This award came to me from Maya over at Loving With Chronic Illness. Thank you so much Maya. You are truly inspirational, being ill and yet, always managing to give back. You are to be admired. My award will be displayed with all the other awards under the Award tab. Again, thank you Maya.
In order to accept the award, there are three things you must do:
Step 1: Recognize the person or people who gave you this award
I didn’t find Maya’s blog; she found me. Since the day I starting reading her blog, I realized how much she amazed me. She is study studying social work and living with Spondylitis. Her blog is simply as it is titled: living and loving with chronic illness. She talks about her diagnosis, her struggles, and her love life with spondylitis in her life. Despite dealing with her diagnosis and being a student, she always has time to give a helping hand through her volunteer efforts. You are amazing person with an amazing spirit.
Step 2: Share Seven Things about Yourself:
1. I am a crier. Everything makes me cry even commercials. My husband has banned me from watching the news because it does not take much for to start crying for complete strangers. I cry with I am sad and I cry when I am happy.
2. I was Student Government President in college and I really hate politics.
3. I hate people who are full of themselves and I usually let them know. It usually gets me in trouble but I refuse to sugarcoat to impress people.
4. I have three phobias: fear of closed/tight spaces, heights, and failure.
5. I am a romantic and my husband isn’t. I love to laugh and my husband has no sense of humor. I love him anyway.
6. Even though I give off a persona that I am strong, I am as weak as they come.
7. Sometimes, I am envious and jealous and I hate that about myself. Nothing is ever good enough for me.
Step 3: Pass the award onto “15” bloggers whom you have recently discovered and think are fantastic! I am changing this to”5” and the rest of you can do the same if you like.
(1) Kelli at Rheum for God: http://rheumforgod.wordpress.com
I don’t know how you do it raising four boys and dealing with RA in your life but you are amazing.
(2) Jennifer at the Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness http://advocacyforpatients.blogspot.com.
Jennifer, a lawyer, suffers from Crohn’s disease and gastroparesis and still manages to give back.
(3) PMT at Flare and Back Again http://flareandbackagain.com.
She is a 32-year-old mother of three children, married and a teacher by profession. She has RA and working towards a natural way of healing.
(4) Wonky Warrior at My body might be wonky but that’s not the most interesting thing about me http://wonkywarrior.blogspot.com/
Wonky Warrior lives in the UK, has RA and manages to find humor despite autoimmune disease.
(5) Michelle at The life and times of a girl with RA MCTD http://thelifeandtimesofagirlwithra.blogspot.com
Michelle has RA but she does not let it define her.
I won the “One Lovely Blog” Award from Michelle over at The life and times of a girl with
RA MCTD. As promised, I would display at my blog proudly with my other awards. If you look up to my top menu, you will see an option for “Awards,” so that is where it will go with the others. Thank you Michelle for the award and for your kind words about my blog.
As acceptance of this award, the following criteria should be met:
1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award
Blogging about RA, Fibromyalgia, and chronic illnesses, I have met so many wonderful bloggers. I am going to pass this award on to:
1. Kellie at Rheum for Good http://rheumforgod.wordpress.com
2. Rachel at A Little Bit of Kooky http://alittlebitofkooky.blogspot.com/
3. Jamee at A New Kind of Normal http://www.anewkindofnormal.com/
4. Dee at Life in 3Dee http://anoteaday.wordpress.com
5. Wren at Rheumablog http://rheumablog.wordpress.com/
6. Jules at An Attitude of Gratitude http://an-attitude-of-gratitude.blogspot.com
7. Terry at Dual Sport Life http://midnightflier.blogspot.com
8. Maya at Living with Chronic Illness http://lovingwithchronicillness.blogspot.com/
9. Wonky Warrior at My body might be wonky but thats not the most interesting thing about me! http://wonkywarrior.blogspot.com
10. Valley Writer at RA (maybe) Momma http://ramamma.blogspot.com
11. Ashley at RA Unbridled http://raunbridled.blogspot.com/
12. Joanne at Reasons to Be Cheerful http://joanne-helpinghands.blogspot.com/
13. Jessica at Remembering to Take It One Day at a Time http://sackaraye.blogspot.com/
14. Skye at Stuck at 21 with RA http://skye-uruz.blogspot.com
15. Cathy at The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo http://thelifeandadventuresofcatepoo.blogspot.com
Each of you is an inspiration to others struggling with chronic illness. I am so glad to know to know you and read your blogs.
