September 6, 2008

The Givin' and the Takin'...Awards!!

Oh's a WAY long post...

To my top Entrecard droppers for August, I have made you the following:

Dropper # of drops
Sage and Savvy 31
Slow Streamyx 29
Designing Hilary 29
Robin's Woods 28
Melissas Homeschool 27
Chica & Pumuckl - 2 Egyptian Cats in Germany 27
TuitionPlace 26
Get a Grip, Mom! 26
Brazoscowgirl 26
The Sewing Mom 25

There are no rules on the "You Are a Beautiful Blogger" award but if you do pass it on please tell 'em where you got it! (If you would be so kind!)

For those who have warmed my heart with their stories (You either a. made me laugh out loud or b. made me cry my eyes out.)...I made you this:

You know, the blog world is very unique in the sense that it has opened up such a huge community outside of our local surroundings. In doing this I really feel like those who touch our hearts have the ability to be seen by many for their actions, rather than so few when it's in person. There isn't a single person on my list that I feel expects recognition despite the potential huge audience in the web. In fact, many on my list don't even use their real name so even if someone who knows them in real life knows their deeds, they still will not receive recognition.

So here it is...those who have blessed me with their words, those who have lifted people up with their prayers, those who have given insight into their own lives in order to make it easier on those who are facing the very same challenges. I am passing this very well-deserved award to those who have shone their light on the rest of us.

Vixen from Vixen's Den who despite loss has been a beacon of light.

Amy from Milk and Cookies as well as Amy from In Pursuit of Proverbs 31. Both of these ladies run The Heart of the Matter magazine. Both flew into immediate care mode when one of The Heart of the Matter sisters suffered the loss of her son. They exemplify light in their daily lives and still have not forgotten the very human ministry online.

Robin from Heart of Wisdom who has continued to be a mentor to women online regarding homeschooling and Christ discipleship despite serious health problems slowing her down the last few years.

Casdok from Mother of Shrek, a HUGE advocate and support in the blog world when it comes to Autism, who just had to make the painful decision to put her dear son into assisted living. She is a single mother and one of the strongest, kindest women I 'know'.

Maddy from Whitter on Autism, another huge advocate in the Autism community online. She would tell me she has done nothing to rate this award...that is how she is. She might even throw in some English slang that I have to Google to understand. Why she does rate this award: a) She is hilarious and honest, both of which go a long way in the special needs world. b) She always responds when I email her in a panic or need clarification on an issue. c) She is very kind when a new mother comes in ready to 'conquer' Autism not to make them feel stupid or unwarranted in their feelings and will stick it out until they fall into peaceful acceptance and joy. And lastly, d) as her online friends will tell you-- she does this with everyone.

Jessica from My Five Little Monkeys, who I will not do justice through a description so you must go read her blog. She epitomizes the word 'survivor'.

Nikowa from Knowledge House Academy, who has suffered loss and survived cancer. She devotes her time online to keeping her faith strong and encouraging other women, particularly homeschooling moms.

This award is for those who have touched your heart. You do not have to be a recipient to pass it on, nor does a recipient need feel obligated to pass it on. I do hope that if you do pass it on it will be given with the same amount of reverence and love in which it was given to you.

Kathy from Is 8 Enough? gave me the following award:

Thank you Kathy!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Put the logo on your blog.
  2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
  3. Nominate at least five other blogs.
  4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.
  5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.
Okay so my 5:

1. Jiggity Jig
2. Punky Monkeys
3. Bear Bugga
4. Knowledge House Academy
5. My Sweet Life

Thank you to Vixen from Vixen's Den andChannah from Get a Grip, Mom!

for this beauty:
  1. The winner can put the logo on her/his blog
  2. Link the person you received the award from
  3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
  4. Put links of those blogs on yours
  5. Leave a message on the blogs nominated
So who do *I* love?

I especially love my June buddies who I have known for almost 9 years now. Some are in real life, some only online. We've been a huge, at times dyfunctional, family.

