The Sisterhood Award/The Addicted Blogger Award ♥

The Sisterhood Award

I received this award, from Francina, seasonspoetry.com, and
Renee, positiveboomer.netFrancina’s blog exudes elegance and adventure, through her beautiful photography and travel journals.  Whether she shares her emotions through her own writing or through writing of another poet, her blog is a “must!”  Renee’s blog offers a daily blast of healthy inspiration to go on your merry way.  She emphasizes that it is never too late to get in shape and lead a healthy life!  Pay them both a visit; you will not be disappointed.  They are both lovely ladies and I am so glad they are in my “Sister Circle!”  Thank you both very much! ♥

I hadn’t heard of this award before and am truly humbled to be part of the “Sisterhood!”  And truthfully, if there were a Brotherhood Award, it would be my pleasure to hand it to those male bloggers whom I also follow!

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

One of the rules of the award is to tell people 7 things about yourself, hitherto not mentioned on your blog. I have shared some things about myself in previous awards, so I will try not to repeat myself or cause you to

Seven things about myself:
1. I am blessed to have met so many wonderful women through blogging.  I feel as though I’ve known you for years!
2. Although, I have many great memories from the past, I wouldn’t want to go back in time.  I’m comfortable and happy with my life right now.
3. It’s rewarding and fun having older kids (21 & 17), spending time with them as adults, but it’s still hard letting go.  I’m not very good at it, but I’m definitely working on it!
4. I love the country and mountains the most.
5. I may be going back to school (still considering).
6. In January, my hubby and I will celebrate 24 years of marriage.
7. I visit our local library often to check out more books to read; it’s almost as good as visiting Sees Candy!

Instead of following through with 7 (as the rules state) or even more nominations, I’m going to break the rules, hoping the blog award police don’t come after me.  Every woman who has visited and supported me in any way, please accept this Sisterhood Award.  You may have simply stopped by for a brief look, or liked, commented or followed.  It doesn’t matter…there are too many wonderful “sisters” to choose from and I can’t leave anyone out.  So, if you are inclined, take this lovely award and pass it on.  There is no pressure, of course, and if you choose not to accept, then I’m going to echo Francina’s words by saying “tuck it away somewhere as a token of my appreciation of your creativity.”

The Addictive Blog Award

The Addictive Blog Award was given to me also by Renee at: http://positiveboomer.wordpress.com.   Renee is a warm and kind soul who shares an abundance of healthy tips, not to be missed!  Please visit her and you will love her ongoing inspiration for a healthy life!  I’m very appreciative, Renee, thank you so much for thinking of me for this award.  Again, I hadn’t heard of this one and since my one year blogging anniversary is coming up, I suppose it is fitting!  Although, I’d like to replace “Addictive” with “Passionate!” 🙂

The rules for this Award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link them back.
    Thanks so much, Renee!

2. Share a little bit about why you started blogging.

I had always loved to write poetry, but the nudging from my son to start this blog is how it all began. Being a novice in this new land of blogging, I wasn’t sure what to expect or what I really wanted to get out of it.  I have been given so much more than I ever anticipated.  Meeting people all over the world is beyond amazing, reading other’s poems is not only enjoyable, but a big part of learning.  The friendships made are priceless, so there are many more facets to blogging than simply blogging in itself!  It has been a most rewarding journey and I thank you all! 

3. Copy and Paste the award onto your own blog.

4. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers you think are addictive enough to deserve the award.

It is so hard to choose and leave others out, so please check out my blogroll for some of my favorites.  Again, I’m breaking the rules!  However, just so you know my blogroll is an infinite list and needs updating!  All of you are absolutely wonderful!

Another big Thank You! ♥

Lauren

Blog Award Appreciation ♥

I would like to thank all of you wonderful bloggers who have nominated me for an award in the past several months.  Some of these came during the time of my Mom’s illness and passing and some are more current.  So I apologize for this delayed post…As I’ve said in the past, I am very humbled, grateful and still a bit stunned that my writing has touched so many others.  I appreciate your time taken to visit my blog, click the “like” button or leave a lovely comment.  Unfortunately, due to other time constraints, I won’t be able to follow through in the usual manner, however, I do want to acknowledge these amazing bloggers:

