Saturday, March 9, 2013

Liebster Award!

Dear Readers,

My sweet friend over at was so kind to nominate me for a liebster award!! I was so excited and blessed when I found out and have been waiting to have enough time to write this post ever since! Thank you so so much, K!!

Now you may be wondering what exactly is a liebster award. As I understand it, it is a kind gesture going around to blogs to show that hey, I like what you have to say. Me being me, I absolutely love this kind gesture and have agonized over who to pick to give my award to! ; ) I love Transcending CP so much I would love to nominate her, but that's not allowed. She writes so definitely should hop on over to her blog!

This sweet award comes with quite a few steps, so I'm going to get started!

  1. You must thank the person who gave you this award 
  2. You must display the Liebster heart on your blog
  3. You should nominate 3-5 up-and-coming blogs (some say 200 is small, others say 3000 is small) 
  4. Each person must post 11 things about themselves 
  5. Answer the questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
  6. Create 11 questions for those you nominate to answer
  7. Notify your nominees and provide a link back to your post. 
  8. Don’t give the award back to the blog that gave it to you.

All right, eleven things about me. 

Numero uno: I love the Mitford book series. Love it. I try to make my own little corner of the world as much like Mitford as possible...starting with baked treats and making sure all of our neighbors know each other.  I think that's why I love the idea of this little award so much...because it is like each blog is baking a loaf of Amish friendship bread and sending it over to another blog, along with a starter to make sure the love gets passed on. 

Number two: I love different languages. I know American Sign Language (my all time favorite language!) and am learning Spanish, but am anxious to learn Russian, too. Each language has its own flare and beauty, but what really attracts me is the ability to communicate with as many people as possible! Hence number three: 

I love to talk. I'm sure you haven't guessed that by now, ha! 

Number four: I used to love those little quiz things that people sent through email before they had Facebook and would always beg my mom to reply to them and let me read her answers over her shoulder. My favorite question was "What are you wearing right now?" You better believe I will be including that in my questionnaire next!

Number five: I love anything old fashioned. Especially calico! 

Number six: One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my family...especially on vacation! 

Number seven: Another one of all time favorite things to do is volunteer. Thankfully I'm almost old enough to volunteer at Phoenix Children's Hospital! I currently get to volunteer at a Bible study for adults with special needs...and interpret the Bible study into American Sign Language! It's the most amazing thing ever and I am so grateful to God for the opportunity.

Number eight: Did I mention I love baking? 

Number nine: I'm a triplet...just in case you didn't know that.

Number ten: Oh and I'm also homeschooled! Love love love it and can't wait to homeschool my own children someday! Although my mom will have to teach them algebra...

Number eleven: Speaking of children, I'm passionate about adoption and hope to bring home my own little loves from somewhere around the world someday. :) 

Now I'm going to answer K's questions!

What is your favorite meal? I love salads! 

If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go? hhmm...This is a hard one! I have so many places I would love to go. I would love to see Austria! I would probably sing songs from The Sound of Music the entire time. :)

What is one thing that you have learned from special needs? I know it seems kind of obvious, but I think I would say the biggest thing I have learned is grace. The majority of the world doesn't understand my family's life at all, and even dear friends make some pretty ignorant and hurtful comments. It makes me want to curl up in a ball and only interact with other people who understand...but I can't do that. So special needs is teaching me to continue to love people even when they do stupid things like think CP is contagious. 

Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it? "If you can't feed a hundred people then just feed one." ~Mother Teresa

What is one movie that you could watch over and over again without getting bored? Princess Diaries!

What is one skill that you wish you had? The ability to quilt!

When you were a child, what was your favorite toy? Barbies, dress-up anything, and those little gadgets that you had to stick together in a certain form so they would all spin together! I had a lot of favorites : ) 

What is your favorite animal? I love all animals, but can't decide between dog and horse for my favorite! 

What is your favorite candy? Snickers!

If you could teach the world one lesson, what would it be? That Jesus loves you and died on the cross for you. 

What is your earliest memory? I'm not sure exactly, but I've sat here pondering this question and have come up with this: My brothers and I were three or four years old, and our little two-day-a-week preschool was having a Christmas show. I remember walking into the room and being dazzled by all the decorations and I remember being so excited to see all the people we knew there...

I've nominated the following blogs for this award:

Becca at
Becca is my dear friend and her blog is absolutely beautiful! She is an amazing writer and her posts are filled with such encouragement. I wish everyone could read her blog...they would be much kinder,  understanding people. I always look forward to reading each of her posts. 

Bethany at
Bethany is another good friend and her blog is such a refreshing read! I love her pictures and her blog's title, "It's the little things in life", is such a good reminder. Her posts mimic that theme as she goes through life so joyfully!

Jenny at
I love Jenny's blog! She is so honest and open as she shares her personal stories, but also so uplifting as she encourages her readers. It's the perfect blend for a lovely read.

Thank you all for blessing the world with your beautiful blogs!
Now here are my questions:

1.) What are you wearing right now? :)

2.) Why did you decide to start a blog?

3.) What is one thing about yourself that you consider interesting?

4.) What is one thing that you want more than anything in the world?

5.) What is your favorite pastime?

6.)What is your favorite book?

7.) If you could meet one historical figure, who would it be?

8.) What was the last thing you ate?

9.) I'm running out of questions...what's your favorite word?

10.) What is your favorite food?

11.) What is one thing you have never learned but would like to?

And...that's all folks!! Much love! 


  1. Aw!! Thank you. :) I can't wait to fill out those questions! ;) (I love filling them out like you, too.)

  2. Thanks Claire! Is there a deadline when I need to have the questions answered?

    1. Jenny, whenever you would like to!! I took several weeks to answer mine. :) I know there are a lot, so am fine if you only want to answer a few!

  3. Thank you so much Claire! I really appreciate this!

  4. Claire, I didn't follow all of the rules to a "T," but I did give a shout out to three of my fellow bloggers, and answered your 11 questions here:

    Thanks again for the award! I really appreciate it!