Danica's Thoughts blog to let me know she had bestowed upon me a Leibster Award. Somewhere along the line Danica has found my little corner of the blogosphere and decided it worthy of recognition, despite a small following of less than 200. Thank you, Danica, for your vote of confidence and support.
When I began my blog I think I intended to write about things domestic...parenting, organising and running a home, menu planning, recipes, maybe some crafty stitching type stuff. And initially that's what I did. Then I started working and my children are much older now, and I've been studying for what seems like forever. Things have changed. I have changed. As a result the things I blog about has changed a bit too. I've often thought perhaps I need to be more deliberate and planned about blogging, and then my life gets in the way, assignments need to be written (which is what I should be doing right now) and children need to be whatever-it-is-they-need in the moment.
Anyway....apparently I need to answer some questions Danica has set for me and I need to pass this award on to 11 other people whose blogs, like mine, are special and have only a small following. I'm going to need to do the passing on after my assignments are done but I'll answer the questions now...a two-part award response :)
1) Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
I have pondered this question from time to time, because wow...anyone in the world! I think in this season of my life it would be Jen Hatmaker. Jen is hilarious, incredibly real, wise, and asks hard questions about how faith in our culture could and should work. That's a seasonal response because of my current journey. Outside of my current season I'm going to say my dear friend Frances. We have shared so much of our lives through our blogs and she is just the most amazing woman. She is also an incredibly real person, quiet, thoughtful, wise and she is a writer. Seriously....a writer! She's my kind of people!
2) Would you like to be famous? In what way?
I don't think so. Big fame comes with people pestering you and commenting on how you live your life and the mistakes you make and everything you do is public domain. I'm an introvert. That would be so stressful! Small fame that comes from doing your ordinary life, which contributes to making the world a better place? Maybe. Maybe one day I will be the most amazing teacher and some precious small person will grow up and say "She's the one who changed my life".
3) Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you're going to say? Why?
Sometimes. More likely I make a list of the things I need to remember to ask or convey. If I'm phoning someone I know well I don't. I don't pick up the phone "just because"...there's always a reason behind the call.
4) When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
I sing to myself all the time. Often in the car. I don't sing to other people. Really, you gotta be able to sing and not scare someone off to be willing to do that!
5) If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
I have no quibbles with the way I was raised. How we, as a whole family, coped with reverse culture shock is a whole other story though. I would want to get us all some help with that so we could have recovered better and quicker.
6) If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
I don't know. The ability not to become frustrated when my family do things that bug me?
7) Is there something that you've dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?
It seems like I've been dreaming about being a teacher for a long time. Completing the darned degree to get to do that takes about eleventy billion years. Well, when you're impatient that's how it feels. Maybe I need patience?
8) What does friendship mean to you?
Friendship is the glue that keeps me from falling apart. My most dear and precious friends are the ones to whom I can say anything I need to vent and they will just love me through it, pray me through it and support me with wisdom, care and a advice to see me into a better place. They're the people who walk the hardest, darkest paths of you life with you, and celebrate the most joyous seasons of life.
9) When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
This week. Both. Assignments will be the death of me! Miss Mischief was the poor soul who caught the last "in front of another person".
10) Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth?
Nope. Wealth isn't all it's cracked up to be, apparently. So if that's true I'm going to value my sleep. Good sleep is priceless.
11) Complete this sentence "I wish I had someone with whom I could share..."
I can't answer this question. I have an amazing husband, incredible kids and the most precious friends. Between them there's nothing I can't share.
Alright, I've procrastined enough. Two assignments (hopefully for the rest of my life!!) to go and I need to get on with it.