Renee: positiveboomer.wordpress.com:  One Lovely Blog and Versatile Blogger
Archana: ravenousforlife.wordpress.com
: Very Inspiring Blog
Cynthia: songsofseasons.wordpress.com
: Commenter Award
Himanshu: bulletinamaelstrom.wordpress.com
: Leibster Blog
Martha: inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com
: One Lovely Blog
Sharon: figmentsandimagination.wordpress.com
: Hug Award
Dianda: catsnco.wordpress.com
: One Lovely Blog
Autumn & Gabby: autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com
:  One Lovely Blog, Writing Award
Wendell: foreverpoetic.me
: Hug Award, One Lovely Blog, Kreative Blogger, Reader Appreciation Award, Writing Award
Maribel:maribelskidneystory.wordpress.com
:One Lovely Blog
Daoud: mmmluck.wordpress.com
: One Lovely Blog
Tim: thecreativejuicer.com
: One Lovely Blog, Very Inspiring Blog
Shalvika:shalvikap.wordpress.com
: One Lovely Blog
Ahmad: a7madkhalifa.wordpress.com
: Sunshine Award
Pauline: newfoundlandtraveller.wordpress.com
: Reader Appreciation Award
Red: mommasmoneymatters.com: Sparkly’s Comment Award

Many of these wonderful people, I consider my friends  and many others, I’ve recently met and look forward to getting to know better.  They offer beauty through writing and photography, sharing inspiration, motivation, spiritual guidance, love, smiles and laughter, heart tugging situations, love for Mother Earth, and so much more…I ask you to visit their sites, if you’re not already following them! 🙂

I also give my sincere “Thanks” to everyone else who stops by.  I am truly moved by the response I’ve received since I started this blog eight months ago, from one who “writes from the heart.” ♥

Hugs and Blessings to you all!

Lauren xo

Photo from our backyard~  🙂

Global Hug Haiku

Across the oceans

words hug through inspiration

new souls light our paths

© LScott 2012

Photo credit to:
http://gurugreetings.blogspot.com/2012/02/latest-and-wonderful-collections-of-hug.html

This is inspired by Soma,
http://somkritya.wordpress.com.
She gives wonderful “word hugs” and
receives many herself
because of her giving soul, big heart
and constant smiles~
Hugs are the only gifts
we don’t mind returning,
so thank you, Soma~xx

MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES AND WISHES XO

Hello Everyone,

I’ll be away this weekend spending
time with my Dad and Sisters,
so I’ll lose blogging momentum,
once again.
If I’m unable to catch up,
I hope your understanding continues
and I’ll see you next week.

Additionally, along with all
the bbqs, gatherings with family
and friends, I sincerley hope
we all remember what this
holiday is genuinely all about…

“OUR MILITARY GAVE UP THEIR TOMORROWS
SO WE COULD HAVE OURS”

It is the 
VETERAN
,
 not the preacher,
 who has given us freedom of religion.

  
It is
the
VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

   

It is
the
 VETERAN,
 
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

  It is
the
VETERAN,
 not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
VETERAN
who
salutes the Flag,
 


 
It is
the

VETERAN
who serves
under the Flag,
 

 

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD,

AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM~

“THESE ARE TRUE AMERICAN IDOLS

BLESSINGS FOR A SAFE AND COMPASSIONATE

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND~

Lauren xo




Tardy March Awards for 2012 :)

This post is my way of acknowledging my wonderful blogging friends for nominating me for these very special awards.  Due to time constraints, I am unable to follow through traditionally, but I’m going to echo Deb, http://adamsart.wordpress.com, with her idea of nominating everyone on my blogroll.  The problem is there are so many of you who have supported me and who aren’t on my blogroll.  It is not updated as often as it should be, so, if you have not received any of these awards, then take them, I’m nominating you and pass them on as you wish. ♥

Everyone is deserving; we all work hard to put our thoughts of life, love, faith and sadness on paper.  Our readers “feel” when they read our words or view our art, bringing out new and old emotions and memories.  How lucky, fortunate and honored we are to have such an awesome and huge support system for our creativity.  So, now that you’ve sat down by now (hopefully), enough of my chatting and on to the “thank you’s!”

Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness.

“People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©. They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.”

