Thursday, October 09, 2008

I Feel the Love

A few weeks ago a friend in real life asked me this question:

Who are all these people who comment on your blog?  

This friend, a blogger herself, wasn't being derogatory, she was making more of a statement than anything else. But, I know that there are those out there who think blogging is a waste of time,; Time perhaps better spent in real (tangible) relationship.

Although I know blogging cannot replace real life realtionship with people. I do have an answer as to why I blog.

I could give you a long answer, but I'll just tell you in three words:

They're my friends. 

I may not have had a conversation face to face with many of these awesome ladies, but I have prayed for them, shared recipes with them, shed tears with them, and experienced their joy. 

Blogging is a sweet community. Some may scoff; some may say that community cannot happen without a place to gather face-to-face, and that's OK. 

Community is often built out of uncommon means.  Although, I am not sure blogging is all that uncommon anymore and I am so glad to have met people I would never have had the opportunity to know otherwise!

Anyway, somewhere in this crazy blogosphere, some creative gal started making awards. I have been the recipient of two this week.

First, Rae of My Life On the East Coast  has awarded me with the Smile Award:

Here are the characteristics of the Smile Award:

~You must display a cheerful attitude.

~You must show love to others.

~You must make mistakes.

~You must learn from others.

~You must be a positive contributor to blogging.

~You must love life.

~You must love kids.

Here are the rules for the Smile Award:

~You must link back to the award creator. (Oops...I don't know who the award creator is!)

~You must post the rules if you are a recipient.

~You must choose 5 people to pass the award to.

~You must fit the characteristics of the award.

~You must post the characteristics of the recipient of the award.

~You must create a post sharing your win with others.

~You must thank the giver of the award.

Wow! There are a lot of rules to this award! But I am grateful for the opportunity to tell you why I enjoy getting to know Rae through her blog.

First she has amazing style. She post often about things she sees and things she is doing to embellish her home. She is also a hip momma who isn't afraid to show the reality of motherhood!  

I happily nominate 5 sweet blogger-gals  for the Smile Award who aren't in my blog roll (because I always forget to update my blog roll!!)

Tiffani of Bear and Belles. If you look up the word Encourager in the dictionary, this girl's picture will be there. If er heart is as half as big in real life as it is via the Internet, I am uncertain how she contain it!  Seriously, this southern belle is as kind as they come.

Stefanie J: of Bike, Book, Bread is an in-real-life friend. Now, this girl is S-M-A-R-T. Really smart. But she is kind and tender-hearted, and has an amazingly great desire to honor God. She is also very talented. She is actually reading a book to learn how to crochet, and has made some amazing things for a wee beginner!  (I am always impressed with direction readers...I am not one.) Anyway, Stef also makes a mean loaf of bread. Bread is not just a hobby, It's her passion!

Meet Leslie from More from Les.  Les is a blogger who is always doing fun things with her kiddos. Whether it's leading her daughters Girl Scout Troop, to having tea parties with Buzzlight Year and a stuffed animal named Garth Brooks, she is having a blast!  

I am not even sure how Lindsey and I hooked up, but I am so glad we have.  You can find her at The Whitcomb Family blog. where she posts about her pride and joy, Sammy!  Lindsey is a hard working momma, juggling both motherhood and career.  She likes hanging out with family and she has a love for dogs!  (Although just between you and me, I have a hunch that her soft spot for animals isn't limited to dogs!)

And last but certainly not least, Life With Three written by Michelle.  Michelle is an energetic gal who is also a contributor to the ever popular Chic Critique productive review blog. I love looking at pictures of her family at the beach, or laughing while I read funny stories of her with her kids, but what I really enjoy are her Works for me Wednesday posts. My favorite one was on how she figured out how to pack a lunch with out having to sell one of her children to pay for it.

Whew! This post is long!  Sweet Janel of Dandylion Dayz also gave me an award but i think I will save that until tomorrow!

Until then,

La Vida Dulce!


mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Fun little award you got there! I love it and I, too, love some of the bloggers you passed it on to. I need to go check out the rest!

Rae said...

You are much too sweet, Kellie! Thank you for your kind words. I can't wait to check out the blogs you listed and see your other award!! Congratulations!

Tiffani said...

Well, I just sat down from putting my "faincy" chicken recipe in the oven and decided to check in here at my lovely La Vida Dulce and what a surprise I found!!

Is it crazy to say with the blessing of having two wonderful children in my presence all day--YOU MADE MY DAY????

I can't contain myself...I like wanna call my Mama!!! You have encouraged me many times yourself and I am so honored to be one of your blogging friends!! I look forward to MANY days/years ahead of laughing, encouraging, crying (if we need to) and giving "thakns" together!!

Hugs to You, Kellie!!

Lindsay said...

awww Kellie Thanks So Much for the smile award :-)!! Totally made my day!

Michele said...

I LOVE blogging and my blogging friends. God brings us all together in many different ways. What a great post! I can attest that Tiffani's heart is as big as it appears on the internet. She's a wonderful, wonderful person and I truly don't know what I'd do without her. So sweet of you to give her this award. She deserves it! I can't wait to check out the other bloggers you mentioned.

Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging comment, but mostly your prayers. Motherhood is the most rewarding yet hardest job of my life (as I am sure many of us feel this way)! Yesterday was a really bad day, but today has been much better.

Michelle@Life with Three said...

Thank you, Kellie! This totally made my day! It was such a "pick me up" because today, well it was a little rough around the edges.

I loved your comment about the blogging community. I couldn't agree more. I feel like I've connected with so many amazing women through blogging and, despite the fact that I've never met most of them in real life, I really do consider them friends.

So thanks, sweet friend! :)

stephanie j. said...

Kellie, I count it a blessing to be counted among your friends!!! You are a dear woman, and I look forward to many more years of blogging friendship, even if our paths don't cross in "real life" again :( God bless you for your sweet compliments. I don't think that I deserve all. But thank you just the same; you made my day!

Deidre said...

What a sweet award!

I agree. Blogging is one of the most difficult things to explain to people - especially since NO ONE in my area has a blog. They just don't get it.

Have a great weekend, Kellie!

Kathy said...

What a fun post! such nice words about your online friends. I really enjoyed it. I've been super busy and out of town becoming a Grandma!

Lesli said...

Thank you so much Kellie for your sweet award! I will hopefully get some time tomorrow to post about it and pick some more gals (I have a few in mind). You are very sweet! Now I feel I should be better and more efficient about posting. You are keeping me on my toes! : )

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

You deserve that award for sure! Thank you for your kind words to me!