My blogging buddy, DaLynn, blogs at For the Display of His Splendor. She recently awarded me the Liebster Award for new bloggers. Due to some family and work circumstances, I have been missing in action here lately. I thought I would try to get back into blogging here by participating in this fun blog hop.
The Liebster Award is given to bloggers who are fairly new to the world of blogging with 200 followers or less.
The award is then passed on to other bloggers with the same criterion.
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger asked, plus create 11 questions to be answered by the people you tag.
3. Choose 11 bloggers and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them!
5. No tag backs! (You can’t tag the person who tagged you for the award in the first place, as they’ve already received it.)
11 Things About Me:
1. My high school graduation day and my wedding day were three weeks apart to the day.
2. I love to study natural health and real food and most of the time put it into practice in my home.
3. When playing Mommy as a child, I always had four imaginary children named alliteratively. Now they are not imaginary….I have four children whose names all begin with the letter J.
4. One of my favorite things to do is plan. Putting it all into practice is another story!
5. I would rather organize than clean, and I’m an aspiring minimalist. If I could only get my family on board!
6. I have worked from home during my whole career, beginning when I was 15.
7. I love to sing and play the piano, although I’m formally trained in neither.
8. A day is not complete unless I have spent a part of it with my notebook and purple pen.
9. I call my calendar my brain which is not too much of an exaggeration.
10. I grew up in a pastor’s home, a rich experience I will always value.
11. My favorite (and too frequent) guilty pleasures are chocolate and coffee.
11 Things I Was Asked:
1. Tell me about your kids! If you homeschool, why did you start homeschooling?
I am blessed with four children ages 2 – 10. They have helped me grow in many ways. I homeschool for so many reasons. The more practical ones are that we live in a terrible school district and our area private schools are way too expensive. The biggest decision maker for me was that I love teaching and watching my children learn, and I was too selfish to give that privilege to someone else. There are many spiritual reasons for homeschooling as well, and we try to live Deuteronomy 6 in our home.
2. Tell me about your salvation experience!
I was saved at the age of 12 in a revival meeting in our church. The Lord had dealt with me, convicting me of my sins, for several days before. I finally invited the Lord into my heart at the altar in our church with my parents and church family nearby to help me pray. He has been my Lord ever since!
3. Why did you choose the blog platform you use now? What are your favorite and least favorite things about it?
I chose Word Press because it is so much more customizable and more “professional”. There is a bit more of a learning curve, especially for a self-hosted blog, but the benefits outweigh this.
4. Is there any social media that you are part of but just don’t understand how to use it?
I have a Twitter account, but I have never really been able to get into Twitter. Not sure why.
5. What is the goal of your blog? What do you hope to accomplish by keeping up a blog?
I blog as an outlet for my ideas since I love to write. With this particular blog, I hope to encourage moms who work at home and homeschool and help them to simplify and enrich their lives and homes.
6. If I could give you Godly advice, what area of life would you ask me about?
I never feel like I know enough about Godly parenting. It is one of those things that I suppose I will never feel I’ve mastered even when my children are grown and gone.
7. Tell me about your reading habits – favorite authors and genres, what you’re reading now, your goals for the year.
I really love non-fiction and usually have 2 or 3 books on different subjects going at once. I love to read about natural health, working at home, Christian womanhood and parenting and on random other topics that grab my interest. When I do read fiction, it has to be something that will make me think. Ted Dekker falls into that category for me most of the time. I also love the old classics as well as L.M. Montgomery and Francis Hodgson Burnett. I hope to post my reading list for this year on the blog soon.
8. What are you doing this year to improve the health of your family?
Cutting out processed food has been an ongoing pursuit for years. I would specifically like to cut out white sugar this year as well as up our activity levels as the weather warms up.
9. What aspects of healthy living are most important to you in this season of your life, or what are you most interested in working on right now?
Real food as created by God is always my goal in eating and feeding my family. I have lately been reading up on natural remedies and essential oils and want to branch into more than just food as a way of caring for our health needs.
10. What is one area where you struggle in spending too much money, or hoarding too much stuff?
My grocery budget is an ongoing challenge. I am constantly trying to find balance between healthy foods and the financial resources we have been given. I honestly don’t hoard anything myself but find that I need to show grace to those in my family that do enjoy “stuff” more than I do.
11. What is your favorite time, place, and method for spending time alone with the Lord? Is this easy for you or is it something you struggle to fit into your schedule?
Oh, I love mornings! I used to be such a night owl, and still love staying up late on occasion. However, those early moments of the day are the best time for meeting with the Lord. I just curl up on my bed with my Bible, notebook and pen. It is never easy to fit in devotional times, especially with children. However, this is much less a struggle for me now than it was in the early days of my marriage. I know that without it, nothing else will fall into place.
11 Things I Want to Ask Other Bloggers:
1. What three activities do you consider the cornerstones of your day–the things that can simply not go undone?
2. What is your biggest struggle in managing your time? If you manage time well, what do you think the secret is?
3. How long have you been married, and what is your favorite trait that your husband has?
4. If you homeschool, what style do you follow?
5. If you work from home, what is your current line (or lines) of work?
6. Are you involved in ministry other than your family? If so, what kind?
7. What three subjects are difficult for you to be quiet about once you’ve started discussing them?
8. What is your favorite part of home management? Your least favorite?
9. When you were in kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?
10. If you had an extra $100 in your budget every month, how would you spend it?
11. What is your biggest challenge as a parent?
11 Bloggers I’m Nominating:
1. Jessica @ It’s The Little Things
2. Judy @ Contented at Home
3. Toneka @ Mom of Many Mini Coopers
4. Marianne @ The Journey
5. Joanna @ The LaVans
6. Sarah @ Wisdom Begins In Wonder
7. Liz @ Inside the Mind of Mama Bear
8. Donna @ McHugh Ministries
9. Sara @ Little Chickpea
10. Beth @ Educating Our Family
11. Jennifer @ Home Keeping Heart
If you are nominated, I would love for you to post the link to your award post in the comments below. This will not only let me see your answers to my questions, but it will allow my readers to meet you as well.