I have been nominated for a Liebster Award…
Which is the equivalent to receiving a chain letter in middle school. Basically, it is an award from bloggers to bloggers where the point is to answer a bunch of questions and then nominate five other blogs you feel deserve the award. I love this idea because it shines a light on blogs that are just starting out, like mine. It also allows me to introduce to my audience some of the bloggers I love to follow. It’s also just fun to be recognized by someone other than your family and friends.
Here are the basic guidelines of the Liebster Award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
- Thank You, Still Orphans, I adore your blog. I was so excited to see your e-mail in my inbox. I have been reading your blog for months now and read your posts religiously. Your blog is actually the blog that inspired me to go in the direction on the topic of foster care. You can see the post where Lucky In Luv was nominated here.
- Answer the questions that blogger gave their nominees. (See below)
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 5 more blogs that you feel deserve the same award, who have less than 1000 followers.
- Ask your nominees questions of your own.
- List the rules in your post.
- For college credits I taught abroad in China when I was 23. It was an experience that I almost missed out on because I was afraid to leave my comfort zone. Through some amazing professors and a good friend, I was encouraged to go. I am so happy I did because I met some lifelong friends and got an experience of a lifetime.
- My husband and I are high school sweet hearts. We just hit 16 years together, which is nearly half of my life.
- I love adult coloring books, especially the ones by Johanna Basford.
- Running clears my head. I don’t run long distances (about three miles is what I can do at the moment). In the last few years I have found that running has helped me through some serious foster care struggles and decisions.
- We recently bought a record player, and now I am obsessed with buying LP’s and listening to music like when I was a kid where I would put in a new CD on and memorize all of the words.
- I love watching TED talks, and I especially love spoken word poetry. Sarah Kay is my favorite spoken word poet. This is one of her TED talks that I adore. https://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_kay_if_i_should_have_a_daughter/transcript
- The above poem inspired me to write a poem in the form of a children’s book answering tough religious questions for my daughter. I created the book using a website called Story bird.
- I have taught pre-school, reading intervention, 7th grade English and 8th grade English. I have also long term subbed in a third-grade class and with freshmen. Lastly, I did my student teaching with 11th and 12th The weirdest experience is when those students remember you in a store 5 years later and they are adults, with jobs.
- I played the clarinet in the high school marching band, which is where I met my trumpet playing hubby. Although neither of us play our instruments anymore, ha. But his latest hobby is teaching himself how to play the guitar so that’s at least something.
- Before I decided to be a teacher I got my certificate to be a dental assistant. My goal in high school was to be a dental hygienist. When I did my first tooth extraction, I realized it was not the career path for me.
Answers to Questions:
- Why did you start your blog?
- I had decided to quit my job as a middle school teacher at the end of the last school year to stay home with my daughter. This was a difficult decision. One that took a pro and con list and lots of lost sleep deciding whether it was the right decision for our family. But I really enjoy using my brain and couldn’t see myself just being home and not doing anything but clean the house and watch a kiddo. While I do pick up substitute teaching jobs occasionally, the blog was a baby that was born out this need to use my brain in an intellectual manner, and my want to help shine a light on foster parenting. It also has been a fun way to bond with the husband who is a tech support expert and helped me get it up and running.
- What advice would you give new writers?
- If you have an idea, write it down in the moment. My best ideas come at those moments where I’m the busiest. Carry a little book with you or a pad of sticky notes and jot the idea down or keep a notes section in your phone just for your ideas. I tend to lose what I feel are great ideas all of the time because I don’t write them down. Now I carry a sticky note pad in my purse. I don’t write down everything, but I find a few keywords will help jog my memory later when I do have time to sit down and write my thoughts. (Evernote is also a great source for keeping notes, I used that all of the time when I was teaching. I should really start using that again).
- What is your favorite post you’ve written?
- My favorite post is actually still in my saved files waiting to be published. Due to the sensitive nature of my blog (foster care) I am always taking into account privacy and whether I am sharing too much of our lives. There are about 4 or 5 posts I have written and have yet to post because I fear they are too personal. But the favorite post that I have written and actually posted is How This Foster Mama Answers Rude Comments and Questions.
