Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My First Blog Award!

When I opened my email this morning I learned that I won my first blogging award!  I can't even tell you how shocked, thrilled and honored I was.  I am VERY grateful to Just Another Hat for this award!

There are some rules that go along with this.
1.  Thank the person who awarded you & link them back in your post (Done)
2.  Tell everyone 7 random facts about yourself
3.  Pass the award on to 15 new found bloggers
4.  Contact each blogger and let them know you've passed the award on to them, and let the "giver" know you accept the award.

OK, here are some random facts about me:

1.  I'm a cradle Catholic who is on the journey of deepening her faith.
2.  I am on my son's PTO school board as VP of Hospitality... which I really enjoy.
3.  Chinese food from Chang Jiang Buffet is my favorite cuisine... and The Cheesecake Factory comes in a close second.
4.  Went to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Hercovigna for a pilgrimage.
5.  When I'm older, I would love to adopt senior dogs to give them a chance for happy golden years.
6.  I enjoy baking but I'm not good at "making pretty baked items."  I have two bake sales coming up so I'll be doing alot of baking this week and next.
7.  Love to read.

Since I'm still new to blogging, they're all new to me but here is my 15 top favorites:

1.  My Little Flower  (I think everyone knows Gardenia but she's my number 1 for being so supportive of me and her blog is a blessing to us all!)
2.  A Slice of Smith Life  (Tracy is the one who has taken the time to teach me how to make my blog better... her blog is a testimony to how important her faith is to her.)
3.  A Catholic Harvest (Paula is the Thrifty Thursday girl who has an eye for beauty and a deep love for her family and faith.)
4.  My Apologies  (Patty has a unique style of "in your face... reality check" blogging.  She says what needs to be said.")
5.  Sue Elvis Writes  (Sue is a beautiful writer who openly shares her experiences with her readers.  I so admire her courage in revealing herself.)
6.  The Clay Rosary Girl  (Sarah is probably known by most of you for either her devotion of her family and faith OR for her gorgeous jewelry... and I'm going to place an order soon!)
7.  Ropcorn  (I am new to Alexandra's blog and have been drawn in by her beautiful pictures and her fascinating stories in her travels.)
8.  The White Whimisies  (Marci has probably won this award numerous times but I so enjoy her coupon savvy and love for her family and faith.)
9.  Our Gifts of Grace  (Anne's blog is an open book of her life with the joys and challenges of being a mom, what I admire most is her obedience to follow God's plan of her.)
10.  Forever, For Always, No Matter What  (Jen has the most beautiful giving heart.  Her blog is an open portrayal of her journey adopting 6 children.  When I was a little girl, my dream was to grow up and do what she's doing.)
11.  Jamericanspice (Colette's blog is one of the newest ones I've come across and she has a new Island Hang Out Forum that has many great discussions.  I of course, enjoy her spiritual needs section and that she includes scripture on her blog.  She also has a beautiful profile picture of her with her baby!
12.  The Arrowood Zoo (Kayla's blog is another very new one for me and I find it very informative with great pictures.  She's a professional!)
13.  Ramblings of a Sinner Following Jesus (I'm very new to Kez's blog and the title popped right out at me and I had to check it out.)
14.  Our Side of the Mountain (Jessy's  blog has a fantastic picture on her template and wonderful pictures of "her side of the mountain."
15.  Break for Mom (Sharon has taken a hiatus from blogging but this is the first one that I followed and enjoyed.  I hope she comes back to blogging soon!)
16.  Joy Filled Family (Lena is a complete pro... gorgeous, goregous pictures and explanation of our faith.  I first saw hers, and was completely intimidated!)
17.  Cherished Hearts at Home (Gae's blog is filled with information and gorgeous!)

I know I went one over but I couldn't end my list at 15.  Enjoy!


  1. Congratulations on your first blog award Noreen! I loved reading a little about you. Thanks for awarding the award to me and your kind words. Wow, you have 28 followers already -- that's an avalanche of new friends you've made in so short a time! bless you.

  2. oh you grabbed my button. thanks!! I'll have to see you if you have one I can grab.

  3. Hi Noreen, I popped over to congratulate you on your blog award. It is well deserved! I enjoy your posts enormously. Congratulations!!!

    And thank you so much for mentioning my blog in your favourites list. What a surprise! You are very kind and I always appreciate your interest in my little stories. You probably feel very happy. I do too! May God bless you.

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  5. Dear Noreen,
    I thank you for the honour you bestow. I am humbled to be added to you list of wonderful blogs , some I know and some I plan on knowing now. I love meeting new friends this way.
    Congratulations on your award and the blessing of your blog.
    God Bless

  6. WOOHOO Congrats on your first award!!! XOXO Thanks for listing me on your blog roll!!!

  7. Thanks for including me on this list of awesome bloggers. I really don't feel worthy! I will have to check out the bloggers I don't already know.

  8. Hey Noreen! Congrats on your award! And a big thank you for including me in your blog roll:) (BTW, I loved the description! Hahahah!)
    God Bless.

  9. Wow, your first blog award! Congratulations. Hope I'll win one to someday. :) Cheers!

  10. Congrats on your award and thank you for your very sweet comment!!