Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sisterhood Award

MaBunny at AblesAntics passed this sweet award on to me. Thanks Marcy! I now need to pass it on to ten other bloggers.
1. Elysa from Musings from Graceland. Elysa is one of my real life friends and an incredible blessing in my life. She has a real heart for the children in Africa and was a missionary to Swaziland for several years before she was married. She had the opportunity to go back to Swaziland with her two oldest girls last year and her oldest girl is returning to Africa this summer for six weeks. She shares a lot of wisdom on her blog... she also has the biggest hair, lipsticky lips, and sweetest southern drawl of all my friends. I love you Elysa!
2. Karen of Fresh Fixins. Karen is another one of my real life friends. She is a hoot! She is down to earth and says it how she sees it... and is funny while she's at it! I love the sound of her laugh as well as her face when she laughs. You can't help but feel happy when you are around her and she's laughing. She's also an excellent cook and awesome hostess!
3. Hannah from Metamorphosis. I met Hannah back in 2005 at the first Women of Faith conference I went to. We went with our church and she was a 21 year old brand new mom with a crying baby. She reminded me of myself so many years before. We took care of their little girl when they had their little boy less than two years later. We really didn't get to know each other as well as we do now until they moved to another state (partly due to my voice... but also because I communicate who I am and my heart better through writing than I do in person). I haven't told her this... I've enjoyed watching her confidence in herself and who she is in Christ grow. She's a brooder and shares her journey on her blog.
4. Trisha from In My Dreams I Can Talk. Trisha is my SD sister. She's handling it much better than I and she inspires me! She's about to leave for the NSDA symposium and I look forward to her report on it all. She has a sweet, calming spirit that really comes through on her blog. If you like to read, she's got reviews of all the books she reads! I hope to meet her in person someday.
5. Laura~Peach of Silence is Broken. Laura is a sweetheart! She is in the teen trenches too and is always so encouraging when we commiserate through e-mail. She is down to earth honest and real. She's shared her painful past on her blog... everything she's been through would sour many from even attempting to keep up a relationship with family members. Not her. Her commitment to her mother who is a nursing home and the detail with which she chronicles her extended family, many of them elderly, is a testament to the ties in her heart that binds her to them... and she was adopted as an infant. Oh... and she's got a grand baby baking... and she's a year younger than me! LOL!
6. Wendy from Heading to Swaziland. Wendy had not yet commented on my blog but sent me an e-mail some months ago. Her e-mails always come at just the right times! I've been blown away by her inquiries about family members when I haven't blogged about them in some time and her praying for them. Her entire family is headed to Swaziland in a couple months for a three week missions trip. She and her husband are brand new to blogging. Check it out! You will be blessed.
7. Angela at Free Spirit Haven. I woke up one morning to find a slew of comments from Angela on a bunch of my posts. She really made my day!
I haven't told her this... y'all know I'm a bit freaky about the Internet and thought blogging was a bad thing... and I try to keep my blogs anonymous... anyway, I am notified by e-mail when I get a comment. If that person deletes their comment I still get it in my inbox even though it has been removed from the blog. Well... a comment was deleted from her but the exact same comment came up below it from another blogger. It FREAKED me out. I did an IP trace on both bloggers trying to figure out if the comments were coming from the same location. Those two comments did but the e-mails from Angela and other comments of hers were coming from Canada where she lives. I couldn't wrap my mind around it so I decided to just hang tight and see what happened. At first, I thought that maybe someone had set up different blogs with different pictures and life stories in an effort to run some elaborate blogging scam. I now know exactly what happened. A gal here set up a meals schedule for a couple of the baseball coaches that had lost family members the same weekend and gave everyone her password to get into a program where we could sign up online and list what we'd be making so we didn't have repeats. I forgot to log out and when I went to post a comment on a blog it came up under her blogger profile. I then realized that this other blogger, who is a friend of Angela's, must have been given her password to help her with something on her blog and she forgot to sign out before commenting on my blog. Mystery solved.
