Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"You like me; you really like me..."

When I started this blog, all I really wanted to do was write about my experiences as a mother of three boys (I am still in awe of that!) and hopefully connect with other mothers about their experiences as well.

Imagine my surprise this morning when I looked at my comment section and found that I had received an award!

I am so honored that Betsy from The Zen Mama Blog has bestowed upon me a Beautiful Blogger Award! For someone who is pretty new around these parts, it is awfully nice to get a little recognition, but even nicer to think that we all share these experiences, and just want our children to grow up to be happy, well-adjusted people. To borrow from Sally Fields' Oscar acceptance speech, "You like me; you really like me!"

Here is how the award works: The recipient of the award chooses 7 bloggers to pass the award on to, and shares 7 things about themselves. Without further hesitation, here are my award winners:

1. ...but then I had kids. I am fortunate enough to call Liz a colleague and friend. Her honest and endearing blog gives us each the opportunity to see ourselves in her experiences...Thanks for inspiring me to do this, Liz!

2. Momalom. Written by sisters Sarah and Jen, who so often remind me of the relationship my sister and I share. Their thought-provoking and humorous views of motherhood resonate with me on a daily basis. One of my favorites!

3. Let's have a cocktail. JennyMac is HYSTERICAL! Her experiences and gift of storytelling is bar none! Nothing gets me laughing harder in the morning than this blog!

4 . Drama For Mama. I have just recently found Becca and love her perspective of motherhood. She has quite simply fallen in love with her children...So happy I happened upon this blog!

5. The Kitchen Witch. She was wickedly good recipes and her take on Valentine's Day: Then and Now sounds oddly familiar.

6. Life in Pencil. I was completely taken with the title and LOVE the insights of Elizabeth and Anne. Elizabeth is happily expecting her first child.

7. Motherese. Another new favorite! Kristen's heartfelt writing and reflections on herself are always on target with me.

And without further ado... 7 thoughts about me that don't include my children (this should prove to be interesting!):

1. My husband and I have known each other since our sophomore year in high school. We began dating our senior year and, God-willing, will celebrate 15 years of wedded bliss this December.

2. I was awarded a full scholarship at the University of Miami to complete my Master's degree in Education. I graduated 10(!) years ago this May.

3. I LOVE FOOD! At one point, I loved food so much that I lost close to 30 pounds!

4. My sister and I have a rare, exceptionally close relationship. We work at the same school and will talk to each other on the phone at least four times a day, outside of work!

5. I love to travel with my husband. At least once a year, we make time out for ourselves and visit a new place, just the two of us!

6. My favorite thing to do is read. From the time I was a very small child, I always found refuge in a good story.

7. I have learned to push my own boundaries since becoming a mother. I am really enjoying presenting challenges to myself, and then meeting them.

Thanks so much, Betsy! And a hearty congratulations to Liz, Jen and Sarah, JennyMac, Becca, The Kitchen Witch, Elizabeth and Anne, and Kristen!

* Recipients: Thank and link to the person that gave you the award. Then notify each recipient to let them know you’ve given them a Beautiful Blogger Award.


  1. Congratulations on your first award! Stopping by from SITS.

  2. Thanks, Maria! Anne and I both so appreciate the accolade, and are glad that you are enjoying what we have to say. Happy Writing!

  3. I'm so glad you like your award! I felt the same way when Michelle gave it to me! I look forward to reading the blogs you recommend. Isn't it funny that we have so much in common although we've never met except for reading each other's blog a few times. Looking forward to reading more!

  4. Thanks, Maria! Woohoo.
    Of course I love the little tidbit about you and your sister. Oh how I can relate!

  5. Thanks Maria. I am so glad so shortly after starting this, you are already getting some props. And I am pretty psyched about adding another little award charm to my sidebar. I'm an award whore like that.

  6. Thanks so much, Maria, for sharing this honor with me! And I'm with Liz - good for you for earning such great recognition after such a short time blogging. I look forward to many more conversations ahead!

  7. I just started my blog this month also and was so encouraged to see that you have had such sucess with your blog! Congratulations!!!

  8. What an awesome list of things about you..we love to travel too. And I love to read. Have you joined yet? Great way to track your titles and get recs.

    And thank you for not only sharing the award with me but for your great comment and compliments on my blog. :)

  9. Thank you so much for this award! I'm away so a little late to thank you but it brought a huge smile to my face! I'm so glad to have found you here... You absolutely deserved this award! And when I get home, i'll properly thank you on my blog!


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