It’s About Time Already

I have had blogger housekeeping to do (which has fallen by the wayside lately, much like my own housekeeping at home). I have needed to sit down and write because my sweet girlfriend, Lana at Living it, Loving it awarded me with the One Lovely Blog Award and The Versatile Blogger Award many moons ago. Thank you so much, Lana. There’s nothing like a little love to make your day. It’s humbling, to say the least, to be acknowledged by an incredible blogger. A cherished reminder to me of how blessed I have been by connecting with a group of people struggling with chronic illnesses that are intelligent, creative, inspiring and down right determined. I no longer feel alone and isolated because of what is going on with my body. And I have been so touched by the fact that others have taken the time to read about what is going on in my little corner of the world. Thank you with all my heart to everyone that has offered an encouraging word, a virtual hug or a smile.

I am supposed to display the One Lovely Blog Award. Tada!

The One Lovely Blog Award requirements:

* Display the award.

* Award fifteen others and let them know about it.

I went to my blog roll and counted my brothers and sisters and discovered there were thirteen. I’d like to acknowledge these thirteen, if that’s ok.

And here is the The Versatile Blogger Award. I love green.

The Versatile Blogger Award requirements:

* Recognize the person or people who gave you the award.

* Award fifteen others that you have recently discovered and think are fantastic!

* Share seven things about yourself.

I would also like to award the thirteen brothers and sisters in my blog roll with this award. You are all fantastic!

So without further ado, a few words about the stellar group of people whose blogs have deeply touched my life. Thank you to the heavens. You inspire me, encourage me, educate me, and cause laughter and tears. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

  • ∞ itis You were one of the first to reach out to me when I began blogging. I am so grateful. You are my hero–you eat from your own garden and knit your own socks from yarn from your own animals–how awesome is that? You have organized a medical notebook that is nothing short of inspiring. And you keep your blog so incredibly current. Your site is always a welcome and enjoyable place to stop and read.
  • Confessions of an RA Superbitch SuperBitch, what can I say? You really are a blogging rockstar in my book. : ) Simply love the brutal honesty. But you are also as sweet as they get. You are my alter ego. Never stop “bringing it”! Your posts are the ones I relate to so often. Thank you for also being such a wonderful friend. Takes a huge load off when you can share with someone.
  • Dual Sport Life You are the first brother to leave a comment on my blog. Thanks, Terry! You represent the male front beautifully as a husband and also as a father. I’m so glad to have met you.
  • Letters From the Breach Kris, I’ve missed your posts and often wonder how you are doing. Your writing is gifted and often poetic. I still remember the first post of yours that I read. It created such a clear picture in my mind of you as a child in the moment you were describing. Please let us know how you are doing when you can.
  • Living it, Loving it Lana, you knock it out of the ballpark over and over and over. I honestly don’t know how you do it. You are an amazing blogger and advocate. You share the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between. I love stopping by and delving into your posts. Thank you for being such an incredible source of information, for sharing your heart and your life with others, and making yourself available.
  • Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis An incredible source of medical information. Thank you for the time your take to provide links to current information and for blogging with integrity. I appreciate so much that you have shed some light on an antibiotic protocol as an option and provided a pingback to my AP diary. I have learned so much from you.
  • Pollyanna Penguin’s RA Blog You are one of the first RA bloggers I found. I love reading about your life experiences mingled with RA and all of it’s glory. Your stories and attitude always bring a smile to my face.
  • RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) Sucks I keep checking on you. I miss your posts. You are also one of the first RA bloggers I stumbled upon. I remember reading post after post of yours one night. Love your writing style and your no excuses attitude. Tell it, sister.
  • Remicade Dream I clearly remember reading post after post of yours one evening as well. I literally laughed out loud and cried. Reading some of your posts felt like reading my own thoughts. I remember thinking, wow, I’m seeing what I’ve been feeling articulated on the screen. Suddenly, my thoughts were no longer just a voice in my head, but emotions that someone else had wrestled with. Thank you for being honest and real.
  • RheumaBlog I see your kind and encouraging words on several of the blogs I read and have found comfort in your posts. I love that you appreciate the simple things and find joy in things often overlooked by others.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy Definitely another rockstar in my book. (How ironic that the two rockstars on my list are also blogging super heros.) I have looked to your blog for many reasons, many nights and have found comfort and rest. I admire your enduring and optimistic spirit, love your guest posts and the responses you receive from all over the world. Thank you so much for sharing my blog with others. I have to wonder if you’ve ever stopped by. : )
  • Southern Gal with RA Leslie, you have been an incredible catalyst for change for me and a source of hope. Your blog brought about AP awareness for me in a whole new way. And girlfriend, I am seeing significant improvements now! Thank you so much for for taking a chance with AP, sharing your experience, and your knowledge. I thank God for you.
  • The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo Cathy, my all natural sister. : ) I love visiting your blog. It’s like reading a really good book with a big, fuzzy blanket on a chilly day–cozy and comforting. I adore the stories of your children and identify so strongly with your struggles to avoid pharmaceuticals and lead a healthy life. Thank you for letting us into your life and sharing your family with us.

And now, seven things about myself:

1. I am a sinner saved by a grace that is freely given. I asked the Lord into my life and received this grace and the assurance of salvation in heaven when I was 24 years old, and I’ve never been the same since. He gives me joy, He gives me strength, He gives me peace. He is an awesome God that loves and adores me despite my flaws and failures. What else could a girl ask for? But don’t get me wrong, I’m no Christian prude. I still like to have a good time.

2. I was once married to a man that was abusive in more ways than one. (Not everyone knows this about me. See what you guys bring out of me?) Divorce was never in my vocabulary and I was blinded by legalism–so I stayed in a unhealthy marriage for far too long.

3. I got my degree in fine arts from UT Austin. Love the urban, hippy culture there and all things creative and inspiring. I love to draw and create jewelry. I had aspirations of becoming a college art teacher. God had other plans and I’ve been a stay at home mom since the day my first son was born. Can’t imagine life any other way.

4.  I love to dance. You name it–salsa, swing, two-step, waltz–love it! I also love getting my groove on to any kind of music you can dance to. I’m a wife and mommy now, so that doesn’t EVER happen in a club scene anymore. But I have to give a shout out to my sis for hooking me up the night of my bachelorette party! Good times…

5. I love the store Anthropologie. I’m crazy in love with their clothes and housewares. Love the vintage and unique look to many of their items gathered from around the world. If I could have a shopping spree anywhere–that would be the place.

6. I love documentary movies. I am game for just about any subject matter. Supersize Me is one of my favorites.

7. I was a health nut that loved to exercise on a regular basis before I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Now I’m a health freak that admittedly can drive my family crazy sometimes. It is so hard to watch my children eat things on occasion that I know are downright awful for them. And when I see people at the grocery store that are elderly or have young children with carts full of–pardon me–crap–it really breaks my heart. I just want to stop and tell them how awful the things in their cart are for them. But hey, I still drink coffee and eat chocolate and ice cream. Delicious. So, who am I to talk?

And that’s a little about me. A million blessings to all of you!