Award brightening the winter…

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Last night I had a message on my blog.  The message was on my awards page.  It was from a blogger whose blog I recently started to follow.   Limbiley’s Blog, wrote that he had awarded me my choice of several awards.  This was overwhelming to say the least!  I chose this one… it spoke to my sense of vanity…  yes, I know honesty. 

I thank Limbiley.  His blog is full of his heart.  His words convey joy, ache and emotion.  I don’t know how he does it, but when I read his blog I can feel some tugging at my heart.  So, thank you for the awards. 

Rules for Blog of the Year Award:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a post about the blog(s) you have chosen (there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required) and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link:

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here: to share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-Finally, as a winner of the award, please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

So, I will do what the rules say, although, I don’t know about joining in with the Facebook page.  It sounds great, but as I have looked at all the photos on the page, I think it may be too revealing… after all this vain blogger is anonymous! 

I think every blog I read is worthy of this award.  Each blog speaks to me in a different way.  I have unique relationships with so many bloggers and my life would be as dark as a winter’s day without you.  (how’s that for tying my winter theme in here?) 

But, if I had to choose (and if you weren’t chosen, I am so very sorry), there are four blogs that I look forward to daily.  Here are the blogs I give this award to:

My Men and Me

It’s all in the simple

Raising the Curtain


Thanks again for stopping by, and now I will go polish off my award and smile.   DAF




In acknowlegement….

I am interrupting this series to acknowledge that Dj Mynatt who blogs at Donna’s Family Life has awarded me  the Most Uplifting Blogger Award.  I am amazed that anyone is uplifted by my posts, as I see myself as having a pretty common, normal life.  But, I am humbled and gratefully accept this.  Dj’s blog is a fun place to visit and I highly recommend it.

In keeping with the award’s requirements, here are seven blogs that I nominate for this award.  These writers bless, encourage and make me go ‘huh!’ more than once.


1. It’s All in the Simple

2. My Dog-eared Purpose

3. The River Walk

4. Father Says

5. Dancing on my Ashes

6. Bliss in images

7. Faith 1st Ministry


Next, I need to write 7 things that I am thankful for.  That’s an easy one.

1. my hubby

2. daughter number 1

3. daughter number 2

4. son-in-law 1

5. son-in-law to be at some point

6. LITTLE MAN!!!!!!!!

7. my extended family

During this time of giving, these are the most precious gifts I have received in my life.

Thanks for reading, DAF

A Gift…

In this season of gifting, I opened my blog today to see that I received a gift from a fellow blogger.  Serious thoughts taken not so seriously awarded me for The Shauny Award.  I am always humbled when I receive these awards.  It makes me feel good to know that people think I fall into the categories these awards stand for.  Personally, I think my words come out of me as an overlow of an over active mind and I know I can’t keep telling hubby the same stories over and over, so, I write them.  I often picture people reading my words (especially those I know and love) as rolling their eyes and saying to themselves, “Oh no, she didn’t just write that, did she?”

So, it is with this spirit of gifting, that I follow the rules for this award.  I want to pass this award on to 10 people I believe show humility, love and authenticity to be themselves in their blogs.  So, here is this Shauny Award:

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1. athingirl


3. suzie81

4. it’sallinthesimple

5. blissinimages

6. raisingthecurtain

7.  adoptingjames

8. fascinationsofavanillahousewife

9. notquiteold

10. themiddlestsister

I consider the blogs I listed above (and several that I did not mention) as gifts to me.  They have made me laugh, made me cry and they challenged and encouraged me on many days.  Thank you my dear friends, you are an example of what great writing is and can be.  DAF

In the middle… a gift…

Last week in the middle of unpacking and feeling overwhelmed and a bit under appreciated, I turned to Facebook for some uplifting.  That day my Facebook page was not that exciting.  No new pictures of my grandson, no funny jokes, no scriptures that fed my spirit.  Nothing, just the usual complaints and comments.  I checked my email.  There in the lists of ads for stores I never visit was a message to approve a comment.

This struck me as strange, as I had not been on my blog for a while, it seemed like years.  At first, I thought it would be a message that due to lack of use they were going to close my account…  that was just the frame of mind I was in.  But, no, it was not that type of message.  Instead, it was a message from a gentlemen that had visited my blog and as a courtesy, I visited his.  It is a wonderful blog, one that I know I will visit often.  He is just starting to blog and his posts are worth the visit.  I urge you, JT, to continue in your blog, it is going to mean a lot to your family and friends and those of us who stop by and peek into your life.