I recently received the Sugar Doll Blogger award from Teia over at Just Breathe. Teia’s is a tough lady whose life has been changed as result of her experiences with tibial torsion, ovarian cancer, vertigo, tinnitus, and Fibromyalgia. The Sugar Doll Award is about joy and happiness so I am honored that Teia gave me this award. In accepting the award, you have to agree to list 10 things that people may not know about you and then pass the award to fellow bloggers whose blogs bring joy and happiness to your life.
Ten Things About Me You May Not Know
1. I am a romantic and even though my husband isn’t, I love him anyway. Also, I wear my heart on my sleeve so what you see is what you get.
2. I love wrestling and the WWE. Shawn Michaels is my favorite wrestler and has always been. I cried when he lost to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 26 and I cried even more the following Monday on Monday Night Raw when he officially said goodbye to the WWE universe.
3. I am more afraid of failure than anything in the world. I hate failing and I hate people knowing that I failed.
4. My biggest success is my children. It my best and most important accomplishment and no other success in my life compares.
5. My father died fifteen years ago and to this day, I never stop missing him. I cry every time he comes to my mind.
6. I love my mother but I have a tendency to be angry at her a lot and sometimes, I don’t even know why.
7. I love any movie by Sandra Bullock or Jim Curry and in particular comedies.
8. Did I mention I am a crier? I cry at everything including commercials.
9. I was student government president in college and I hate politics. I am also not a people person; I love being alone.
10. I am a control freak and I love to be in charge.
Now, it is time to pass this award on.
(1) Dee at The Redheaded Stepchild – you are one strong lady and I really admire you.
(2) Rachel over at A Little Bit of Kooky – Because well, kooky rocks!
(3) Laurie at Frozen Woman: A Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis – For being all she is regardless of RA.
(4) Stephanie at Life Keeps Rolling…Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis – For taking on some wonderful and tough challenges despite RA.
(5) Valley Writer at RA Mamma – For willing to take a great and amazing journey – motherhood and despite RA.
Again, thank you Teia.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Melanie over at Mommy Tantrums gave me the lemonade stand award so I am finally getting to passing it along. Thank you Melanie.
The rules are as follows…
1) Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
2) Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
3) Link the nominees within your post.
4) Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5) Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.
I am passing this award on to a few bloggers and they are…
Alica over at Yaya Stuff. I am sure Yaya has already has this one but I wanted to pass it to her because she is very deserving of this
Dee over at Lifein3Dee because she always manages to crack me up
Kristin at We Are That Family
Kristin at the Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Melissa over at Hope Floats
Brandy at Not Your Average Soccer Mom
Mallen at Making Lemonade
Helene at I Am Living Proof God has a Sense of Humor
Overwhelmed Working Mom
I also removed the anonymous option for commenting. I got tired of the commenter who kept leaving comments linking to purchasing viagra online.
Twenty-Seven Days Until Christmas – I was reminded this morning by my nine year old this morning.
Kelly over at A Day in the Crazy Life has given me an award! She must know how much I love awards. Well, I promised that I would display the award proudly and in order to do that, I must tell my readers ten things that they may not know about me, and I apologize, if at times, my life is sappy and sentimental. So, without further ado:
Ten Things You May Not Know About Me (Next time, don’t ask!)
1) I cry way too much! I cry when I watch commercials, the news, and even cartoons. Anything sweet, sad or emotional sends out the waterworks.
2) I love ribs (baby back beef ribs to be exact) – never mind I need to lose a few pounds and I should eat healthier. I love ribs and I eat them at least once a month. I have even found some creative recipes so I don’t get bored.
3) I hate when I watch my DVR’ed episode of Days of Our Lives and people try to talk to me. By this I mean – call me on the phone, come to visit and ring my doorbell, or even simply talk to me.
