Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blog Award

What a nice surprise I received from my friend Sue of Sue Elvis Writes.  It's funny though because I am in the middle of asking another blogging friend Lynda of A Heart's Desire Blog to help me improve the look of my blog!  I've been unable to figure out how to center my blog name and another thing or two.  Sue is so kind to like it as it is!!  Thank you Sue!

Part of accepting this award is that I must reveal 7 things about myself that you may not already know about me.  That's a tough one but here it goes:

1.  I'm a casual gal who doesn't enjoy wearing dresses.
2.  I am a procrastinator and I find that is something the Holy Spirit is nudging me out of this habit.
3.  When I was in college and then the workforce, I thought I would never want to be a stay at home mom.
4.  I'm in a partial remission of Rheumatoid Arthritis which means no more heavy medicine!
5.  I'm a strong behind the scenes kind of girl.  Not much for the spotlight.
6.  I used to work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for mentally ill deaf adults in the inner city.
7.  I went back to college at the age of 25 and stayed to complete my master's degree.

Now it's my turn to nominate 5 bloggers whose blogs are stylishly delightful!  There are so many that qualify in this category so I will nominate the ones that immediately come to mind:

1.  Gardenia from  Love My Little Flower.  Most of you probably know Gardenia for her beautiful photos of her daughter and family.  The beauty of Gardenia's heart flows through her writing whether it be her own blog post or comments on other blogs.

2.  Helen from Catholic Seeking devotes her blog to her love for Christ and His Church.  By reading her blog I stay updated on what is happening in the news related to Catholicism.   She has a pretty new fall template on her blog too!

3.  Monica from Equipping Catholic Families is a gifted artist who uses her talent to teach others about the faith.  Her art work is filled with vibrant color and design that one can't help get excited about faith formation!

4.  Xhonane from Familia Catolica is a new blog to me which has blessed me with many ideas of teaching faith and morals to children.  Xhonane has a heart centered on Jesus and Our Lady that is evident by reading her blog.  I do have to have it translated though!

5.  Mary from Hope Echoes is my prayer blogging partner and I'm truly grateful for her prayers.  She has a similar background of not praying the rosary as a child and being led to it as an adult.   Plus she is a talented quilter.  She is currently working on a baby quilt that is quite lovely!

6.  Anne from Our Gifts of Grace has gorgeous children who take gorgeous photos!  Anne is a great mom who is funny and real in her posting.  You get the feeling that you actually know her through her blog.

I know I went one over but I couldn't help it.  I'm a big fan of the above mentioned blogs and honestly, I could make my list much longer.  I've been blessed by so many bloggers through my 10 months of blogging.

I hope each one of the above bloggers enjoy receiving this award and will happily nominate others as their favorites!  Thank you Sue for thinking of me!!



  1. Noreen, thank you for the blog award. that is very thoughtful of you! I loved reading your 7 things, although I'm not very good at sharing. I'll see about disclosing -- oh it can kill me sometimes!! :) Isn't it interesting the way we have views about something (i.e. stay at home mom) and then times changes everything -- and sometimes the Holy Spirit changes everything!! I loved reading about your educational and employment background, both of which I'm sure preared you in very special ways for motherhood! I too am thinking about a blog makeover. God bless you.

  2. Noreen,
    It's interesting to learn a bit more about you. I am a casual gal too and rarely wear dresses and procrastination is one of my worst faults :) It's wonderful that your RA is in partial remission and I hope it stays that way! Can it go into full remission?

  3. Gardenia~ I know what you mean about disclosing information. Sue is so witty on her disclosures and I feel somehow lacking. So I go for the straight forward approach. Not as fun but it is informative! Your blog is so fun and eye catching but if you've had this way for awhile, I can see why you might want a change. Change is good... even though I like yours the way it is!! If you're looking for someone good, you should check out Lynda from My Heart's Desire Blog. She has started helping others for a very reasonable fee. She's the one who helped me with my header and made my blog button. I would highly recommend her.

    Mary ~ I call it a partial remission because I'm no longer on medicine (thank God) but I do have flare ups from time to time. This change of season is causing some issues but I find if I get plenty of rest, I wake up without it getting worse. If it does get worse, an Advil works nicely. I went through 7-8 years of serious pain and swollen joints. Mobility became painful at times. Those days are long gone and I pray they stay that way!!

  4. Dear Noreen, thank you so much for your kind words!! I feel honored that you thought of me among so many wonderful blogs!! If I do something good it's all by grace and thanks to the inspiration I find throught so many wnderful women that share their ideas, just like you!! I like the fact that you also get to share something abouy you, that helps to know each other a little more!!...again, thank you for thinking of me!! Praise be to God!

  5. Love your new blog look:) I am getting Lynda to redo mine soon. Congrats on your blog away. Love learning more about you and seeing what we have in common(I not a wear a dress girl either)

  6. Noreen,

    Thank you for joining in and accepting this award. I know you are a beautiful and special person but it was lovely hearing a few more specific details about your life. Thank you for sharing!

    God bless.

  7. Your blog looks great!!
    My RA is in a flare!! Ugh!
    Love your list. #7 is awesome!

  8. Congratulations. Well deserved.

    I have decided to stop procrastinating starting tomorrow.

    God bless.

  9. I'm with Victor on the congrats and well deserved:) I always love learning new tid bits about fellow bloggers. The blogs you mentioned are all unfamiliar to me so I'm heading out to visit them. Thanks for the new introductions and God Bless!

  10. Thanks for the award Noreen and thanks also for sharing more information about yourself. God bless you for your good work.

  11. Ooops, I should have said that "some" of these blogs are unfamiliar:) Silly me! I do already visit Gardenia, Monica and Xhonane! Thanks again, Noreen.

  12. Hello Noreen, I look forward to reading more of your blog and getting to know you. I enjoyed reading the seven things! That's impressive that you went back to college at age 25 and earned a Master's Degree! God bless you!

  13. Congratulations Noreen!
    Your list shows just what a really interesting and compassionate person you are!
    I'm so glad the RA is in remission, my friend :-)
    Praise the Lord!

  14. Thanks friends for your kind words! There are so many wonderful blogs out there that are inspirational and fun to read!! It's fun to be able to award each other for the work people put in!

  15. Noreen - It was so nice to receive your nomination. Thanks for liking my blog and following our families journey. I enjoyed learning more about you. Like you, I am much more comfortable behind the scenes than in the spotlight. My email is aerisabella at gmail dot com (I'm sure you know but remove the spaces) Anne