For more information on this award, please visit: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

I would like to thank SHARON at figmentsandimagination.wordpress.com and SOMA at somkritya.wordpress.com, for nominating me for this very wonderful award.  Thank you Sharon and Soma.  I am so honored to be given this award from both of you, whom I think highly of in this blogging world.  Not only are you both talented writers, but you are both kind -hearted, down to earth, compassionate women who see the glass half full always.  I’m honored to know you!  I also have to add that I truly do have a desire and hope for liberty, fairness, peace, hope, prosperity and love for all in this world.  Let us continue to work together in unity for all~

Beautiful Blogger Award

A very heartfelt Thank you to Francina at seasonspoetry.com, who was very kind to nominate me for this ‘beautiful” award. Francina deserves your visit, if you haven’t already visited her.   She not only writes beautiful poetry, but she’s also an amazing photographer.  Please take the time to stop by her blog to read and view her stunning artwork!

These are the rules for the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Paste the award on your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated you for the award.
4. Nominate 7 bloggers or less and post links to their blogs.

 Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I want to say a big “Thank You” to Fia at http://bluefiadiarries.wordpress.com.  She and I are new friends and I look forward to getting to know her better.  However, what I’ve seen and heard, so far, I can already tell she has a heart of gold, is kind, witty and an honest soul!  I’m honored, Fia, that you thought of me for this lovely award and I appreciate your support and comments.  Please visit Fia, if you haven’t already; you’ll be truly charmed!

1.Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Pass the award to 7 nominees

 

7 things About ME: (most of you already know these things; I’m running out of new!)

1. I just adopted a new adolescent puppy of 18 months old (most of you know); he’s a chocolate lab named Copper.  He is bigger than our house, very lovable and just a big goofy boy!

2.  I’m happily married to my best friend and hubby of 23 years.

3.  I have a beautiful daughter, who will turn 21 this year and a handsome son, who will turn 17 next month.  I am extremely proud of both of them.

4.  I am still grieving the loss of my Mom; she passed away last month.

5. I’m a great baker!

6.  I do count carrot cake (my fave dessert) as a veggie!

7.  I try to be the person God wants me to be in everything I do and say~

Lucky 7 MEME Challenge

I was tagged by the lovely Maryanne Pale at maryannepale.com in this fun writing challenge.  Thank you so much, Maryanne, for thinking of me, but, unfortuantely, I won’t be able to take this challenge at this time.  Maybe in the future, so I do hope you understand~If you haven’t visited Maryanne, please do so, as she is a wonderful inspiration through her poetry and her beautiful soul. 

This concludes my tardy March awards, and again, if you know me, are on my blogroll, or simply haven’t received any of these awards, feel free to be the recipient.  It’s not about the receiving (although, grateful, we are), it’s about the paying forward, and this is my way of doing just that.  I hope you all understand.

Thanks for all of your continued comments, likes and encouragment.  I am truly grateful~

Hugs,

Lauren

Acceptance of Awesome and Amazing Awards in Arrears :)

This awards ceremony might be a bit lengthy, so please sit down, be comfortable and thank you, in advance, for your compassionate patience!

Most of you know what has been happening in my life, thus, I am tardy in accepting several awards, for which I am extremely grateful for…I am going to post the awards, then my nominations at the end…

I received this FIRST award on January 25th:

“Reader Appreciation Award” (No Kidding???)

I hadn’t heard of this award, but thanks to my dear friend and blogging sister, Caddo, http://caddoveil.wordpress.com, I am now a recipient and have truly enjoyed her graceful and humorous writing talent.  She is also known as the Haiku Queen!  Thank you, Caddo!
 
As she wrote, awards are like gifts–they are meant to be a blessing.  Therefore, the “rules” are not legally binding–which means, if you’re not happy to be nominated, please have some mercy and grace for me.  (Caddo didn’t do compliance checks and neither will I!)  “List six nominations.  Link the Award Image back to the one who presented it to you.” But if you can’t manage it, please do not fuss and fret.

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The SECOND award is the Candle Lighter Award, received on February 8th, from my other dear friend, Celeste, celestealluvial.wordpress.com.  She is definitely a candle of grace and heart in this blogging world and sheds loving light on all of her readers.  I am deeply grateful for her to think of me in this light~Thank you, Celeste!

Candle Lighter Award

The Candle Lighter Award is an award for a blog or post that is positive and brings light into the world.

RULES > Whenever you see a blog or post you think brightens the world, give them The Candle Lighter Award. Recipients can accept or decline. What does the recipient have to do > simply accept and nothing more! You can paste this image on your blog, if you wish, and you are done! If you wish to honor someone else with a Candle, pass it on, anytime and as many times and to as many people.

