Well, I never would have guessed my humble blog would ever be nominated for a blogging award, but here we are. Thanks to Seed to Seedling (a homeschooling, blogging mom like me) for nominating Li’l’ Shoes for the Liebster Peer Award. I never thought anyone but close family and friends would be reading my blog! “The Liebster Award is something within the blogging world that is passed on from one new blogger to the next. It is an honor to receive a nomination because it means your blog has been recognized for its potential to grow and reach others…. and someone liked it enough to give it to you!” (As quoted by Julia Goss author of Beyond the books Homeschool)
So without further ado, I’ll jump right into answering the 11 questions given to me by Seed to Seedling:
1. What is something that you appreciate today and why? I appreciate having a husband who loves deeply, laughs hard, and chases after Jesus. I appreciate three vastly different kiddos; one who is as concrete and black and white as his mama, one who feels passionately and is teaching me to do the same, and one who smiles often, loves togetherness and fits perfectly into this family.
2. What is something that you recently learned? Failure is necessary and valuable. It means you’ve been willing to “give something a go” despite the outcome.
3. What is something that you love about yourself and why? I love that I’ve become someone who likes change. There’s goodness in same; our God stays the same. But there’s goodness in change, too. God is always on the move and asking growth from us. If I never embraced change, I’d be constantly battling God. He asks us to daily renew ourselves into the likeness of His Son-can’t be done if I want to stay the same. Same is good and change is good. I love that I can love both.
4. What is something that you had always wished to do and achieved? When I was in my 20s, I just wanted to be a mom. Sure enough, God has blessed us with three amazing children and I’ve learned along the way that there is much more to life than being “justa mom.” Sure I’m a wife and a mother, but more importantly, I’m a child of the Dad of Dads and an heir to His throne and I get to teach our children about Him.
5. What is something that you still wish to do before you pass on? Oh man, this is like a dreaming question…so hard for me. I think I’d like to visit another continent with my family-go on a big adventure even if it’s for a short time.
6. How many languages do you speak? One and a tenth. When I taught Kindergarten in Indiana, my five year olds taught me more Spanish than I learned in my two years of it in college. For some reason, though, I don’t think five year old Spanish counts as another language.
7. If you made a New Year’s Resolution for 2015, did you work towards it throughout the year? If so, in what way? Instead of resolutions, each year we ask for a prophetic word for the year. My 2015 word was Rock. I definitely saw myself clinging to the Rock and learning more about trust, faith, and sacrifice than ever before. I’ve got a long ways to go, though.
8. What is one way in which you live authentically? Seed to Seedling describes living authentically as “being present in the moment.” For someone who loves and lives by planning, it has been important for me to stop thinking always about what’s next, but to enjoy what’s now. For me, it’s been noticing the grace-gifts God is continually giving and giving Him thanks. Sometimes it means verbally offering thanks, other times it’s acknowledging it mentally, and other times it’s making lists. This was inspired by the book, “One Thousand Gifts” and her blog.
9. What is one of your own ‘natural highs’? Natural highs or in a word I think is comparable, rest has been the season we’ve found ourselves in after a hefty season of work and fruit. I’ve been determined to find how I rest, personally. So a few of my natural highs or ways of rest I’ve found this year are: bike riding, piano playing, baking, and reading fiction. I’m thankful for this season because I’m certain most of those would have never been in the running if we hadn’t had this intentional time of searching for rest.
10. What is your wish for the world and how do you work towards it? World peace? Oh right, I’m not up for Miss USA right now. I suppose similarly, my prayer is that people will come to see Whose they are, experience the deep, high, long, and wide Love of our God, and realize being His adopted child is the best thing in the world
11. Direct us toward your favorite post on your blog, and tell us why it is. This is a hard one, so I’m narrowing it down by choosing one from 2015. It’s the post with our full adoption story because it’s not really our story or even Gracie’s. It’s a story, like all good stories, that points right back to our Creator and King.
Now I get to nominate fellow li’l’ bloggers, bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The nominees in no particular order are:
- shoes are better in pairs: my SIL blogging about the missional newlywed life
- life at mannchester estate: the joys and hardships of adoption, down syndrome, and mothering
- rocky reentry: encouragements and truths about missionary lifestyle
- our journey westward: practical homeschooling ideas and creativity
- keeping calm while daddy is gone: strength and devotion in adoption, foster care, and military life
- beccy beresic: beauty and vulnerability through loss and adoption
- big shoes to fill: my incredible hubby with a mix of humor, discipleship, and make-you-think’s
- joining jesus: words filled with depth, grace, and truth for your discipleship journey
- rhodes to anywhere: finding contentment through transition, adoption, and family
- the robinsons: practical ideas and ways to live out the missional life as a family
- ben sternke: the other half of joining jesus writes with challenge and truth
My 11 questions for my receiving blogs to fill out in their nomination acceptance posts:
- What are three ways you rest well?
- What’s the biggest lesson God has taught you recently?
- Favorite food?
- What is something you love about yourself and why?
- What is one high and one low of your discipleship journey in the last year?
- What do you love about God’s Creation?
- Why did you start blogging?
- Where would you like to be in five years?
- Your favorite blog post you’ve written in the last year?
- One person who has been instrumental in your walk with Jesus?
- Song you’re listening to on repeat and why?
Thanks again, Gabrielle, for nominating me. This was a great challenge to kick off 2016.