This message was a very timely message for me.  He gave me an award.  He said I had encouraged his writing.  That blessed me so very much.  So, to JT, (who can be found here:  thank you.  Your timing was spot on!

The award he bestowed upon me is this one:

Now, when you are in scrubby jeans and tee-shirt and feeling like you are all alone with your boxes, an award like this is like a ray of sunshine pouring through your ceiling, there are angelic voices singing and butterflies are floating around you… yes, I may exaggerate a bit, but you get the idea.  This little picture made me feel good.

Inspiration is something that I never associate with myself, and sitting in my jeans, tee-shirt and sweaty hair, I was blessed.  That break from the boxes was wonderful.

Now, as with any award there are things that need to be done.  I figured I had better do this before I go on to hanging pictures and the last set of curtains and forget where I was going with my blog entries.

The rules for receiving this award are:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Hmm, this is always a tough one for me, as I am trying to remain anonymous.  Seven things about me, without revealing much.

1.  I prefer potato chips over chocolate, although I will not refuse chocolate.

2. I am glad I have gotten a reprieve from returning to work (until at least the fall)

3. I am amazed that anyone reads my blog

4. I dream of doing something life changing for others at some point in my life.

5. I would love to have people see the love of Jesus when they meet me (I have a looooong way to go on this one!)

6. I love to plan things, parties, trips, meetings.  It is fun to see a plan come together.

7. I wish I could convey in words how much my friends mean to me.

I would love to give this award to the following blogs:

My Men and Me: (  This is one of my favorite blogs.  I want to visit her and her home sometime.  When she writes about her home you feel like you are right there.

athinggirldotcom: (    Her writing is humorous, sensitive and thought-provoking…  I  look forward to seeing her posts.

The River Walk: (  This daily devotional is great.  I always come away encouraged and challenged.

Loren Nancarrow: ( Now, this one is just because.  This is a large site, but having had this news anchor in my home daily via the television, I am partial to his writing.  His blog as he battles cancer is one that inspires me.  This award is just a way to thank him for his many years of bringing me news and information that has been a part of my life experience.

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast: (  This woman has guts!  She is working hard to fulfill a dream and someday I will go here.  This is a fun blog to read.

Elizabeth W. Marshall: ( Comforting words.  This blog has words that are pieces of art, truly.  This writer has a gift that makes words artistic.  She is a gifted writer who loves our Lord.

Coming East: (  Now, I don’t know if she already has this award, but she is my inspiration.  Her comments on my blog have encouraged me.  She makes me laugh and cry and I am so glad this writer is in my life.

Life With The Top Down: (  I know she already has this award, but the way I see it is, she is so inspiring (and funny, and serious, and fun) that she deserves to be recognized again!

Raising the Curtain: (  Again, she already has this award, but I figure if you have received it, it is for a reason (especially in her case)….  my blogging hero who takes on challenges and does them so wonderfully…

Now, I know that this is not 15…. I can count that high, but this is my list.    I guess number 8 of things about me is ~ I don’t like to follow instructions.

Thanks for stopping by today and for reading all of this, it was a long one and if you have read all the way through this, well you deserve the award also!  Appreciate you, DAF



I Wish to Thank….

In November I received an award.  This award was given me by a very special blogger that I consider a friend.  She writes at:  Her blog is a mixture of humor and truth and she challenges me and inspires me in so many ways.

When she wrote about this award, it was sprinkled with humor and grace.  She awarded this to myself and to several of the other blogs I follow.  Each blogger has mentioned and written about this award with inspiration and fun and I have struggled to write about it with a new twist.  Since, for some reason, I am unable to come up with a new angle, I will just write.

The award given to me is

The Rules for the Liebster Award are as follows:

  • Link back to the blogger who gave you this award
  • Post the award to your blog
  • Post 11 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions asked of you, plus create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 11 people you think deserve the award and link them to your post.
  • Go to their pages and tell them they have been chosen

So, now, here I plunge into accomplishing what this award requires.  BTW, I do love getting awards, it makes me feel so very special!

The eleven things about myself is a bit hard.  As I really strive to be anonymous, each thing revealed also reveals a bit about myself.  But, hey, it’s a new year, let’s do it!

1. I have a scar on  my right leg.  I fell going up a hill when I was 7 and a piece of a stick broke off in my leg.  It travelled around my bone and came out the same hole as it went in…  no lie.  I couldn’t really walk for several weeks while it made its trip around my calf.

