Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Whole New Crop

Spring has sprung, the sun actually shines now and then, the snow has melted and nearby fields will soon be planted (I think, how would I know?). But in the blogosphere, a new crop has already begun to sprout. Three Awards I’ve never seen before have graced my path in 2013:


Awards Post 2013

Most of my friends know how I feel about Blog Awards. I love them. They’re similar to a virtual hug, given by people who know how challenging blogging can be. And that means a lot.

When I got my first Award, I wrote a post. When I started getting more, I wrote another and said it would be my last. After all, how often can I write the same piece and have people still read me? I’m both shocked and humbled to admit that to date I’ve received 49 Awards and 2 Honorable Mentions. Each time, I’ve updated that second post (read it here: Really, 11 Things About Me Too?).

But it’s been 7 months and that cow’s been milked (proof I've been in the Midwest way too long). Time to give it a watch and put it out to pasture. So with the new crop of awards comes a new post. And if I’m fortunate enough to receive any more in the future, I’ll update here.

Mentioned in the previous post but once again I’d like to thank Sarah of The Momisodes and Sarah of The Sadder But Wiser Girl for the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness. How (double) epically awesome is that? And Arielle of Their World We Live In for the Best Moment Award. My best blogging moment was the very first day that I pressed “publish”.

Updates:
Before I even had a chance to publish this I already have more thanks to extend:  
*Darla of Mom's World for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award
*Cassandra & Jenny of Dates 2 Diapers for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
*on 4-23-13 Today I get to thank one of my favorite new blogging friends, Kristi of Black Sheep Mom for another Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness.
*on 6-16-13 from the lovely "ViolaFury" of Homeless Chronicles in Tampa the compliment of the Very Inspiring Blogger Awards.
*on 7-4-13 April of 100lb Countdown an inspiring bogger in her own right, awarded me another Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
*on 7-5-13 another new award, the Semper Fidelis honoring loyal and supportive bloggers, from one of the most positive bloggers I know, Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
*on 8-3-13 the Versatile Blogger Award came my way thanks to my long time blogging friend Sarah of The Sadder But Wiser Girl
*on 8-9-13 another award new to me, the Shine On Award. This one from Jenn, of My Daily Jenn-ism a woman who blogs from the heart, and promotes and supports other bloggers. 
* On 9-9-13 a new blogger making her mark on the blogosphere, Beth of Writer B is me chose me for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Keep your eye on Beth, this woman's just started but she can write.
* on 11-14-13 a Liebster award from Writer B is Me.
 Hope you took my advice last time and are following her. Beth is smart and funny and a visit to her blog is always an adventure.
* on 1-4-14, just when I needed it most, Confessions of a part-time working mom brought sunshine in the form of a Sunshine Award. And this isn't the first time she's gone out of her way to show kindness. This past December she put together a 24 day Advent Calendar for me, an honor that had me speechless.
* on 1-17-14 another Sunshine Award from Rants from my Crazy Kitchen. I have to admit that this one is very special as it's been awarded to me by someone I respect who's in the Food Blogging world, a first for me.
*on 3-10-14 I was nominated for a Liebster Award by another food blogger, the incredibly innovative Rini of Healing Tomato. Once again, I'm honored.
*on 3-12-14 a Liebster from yet another cook and baker who I admire, Trisha of The Lazy Mom's Cooking Blog. Something she and I have in common is why we started blogging; to give our friends on our personal FB pages a break from all the food posts.
* on 3-16-14 Carol of Battered Hope awarded me another Liebster. Carol is a survivor many times over and a true inspiration.
* on 6-17-14 a Versatile Blogger Award from Lydia of Cluttered Genius. Thank you for reminding me of the value of friendships made through blogging.
*on 8-10-14 a Sunshine Blogger Award from Dawn of Spatulas on Parade. I'm honored to receive this Sunshine Award from a friend who is a ray of sunshine in the blogging world.
*On 5-12-15 a Liebster Award from a blogger who's all heart, Rena of The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver.

And now the newest sprout: 
from Sarah at The Sadder But Wiser Girl, the Beautiful Mama Blog Award. I’ve been asked to display the Award, list three things I love about motherhood, and make some nominations.

Three things I love about motherhood:
1. Umm . . .
2. Well . . .
3. Hmm . . .

All my nominees are blogs that are new to me in 2013. A note to them: this Award is about recognition, not obligation. Do with it as you wish:

Black Sheep Mom
Finding Felicity
The Rowdy Baker
Outsmarted Mommy
Evil Joy Speaks
Home on Deranged
Bad Word Mama
Their World We Live In
Tiny Steps Mommy
Mom's World 

A note about my nominees: There isn’t enough room on this page for all the blogs worthy of mention here. So to all who support me, read me, laugh with me, tag me in games, shower me with awards, do private projects with me, recommend me, interact with me on FB and twitter, leave me comments, join my monthly link-up challenges and more, I can’t name you all but I hope you know who you are, and please know this:

If it’s true that you cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around, I choose to be around you.


