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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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For the second time in a week, I was surprised and honored to be selected for an award.  Keishawna from The Jolly MOMents nominated me to receive the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.  Thank you so much, Keishawna!  It is even more of an honor coming from you, because I admire you and your beautiful bog so much.  Your blog is so inspiring, and your comments are always sweet.  I’m so blessed to have found you in the blogging world!

Now, I must share seven things about myself – This was a hard one! I’ve tried to pick things that I have not already discussed elsewhere.

1.      I have a pet peeve about leaving the plastic or label on anything I buy.  This is because when I was a kid my mom left the plastic covers on the lampshades (so they wouldn’t accumulate dust) and put the remote controls in plastic zip-lock bags (so they wouldn’t get sticky), and various other odd things that now I strive never to emulate.

2.      I love cats.  I had my doggie love of my life when I was a kid – a standard collie (Lassie dog), named Georgie Girl, but I called her “George.”  And she was the greatest dog ever!  I fear I will never love another dog, and now I prefer the independence and aloofness of cats.

3.      I don’t believe in washing cars.  I’m a bit of a neat freak about the inside of my car, and pretty much everything else – but I see washing cars as a big fat waste of my time.  Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear said it best – “Washing cars is for the simple-minded, and people with bad marriages.”  Just kidding – LOL.

4.      I met and fell in love with my husband in circumstances more romantic than any movie I’ve ever seen.  He was moonlighting as a guide for trail rides on horseback.  I went to the ranch for a trial ride, and ultimately came to board my horse there.  We fell in love spending hours and hours riding and having adventures through the Texas countryside.

5.      I am a direct descendant of the man who invented the Ferris wheel – it’s a shame I don’t get royalties for that.

6.      I talk in my sleep, and walk, and eat, and pretty much anything I’d do when I’m awake – but I haven’t left the house yet . . . that I know of.

7.      Gosh, I can’t think of anything else, so I’ll give you another major pet peeve – crooked pictures, and also spots on mirrors – OK that’s two.  And I promise I don’t judge at other people’s houses . . . just my own.  LOL.

Here are seven bloggers that I follow and love:

Fragrant Grace 

Forty, c’est Fantastique! 

Lucky Mama 

My Life Lived Full 

Deeply Rooted in Him 

Drifting Through My Open Mind 

Journey Through L 

The following blogs, in no particular order, have encouraged or inspired me in some way.  I hope that if you visit some of them, you are encouraged as well.

Thank you, again, Keishawna!  I had fun with this, and I hope others enjoy it as well.  Be blessed!

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Liebster Award

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I was so honored yesterday morning to have been nominated for my first award! The word liebster comes from the German, meaning beloved (That’s what my name means! I wonder if that means my name would be “Liebster” in German??), lovely, dearest, valued. It is given to up-and-coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.

I want to thank Tilly Hawkins for nominating me. You should check out her b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l blog at http://tillynailart.com/the-girl-behind-tillynailart/. I am blown away by the amazing art that she can put on the tiny tips of her fingers. But her blog is so much more than that. It is sweetness, and encouragement, and great reading too!

