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February Bloglovin’ Blog Hop

Join the February Bloglovin’ Blog Hop here! I’m still paying forward the blog love!

Leave me a comment with the # of your blog and I’ll give you at least one extra social media shout out! 😀

Leave me a comment with the # of the favorite blog you READ on the list and I’ll give you AND that blog at least one extra social media shout out! 🙂

Co-Host Carrie

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1, Please follow your host and co-hosts.
2. Add your link directly to your Bloglovin’ profile in the linky. You will need to manually upload your profile photo.
3, Visit and follow at least 2-3 other bloggers.
4. Tweet and share this hop! 
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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!!!

ELECT JESUS: Make Dreams Come True

Stop wishing. Start dreaming and making plans to live those dreams.

 Tweet: Stop wishing. Start dreaming and making plans to live those dreams.

We all have things we’ve wished for haven’t we?

I listened to my freshman daughter rehearse a speech over and over last Friday night and Saturday morning on the importance of goal setting. A portion of her speech addressed dreams we have as kids. You know, “the when I grow up I’m going to” dreams. 

She ended that section with a question of sorts. “Every one of those jobs has to be filled by someone. Why NOT you?”

Why NOT you?

Why do we trade in our dreams, or even more importantly God’s will for our life, for the path that seems safe and stable? 

I remember my childhood dream with clarity. 

I wanted to start as a lawyer. Live on a working ranch in Texas. Work my way up through the system to Supreme Court judge and have someone fly me back and forth from my private airstrip on my ranch.

Big dreams. 

I traded them in for something reasonable. Something safe. Something local. 

What about you? Did you have big dreams? Did you chase them or let reality chase you away from them?


Today I want to help someone move up a rung in their ladder to achieving their big dreams. I want to encourage them not to trade in their dream, but to seek God’s will above all else and to do what so many others only get to dream about.

Helping this young man will do nothing for me personally. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know him. He’s a friend of my cousin, whom I haven’t seen since she was a toddler and I was pregnant with my now sixteen-year-old.

Why then?

Because I had dreams once too and wish someone, anyone, would have encouraged rather than discouraged them. Because I’m talking about community here on the blog this week, and this young man is part of the community. Because I love God and His Son more than anything else and this is a way to share them.

So, I need your help.

You can help this Christian young man, Jared Bonham, in the process of achieving his dream simply by going to YouTube and watching his two and a half minute election commercial for the upcoming “Son of God” movie.

Here is the link: ELECT JESUS.

Go now. Cast your vote simply by clicking on that link. 

Tweet: Here is the link: ELECT JESUS. Go now. Cast your vote simply by clicking on that link.

Did you enjoy it? Please share it! Perhaps you’re like me and have taken the safe route instead of the living in the land of your dreams. I have a feeling as a body of believers we can help encourage a Christian college student who may turn around and produce the next generation of Christian movies. 

Let’s pay it forward!