I Would Like to Thank…

Last week, my good friend Sherri Matthews over at A View From My Summerhouse was kind enough to nominate me for the Awesome Blossom Award. Sherri’s kindness reiterated the fact that last year I have some unfinished business from 2013. The end of 2013 began the American awards season of Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes and such.  Wouldn’t you know on the very last day of this awards season I’d be wrapping up this post as Oscars are being awarded in the background!

Sherri and I “connected” over my autism blog as we both have kids on the spectrum. Sherri and I also share our faith, a love for photography, and of course we both adore flowers! When she told me she nominated me for this award, I was not only flattered but delighted. I am very admittedly a flower fanatic.

The spirit behind the Awesome Blossom Award is one of community and friendship as we grow together and encourage one another in this journey called life. I’ve met some wonderful people through this blogging experience.

My nominees are:

Analytical Perspective shares so much! Her story and journey are inspiring. Her compassion for others shines through in every word. I’m so glad I “met” her here on WordPress.

This Ability Of Mine is written by a young lady who is the hope of every parent of a child with special needs. She writes about her kids who are on the spectrum and her love for them shines through. This young lady is destined to do great things in life!

Finally, Life in Portsong  gives me that feeling of community with every read. The writer and I “met” over a shared love of Blue Bell Ice Cream. We both have kids looking toward college. We both share a faith, love of family and a sense of humor where we don’t take life too seriously. His tales of Virgil Creech warm the heart. If you haven’t already, this blog is definitely worth checking out!

This award is the closest I can come to giving my nominees flowers. Your kindness, selflessness, consideration and sense of community bring this nomination and much love your way. Congratulations! May you Be Blessed as you continue to bless others.

Many, Many Thanks!

In this season of Thanksgiving I am grateful for many things, far too many to detail here! However my families… immediate, extended and work are just a few of the things for which I give thanks!

This year I have been blessed with a new family of sorts, people who give me a glimpse into their thoughts and their lives, who inspire and encourage and some who just give me a laugh when I need it. Some are thought-provoking while others force me to take a hard look at myself.

I have been a member of this “blogging community” for less than six months. In this time I have interacted with some wonderful people, been embraced, supported and motivated beyond what I would have ever imagined.

Last week, I received  a nomination for The Versatile Blogger Award from a very kind lady in the UK for my autism blog God, autism and me (more on that later).

Today Clayton Paul at Clayton Paul Better Ways for Better Days nominated me for The Imagine Award. I am grateful that my venture into this world of words has not only given me the opportunity to try to inspire others, but to be inspired as well. And per my award criteria…

Five reasons I enjoy Clayton Paul Better Ways for Better Days

You never know what he’s going to post. The topic matter is varied yet always informative. He is in fact a very Versatile Blogger!

His blogs always have a positive slant toward them. I am often encouraged or inspired.

True to his motto, Clayton does indeed encourage the reader to implement “better ways for better days” through thought, deed or action.

The information on his blog always leaves me feeling better after reading his blog than before I begin.

Finally, he’s a very nice guy!  The comments he leaves in the blogosphere are constructive. His comments build others up, not tear them down. And I love that!

My nominees for the Imagine Award are the following:

A View from My Summerhouse    kindred spirit

Simply Life, living your best life one day at a time    makes me smile

Youth of A Nation…bent not broke    powerful blog about mental illness and more

On Her Way to Perfection     also makes me smile (I like to smile)

Devotions by Christ Hendrix   helps me keep things in perspective 

Sometimes God gives us people who will push us up when we feel like falling and prod us along when we feel like stalling.

THANK YOU to my READERS and fellow writers for doing that and so much more. Yet another thing to be grateful for.