Angela is intense. She is funny, serious, and completely devoted to God. Her blog is filled with her struggles as she clings to the Father to get her through. She shares tons of scripture every day. She also post videos of herself sharing her insights, tours of her house as she strives to bring glory to God even in the mundane things, and sometimes even of her dancing. She is what I would call a Charismatic Catholic, if there is such a thing. She used to be much heavier but God is releasing her from her addiction to food. She's lost nearly 85 lbs. over the last two years without dieting. Since I struggle with my weight I find that interesting in that she still has days when she turns to food or slides back into other old habits of hers. In my own life when I've experienced the same I've just felt like a failure and given up. She doesn't give up and it's making me see things a little differently. She's also been going through relational struggles with relatives and her husband was laid off 7 months ago. Her faith is the rubber meeting the road and moving forward.
8. Chris at DIET COKE ROCKS. I love Chris! Her blog is very unique in that she just writes about her day each day. She comes back and updates throughout the day in different colors and shares all kinds of pictures. She lives in New Zealand and has a different way of saying things. Sometimes I have to ask what she means! She is a says it like she sees it girl and catches some heat for it from commentors sometimes. She also struggles with her weight. She lost 67 kilos (or something close to that) a couple years ago (I figured out it was somewhere around 134 lbs.) and has gained some back. She had major complications from a hysterectomy last year and nearly died. She hasn't given up though and she's determined to lose it again. I've lost a lot of weight several times and I feel so hopeless about it much of the time. Between Chris and Angela I am seeing that it is a fight I will probably never be free from and that it is not how many times I fall that counts... it is how many times I get back up and fight that does. Intellectually, I've always known this but it is different actually seeing people living it out and showing that it is possible that has made a difference for me. Chris is also into quilting. I am amazed by what she can do in one day! She keeps an immaculate house, is a total shopaholic (I hate shopping!), is social, is raising two of her grandkids, cooks, has a garden, knocks out zillions of blocks AND blogs AND reads and comments on other blogs!
9. Kathy from Kathy's Dusty Trails. Kathy is a traveling vet. She doesn't always post regularly because she's got a pretty full and busy life. She lives in my dream home. They are in a cabin in the mountains and have horses, dogs, cats and a garden. I devour her pictures! She also sometimes shows pictures of surgeries on her patients. Those can be a bit gross but they are fascinating to me nonetheless. She lives fairly close to my Dad in California so I am hoping to meet her one day! I'd love to sit on her porch with her and her Cowboy husband and have her tell me about the animals she's treated. Then... I think I'd become a squatter on her property and never leave.
10. Rick of Organized Doodles. Ummmm... yeah. I'm giving a Dude the Sisterhood Award. Not because he's girly or anything. He rides a Harley and is happily married. For him, I'll call this the Brotherhood Award.
My first blog, Laughing Always Helps, was really just for kicks. I didn't share much about my faith, nothing about having SD, and nothing serious. Then Chai Tea ran away. I got real real quick. Rick was like an angel sent to us in the midst of that. His e-mails got me through my darkest moments as a mother and let me know that God did still care and was there. I deleted that blog because someone found and contacted my daughter through something I posted that enabled them to figure out where she was because they live in the same area within hours of my posting it. It made a sticky situation even stickier.
It's funny... that blog took off from the first post with 16 comments. I thought that was the way blogs were. Before I deleted it, after only having it barely 3 months, I was getting as many as 600 hits a day. I have had this blog a year now (the anniversary was last week and I forgot about it) and I average 50 something a day. It was a bit upsetting at first but I don't pay much attention to the site meter anymore. This blog is a more accurate representation of my real life and I'm not writing to acquire numbers. I can't keep up with all the people that comment as it is and I am much more interested in that.
Anyway, back to RICK! LOL! He is a wise father! He is the creator of my blog headers! And guess what? It looks like we will be getting to meet him and his wife this summer if everything works out... and I'm praying it does!
Really, I wanted to give the Sisterhood Award to all of you bloggers that comment here. Your words have made me laugh, cry and I so appreciate them. However, in limiting myself to choosing just ten, I hope that the seriousness with which I chose the ten above is conveyed and that y'all know how very much you mean to me.