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My THIRD nomination is for Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments & Just Kidding Awards, which was given to me on February 21st!  Dear Caddo nominated me again, and I am so honored she thought of me as “sparkly and humorous!”  She exemplifies sparkles and humor enough for all of us and truly shines light to my world, so Thank you, again, Caddo! 

Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award/Just Kidding Award:

The “Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award” has to do with a woman of the same name, known for being very elegant and having high expectations, and who is committed to maintaining integrity, good manners and behavior, as well as a rich sense of humor.  Well, thank you, Caddo, for considering me for this high honored award!  Now, I must answer 10 Questions “honestly” about myself, as part of my acceptance (rules) of this award, so here we go:

  1. Describe yourself in 7 words—

 Grateful, compassionate, nice (sometimes, too nice?), an encourager (just like Caddo), funny, helpful, emotional (so much for 7 words!)

  1. What keeps you up at night?

Thinking about life or worrying about things I probably shouldn’t worry about~

  1. Who would you like to be?

There are so many wonderful people I admire and love, but I believe we should learn to be comfortable in our own skin.  Sometimes I slip, but most of the time, I’m pretty comfortable~

  1. What are you wearing now?

It’s cold out, so jeans and long sleeved t-shirt~  (sorry I didn’t dress for this occasion!)

  1. What scares you?

Losing a loved one, freak events in life, clicking the publish button (not too scary, but a little unnerving!)

  1. What are the best and worst things about blogging.

I have to agree with Caddo…the Best by far is the incredibly wonderful people I’m meeting—and the opportunity I have everyday to bless and encourage others, and learn from them.  And it’s the closest I’ll likely come to being “published!”

The Worst—the spam comments: I received several rude comments from a gentleman, whose comments I did trash, but they were unnerving, as well.  I haven’t seen him lately, so for that I am grateful.

  1. What was the last website you looked at?

Google.com and of course, WordPress.com

  1. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Sometimes, I wish I weren’t so emotional and analytical~

  1. Slankets—yes or no?

No Slankets, but am cozy enough with blankets and hubby!  Hee,hee! 

  1. Tell us something about the person who tagged you.

Caddo is  compassionate, spiritual, giving, kindhearted, so funny (I love people who make me laugh), and a wonderful, elegant and graceful poet~

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Next is my FOURTH nomination for the “U are it!”  Well, I was tagged on February 24th, by lovely Aliza, http://alizaswindow.wordpress.com. She shares emotions with me and is also a loving soul~Thank you, Aliza, for including me in this fun post!

TAG! You are IT!
This is a fun game where I answer her eleven questions and then I get to ask 11 new questions of my WP friends!
Rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them
 
Okay, here are the questions Aliza asked me and I’m going to modify this award, so instead of making up 11 new questions for my friends, I’m going to use these, because I like them!  So, to the bloggers I tag, please answer the same questions below, of course, if you have time, but if you don’t, it’s really okay…this is supposed to be fun, nothing to stress over!

1.  Your nickname? :-) Pie Girl (my hubby calls me this ‘cuz I’m sweet..I know, too mushy?)

2.  The wildest thing that you have ever done?  I was never that wild, a good girl (boring? Not really) but, I remember a time when I drank two Long Island Iced Teas (young and invincible) and drove home.  Very stupid and not smart, because I’m a light weight when it comes to drinking, but needless to say, I’m safe!

3.  Have you found true love in life?  Definitely, married for 23 years and together for 24!

4.  Your special quality?  Kindness

5.  Your most clear memory of your childhood? Going to Disneyland with my best friend, Cindy, many times!  I am a Disney fanatic and we lived 5 minutes away from Mickey and Minnie!

6.  The color which describes you best?  Orange, because of my (most of the time) sunny disposition~

7.  Your favorite movie?  So hard to choose, but one that comes to mind is The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock; wonderful and touching story~

8.  One thing you would like to change about yourself?  Lose 10 lbs 🙂

9.  A song which describes you?  “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze  ♫

10.  Your favorite novel? Again, too many to choose from, so will have to pass on this one~

I’m going to tag 6 favorites of mine, but my list is endless:

http://adamsart.wordpress.com – Deb

http://poeticjourney251.com – PJ

http://cenicitas.com – Nanda

http://juliecatherinevigna.wordpress.com – Julie

http://poeticparfait.wordpress.com – Christy

http://willofheart.wordpress.com – Lane

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST is the Sunshine Blog Appreciation Award and I was given this by my wonderful friend, Deb, http://adamsart.wordpress.com, on February 25th!  Deb brings me much sunshine whenever I visit her blog.  She is a wonderful painter and poet and has two adorable dogs, who also blog!  🙂  Thank you, Deb!

