June 20, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

Now who can turn down an award? Not me! I gratefully accept. Thanks to MaggieMae, A Walk on The Happy Side, for the Honest Scrap Award. Now anything with the word "scrap" in it is immediately appealing as I am a tried and true scrap-a-holic. But as MaggieMae explained so eloquently in her blog, it also means "sharing honest fragments of our lives in a way that touches other people". That's hands down better than scrapbooking any day! I do really try to be quite honest in my blog, in fact to my own detriment at times. But I really have appreciated all the positive feedback I have received thus far. I know I am a grammatical nightmare, but a few people have told me when they read my posts, they hear ME speak. I do have to write how I speak, which is not much better, heehee (I mean heehaw, spellcheck doesn't recognize heehee, see what I mean) so bare with me folks. So far, I've just loved blogging, it has been such a point of release and catharsis as our family is facing some uncertainty about our new "normal". I believe it will still be better than I could ever dream, and make the journey more meaningful as we maneuver the bumps and pot-holes if you will.

So there are a few rules I am to abide by in order to receive the award:

1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award:

Thank you, Maggie Mae, http://walkonthehappyside.blogspot.com/

2) Share "ten honest things" about myself.

I think I really bared a whole lot of myself in my "Guilty Pleasures" post, so check it out if I don't satisfy with a few more.

I am a hopeless procrastinator, but I thrive at crunch time. Maybe that's why all my posts are always drafted in the midnight hour, when I should be sleeping and know it! In fact, I should be doing the sink full of dishes as I write, but I'm blogging. And, as most of you can attest, it is a rarity that you will receive a birthday card, gift, etc. on time if it requires a trip to the post office. The post office though is a whole other animal, I despise going, very hard with the kiddles. Not an excuse I know, so happy belated birthday, shower, graduation, (insert holiday); you all know who you are.

I love clipping my coupons! I do get a rush from saving a couple hundred bucks a month. See, there is a glimmer of thriftiness in me!

I'm a list maker, big time. I have lists for my lists, which, I usually procrastinate. But you name it, I have a list for it. Groceries, cleaning, meals, to-dos, packing, what's happening in 2020, there is a list.

I know I'm a good friend. Not a doormat, and I've not always been a good friend, but I think I'm there now. I really cherish my friendships and feel as women we need them as much as air to breathe. I want to make people feel supported and good about themselves, what better way to be a steward to Christ's likeness.

I like to gossip. Although I have really been praying for God to help me out with that one the last couple of years. I wholeheartedly try to stop myself if I get going. Sometimes it's just too easy. That is a huge character flaw for me, but for alot of people also. Usually, I'm not spreading it, but I don't stop it when I hear it; that's just as bad.

I HATE my tattoos. Both of them. This will make my Momma proud, here ya go ma, and all the others, here's your "I told you so" moment. Get it out of your system. I hate them so much. Oh 20. All I can say is, someday I will have them removed, perhaps when the lotto money comes through. They have no meaning to me really, never did, just my rebellion. They just don't go with my pearls and sweater sets.

Most often times I feel like I'm just spinning as a parent. I don't know what the hell I'm doing. Excuse my language, but totally necessary. That is a hard thing for me to say, especially when people tell me what a good Mom I am. Why? Because I have a special needs kid and am seemingly holding it together, because I play with my kids, because I feed them well? What makes a good parent anyway? The m-o-m word has so many definitions, connotations, boundaries, values, disciplines, how can we say what is a good one or not. Could I be a "good mom" to someone else's child? I feel like I could go on and on about this one, so keep your eye out for a post soon.

3) Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me. Okay, here's what I've got, I'm a newbie, I don't follow even a handful of blogs yet, but really love these.

Take a Walk On the Happy Side,http://walkonthehappyside.blogspot.com/ ( I'd have given it to you if you didn't already have it:)

Diggers and Dumpers, http://diggersanddumpers.blogspot.com/ (totally honest, utterly hilarious, very cute)

Make a Joyful Noise, http://suzifischer.blogspot.com/ (thanks for always encouraging me and believing in me)

Artsy Mama, http://artsymama.blogspot.com/ (gorgeous shabby chic inspirations galore)

4) Tell those 7 people that they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP AWARD and inform them of these guidelines in receiving it.

When you've linked back here to claim your award and check out the rules copy and paste it back to your posting place -- if you feel like displaying your trophy and carrying forward the good will -- update it with your own answers and publish away...

My fellow bloggers, don't feel it's necessary to accept and follow the guidelines if you choose. It was fun for me, and a way to say I enjoy your blogs and you encourage me to be more creative, more daring, stronger and hopeful. Thanks.


Let me know what you think by posting a comment or sending me an email, bubblegumonmyshoe@yahoo.com. I promise not to stalk you if you do!