My blogging June sisters:

1. Faking It
2. I Am Hawaiian At Heart
3. The Daily Snapshot
4. World of One Thousand Different Things
5. Speaking Life
6. All in a Day's Work
7. Best to Keep Your Eyes Open
8. Making the Most of It
9. Get Your Groove On


By the way, Amy from Dandelion Seeds sent me this and I thought I would share it with all of you:

I have made a post asking for people to cover the Drews family in prayer for 24 hours leading up to the 25th of September, marking one month without "Dozer". Please stop by and add your name if you'd like, and share it on your blog for others that might be willing to "help" this family through prayer.

Amy (aka Dandelion Seeds)
Dozer's Family Prayer Page


Edited to add...remember the "Kind Blogger Award" I made in like February? I came across it today and it has rules! And they are crazy...

Here are the rules:

1. Only 5 people are allowed to receive this award.

2. Four (4) of them are followers of your blog.

3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.

4. You must link back to who ever gave you the award.


Maddy said...

Oh dearie me. You had me worried there for a moment with that top one. I thought to myself...

'What language is she writing? Looks like French! Has she muddled me with someone else? You know how 'chaotic' she is. She's gone all foreign! Maybe I should stick her in 'babble fish' and see if that works? Ah, it's probably something techy, she is a techy type too.'

But it was a big post.

Thank you for thinking of me, I promise to try and use it wisely.

If I could just throw a quick spanner in the works, [criticize] [thought you might like an instant translation there] yours rules are frightfully feeble.


Angela DeRossett said...

LOL!!! It’s southern… um, American… Georgia mixed with Texas?

Or maybe you mean the Entrecard part?

Gem said...

Thank you so much =)!

Jessica said...

Angela, thank you so much! You're always so thoughtful with your words and I appreciate knowing that you're always there in blogland reading about us and caring from afar...
:) Thanks for the award... said...

Good for you! I love your blog! :) Congrats

naturalmom said...

Thanks! I love your blog too! :o)

amers said...

thanks girl! can you believe 9 years? cuh-razy.
i think the giving of your awards alone is reason to make one's heart go pitter patter.

thanks for giving of yourself!

Laski said...

You so deserve these awards!!! And, because I so dig you, I know that you picked some fabulous recipients . . . that I must go check out, of course!!!

Cant Hardly Wait said...

is there an award for "person with the worst life ever, and they totally make my life seem awesome"?

i think i qualify for that.

Chica & Pumuckl said...

Wow, congrats on all these awards! :-) And thanks for this wonderful award you gave us! :-)

Acakadut said...

cool. count me in for next month ;)

Casdok said...

Many congratulations on your awards. And i think its beautiful that you have made some of your own. Thank you for your kind words and thinking of me.

huddtoo said...

Thanks so much A!! I love your blog too!

And my jaw did a little drop on those rules for "your" award! The awards that you create usually (um..more like always) have zero rules, and what's up with #3? Someone new in another part of the world? Gosh, I'd NEVER be able to pass that one along... just as the ones that say you have to nominate 7 bloggers. I don't know if I know 7, other than my June friends.

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, thank you SO much--you have such a big heart, and I love to "hear" your voice.

Aunt Julie said...

You're right--the blog community has opened a wonderful world to all of us. Congrats to you and to all your awardees. Look forward to seeing them expand the universe!

Lynne said...

WOW!! Thanks so very much for the link love, that was very kind!

Jenni Jiggety said...

WOW! You have quite a collection of awards there! You rock!

And thank you SO much for mine! :-D

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Great awards, and congrats on yours :)

I always love posts like this because they give me a chance to check out new blogs I never would have known about.

the dragonfly said...

You make pretty awards. :) And how funny to find that an award you made suddenly has (weird) rules attached to it??!

Channah said...

Thank you so much for the great award! In the spirit of things, I chose to pass it on to my top droppers, and you're one of them!

Kelsey said...

Thank you!

Vixen said...

Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it.

imran said...

thank you for the award. appreciate it.

My Autism Insights said...

I thought you might not mind being tagged for a meme :-) so I have! Check it out at my blog if you care to play!

Dawn said...

Thank you so much! Sorry I'm so late to respond. Love the award & love your blog too!! :) You are SUCH a sweetheart!

Jenni Jiggety said...

I gave YOU an award today!