Ich Liebe Dich! And an Award Too!

Thanksgiving on Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am, almost as an afterthought we now have Giving Tuesday. Now that we’ve fed our faces in the name of giving thanks, pushed, shoved, and greedily grabbed the last item from the shelf in an effort to finish our Christmas shopping, we’re going to stop and go, “Oh, I should probably give to a charity or something since it is the holiday season.”

Today was the first I had ever heard of Giving Tuesday. There may have been a sigh and eye roll involved. Not that I’m opposed to giving or supporting charities! The opposite is true! I’m for doing those things BEFORE we selfishly seek our own gratification by purchasing and eating things that aren’t necessary. 

In our home we give because we choose to, intentionally. We don’t do it because someone decided to dedicate a day to it. Our giving is an ongoing process. Sometimes it is money, sometimes it is time, and sometimes it is simply taking care of something without anyone knowing who did it. 

Today, on national Giving Tuesday I received a gift. I was nominated by Penny McDaniel at Spiritunity for the Liebster Award. Penny is a spiritual teacher who help others discover their pathway to personal fulfillment. Her blog is a part of that journey. If you aren’t familiar with Spiritunity, or even if you are, please pop on over and give her some blog love! 

This is nomination by Penny is a great honor because this award is given to bloggers from other bloggers. It isn’t a competition where I can rally my family, friends, and neighbors to vote for my blog. This is someone else who does the same thing I do, which many might consider competition, and has chosen my blog as a recipient of this award.

As the child of two parents who met in Germany and often used German terms, then a high school student who completed both German 1 and German 2, “Ich liebe dich.” is a phrase I am familiar with. Liebster most closely means dearest. So, this could be called the Dearest Blog Award. Or because it makes more sense to me, the I Love Your Blog Award.

There are a few rules to the award should you accept it, but from what I have read, they vary:

  • Link back to the blog from which you were nominated.
  • Answer ten questions about yourself.
  • Give ten new questions to your nominees.
  • Nominate between five and ten new bloggers (some say 5, some say 10…your choice).
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
  • Comment on this post when you are finished, so we can follow the trail.
  • My answers to Penny’s questions are in bold.

1.  What is your favorite song to sing aloud, especially when no one is looking?
Oh, I LOVE to sing. One song? Um, maybe “I’m Too Sexy”.

2.  Describe yourself in three (3) words.
Crazy, Driven, Encourager

3.  Who is your favorite fictional villain?
I am not a fan of villains. I have had to research this even to pick one. Not because I thought of so many, but because I don’t want to pick one at all. I don’t ever find myself cheering for the antagonist. I do cheer for an underdog, though. So, my best nomination for villain would be Annie Wilkes from Stephen King’s Misery. No, I don’t harbor feelings to replicate her behavior, but I can empathize with her desperation.

4.  What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Skydiving. It was awesome. I’d do it again!

5.  Share your favorite inspirational quote.
You will remain the same until the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of change.

6.  What is your favorite way to unwind?
Silence, a hot drink, and a romance novel.

7.  If you were a color, what color would you be…and why?
I would be hot pink because it’s eye catching and not an “acceptable” color. It would give me a platform and open conversations with those who might not talk to the straight-laced version of me.

8.  If you could travel back in time, what year would you travel to?
Year? No idea. But I’d definitely head back to the time of big family farms with miles (acres) between you and your closest neighbor. All food being ‘organic’ by way of life not by choice and financial ability. I risk the disease and lack of medical treatment, war, and harsh conditions to live in a simpler time.

9.  What trick do you use to break through writer’s block?
Most often scripture or music. In the odd chance that neither of those options work, I turn to daily news for a hot topic. I typically don’t have to move past scripture on days I can’t seem to find anything to say.

10. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to endure, and what did you learn?
Hmmm. There are some things I still can’t bring myself to share in public writing. So, I will just say there was a season in life that it seemed everything was falling apart. With the exception of my husband and two kids, every relationship I knew or was involved with had huge obstacles to overcome. Many of those obstacles created tension for the four of us at home. Not one of those relationships turned out positively. Every worst case scenario happened. More than once people would refer to our situation as being like that of Job’s in the Bible. Sometimes I still start to feel sucked down into that pit of brokenness from that season until I remember how God carried us through those trials.

I nominate (in no particular order):

Elly Stornebrink: Xpress Your Essence
Eliza Beerbower: Creme Dela Curves
K’Lee Banks: K’Lee Banks Freelance Consultant
Alana Mautone: Ramblin With AM
Dorit Sasson: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless Book

Nominees, here are ten questions for you:
1. What inspired the first blog post you ever posted?
2. If your life was a reality show, what would the theme song be?
3. Name your blogging hero. Why do they get that position?
4. If you could live anywhere other than where you currently reside, where would it be?
5. What food best describes your personality?
6. It makes me uncomfortable when __________ reads the articles I post.
7. What was the last news report you read/heard that gave you hope and inspired you about?
8. If you could do anything and KNEW you couldn’t fail, what would you do?
9. Have you ever been a recipient of “pay it forward” ? Have you ever paid it forward? Which is better?
10. Christmas or Thanksgiving?

Okay nominees, don’t forget to link back to this post in your post.  Answer the 10 questions I gave you, nominate 5 – 10 bloggers, give them 10 new questions, and come back and comment on this post when you’re done!  Congratulations!

Please take this as the compliment it is. You aren’t required to complete this process. However, when you do you are gaining readers for your blog and for everyone attached to this one. It’s Giving Tuesday and I thought I’d give you a boost! 

Thank you, Penny McDaniel, for giving me a boost today!!!


12 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for the boost you have given me today Carrie, in more ways than one! 😉 I am thrilled to be honoured to receive such a prestigious award, and the second time too: how exciting! 🙂 Oh, and I enjoyed your blog post today…I also wrote about GivingTuesday today, though I loved your take on it by paying it forward. 🙂 ❤


  2. I love these posts, because we learn so much about other bloggers! But I didn't know yesterday was National Giving Day, either! I will mark it on my calendar for sure!


  3. So nice to meet you through your blog and your answers to my questions, Carrie. We share similar backgrounds…my mother is German (born in Nurenburg) and came to the states as a teen, so I grew up speaking both German and English.

    Keep blogging and spreading the love!
    Blessings, my friend.


  4. Congratulations on being nominated Carrie! You deserve it. #ultrablog


  5. Thanks for the nomination – I'll try to follow the directions to create a post soon about this – thanks again!


  6. Thank you for thinking of me and for the nomination – I will pay it forward in some way. Alana


  7. Woot woot! I've enjoyed reading your posts through #ultrablog this last month. You deserve it!

    Great minds think alike and all that! Thanks for the compliment.


  8. Kristen,

    Some of these questions were tough! I'm glad I could still use this to introduce something new! Thank you so much for stopping by!!!



  9. Penny,

    Thank you for this nomination! My parents met in the Army while serving in Germany. I was born there and then they returned to the US as civilians. I have returned once. They returned at least once without me. I took two years of German in HS and had a friend move “back” when we were in 6th grade. She had been raised on the base in Germany and could speak both.



  10. Thanks, Janice! I just set out trying to recruit my five for your How to Get New Blog Follower's post! 🙂



  11. K. Lee,

    I can't wait to read it! If you'll post a link here I'll add it to my post above! 🙂



  12. Alana,

    Yay! I've enjoyed reading your posts this past month! Let me know what you decide to do!



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