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!
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. Every 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. 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”…
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.)