- What book should I be reading?
- I bet a lot of my readers will be expecting me to say some sort of parenting or foster care book. I have a post or two on it. But I actually am a fan of reading in general and love so many genres of books. If you are a close friend and tell me to read a book, I probably will even if it’s not in a genre I normally read. My most recent favorite book is a fictional novel by Erin Morgenstern titled The Night Circus.
- If you could redo college, would your major in the same thing? If not, what would you go for instead and why?
- I have thought about this a few times in my career, especially when I was the most overwhelmed. At those times in my life I think to myself, I would not choose this path if I were to do it over again, but in reality, I would. I loved teaching and planning curriculum and helping my students succeed, and I love literature, so no I wouldn’t change anything.
- What is your guilty pleasure?
- That’s easy, dark chocolate!
- What is your favorite movie and why should we see it?
- I don’t think I have a favorite movie. I’m not much of a movie watcher, getting me to sit still for a two-hour period is a challenge. However, I am a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies. I am sure I drive my husband crazy in the month of December. As soon as Thanksgiving Day is over, I probably watch one at least every other day. I love that they are all feel good movies. They are all extremely predictable, but one of my favorite activities during the holidays is to watch a Hallmark Christmas movie and wrap presents.
- What are 3 things you always pack in your suitcase?
- Besides clothes… My Kindle, Phone charger, and protein bars or snacks of some sort. I hate being somewhere and needing a snack and not having quick food available.
- What is one food you could never get sick of?
- Sweet potatoes. I love them so much!
- What would be the first thing you’d buy if you won the jackpot?
- A vacation with my family to Europe. Normally, I am really sensible when it comes to money. I have always wanted to visit Ireland, Italy, Spain, Scotland and England. So, if I won the jackpot, I would figure out how much I’d have to pay in taxes on it and then use the rest to take my family on a trip that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.
My nominations and questions:
- Why did you start your blog?
- What would be your best blogging advice?
- What is your favorite quote and by whom?
- What is your favorite post that you’ve written? (Please provide link!)
- What is your most prized possession?
- What is your favorite childhood memory?
- What is your favorite book, and why should we read it?
- What is your favorite blog, and why should we all follow them?
- Who inspires you the most?
- If you could have a superpower what would it be?
- Foster the Family –> fosterthefamilyblog.com: One mom’s light-hearted musings and heavier broodings on foster care, gospel-centered parenting, and mission-focused family.
–>I love that she is a fellow foster mama. Her podcast and store are also super cute. Check her out!
- 6 Nerdy Chicks –> https://6nerdychicks.com/: Blog inspired by and dedicated to nerd culture. Let’s craft, decorate, create together!
–>I went to college with one of the girls that runs this blog and love their “nerdy” ideas.
- Dropping Anchors –> https://droppinganchorsblog.com/ :Dropping Anchors is a foster care blog created by a group of foster mamas from all over North America.
–>This nomination is a bit of a cheat on my end. I just started following their blog, and don’t actually know how many followers they have, so they may be well over 1000. There are several foster parents who contribute to this blog as well. However, I really enjoy reading their posts, and wanted to share this really great blog find.
- Travis Party of Four –> https://www.travispartyoffour.com/: Mom of 2 boys under 2. Inspiring women to make Mom Life their Best Life! Free resources for Moms, Self-care routines, first-time mom tips, uplifting mom advice.
–> Who doesn’t need a little mom humor? Also, her shirts are super cute.
- Go Science Girls –> https://gosciencegirls.com/: Fun science and STEM for kids! All the activities from the blog Go Science Girls (www.gosciencegirls.com), with lots of fun hands on ideas that you can try at home.
–>This nomination is a bit of a cheat on my end as well. She has over 1000 followers, but I love this blog so much. I use the ideas from Go Science Girls all of the time with my daughter. I love the organization of this blog because the science activities are separated by recommended age. There is also a very comprehensible explanation in each post about the science behind the experiment, which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
Thank you for reading,