Now, in answer to Tilly’s questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?
I started this blog, because I saw God doing amazing things in my life. I mean, I have always seen Him do that – but in new and amazing ways. I began to see how truly everything I have I owe to Him. I began to see His amazing providence for me and my family on a daily basis, and feel Him moving in my life – spurring me on to bigger and better things. And I felt like I needed to shout it the world! I felt like I needed a platform to share some of these things, and other thoughts, with people, and to allow them to share back with me. You can read more about my reasons here.
2. If you could go to any three places in the world – one for a week, one for a month and one for a year, where would you go?
I would go to Hawaii for a week. I would go to France for a month. And I would go to England for a year.
3. If your life were a movie, who would play you?
I don’t really watch many movies, but I read a lot! And I would have to say I would be Dagny Tagart from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. (This isn’t really cheating – they actually made a movie from the book. LOL) Whether you agree with Ms. Rand’s philosophy or not, I love that character. She is strong and independent. But loves fiercely and truly, and never gives up on her dreams. My favorite female character of all time.
4. If you could spend a day with one person, living, or dead, who would it be and why?
It would be my Dad. He died when I was 19, and I have so many things I would like to tell him.
5. Describe yourself in three words.
Stubborn (I’m working on that), loving, smart.
6. What’s your happy song? (i,e. Can’t help smiling when you hear it)
It’s “Build Me Up Buttercup” by the Foundations, because it makes me remember a day I was riding in the car (I was about 20) with my mom and aunts, and this song came on the radio. My mom, who was driving, started singing lead, and so I started singing back-up, as LOUD as we could. And my aunts were looking at us like we were crazy! Good times. I miss living near them. I smile every time I hear it.


7. What do you want to accomplish in your life?
I feel like God is calling me to do something for Him – which I know sounds ridiculous, ‘cuz He calls all of us to do things for Him. But I feel like He is preparing me for something new in my life at this time, and I don’t know what it is – but THAT is what I want to do.
8. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Tough one! I think invisibility. I think. Maybe, flying. No! I don’t like heights. Invisibility. Yep.
9. When was the last time you did exactly what you wanted to do?
I’m a blessed person – I do this pretty much every day.
10. Who is the one person who can always make you smile?
My husband! Always, no matter what is going on. I love that about him. ❤

For my nominees – if you decide to accept, here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
2. You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3. You must nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination.
4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

My nominees (should they choose to accept) for the Liebster Award are:
DeeJourney of a Fab Mom
Life and Loveliness 
Sacred Motherhood 
The Painted Rogue
Peace in the Pod 
Shining a Light in the Darkness
Lauryn the Magnanimous 
Cabin Pressure May Change
Not Quite Home 
Fi’s Mutterings

My questions for you are:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What is your favorite hobby or activity – one that really makes you feel happy and peaceful?
3. What is your favorite book?
4. Tell us something about you not many people know.
5. What was the most magical day of your life, and why?
6. Do you believe in love at first sight? Why or why not?
7. What is your favorite childhood memory?
8. Describe yourself in three words.
9. If you could spend a day with one person, living, or dead, who would it be and why?
10. Who is the one person who can always make you smile?

I can’t wait to read your answers!

Zero to Hero Challenge – Day 3 “What’s on my mind.”

Day 3 of this challenge is to write the post that your originally had in mind when you started the blog. And, like many people, I have sort of already written it. What I had in mind was not one post, but a way to gratefully express all the wonderful things God is doing in my life, the ways He is meeting my family’s needs, the things He is showing me. So it is a work in progress.
I’ll just post a link here to my original – very first – blog post, which kind of expresses the spirit of my intention – that in the midst of this crazy, imperfect life there is always His Amazing Grace.

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches . . .”

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Here we are on Day 2 of the Zero to Hero challenges: all about our blog name, tag line, and optional widget explaining a bit more about ourselves.  So all three of mine basically revolve around my appreciation of God’s amazing grace in my life.  I’m here to celebrate my journey through life, and share what God is doing in it.  I am constantly amazed at how He shows up every.dag-gone.day, good or bad, and He is always the same good God, and His promises are always true, and His mercies are always new.  And I’m just in awe.  So thus was born my blog name.

But I love the whole idea of names.  I love my name, which I elaborate on a bit in my About Me.  It’s Vida, and it’s Hebrew, and it means “beloved one,” which my mother chose especially because she wanted me to always know how much I am loved.  And it’s the feminine form of David, which was my father’s name.  And that helps me feel connected to him, because he died many years ago.

I love that God has always known our names.  Isaiah 43:1, John 10:3, Psalm 91:14  I think names are important to Him too.

I’m pretty pleased with my blog’s name for now . . . although my widgets could use some work.

Photo credit here.