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 http://www.thebabblingsofmere.blogspot.com/
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? :-)
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