This bright and cheery award comes with another list of questions, so here we go:
  • Favorite color:  blue
  • Favorite animal: dog
  • Favorite number:  5
  • Favorite non-alcoholic drink: water and non-fat vanilla lattes
  • Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
  • My passion:  Writing and Helping others
  • Getting or giving presents: Giving is rewarding in itself, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy receiving, too! 🙂
  • Favorite pattern: I haven’t thought about this…
  • Favorite day of the week: Friday, last day of work week, anticipating the weekend
  • Favorite flower:  Alstroemeria from South America
WHEW!  I think this ceremony is coming to an end…but, before I conclude, I have to include that I am unable to pay these awards forward as normally done, so I hope you forgive me (please?).  This is due to time constraints, so instead, please check out my blog roll, any comments made on my posts to find new bloggers or simply take the time to visit new blogs to show your interest and appreciation of new thoughts, writing, art and photography on WordPress…as we do this, awards or no awards, we’re paying “it” forward~
 
Everyone I’ve met has been a blessing to me in more ways than one!  I am thrilled and grateful to be a part of this blogging world, even though, at times, I get behind in responding, visiting and so forth…I’ve enjoyed the emotions I’ve felt from reading other’s awesome writing, the giggles, the tears and the “Awww’s and the sigh’s!”
 
So, again, I apologize for the lengthy post, but I thought this would be better, so thank you to those who continue to support me and have also kept me in your prayers and positive thoughts during this somber month of February!  Blessings and Happy Wishes to you All!
 
Lauren
 
p.s. I sincerely hope I have not made any errors!  🙂

The ABC Blogger Award :)

The ABC blogger Award

I’m sure they know how late I am in responding and I hope they’ll forgive me!  I have to say, though, that each award feels like another hug!  A feeling of warmth and of belonging; who can truly ask for more?  These are all lovely ladies, who possess wonderful talent in writing and painting.  They are also lovely new friends of mine in this land of blog!  I thank them from the bottom of my heart!  ♥

Here are the rules…

There is no limit to how many fellow bloggers you pass this on to~

Share some things about you, but alphabetically,  just a word or two starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Before I share my crazy alphabet, I would like to nominate the following bloggers…if these are repeat nominations, so sorry!  🙂  But, all joking aside, only follow through if you have time…absolutely no pressure is applied here~However, consider yourself hugged AGAIN!  🙂

http://figmentsandimagination.wordpress.com – Sharon

http://caddoveil.wordpress.com – Caddo

http://granbee.wordpress.com/about – Rose

http://raindancepoetry.wordpress.com – Betty

http://sandrabranum.wordpress.com – Sandra

http://seasonspoetry.com – Francina

http://versenotprose.wordpress.com – Andrea

http://swansongsandprose.wordpress.com- Pam

http://10eveningflowers.wordpress.com- Kaytee

http://pryncessyndrome.wordpress.com – Pryncess

http://chicpress.wordpress.com – Abi

I love all of these blogs, which I believe they already know!  And to add, my list goes on and on…Please visit their sites, if you haven’t in the past.  You will be pleasantly entertained and extremely moved, as I have been~

Okay, here we go with the ABC’s!  I did have a few technical difficulties (leave it to me)! 🙂

A

Aloha

 N

 Nice, Neat

B

 Blogging

 O

 Orange Juice

 C

 Canine companions

 P

 Poetry

 D

 Dancing

 Q

 Quotes

 E

 Everlasting love

R

 Relationships

 F

 Family

 S

 Sisters, Steph

 G

 Gratitude

 T

 True

 H

 Humor, Hugs

 U

 Understanding

 I

 Ice cream

 V

 Voluptuous (Not!) 🙂

 J

Joy

 W

 Warmth

 K

 Kind

 X

X-tra time

 L

 Love

 Y

 YAY!

 M

Matt, Michael

 Z

 Zesty