2. I am claustrophobic

3. I love the mountains.  They are majestic and they give me a peace that I can’t explain.

4. I love potato chips.

5. I am a painter, but don’t like having people see my work.

6. I am a middle child.

7. I would love to be a speaker at women’s groups, but don’t know how to go about doing that.

8. I broke my back sledding 12 years ago.  It was a great ride down the hill until I met that boulder.

9. I will be returning to the work force this year and it literally scare me to death!

10. My grandson makes my heart smile the way no one else can make me smile.

11. My first name is….. hah! caught ya with that one…

Now here are the questions I have to answer:

1.  What is you favorite song of all time?  Send in the Clowns… has been since the first time I heard it.

2.  Boxers, briefs, boy shorts, granny panties, thong or the universal choice of Commando?  Granny panties, comfort is key for me.

3.  Would you break the law to save a loved one?  I was raised Catholic, I have too much Catholic guilt to do anything wrong.

4.  Would you go back to being a teenager, without the wisdom you have now?  Absolutely NOT.

5.  What are you most grateful for? My family.  They mean the world to me

6.  Are you a beach or mountain kind of person?  I have already answered that, definitely a mountain person

7.  Reveal one of your guilty pleasures?  When I travel, having a decadent coffee drink.

8.  Are you a dark, milk or white chocolate lover?  All are great, I am not a respecter of chocolate.

9.  If you could give a newborn child one piece of advice, what would it be?  To always be yourself.

10.  What is your best childhood memory?  Going shopping with my Dad and getting a new spring jacket that had an apple on it.

11.  Do you act your age or your show size?  Neither… my age is irrelevant and my feet are big!

The eleven questions I would ask are:

1. What is your favorite season?

2. What is your favorite dessert?

3. Where would you go on vacation, if money were no object?

4. What is your idea of a great night out?

5. What is your least favorite color?  Why?

6. Dog or cat person?

7. What grosses you out?

8. Where were you born?

9. What is your favorite flower?

10. What smell makes you feel at home?

11. What is your favorite holiday?

Now, this award, as described by Life with the Top Down, is: Liebster (pronounced: leeb-stir) is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.  The Liebster Blog Award recognizes up and coming bloggers and winners are asked to “pay it back and forward.”  The award is given to those bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

So, now, drum roll, please….

Here are the bloggers I think deserve to have this award:


Coming East (even though she has more than 200 followers)

My Men and Me  writing at Finally Wendy Wanders  the friend who inspired me to start blogging in the first place

So, now, I am caught up in thanking and doing what needs to be done.   Thank you Top!!!  You are the best and thanks for stopping by, DAF

Triple Crown?!?

Last week I felt sort of like Secretariat must have felt when he won the Triple Crown.  I was given, not one, but three awards!  I was overwhelmed, stunned, and humbled!!  So, what did  I do since then?  NOTHING!  Couldn’t write a thing.

So, this evening, having just closed myself into a room with no interruptions, I will proceed.  First of all, I want to thank Raising the Curtain for her generosity and encouragement.  She has a wonderful blog that speaks to me each time I read it.  I so appreciate her and her posts, all which make me want to go explore her lovely country. 

Now, according to the post dear Curtain wrote when she awarded these to me, I will need to answer a few questions.  This is good, since my mind has been a vaccuum when it comes to writing this week.  Nothing but mush for brains, not good given that it has also been very rainy here and I expect to see an ark floating by any time now. 

So, now, I will begin to answer the questions:

What is a real fear you have? That my life will mean nothing.  I just have a picture of going through the pearly gates and being asked, “Is that all you did?” 

How would you describe yourself?  oh, that’s a toughy… I am easy going for the most part.  I try to be understanding and encouraging.  I hold myself to ridiculous standards of accomplishments (it’s that list making part of me…) but for the most part, I am just real.  I am human, nuff said.

What Countries have you lived in?  Two.  This great country of the United States and the beautiful country of Japan.  Japan etched itself into my heart and I left a part of me there, but also in living there I grew to love my country even more. 

What is your style? Very easy going, relaxed, casual. 

What is your favorite breakfast food? I love breakfast.  I could eat it any time of the day or night.  But, if given my choice, I would take either a cup of coffee or tea and a piece of toast.  That is perfect!

What are some of your hobbies? Walking, painting, cleaning (I know, I really do like to do it though) and crafts.

If you could tell people anything, what would be the most important thing to say? Trust in the Lord. 

What is one of your passions? Spending time with my kids.  They invigorate me. 

What is the one truth you have learned? That the Lord is in control.  As long as I can look out my window and see the trees rooted in the ground and nothing flying off into space I don’t have to worry because He is in control.  Plus, for anything really upsetting me at the moment, in 6 weeks it will be a distant memory for the most part. 

