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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Blog Award

My friend Rebecca over at The Bates Motel gave me an award. Wow! She said some really nice things about my blog. Thanks Rebecca!

The purpose of this is to help people discover new blogs. Rebecca has some questions for me!

1. How would you describe your blog?
Oh my gosh. My blog is mostly about my kids, with some odd opinions thrown in here and there. I blog because I like to write. I also want people to see that although we deal with some unusual situations, our life with our kids is pretty normal. Raising a child with Down syndrome doesn't have to be traumatic. Raising four children with Down syndrome doesn't have to be impossible.

2. What are your favorite TV shows?
I don't watch a lot of TV, but the ones I do are on my must watchlist! "Modern Family", "The Middle", "The Little Couple" (especially since they're now going through the process of integrating a newly adopted child into the family!) Last winter I got into "Downton Abbey". I had zero interest in this show all my friends were raving about. I turned on one episode and lasted a whole 5 minutes before being bored out of my gourd! But it was like episode 3 of season 3 or something so I decided to give it a fair chance and watch the very first episode. Many.many.many hours later I had watched every episode from every season and was officially hooked!

3. Describe yourself with three adjectives:
Determined, inquisitive, realistic

4. What's in your fridge right now?
Leftover pork roast, lots of stuff that should be thrown out, ingredients for Asher's lunches, and milk and juice.

5. Who has the biggest influence on your life and why?
This was the most difficult of the 10 questions to answer. I would have to say my dad and my daughter. My dad is the best dad ever. He is patient, kind and loving. He worked hard for everything he has and continues to work hard to keep it. Dean is just like him. ;-) And then there is Angela. She, too, works hard for everything, yet she never gives up. When life is crappy she just keeps on laughing in it's face. Angela *is* perseverance!

6. You have a genie in a bottle, ready to grant three personal wishes, just for you - what would they be.
This is a tough question to answer. Whenever I think about the things I want, it is always for someone else. Don't get me wrong, I can be a very selfish person (evidenced by the hidden box of cereal in the cabinet that is for ME and not for sharing with everyone else. Then again, maybe that is self preservation and not selfishness?) So, what do I want for ME? 50 lb permanent weight loss, a cook for our family because I *detest* cooking. Our mortgage to be paid off.

7. What would you change about yourself?
If only I had better self control. Time management skills would be a plus too.

8. Who's the celebrity you'd most like to meet?
Hands down, Sally Field. I wanted to be her. I still want to be her.

9. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I think it is pretty amazing that I, personally, pulled off three adoptions. This goes back to #7, but I am queen of unfinished projects. Dean figured I would talk about adoption, he would agree, but that it would never actually happen because of all the paperwork involved. He was surprised the first time, and the second and third.

10. What's your favorite easy recipe that doesn't require ingredients that wouldn't ordinarily live in your cabinets?
Chicken Pot Pie or Tator Tot Hotdish.

And now I need to pass this award on to others. It's hard to pick my favorite blogs. I went to my blog reader and realized I always go to the same blogs first.

The first blog I'm naming is A Difference to This One, written by mom Jennifer. She is an adoptive mom and a homeschooling mom. Her adoptions have not been the smoothest, but even when things are really poopy (pun intended) she keeps her chin up. Jennifer is creative and has great insight to her kids. And also, her Nathan and my Asher are a lot alike! Jennifer is 'real'. She doesn't sugar coat things. When things are hard, she says how, why and what they're gonna do about it!

Next on my list is my good friend Ellen Stumbo. We are real-life friends, not just someone I talk to on this electronic box. Ellen is mom to three beautiful girls. The younger two have special needs (Nicole has Down syndrome and Nina has CP.) and one child adopted internationally. Ellen is an amazing writer and on her way to becoming a published author. I might be a bit jealous. ;-)

So, to Ellen and Jennifer, I have some questions for you, then please pass this Liebster award on to two other bloggers.

1. Of all your blog posts, what is your favorite, or stands out most in your mind?
2. Although it's rare, what do you usually do when you have leisure time on your hands?
3. What do you usually do when you meet someone for the first time?
4. How many books did you read last year?
5. Do your blog posts "come to you" at a certain time of the day?
6. Have you ever won anything? If so, what was it?
7. Do you have a favorite activity you like to do with your kids?
8. What is your favorite memory?
9. What is your best quality?
10. What is your biggest success up to this point in your life?


1 comment:

Lucas Moore said...

Yes!!! It is good to fridge. Leftover pork roast, lots of stuff that should be thrown out, ingredients for Asher's lunches, and milk and juice.

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