July 22, 2008

First Blogging Award

Brillante Weblog Award
It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise to get my first blogging award! Thank you, Karen (Faith of a Single Mom), for honoring me! I am so glad to hear that I have touched your heart with my ramblings. I discovered you through the photo challenges, and I’ve been enjoying your blog and sage messages.

When I first started my blog on January 1 of this year, I worried about two things:
#1 – I wouldn’t have anything to say.
#2 – It wouldn’t be interesting, so nobody would read it besides me.

My worries appear to be unfounded, LOL. I am thinking of new topics every day and taking more photos. I have met some incredible people along the way, and extended my views and interests. It is a wonderful pastime. I do mental cartwheels when I get comments and feedback. It is encouraging to know that my writings and photos touch people and perhaps bring a little bit of joy to their world. And, comments motivate me to keep my blog interesting and inviting.

I am supposed to pass the award on to seven others, so on with the festivities!

Made in Heaven (Donna) – Thank you so much for finding my blog and being such a faithful reader and commenter. You have been a huge supporter and helped keep me going. Your “hugshugs” never fail to cheer me.

Honeysuckle Lane's Simple Joys (Lana) – I adore your folk art creations, and your blog reflects the beautiful spirit within you. You are a Tennessee treasure.

Knits and Pics and Favorite Things (Cindra) – You are a new blogging friend who I have met through the photo challenge. Thank you for the kind words and encouragement that you have given me. I love how you are branching out with your photography and extending yourself.

Loved and Engraved (Karen M.) – I’ve met you also through the photo challenge, and you have been a great supporter. Your blog is where beautiful words come together with beautiful photographs. It is quite an inspiration.

Vintage Primitives (Blondie) – Your North Carolina tales never fail to delight me. Your spicy humor and wise common sense jump right off the blog pages. I can tell that you are never bored with life.

Joan's Journeys (Joan) – You are another journey gal, and I am glad to have met you through the photo challenge. Your posts and photos make me want to pack my bags and head out for more traveling adventures.

Remodeling This Life (Emily) – I found your blog months ago and have been a faithful reader ever since. I love to read about your life journey, a mom of a young family and who deals with life challenges head on. You are wise beyond your years.

OK. So here are the rules, blogging princesses: Put the logo on your blog. Put a link to me (who awarded it to you) on your blog also. You need to nominate seven other bloggers for the award and put links to them also on your blog. Finally, leave a comment for those you've nominated - so they know they've received a special award!


  1. remodelingthislifeJuly 22, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Well my goodness, aren't you the sweetest! Thank you!!

  2. Awwww...Dearheart! How sweet of you to think of me!!! And it was your Petter Rabbit that caught my eye that day I was blog hopping!!LOL...You know I Love him!! He opened the door for me...to you. Give him a kiss for me!!hughughughugs

  3. You deserve it, Emily. Your posts provide inspiration to young and old alike. Keep on blogging!

  4. You are so welcome, Donna. Your regular comments kept me going at a time when I thought hardly anybody was reading my blog. And now I know that my little rabbit doorgreeter caught your eye! Great! He's a permanent fixture, to set a friendly tone whenever someone comes to visit. Hubby recently helped me name the little fella - Marty, after a good friend of ours in Chicago. He's one of the most cheerful friend you'd ever want to meet!

  5. Hi! I found your blog by visiting the other Donna.
    Congratulation on your award!
    It is nice to be honored in that way.
    I am sure I'll visit your blog later too, for to read more what you have to share with us.
    I like your blog.
    Hugs from Norway.

  6. You're from Norway, Lille meg?! oh boy, oh,boy, oh boy! I love it when I get international visitors! Glad you found my little blog, and thank you for the congratulations! I've got an interesting mix of stuff to digest here, so I hope that something grabs your interest. I'm off to go discover yours now!

  7. It's Always a fun visit here!! Marty, Hey....Well then, Marty it Is!!LOL...He kinda Looks like a Marty!! Happy night sweetie!!hughugs

  8. Hi Donna,

    Thank you so much for this great award. I really am thrilled when someone thinks of me. I am so glad I found your blog through Brenda's Photo Challenge, it's been so much fun getting to know you and everyone else. Thanks again!!

  9. You're welcome, Joan! Hope that this brightens your day!

    I'm grateful to Donna @ Made in Heaven for patching me in to the photo challenges because I am getting to know a terrific group of gals like you!

  10. Congratulations on your award! It's great to be acknowledged, isn't it? Sometimes I wonder if I'm "talking" to myself and then other times I wonder if maybe I should STOP "talking" before everyone out there stops reading. lol I can be such a whiner sometimes. I'll have to work on that. ha! Anywho - congrats to you. And I know what you mean about finding stuff to blog about. I've had 3 teenagers using my computer this week because theirs is broken so I haven't been able to do much blogging. It's been making me crazy! I feel like I'm in withdrawal. I'm finally able to sneak in a couple of minutes today. Glad I got to read about your award!


  11. Thanks, Kari! Keep on talking, girlfriend!

  12. a HUGE congratulations on your blog award! You deserve it!

    Where are you guys right now? did you make it to Bryce canyon?

  13. Congrats on the award! It's well deserved! I'm always as happy as a clam when I can find time to relax and read what my blog buds have been up to.

  14. Thank you, Tonjia!

    Sorry to confuse you on the Southwest USA trip. We took it in April, and I am periodically featuring places that we saw during the trip. Every week or so, I present another location. Check out my "journeys" section of the blog to see past highlights.

    We're home in TN right now and looking forward to another trip in September. We'll be going out to Utah and Colorado.

  15. How sweet of you to say, Brenda. I love reading the blogs too. It's quite addicting, and I learn something new all the time.

  16. Well, I can tell you right now; after having no computer for a week, you actually do go through withdrawals!! hahaha

    Congrats on your award - I too have met many new and wonderful bloggers through Ms. Brenda's photo challenges, and now I'm trying to play catch up!! :)

  17. Thank you, Sally! Goodness, I know what you mean about computer withdrawal. That is the hardest part for me when I go on vacations. Welcome back to the e-world and have fun catching up with the rest of the gals!

  18. Thank you for the kind words. I love to read your blog and so appreciate the encouraging comments you leave on my blog.

    This really is addicting and sometimes I think I've gone way over the edge because I let it take time I should be using for other things. But I enjoy it so much! I'm sure I'll find the balance before long.

  19. You are most welcome, Karen M.! You have a lovely blog and the work that you put into it shows! I have put more time into mine as well here lately. It is pretty much a work in progress, LOL! But it is a fun hobby, and oh-so interesting to read what other bloggers have to say.

  20. How sweet of you to include me! I am honored and as soon as I get my act together I will acknowledge this award on my site. Thank you again! I have truly enjoyed this new blogging friendship and my visits to your cottage.

  21. You're welcome, Cindra! You have a lovely blog and I enjoy reading it! Take your time; golly, you have to unpack and do laundry, LOL. It is wonderful to meet great gals like you.


Marty, here! Donna loves comments, and I faithfully pass them on to her. Thank you so much for visiting!