4) I hate doing dishes. That is why I own a dishwasher.
5) I am brutally honest.
6) I have not talked to my brother in over a year and I don’t want to.
7) I am quite the romantic.
8) I hate dwelling on the past and I hate people who do (minus not talking to my brother).
9) The hardest thing for me being is working mom is how much I miss my children. Sometimes, I cry on the way to work because I miss them so much.
10) I have in the recent year learned that the value of money is overrated, and that there are things that are far more important than money. Many of us say that we feel that money isn’t important, but we don’t really mean it or understand that until we are tested.
I would like to pass on the award to:
Lana over at the Kids Did WHAT?
Mallen over at Making Lemonade
Alica over at YaYa Stuff
Don’t forget to check out my latest Examiner Cleveland post about Working Moms Surviving the 9 to 5 routine.
Well, I won something for a change at The Attic Girl: Caption This Fun: My Favorite Caption. It is the Kreativ Blogger Award which I will post on my blog proudly. The original post was Wordless Wednesday you really need to check out. I want to thank…well, just Shelly will be fine. I think they only give a minute for thank you time at the Emmy’s. I would still be tongue tied an hour later. Yeah, this makes my week in addition to Yaya’s One Word comment about my blog. She called my blog REAL. I feel so loved. I also have a surpise for my readers that I will share with you next week. Right now, I am feeling all warm and fuzzy!
That Super Mega Dad over at The Adventures of Super Mega Dad is one heck of a character. Okay, I am down with getting the Keepsake Blog Award and I am very thankful. (Super Mega Dad got his award from Otter Thomas over at Life of a New Dad.) However, I was not sure if I was up for the task of sharing a “keepsake moment” with you. Yes, I have had many, but I was not sure if any were blog worthy. Besides, blogging about a keepsake moment means wearing my heart on my sleeve and I have been doing that a lot more lately, thanks to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. So here is one that truly holds a place in my heart and just a warning, keep the Kleenex nearby.
Around Thanksgiving last year I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. At the time, the baby was two and half months, and I figured that there was no reason for me to be swelled up over two months after giving birth. The diagnosis was hard for me and it took me awhile to talk to my husband about it, and I wanted until all of our Thanksgiving guests parted that evening, and sat my husband down. I knew that my husband did not know anything about RA so I had to break down from what I had been reading on the internet. My husband didn’t really give me a response and just kind of moved on. Nothing usual about that, that is just the way my husband is.
My nine year old had been listening and he knew how difficult my pregnancy was because of the pain and how difficult it had been for me since the baby was born. The pain made it difficult to carry the baby and especially when I had to get up in the middle of the night. Mornings were even worse because it took me at least a half hour to get my stiff feet and legs moving. Let me tell you that my nine year old is no sucker; he is intelligent beyond his years and for a long time, it was just me and him.
Back to my keepsake moment, my nine year old, who was supposed to be sleeping, heard the entire conversation. He came to my bed the following morning and asked if I needed any help and I told him that I just needed some time to get up and out of bed, but I did not need any help. The next thing that came out of my nine year old’s mouth took me by surprise. He took my hands and told me that “we will get through this together like we always have.” Let me honestly tell you that my nine year old is my rock and he always has been. When I say he is intelligent beyond his years, it is the truth. He is a smart, kind and good kid and I am lucky, and someday, he will make some lady very happy.
Now, comes the tough part. I am supposed to place the torch/award along to some of my fellow bloggers. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love you all, but I am only going to pick five of you today. (I do not want to tick too many people off.)
And the Award goes to:
Yaya at Yaya Stuff. Ya-Ya’s the best. Go visit her blog if you don’t believe me.
Brandy at Not Your Average Soccer Mom. It looks like Brandy is currently on vacation, but I am sure she will accept her award gracefully (well, as graceful as Brandy can be) when she gets back.
Last, Overwhelmed Working Mom, who has either been too busy to blog or having a dry spell. That is what happens when you work in the legal profession.
Okay, everyone, accept your awards and get to blogging! Don’t forget to copy the picture of the award and attach it to your blog page.