Now these awards I received were:




Aren’t they pretty?  I am so thrilled!  Thank you again, Raising the Curtain!  You are the best.

Now, to award these awards to others.  This is a new thing to me and I hope I do it right.

Coming East, this blog is wonderful!  Filled with thoughts that brighten each morning as I read her posts. a beautiful blog that is uplifting and humorous.

LIVE FREE.  youthful is the word that describes this blog.

Now, I do follow other blogs and I love each of them, but unfortunately, they were also given these awards by Curtain and I don’t want to regift!


Thanks for stopping by my blog, it means so much to have you visit.  As always, DAF

First things first…

I haven’t taken the time lately to write many (or any, for that matter) posts.  I am determined to catch up with the random thoughts travelling swiftly across my brain.

In April I was humbled beyond measure by the outpouring of encouragement and support from my fellow bloggers.  One of the gifts of this encouragement was the ABC award. 

Thank you for giving me such a boost!  Check out her blog, it is filled with her wonderful adventures, I look forward to reading her posts.

As Wendy said in her post to me, and I quote here: “OK, now on to the business at hand. The ABC Award comes with a couple caveats. The first is to make an alphabetical list of 26 things about me. Hmmmm…. I think this may be a bit tougher than I first considered. Then second, which I think is going to be great, is to pay the blog lovin’ forward and pick five fellow bloggers who have Awesome Blog Content.  The only problem I foresee with this task is picking just five. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there!”   I will now attempt to do this list.  Her list was quite impressive and I have spent the past few weeks trying to figure out how to cleverly do this.  Since nothing amazing came to mind I will just list the alphabet and attempt to describe myself 26 ways!

Absolute ~ it means without limit.  I try to think this way, not to box anyone in and look at all sides.

Bold ~ only on certain topics and in certain circumstances.

Comical ~ again… only on certain topics and in certain circumstances

Daring ~give me an amusement park and you will have to keep up with me!

Energetic ~ my family has threatened to velcro me to a couch on more than one occasion

Funny ~ I have a dry sense of humor and it has gotten me in trouble more than twice

God Fearing ~ I love our Creator and want to have a close walk with Him… but there is also that twinge of Catholic guilt left over from my Catholic school days.

Humorous ~ what can I say, do you see a pattern here?

Idealistic ~ give me a few moments to think about something and I will run with it

Just ~ well, that is how I like to see myself

Kind ~ this I try to practice

Loving ~ I give my heart easily

Mom ~ my favorite name in the world

No-nonsense ~ when I need to get something done, this is me

optimistic ~  HA!! just had to write this, anyone who truly knows me will say I am a half empty glass person, thought it might be fun to write it anyhow!

Persistent ~ I can stick to something longer than bubblegum

Quick ~ I believe in moving and getting things accomplished in the shortest amount of time possible.

Reliable ~ you can count on me

Stubborn ~ well, that needs nothing else with this

Tenacious ~ a better word for stubborn, don’t you think?

Understanding ~ a big downfall of mine, I can pretty much accept any excuse given me

Visionary ~ again, give me a few moments of quiet and I will think many great things (at least in my mind)

Wise ~ at least some people have said I am… guess I got them fooled!

Xanthippe ~ yep, had to look this one up, it means vixen or foxy person… nope, not me, but hey, I needed an ‘x’ word!

Youngster ~ at least in my mind I am still 17…

Zealous ~ for my family, friends and my Lord.

Now to give this award to others… this will come especially when I figure out how to do it!

Thanks for reading and again, thank you for this award.  I truly think that the best award is the companionship and the encouragement given by following not only your blog but the others that are part of my day.  For all of you, thank you for making my life richer.   DAF

HBM (Humbled Beyond Measure)

It is almost tomorrow, and I am just now sitting down to write today.

It won’t be a long post, but, I did not want another hour to go by without mentioning how humbled and blessed I have been.  Humbled and blessed beyond measure.

Yesterday I wrote my post and revealed things on my heart.  I asked for some ideas and left it at that.  I never expected the outpouring of support, encouragement, and love from total strangers.

My dear followers, thank you.  The words seem empty for the abundance of support you have given me.  I smiled through most of the afternoon and evening and awoke this morning thanking God for all of you.

I have renewed excitement to write and will use all the ideas (and awards) you have given me.

My heart is full and I leave you with this.

Proverbs 25:25

New Living Translation 25 Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.

I felt dry when I wrote my post and by the end of the day I was refreshed and renewed.  Thank you all.

As always, DAF