Thursday, September 11, 2008

Passing on the Blogger Bling

A while back, Krista from Bits & Pieces of a Blessed Life, awarded me with the Arte Y Pico Award. I was so touched by her thoughtfulness, but I am afraid I failed to pass it on. It should have been a simple thing, right? Pick five people and share the love? Not so, I'm afraid. Picking only five people when I wanted to pick twenty was just not something I could bring myself to do. How could I pick just five? I would have to leave someone out! I have a hard time with that. So I froze. I did nothing. I'm sorry, Krista. If you have not yet visited her, you should. She posts the most beautiful journal entries for her precious daughter, Bella, is very creative with her "junkin" finds and is quite the decorator. From her comments, I just feel like I have known her my entire life.

So, when my friend, Amie at Heart Smiles nominated me for The Smile Award last week, I knew I couldn't wimp out again. Amie has already tagged me and I bailed on that one, so I couldn't... wouldn't... let her down again. Amie's blog lives up to its name, friends. This girl never fails to make my heart smile - she is Hilarious with a capital H, and she has the most beautiful six - very soon to be SEVEN children!! Check out her sweet little guy who is waiting for her in China. Isn't he precious?

Thank you for the sweet awards, ladies. This time, I will pass it on. And may I just preface this by saying, I love all of you. Seriously, if I am a regular visitor to your blog, then obviously, I really like spending time with you.

These are the rules for The Smile Award.
1. The recipient must link back the the award's creator
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award.
3. You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself.
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted by Mere.
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
7. You must thank your giver.

Characteristics for the Smile Award:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude. (not necessarily at all times--we are all human) (I try.)
2. Must love one another (I do! I do!)
3. Must make mistakes (I definitely qualify here!! BIG time!)
4. Must learn from others (Every single day.)
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world (I would like to think I am.)
6. Must love life (Oh, yes!)
7. Must love kids (Completely.)
The creator of the award is

Leslie at My Girls - Not only does Leslie have two adorable girls, Ella and Lily, but I like to consider Leslie as the Blog Ambassador. She taught herself html (taught herself!!) and has started blogs for several of her IRL friends and she has taken it upon herself to introduce them to her bloggyland friends. How sweet is that? (And I must say, she has great taste in friends!) And on top of all this, I think Leslie deserves an award because she got me to talk on the phone for 90-minutes a few days ago. I know that may not sound like much to some of you, but for me, this is HUGE. You see, I'll let you in on a little something about myself.... I am not much of a phone talker. It stems back to my first job at the bank, right out of college, when I worked in the call center for a year. I would take upwards of 100 calls/day and I guess I just hit my peak with telephones. So... unless I am in my car, I rarely talk on the phone just to chat. But I must say, I really enjoyed my conversation with Leslie and think there may just be more long phone conversations in our future. :-)

Connie at Mommy 2 4 Treasures - You will always find a treasure at Connie's blog - whether she is sharing her heart or her beautiful photographs of her four precious treasures.

Gwen Oatsvall - This girl has the biggest heart and she lives out loud for God in everything that she does. She has such a beautiful family - and two more that she WILL bring home from Ethiopia one day.

Michelle at Day by Day - This girl is just amazing. I am blown away by her. Hers is a perfect example of how love, patience, perseverance and God's grace can heal a child. Go check out her beautiful family.

Missy at Party of Many - Missy is another sweetheart in the blogosphere. She takes the most beautiful pictures of her sister, Paige. And like Krista, I feel like I have known her for years.

And remember, if I didn't mention you here, I still love you! Have I mentioned that? :-)


Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

No need to apoligize and thank you for your sweet compliments. I feel the same about you!

The blogs you gave your awards to are some of my favorites~ good chosing my friend.

Have a blessed day~ and we need to talk about November (soon)



Oatsvall Team said...

Right back at ya girl ... I love our blog community and how God has used each of us to touch another, encourage another, make each other think, and just generally make each other smile and cry ...

I am not good at tagging either ... I have a thing about kids being left out of stuff and it rolls over into my life as well ... hee hee ... i will have to think about this ... have a fun time at soccer ...

Michelle said...


You are so very sweet and I am humbled by your kind words!!! I am soooo happy that we met through our blogs!!! Oh, and I completely agree about choosing just a few...not easy. Have a great night!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh, I'm so glad!!! You awarded a couple of people I wanted to award, too. Yeah!

sara said...

congrats - what a fun award!!!

Heather said...


These are perfect choices!! Congratulations on the bloggy love you received, you are so deserving. Your blog is absolutely one of my favorites...thank you for the blessing of sharing with all of us:)


mommy24treasures said...

oh Michelle I am honored to be named with the other lovely bloggers you have mentioned. Thank you so much for thinking of me. You are so kind and one of my fav bloggers! I love your writing, your scrapping, your photography, your heart. You are special:)

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

Oh, girl. I am so sorry you had to pick. Cause I know it was hard. We all love all the blogs we visit. And if you are visiting a blog that doesn't make you smile. Take it off the list, peeps.

I love all the blogs you picked!!! And fyi- you could have gotten by passing on this one too. I still would have loved ya!

p.s. thanks for the kind words... I'm blushing. :)

missy said...

You sweet thing, you!! You just know how to put a smile on a girl's face (no pun intended).

I'm gonna work on my reply to this easy task, but makes one think about their blogger buddies and the traits that I love about them.

Smooches my friend!!!

Leslie said...

OMG Michelle, I don't know what to say. Thank you so much for thinking of me, and saying such sweet sweet words about me as well.
I'm truly honored that you picked me, and put me up there with the other bloggy gals, because their blogs just rock.

I don't like to talk on the phone much either. I was a medical and dental receptionist's for over 10 years. I didn't take 100 calls a day, but it sure felt like it, and then I would dream about it. I hated I'm so glad we did get to chit chat, and get to know each other better. It sure didn't seem like 90 minutes. Shhh...I think some of my girlfriends...(marla and patty) were a bit jealous, because they to know what a great bloggy friend you truly are. Were all going to come up and see you too. Don't know when, but were coming. So get ready to chit chat it

Thanks again for thinking of me.


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Congrats on your awards....they were well deserved!!

You made some great choices!


Anonymous said...

Checking in and see you have been awarded :)! Congrats to you and your choices!

Patty said...

Congrats on your awards..I was just showing off your blog to my husband last night and how great you are with your scrapbook pages. He mentioned how beautiful your girls are! I have to agree...

You did good on passing the torch ..those are some of my favorites too...and I will definitely be checking out the others, I wasn't as familiar with.

Ronda said...

I am so glad you put these blogs up-I always like visiting new people, especially if they come highly recommended.

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BoufMom9 said...

I will have to check out all of these fantastic blogs you have named :)