Friday, 3 November 2017

Leibster Award Nomination 2017

I have had the privilege of participating in a group of Christian women bloggers. It has led to getting to know the writings of many talented bloggers. One of those talented writers is Hannah Faith who writes at She is currently working through a series on her blog called the Leader's Pause where she is taking different people from the Bible and studying the moment where they each pause. She then reflects on what that means in each situation.

A little about my favourite blog:

Blogs come in all shapes and sizes these days. They offer a varying assortment of thoughts, images, and products. I am a writer who focuses on bible based themes. I am naturally drawn to writers who do the same and call me higher in theology and in my own walk in faith. One blog I continually find myself going to is John Piper's "Desiring God" site. It's a website/ blog full of articles that address the hot topics of today head on. The writers over there are never afraid to tackle whatever the issue is, and, oh man, do they know the Bible! By the end of an article it's likely you've flipped from the New Testament to the Old and back again. It's refreshing to read articles that are backed by scripture not opinion. I like to be challenged in my reading to dig deeper and Desiring God does just that.

Part of my nomination means sharing 10 random facts about me, so here we go...

1. I played rugby for a year in high school and loved it!
2. I can't stand long fingernails.
3. In college part 1 I became a massage therapist (probably why #2 is an issue for me).
4. I'm in college part 2 while homeschooling my kids (apparently we really like to learn around here).
5. My Favourite colour is blue.
6. My favourite band is Rend Collective.
7. I don't like my hair.
8. Cinnamon buns are my weakness.
9. I'm a night owl.
10. I am always, always cold.

And, here's the questions Hannah has asked me to respond to as part of the nomination...

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

My writing is two-fold. I write for my generation and older to encourage them to mentor a younger generation, but I also write to the younger generation to encourage them to grow in faith in a confusing time in this world. I had originally been writing with a friend on a shared blog, but eventually felt I had too many posts needing to be written and I didn't want to take over. It was definitely a God-thing for me. This satisfies a deep calling in my life, and I always make time to write.

2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

The community we live in. We have such a strong community of friends who help us be better individuals and better as a family. Without them life wouldn't be as much fun, and it would definitely not be as easy to endure.

3. Give a tip for other bloggers or blog starters.

I've learned that posts that you care about deeply may not get as much attention as posts you aren't as attached to. That's perfectly ok. I always write for an audience of one. There is someone out there who will read that post you were passionate about that REALLY needed to hear it. It may be only one, but you never know what it did for them.

4. Does blogging replace or enhance journaling?

Between kids, taking care of the house, and my own schooling this is it for writing for me. I can choose my journal or my blog, and so I blog. I don't mind getting personal because I feel like if I'm struggling with something someone else probably is too, so why not walk it out together?!

5. Who/what inspires you to travel this world?

Cultures. I love to observe people and how they do life. While I've only had the opportunity to view a small handful of wildly different cultures I loved every moment. 

6. If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to?

I'm not sure! I am super practical so I would probably figure out how to split it between family members rather than giving it to one person.

7. Name the top 3 most beautiful beaches you have ever visited.

MacKenzie Beach in Tofino (on Vancouver Island), Long Beach (also on Vancouver Island- I LOVE it there!), Aspen Beach (Yeah, I know, it's a small slew-like lake here in Alberta, but it's beautiful because it holds a ton of childhood memories).

8. Do you think education, as it is today, does justice to life and learning?

This is a big question for me as we have chosen to homeschool our kids for this very reason. The short answer is no, not one bit. The long answer is that I feel our current education system teaches textbooks and someone elses ideologies. Our education system creates "in the box" students who don't question what they are being taught. I watched our eldest daughter lose her sparkle and curiosity for life when she was in school. All the spunky life we had once seen in her was disappearing, as was her love of learning. Since having her home she has been free to explore and her sparkle and joy for life has come back! I could write more on this, but I'll refrain. Send me an email if you want to know more. 

9. When do you find time to blog?

Any quiet moment I can. Right now I'm writing as my boy snuggles next to me watching a movie and the girls are doing some school work. Sometimes I write once everyone is sleeping and I can think without distraction. 

10. What is one post made by you that you like the most and why?

I really like the article on how my husband reflects Christ. He and I have gone through a ton in our marriage (I'll save it for another post). To be able to say that he reflects Christ is a HUGE thing in our marriage. It was a post that caused me to do a lot of reflection and to be thankful for where we have come. 

11. If you could be any superhero who would it be and why?

I would be Super Mom. She would have eyes in the back of her head, never forget her grocery list, have a few extra arms, and have more patience than Job.  

I'm so excited about my nominations as all these ladies bring something beautiful to the table:

~Jessi- Existing for More (While Jessi writes about  all things faith related I have been following her journey with her premature baby girl which she also shares. Her baby girl is super cute for the record!)

~Dr. Jessica McCleese- Fully Well (a licensed psychologist who specializes in marriage counselling and sex therapy)

~ Alyssa- She is Dearly Loved (Alyssa writes about her past being a young teenage mom, and what she has learned along the way)

~ Hilary- Caterpillar to Butterfly Tales (a young lady just getting her "wings" who takes you on a journey from her hurts to her transformation though Christ in poetic fashion)

~ Vanessa- Christfollower85 (a mama who writes on life and digging in deeper with Jesus)

~BONUS BLOGGER (not a nomination)~ 
Shannon- Deep Thoughts By Shannon (Shannon is not able to participate in the Leibster nomination requirements as her life is extra busy, but she is someone I know personally and I believe her blog needs to put out there. She is a mom who is currently battling cancer with the most grace I have ever witnessed. She is a fierce warrior woman who has put her trust completely in God as she faces the storm with her husband and two sons beside her.)

My questions for the nominees:
1. Do you prefer country or city living? Why?
2. What is one message you want to shout for the world to hear?
3. What motivates you to get up every morning?
4. What is your favourite scripture or quote? Why?
5. What do you hope to be remembered for?
6. What is your favourite post and why?
7. How and where do you pray for your most pressing issues? (e.g.- you write them, sing them, share them with close friends, do them early, or late at night...)
8. Where are the top 3 places you want to visit?
9. What's your favourite season and why?
10. What book has inspired you and how did it do that?
11. What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?


If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the following:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post, I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2017 Liebster Award.
  1. For the 2017 Liebster Award, I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  1. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
  1. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  1. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  1. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it! Post a comment in the comments below so I can view your post and check out your blog. I personally visit each and everyone. I visited a few hundred last year!!

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