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Liebster Blog Awards

My sweet sister-in-law, Julie Abel, nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. Liebster is a German word that means dearest. Bloggers pass along this award to other bloggers who have a following of less than 200 people. Awards like this are a neat way to network bloggers who don’t have a huge following yet.

And because the “rules” of the Award require recipients to answer 11 questions and then nominate no more than 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions, it’s a fun way to get to know more about each other.

Thank you, Julie, for your nomination. I appreciate the blog-love, Sister.

Now, as I answer Julie’s questions, y’all may learn more about me than you ever really wanted. Here goes . . .

1. Morning or night owl?
I am definitely a night owl. It takes quite a bit of Dunkin’ Dark Roast to get this girl going in the morning. Actually, I used to be pretty hard on myself because I just don’t like getting up and getting ready and having quiet time before my children get up. I thought that’s what good, Christian moms were supposed to do. But I’m just not wired for early mornings. I’m a night owl. God knows that about me. He’s the One Who created me this way. So, finally, I stopped trying to be something I’m not. 
2. Guilty pleasure song?
This is a tough one. I do sometimes crank up and belt out Air Supply’s Greatest Hits while I’m driving down the road alone or cleaning my house. I shared that once on Facebook, and based on the reaction from some friends, I suppose they think I should feel guilty about it. And sometimes when I’m exercising, I have a special Pandora station of current upbeat songs that probably aren’t kid-friendly. I typed in Taio Cruz’s Dynamite and Pandora works its magic and chooses other songs it thinks I might like to listen to while I work out. 
3. Most inspiring woman to you and why?
Wow, what a difficult question! I have been so blessed to know many incredible women. Today, I had lunch with a dear friend who inspires me. She is authentic; she is not afraid to face pain and grief and truth and difficulty head-on; she pursues God and is always growing and learning. That inspires me. When I leave her, I feel stronger and smarter and better. 
Really, any time I interact with a woman who is brave enough to be authentic, brave enough to be vulnerable, I am inspired. Any time I interact with a woman who humbly loves others and seeks God, not to be right but to know truth, I am inspired. Just being around women like this pushes me to become better – to become more authentic, to act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with my God. 
4. Favorite season?
Hands-down — autumn! Blue jeans, sweaters, warm socks, a mug of steaming coffee or hot cocoa, crisp air, mist hanging on the mountains, crunchy leaves underfoot, brilliant colors painted on the trees, a mountainside of orange and yellow and maroon. Yes, autumn is my favorite season. 
5. What lesson do you keep learning over and over again?
That it’s OK to ask for help. That it’s OK to not be perfect. That real friends will love me, knowing full well that I’m a mess sometimes. 
6. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
Often, it’s in my interactions with my children. Sometimes it’s because of something I read or a song I hear. I just try to be aware of opportunities to learn something; I try to listen for the still, small voice of God in the midst of my crazy life. And then I write to help process what I’m learning. 
7. What has been your greatest accomplishment of the last five years?
It’s not easy to sum this answer up in a couple sentences. I could definitely write an entire blog post about it; and perhaps I could write a whole book about it. The last five years have been hard. My greatest accomplishment may be that we have survived it, that my children feel secure and loved and are overall happy and well-adjusted. Sometimes, when the kids are fussing about stupid little things, I think that my greatest blessing may be that my children are secure enough and fortunate enough to have the luxury to get upset about dumb things. I don’t know if that makes sense. 
8. If you knew you were having your last meal tonight, what would it be?
Really well-made shrimp scampi with pasta and some yummy warm white bread. Then, for dessert, I’d probably want some sort of chocolate cheesecake. OR I might want to go low-key with homemade tacos and chocolate cake with white icing for dessert. 
9. Biggest time suck of your life right now?
I’ve been taking naps lately. That’s not always the wisest use of my time. And Bejeweled Blitz. I’m sure that’s not the best way to use my time, but I really need to beat my friend, Tina! 
10. Most people would say you are (fill in the blank- one word).
maternal.
11. One thing most people would never guess about you.
I have watched some episodes of the Showtime show WEEDS. And every single time I drink out of one of those clear, plastic cups from Panera, for a couple seconds, I feel like Nancy because in so many scenes she’s drinking a frozen mocha or something in one of those clear, plastic cups. And it probably won’t surprise you that I’ll now give a disclaimer — I do not recommend this show to anyone. 
Now, it makes me very happy to nominate some other blogs for the Liebster Award. Here are a few blogs I really like. And, please, if I nominate you and you have more than 200 followers, please forgive me. I nominate you with the best of intentions to honor you for the good your blog brings to the InterWebs.
Confident Brokenness — This blog is about traveling through life’s ups and downs in pursuit of truth, in the midst of community. I am blessed every time I read something Cassie writes.
Victoria at Twirling Girl — Victoria ponders life. I like reading her ponderings. I think you will as well.
Laura Parker Life Overseas — She was living overseas doing humanitarian work. Now, she’s back in the States. She was homeschooling. Now, her kids are in public school. She loves God and blogs about life and the truths she learns about Him smack in the middle of normal life. She’s a fellow High Calling blogger. You should read her stuff.
Now here are my 11 questions for these ladies.
1. What was the last movie you watched that made you cry?
2. What is your favorite holiday and why?
3. What’s your dream vacation?
4. What book can you read over and over again? (Other than the Bible)
5. What’s your favorite room in your house? Why?
6. What would be your theme song?
7. What’s the one thing about your life that you find most surprising?
8. What’s your least favorite household chore?
9. What was your favorite TV show growing up?
10. Biggest shopping temptation?
11. Favorite Bible passage?
Give these ladies a few days and then hop on over to their blogs and read their responses.
And thank you again, Julie, for the fun way to network with other bloggers.
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