Versatile Blogger Award



Ok, I have to admit, I’m a little behind on responding to award nominations that I’ve had the honor to receive.  Please forgive me Kate and Rob.  Sometimes I feel a little like a chicken with its head cut off with all of the business of life.  Anyhow, that being said, I’m finally attending to this.

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Thank and acknowledge the blogger(s) that nominated you

A big thank you to:

Kate, – An aspiring novelist, avid reader of fiction and a reviewer of books.

Rob, – On a low-carb journey to lose weight.  You can find some great recipes on his blog. He’s also a gardener and musician and has posted gardening tips and some of his own music there as well.

Please check out their blogs and appreciate some of their work.

2. Tell you seven things about myself.

-I used be a tom boy.  Didn’t like wearing skirts or dresses.  Wore big clunky Doc Martins or some other kick-butt type of boot.  Now I love being a ‘girl’.  Love dresses, skirts, pretty things.  Maybe living in Brazil has a bit to do with that.  Hot here and women (in general) take care of their appearance.

-My hubby’s about to release his second feature-length film.

-I love the movies “My Life in Ruins” and “The Peaceful Warrior”.

-The older I get, the more content and happy I am.

-My mom used to bathe me and my brothers together.  One day she caught me in the bathtub in tears because my penis had fallen down the drain (or it fell off, or something like that).

-When my 4-year-old daughter is upset with me, she threatens me by telling me that I won’t be her mommy anymore or that she won’t do a picnic with me.

-One day my husband and I have a dream to buy a vehicle in Canada and drive south until we end up back in Brazil, documenting and filming it all.  However, we would stop at all sorts of different places along the way, until the tip of South America.

3. Now I get to nominate up to 15 bloggers for this same award.







Ok, so that’s it.  I hope you enjoy checking out the blogs I’ve nominated.

For those I’ve nominated, the rules (if you should choose to accept it) are like this:

1. Thank the blogger for nominating you and acknowledge them on you blog.

2. Display the Versatile Blogger’s Award badge somewhere on your blog.

3. Share 7 things about yourself that other bloggers may not know.

4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the award.


Why the absence Staci? and The Versatile Blogger Award

Where are you? - David Bruggink

Photo credit: David Bruggink

Nope, none of these things.  I haven’t been anxious, nor hollow, frustrated or trapped.

I have been soooooo absent lately, and let me tell you why.  As many already know, I live in Brazil.  That means it’s summer time.  With summer comes school vacation for the kids. Explained? Yup! My kids are out of school until January 27th, which means we are spending a lot of time together.


Now, the other reason for this post is because I have been nominated for ‘The Versatile Blogger’ award. A big THANK YOU goes out to Heather from the lovely blog ‘Trials of a wanna-be-published writer’.  Please check out her blog here,

Ok, rules are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award. Thank you for this honor Heather.
  • Include a link to their blog (see above).
  • Nominate up to 15 other bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly (see below).
  • Share seven things about yourself that other bloggers may not know (see below).

The bloggers I’m nominating for the ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ are:

Now, the seven things about myself that other bloggers may not know:

  • I play the guitar
  • I absolutely, I mean, absolutely love peanut butter
  • I always said that if I had a little girl I would never do the whole pinky girly thing.  Now that I have a little girl, I’ve thrown that whole idea out the window.  She is sooooo girly and pinky and princessy and I love it.
  • Growing up, I ate like crap and didn’t exercise.  Now, I loooovvvveee living a healthy lifestyle in every way.
  • I am a very strong feeler and my hubby is a very strong thinker.  We are total opposites.  But I see the hand of God in this (bringing us together).  Where he is strong, I am weak and vice versa. When I was considering the possibility of having a relationship with him and, in the future, marrying him, I knew that I had to make my decision completely apart from feelings (because they come and go and you can’t build a relationship on that). So I made my decision based on his attributes, character, life vision and gifts.
  • I used to be an atheist.  That is until one day someone confronted me about it and I had to stop and think to myself, “Wait a minute, is that really what I believe?” That person said to me, “Can you really look around at all you see and say that you believe in evolution (and basically, the non-existence of God)?”  That’s what really got me searching for Truth.
  • The places that I would most like to visit in the world (and that I haven’t been to yet) are: Egypt, Columbia, Morroco, Greece, Italy and Thailand.

Ok, so there you have it. I will be back to posting regularly again soon.  FFTF* up and coming this Friday.

*Food for Thought Friday

Blessings =)


Dragon Loyalty Award

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas full of family, fun, friends and good food.  My family and I had a nice time with a ton of family over at my in-laws.  Here in Brazil, Christmas is celebrated on the 24th.  We didn’t get home until after 2:00 am, however Caue (my oldest) was up at 8:00 am ready to open presents (of course).


I was totally honored by the lovely Sylvia from for the Dragon Loyalty Award.

The rules for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award are:

  • Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
  • You must share 7 things other bloggers may not know about you.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post and notify them on their blogs.
  • Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

Being that I am a relatively new blogger and it’s kind of been a learn-as-I-go experience, I haven’t really established much a following yet with people commenting regularly.  Because of that, I will end up only nominating one blogger who always responds to my comments and that I’ve found to be a really delightful person and awesome writer – the sweet Diana from

Now for the things that other bloggers may not know about me:

  • I have a 6 year old son with Asperger’s syndrome and is totally in love with dinosaurs right now.
  • I rode an elephant when I was living in India.
  • I have eaten dog (in China) and camel (in Afghanistan).
  • I had the awesome opportunity to help paint some walls at a prison for Afghan women and met a beautiful young girl that was there because she had run away from her to-be wedding (If I remember correctly – I believe that’s why she was there) (sad).  Ended up going to her home and visiting with her after her father got her out of the prison.
  • I used to do quite a bit of musical theatre, including the role of ‘Anne’ in the musical production of “Anne of Green Gables” when I was a teenager.
  • When I was in China I visited a small country town of a minority people group (I believe they were from the ‘Yao’ people group) and I was the first caucasian foriegner they had ever seen/met.  My friends (Korean girl and American-Chinease guy) and I ate dinner with a family there.
  • I have a thyroid condition called, “hypothyroidism”

Check out some pics related to what I’ve shared.


My hubby, son and me on an elephant in Jaipur, India


My beautiful hubby and me in Afghanistan (I wanted to post a pic with the girl I spoke of above, but didn’t for safety purposes and her protection).

Blessings and health to you all.