been a glitch in the system that day.

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  1. Congrats on your nomination! And Thank you so much for sharing this. You have no idea how your “7 facts about you” just helped me right this moment! Not only can I completely relate to your #4 and #5 but I needed to read #6 today! Very well said! I’m struggling with the bitterness you mentioned right now. In fact I started to write a new post based on those feelings a few minutes ago only to change my mind and delete the whole thing. I needed that reassurance. Again, Thank you.

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  2. Oh…and LOVED your facts….Goldilocks is adorable…even from the back!!! I think it’s so neat that you are doing that. We did the foster care classes for WI but I’m not convinced at this point I’d be able to give the children back so we’re holding off for now. 🙂

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    • yes this is new territory for us…we chose Safe Families because we knew going into each placement that they WOULD be returned so there was never the heartache of “do they stay…will they go…” But now everything is limbo :/ It makes it difficult.

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    • I actually have zero plans for the weekend :/ I thought about driving to the nearest target/micheals/hobby lobby and purchasing some fall decor for outside but it’s hard to do with a three year old. She might get bored…I could leave her with the hubs but I kinda wanted him to go too. LOL!

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      • I hear ya…..it’s so funny that when you’re little birthdays are such a big deal, and now (at least for most people) it’s really not that big of a deal. My birthday is in a few weeks, and I doubt we’ll do anything exciting either. Maybe you could shop for a bit then do something fun for the kiddo…does anywhere around you offer hay rides/pumpkin patch tours? My nephews always love doing that with us in the fall.

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      • Yes they do but not near the target :/ LOL! We had planned on taking her to the pumpkin patch at the beginning of October. I am pretty excited about going to that…her face will light up.

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  3. I hardly ever watch tv either but I do love the golden girls and the cosby show, along with seinfeld and friends. I’m not very.. hip haha. I loved learning more about YOU! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and this year the Lord answers all the prayers spoken for you! ❤

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  4. Thank you for nominating me! Us “desperate housewives” have to stick together! Lol. But seriously I’m so proud of you for so many reasons–the top 2 reasons are:
    1. You’re always being a positive influence both on your blog & in your comments
    2. Most people can’t imagine how hard it is to take on the responsibility of Goldilocks–many of your days are filled with appointments and court dates on her behalf. You are devoted to her 24/7 but you’re obligated to remind her you’re not “mommy”. It’s not all tea parties and bedtime stories. Being a guardian is harder than being a parent. But you never complain.
    So yeah, expect a nomination from me! XOXO

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    • Awe thanks girl! No you are totally right…it is not all tea parties and playing babydolls. It’s hard….it’s hard walking that line of being her mommy but making sure she is reminded of her mommy whom she only see’s once a week. Court dates are stressful…counseling appts are stressful…but in the end it’s worth it to hear her tell me fifty times a day…”wisha, your my friend and I love you.” Melts my heart every time.

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  5. I love the facts you included! Love learning new things about you. I think it’s amazing that this volunteer opportunity turned into a long term deal. I think that fostering/adoption/providing a safe haven (I’m not saying your adopting at all but you know what I mean?) is truly the heart of God. It’s so beautiful. I truly desire to become a foster or adoptive parent at some point in my life. My heart breaks for injustice. Also, happy early birthday!!! You’re spirit is beautiful and I hope you have an amazing day! You deserve it.

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    • Thank you so much! She sure has been a blessing to us over the last 8 months. It’s not all tea parties and playing baby dolls, but all the stress of paperwork, court dates, and appointments is worth it.

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  6. Happy birthday! My birthday is on Monday so we are almost bday twins 🙂 Trying my best not to get too down about, since it’s happening no matter what I do, haha. So glad you participated and loved reading your facts. Amazing that you take care of little Goldilocks…she looks adorable, even from behind!

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  7. Happy early birthday!! I hope you have an absolutely amazing birthday, and 31st year too!
    And, I am so amazed at your love for that little girl – and yes she does have the cutest back of the head ever! She, like every child, deserves to know a stable home filled with love. You and your husband are giving her such an amazing gift that will last through her lifetime.

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  8. Happy birthday, friend!!!! I’m praying this is your year! Loved reading your facts, and I am so grateful for your presence here! And I, too, if I laugh too hard….but it is only with my sister. She is the only one who can get me to laught that hard!

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  9. I absolutely love that quote! Probably because I absolutely hate the saying that “God will not give you more than you can bear.”! The verse is actually that he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. He will provide a way out. God giving us more than what I could bear was what caused me to seek refuge in him. It was good for me that I could no longer bear the circumstances we were given. It helped increase my faith, watching the evidence play out in my life that he was helping me bear what we had been given. Great quote!

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  10. Happy birthday (early)! I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

    Goldilocks is beautiful. I’m glad you have her and she has you. ❤

    I hear you about work. So many people tend to define themselves by their jobs/careers when there is so much more. Thanks for sharing your facts!

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  11. I turned 31 in January, and I too was depressed that after 10 years of marriage we still didn’t have any children. Twenty-four days after my 31st birthday, we found out we were expecting our daughter. Praying that this is your year! 😉

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  12. Happy birthday twin!! Love getting to read more about you! Can’t believe how long Goldilocks has been with y’all!! We too don’t have cable – we realized we were spending a ton of money and never using it! Ok. I feel like SO much lately I have been hearing that ‘God doesn’t give us more than we can handle’ and I keep wanting to ask people where in the bible it says that… but, I keep my mouth shut!! I like your quote SO much better!!!!! Congrats on your blog award – so well deserved! Thanks for the nomination!!

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    • That’s the thing…”God doesn’t give us more than we can handle” is not in the Bible. But what is in the Bible is that God won’t tempt us more than we can bear. Those are totally two different things 🙂 The quote most often we hear and repeat (the one you mentioned) is a sneaky way for the enemy to plot in our minds that everything we go through is from God..this takes all the eyes off him (the devil) and we become angry at God instead of the one we should be angry with…the enemy.

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  13. I just loved this and just wanted to say again how wonderfully blessed Goldilocks is to have you and Daniel. You clearly care for her so much and would do anything for her. Praying you don’t have to go through too many more hoops in order to continue to care for her until her Mom can care for her again.

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    • Thank you so much! Your support and encouragement mean so much to me. It’s not always easy but I know totally worth it just to see the smiles on her face and the excitement on her face when Dan walks through the door or we go do something together as a family. xo

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    • Thanks so much. I didn’t think I could do it either but with God all things are possible. I honestly believe He gives me the strength and ability because I know that on my own I couldn’t fo’sho. I hope you had a great weekend!

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