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P.S. I love you, Sons. And I love being your Mother, every minute of every day.

38 comments:

  1. It's as if you knew somehow that my week has been awful. Thank you for starting my Wednesday off on such a great note! Your support means more to me than you know. Oh and your three reasons hahahahaha I needed that laugh as well. xoxo I follow some of the wonderful blogs you listed and look forward to checking out some news ones today. :)

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    1. I've really enjoyed supporting you and watching you grow. You've hardly been blogging a minute and so many awards are coming your way!

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  2. Thank you Karen! Your answers about motherhood are right-on!! :)
    I love awards that only come with recognition and no obligation!!

    -Ellen

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  3. There are times when we all go ummm... well... hmmm... when people ask us how the whole parenting business is going! SO glad you liked the award! :-D

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    1. Thank you again for your continued support. It means a lot.

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  4. Your P.S. made me feel all warm inside :) (or maybe that was my coffee?) You are truly an amazing blogger and person, like for real. You deserve every award you get, and you should also get a "I Didnt Kill My Teenager Today" award as well. That's assuming that.... nevermind. Thank you so much for nominating me; I just jumped all around in my chair like a damn fool :p

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    1. So glad to nominate you, well deserved!

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  5. Thank you so much for thinking of me. I definitely feel hugged. I'm going to work on a post and share the love.

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    1. So glad. I'll look forward to reading it.

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  6. Aww Karen - this is so wonderful. I really really do love your blog and I am so honored you thought of me for an award too. I agree with your parenting comments and it's definitely going to be tough to think of something different than that! LOL xoxo

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    1. Thanks Darla, for the award and for the kind compliments.

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  7. Well, you made me tear up when you told me you included me in this awesome group (so many great bloggers and a couple new to me), and since I actually put on mascara today, I was a little annoyed. :) But then I remembered that you were one of the first fellow bloggers to support me, reach out to offer soothing words when it got rough, and include me in so many things, even though you don't have to. Love your blog and your sons are very lucky. Even if they won't realize it til they're older. I'll work on a post and spreading the love to others.

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    1. Happy to support. Many times I've come close to quitting, but the blogging community has kept me strong and kept me going. I'm grateful, and happy to give back. Glad you're going to spread the love.

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  8. Congrats to you, my friend. You deserve them all <3

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    1. And to think you started it all. Thank you for having been the first person to ever give me a blog award!

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  9. You are so deserving of every award that comes your way! I love how much you support, read, comment and love those around you and that is what makes you the coolest!
    I absolutely adore the PS at the end of your post ...

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Thank you for being the sweet person you are. And for continuing to support me!

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  10. Big it up Karen, you surely do deserve those awards. It's not easy to entertain and make everyone laugh so much in every blog post whilst at the same time feeding us with some of those nice dishes. I felt a tug on the heart strings with you PS too :).
    Umm, Well, Hmm ha ha ha, great answers.

    Have a great day and enjoy it all with a good glass of wine.

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    1. Thank you. I'm really overwhelmed with the number of awards that seem to come my way. And although most people reading this know that my 3 reasons were not about my kids but about my sense of humor, I sort of felt like I needed to add that PS, just for the record!

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  11. Congrats and thank you! To receive an award from someone who has been (rightfully) honored so many times is an honor in and of itself! Say that 10 times fast.

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    1. And congrats and thank you back to you!

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  12. You are so deserving of these and all the other awards you've received.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind compliments. XO

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  13. Congrats on all the well deserved acclaim! You will need to set up a trophy room soon to show off all those awards!

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    1. It is, without a doubt, a pretty amazing group of awards.

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  14. umm, well and hmm sums up my feelings about motherhood too! :D
    You deserve those awards and much more, dear Karen! I'm sorry I haven't been able to visit in a while! Hope you had a wonderful Passover!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Roshni. You've been missed.

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  15. I love your blog Karen, you crack me up. My husband reads it and will say to me "did you read what that crazy lady posted today" I know immediately he means you and he's been on your facebook and blog. LOL
    Congrats on the awards.

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    1. This crazy lady is grateful that both you and your husband enjoy my blog and FB page and continue to read me.

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  16. Absolute Congrats... Certainly well deserved!!! Keep On Keepin' On, Slu

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  17. Congratulations on the awards. You deserve them all.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. I'm proud of them all.

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  18. Thank you for the recognition and your kind words. When the doc told me I had two years to live or have a hysterectomy, I stood up and almost screamed at him - "I will walk in here pregnant one day!" And I did - 14 years later. Now I am a grandmom of 3 boys and more on the way. All I ever wanted in life was to be a mommy and after losing a child, I still never gave up hope!

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    1. So glad to have met you and to be able to call you a friend. You truly are inspiring.

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  19. So glad you added the "PS" :-)
    Congratulations on your Award!

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    1. Well, I had to add that PS, you know, just in case there was any question.

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