Chris H said...

WOW another award! Thank you Sweetie! If I remember I will post it! I think I have about 3 already banked up waiting to be posted, I forget so often!
But thank you!

Andy and Wendy Ingram said...

Wow, thanks coffee bean! We are encouraged and honored. We think so much of you. We are not sure yet how we feel about having our own blog, but are trying to ease into it. We sure love your blog though and we love your wit. It is always a huge blessing to read your blogs and we appreciate your authenticity with life. Thanks so much!

MaBunny said...

Your welcome Coffee Bean!

Angela said...

Thanks precious sister..I put up a post right now...((hugs)) Wanted to thank you here also for your love...You are just such a blessing girl.

hanagrace said...

I'd write a nice long comment but my hubby's bugging me to go on fancast.com and watch House with him. :-P THANK YOU FOR THE AWARD, YAY!!! :-D You're awesome. I love reading about you and what's going on with the fam. I sent Chai Tea a quick message the other day saying I loved her, because I do. :-) Keep up the awesome blogging!!

Rick said...

This is definitely a first. Never, never, never in my life have I received a "Sisterhood Award." I know that you "changed" it to a "Brotherhood Award" but how am I suppose to post that on my blog?

I can hear it now... "Hey there girls! Guess what! I'm now your sister! Ain't Coffee just a sweet thang for honoring me so?"

I'm so emotional right now, I'm just not sure what to think. (Could be that time of month for me - a first BTW.)

Thank you C.B. for the... ummmm... honor? I appreciate the blog love and have enjoyed our internet friendship. The Mrs. and I are still working on our travel plans, so I'll try to keep you posted, but something still could work out.

Now I'm going to call my doctor and order a round of Testosterone injections. I hear my voice raising an octave since receiving the award.

Elysa said...

Awww-w-w-ww...thanks, Kelly! You're definitely a sister --- or as my friend Claudia Mair Burney would say --- a sistah, too!

BTW, Anna and I are reading a riotous (sp?) book right now and these women are even more SOUTHERN BELLISH than I am! I doubt any of your libraries would have it, but if you get a little spending money and want to pick it up used online, it's worth the laughs all the way.

The book is:

"SUCK IN YOUR STOMACH AND PUT SOME COLOR ON! What Southern Mamas tell their daughters that the rest of y'all should know, too" by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson.

Anna has especially been cracking up over the advice where boys and romance are concerned! OH MY!

Here's an example---

"My mom always told my sisters and me, 'Not to go kissing behind the garden gate---love might be blind but the neighbors ain't'"


Coffee Bean said...

Oh my gosh Rick! I am rolling on the floor!

Gladys said...

Oh CB! Thanks for listing these it gives me more to read every day!

Karen Deborah said...

Oh wow. The way you wrote this so straight from the heart was just so touching. Really CBK, I feel like crying, not necessarily about my award but I DO thank you; what touches me is how you really captured what the community of bloggers can do. We really do impact other people! It really is making a difference and we are HEARD!
oh gosh girl, I love you and I love this blog even more than the first one. The first one was hysterically funny and got me into blogging, really that was what made me start. But I love getting to know you. you've also become a lot more courageous and are showinh us WHO you are. You know what? Your COOL, your really a wonderful woman and you are on my list of special forever keeper friends. What's really funny is that when I actually had you physically around and in my life I didn't know you very well, but I really really really liked your KIDS! HA!

Karen Deborah said...

ps Ricks comment is stinkin hilarious!!! ROFLMAO!

noexcuses said...

Thanks for opening Pandora's Box for me! I now want to go visit each one and get to know them better.

You have some really genuine and loving readers, with whom you seem to be great friends! I'm sure you made their day with your kind words.

And talk about timing...you know those days when you want to pull your hair out, or drown yourself in vat of chocolate? It's people like you who merely stop by and say "hello" that pull me back from the edge. You did it once again today!

Thanks, and God Bless you!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

wow thank you... I am so jealous you might get to meet rick in person!!!!!! HOW TOTALLY COOL!!!!
thank you for the sweet words about me... I might have to frame them to remind me when I am not feeling so nice :)
Love n hugs Laura

Laura ~Peach~ said...

and rick is a wonderful sister isnt he?! :)

Chris H said...

Testosterone .... like you need it Rick! lol

Trisha said...

Thank you for honoring me with this award. You are so nice in your description of me . . . it really helped make today better - despite my crazy, messed up mind!

Rick said...

Thanks to all my blog "sisters" out there.

hanagrace said...

Hey, how do I post this award thingy on my blog?

Elysa said...

Just re-read this after a very, very long time and realized that now YOU have a Swazi-tie, too.