Look what Belle gave me as my first birthday present this year!!
Here are the rules (and FYI- Most of my award winners are winning because they are going through, surviving, working out something major in thier lives, so none of these rules actually apply to them):
1. when you received a diamond, make a post about it on your blog
2. name the blogger from whom you got it
3. award the diamonds to seven other bloggers
4. link them
5. and tell them, that they got one!
I would like to pass this award on to (in no particular order):
Casey, because her blog is courageous and transparent and she is ministering to the hearts of SO many families by continuing to post through her grief.
Jill (and Eric), because her blog is a bird's eye view of her journey into her and her family's transition into life as missionaries in a foreign land.
Cathy, because she inspires me. She is a mother to six beautiful children, a fabulous photographer, and has completed a journey into better health (including a 100+ pound weight loss!!) that I hope to claim as an accomplishment one day soon!
Yvonne, because even as a new bloggy friend, her comments on my blog show me her heart and her compassion for others. THAT is brilliant!
Mike, my cousin, because even though his blog has chronicled his fight against melanoma, I have many times found myself laughing out loud at his side notes and his wit. He has inspired me to register as a marrow donor (card is currently IN my wallet!) and he has shown me a lot about how faith is supposed to be lived out when life's waters start getting rocky.
Sandra, because she puts so much time into her blog (or at least it seems she does) and gives so much information and so many yummy recipes. It is a MUST SEE spot on the web for homemakers and Mamas of any variety!
I have one more, but I am waiting for her permission to make her blog public. I will say this though: This person is just a sweet, sweet person. She was God-sent into my life and she loves my babies like she would her own. She is generous and loyal and is the kind of friend we should all be lucky enough to have. Stay tuned to see if she lets me out her or not! She knows who she is.
So, now I am going to go straighten up my house one last time before my birthday weekend starts. Please pray tomorrow, not for my birthday silly, but because Nathan has a job interview at 7 pm that could drastically change things around here!! I say, "If it is the Lord's Will, Bring it!!"
Thanks again Belle for your sweet birthday diamond for me!