Sunday, August 10, 2008

Busyness Again

It has been a most busy night and day - I've been catching up with comments and blogs from the last two weeks. What fun!

Here's a link to some smiling boys in Mozambique. I dare you not to smile back!

And a link to my favorite thoughtful post of the week - When Bad Things Happen . . .

And finally a link to a young kid singing a powerful song. (Note: I'm not making any political or moral statements with this link - I do believe war is inevitable on this planet in its current state. But wouldn't it be nice if there were no war - the way God originally intended?)

God always has incredible timing. I've got FOUR awards to pass on this week - and it has been a week when I really needed the extra lift. So thank you, awarders - consider yourselves miracle workers . . .

To all you awardees listed below, I just wanted you to know I appreciate your blogs. Feel free to pass on the awards if you wish.

The Arte Y Pico Award comes from Wifey at Wifey's House. I must say I love Wednesdays at her house - and I'm not gonna tell you why! Check it out for yourself . . .

Now the rules are I have to post the rules and pass on to five people. So here are the rules:

  1. Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
  2. Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog by so everyone can view it.
  3. Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
  4. The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the “Arte Y Pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
  5. Please post these rules.
And I hereby bestow the award on:
  1. The Artful Parent. This blog is a regular source of inspiration for my art with Esmé - with lots of ideas from her toddler art group and her own daughter.
  2. Munchkins and Music. There are so many ideas here for ingraining a love for music in even the littlest of kids. I'm inspired with every post.
  3. Our Crafts N Things. Another source of good craft ideas for little ones.
  4. AfricanKelli. Lots of cool cooking and sewing projects here - and my favorite part is the African twist, especially her accounts of her recent trip to Malawi and Mozambique!
  5. Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. All kinds of recipes and gorgeous photos on this mother's blog. And she's got ties to Mozambique, too!

The You Make My Day Award comes from Restless Housewife at the Restless Blog, where she shares her rather entertaining view of life with an almost 2-year-old girl. Boy, can I relate to most things there!

I'm not sure that there are any rules with this award, so without further ado, I'm passing it on to:

  1. Praying for Parker. I get a huge smile on my face every time I see another of Parker's photos!
  2. Genesis Moments. A fun look at life from the perspective of a writer and mother.
  3. Becoming Me. A mom sharing how God is transforming her life.
The Brillante Weblog Award comes from A Ten O'Clock Scholar. On her site, you can find information and links to all kinds of great resources on homeschooling and getting those kids of yours brought up smart and well. Boy, do I need help with that sometimes! And I'm just starting with the alphabet so far.

So here are the rules for this award:

  1. Put the logo on your blog
  2. Link to the person you received your award from
  3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
  4. Put links to those blogs on your site
  5. Leave messages on the blogs you've nominated
And here are my nominees:
  1. Who's Your Daddy? Spiritual implications and applications in the life of a parent, particularly a father.
  2. Every Day Miracles. Experience the miracles God is doing in one mother's life. I've really been enjoying the from-the-heart posts here.
  3. 5 Minutes for Parenting. I've been loving all the thoughtful posts on here - every one of them. Great job, guys!
  4. My Sweet Life. All about faith and kids - with some good writing.
  5. Not a DIY Life. Faith and motherhood fully integrated.
  6. Summer's Nook. All the good stuff about real motherhood.
  7. Baby Tea Leaves. More good stuff about real motherhood.

  1. And the last award I'm passing on is the Sharing the Love Award. This one comes from Angie at 7 Clown Circus. You can read the story of her most memorable first kiss there - it is a sweet one.
The rules of this award are: SHARE THE LOVE!!! Share this award with all those blogs out there that you love. All the people who make you smile. All those that make you laugh. All those that make your day. All those that leave uplifting comments on your blog. And include a link to this post and ask your recipients to do the same.

So the awardees for the Sharing the Love award are:
  1. Austin to Africa. One of my first blog reads, I'm enjoying reading about someone else's adventures right here in Maputo, Mozambique.
  2. Pregnantly Plump. As one proud mommy, I love reading the musings of another proud mommy.
  3. One Moms World. Just in case you haven't seen enough links to mommy blogs on this page, here is another one I love to read!


Munchkins and Music said...

Thank you! Very much appreciated!

Pregnantly Plump said...

Wow! Thanks for the reward! And for sharing so many other wonderful blogs!!

casual friday everyday said...

Those are some pretty cute kiddos smiling back at me!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Wow! Thanks! I think I'm blushing. Anyway, thanks for thinking of me and for your kind words!

Pam said...

congrats on all that bloggy bling! Wow! You go girl!

Sandra said...

Thank you SO much, you're such a sweetheart :)


heather of the EO said...

Holy cow, so many blogs to love, so little time! My list just keeps getting longer and now you've given me so many more to be interested in!
They all really do look good. I think I'll be sitting here navigating around for quite some time :)

melanie said...

Awwww- thanks! That is soooo sweet of you to give me an award.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Smiling Jerome has just stolen my heart.

mamajil said...

The pictures of the smiling boys just melted my heart what adorable children! I will have to take some time and check out all the links you posted to all the blogs you referred will be a fun thing to do as I hold my little fussy girl this afternoon!
Have a great day!

Jennifer said...

Those boys are adorable. I added that one to my reader a few days ago and love to go back and look at her pictures!

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

WOW! Good for you! Congratulations.

angie said...

Congrats on all your awards. Can't wait to check out the blogs you gave awards to!

Wifey said...

Busyness is right! Congrats on ALL of your awards - smiles!

Christie O. said...

thank you so much!! you completely made my day, you have no idea!!

African Kelli said...

Thank you so much for the award! I really appreciate it.
Hope you are having a great day. Sending hugs to Esme. :)

Becoming Me said...

I am soooo embarrassed that I am just now getting to this award. Thank you so very much!!