Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lovely Day!

"The road to a friend's house is never long."
~ Danish Proverb
* can you spot the deer in my neighbor's driveway? *

 What a lovely day it is!  It's twentish outside, snow is falling, I'm dreaming of spring as a pot of chili simmers on the stove, and I'm thinking about the friends I am fortunate to visit with today without even stepping outside my door!
I'm excited to finally have the time to slow down a bit and pass along a very "lovely" and pretty award!

Just before Christmas, my sweet and talented friend, themomchef gifted me with this:

I'm amazed at the amount of recipes Christiane (themomchef) whips up. The theme of her blog is literally "taking on magazines one recipe at a time"! Not only is she an amazing cook, talented and entertaining writer, but she has an intriguing bio! I know you'll love her too... http://themomchef.blogspot.com/Thank you, Christiane!  I'm still smiling about the way our paths crossed! ;)

I've been wanting to gift the lovely blog award back to themomchef and pass it on to other lovely bloggers but the holidays caused a brief interruption. As delighted as I was to receive this sweet reward, I am also delighted to gift it to some of the friends I've been blessed with throughout the past year:

  • Here are the rules for accepting this award:
  • Acknowledge and thank the person that gave it to you;
  • Pass it along to fifteen (or so) other bloggers that you like and enjoy;
  • Then let those folks know that you've given them an award.
  • Click on the link and copy and paste this "lovely" award to your blog.

"A joy shared is a joy made double."
~ English Proverb

  • My friend, Amy is an amazing cook and her blog is a delight to the senses. I'm a huge fan and I always look forward to seeing what she is cooking up! http://utry.it/  p.s...Happy Birthday Amy!
  • My dear friend Shannon never ceases to amaze me with her ability to design magnificent tablescapes and floral designs as well as gifts and crafts. Her blog has an elegant feel with a vintage romance...beautiful on the inside as well, Shannon is a mom to a precious son with autism, and a daughter who is in college, which she says : "are by and far, my best work" : http://shannonsshanonigins.blogspot.com/
  • Elaine at "peace for the journey" inspires! Elaine's testimony through life lessons always encourages and teaches me. She is an amazing, strong woman of God and she currently shares her journey through cancer treatment. Her blog is (in her words) "a shared road for those of us whose hearts gather in one accord to take hold of the one and only God who can be known and who promises his companioned peace for the pilgrimage ahead. Peace isn’t a concept. Peace is a person." Experience more at http://www.peaceforthejourney.com/
  • I just met Kim and love the way she shares daily life and leads the way from "doing to being". Kim is a wife and mother and talented writer an gentle spirit with a creative nature and love for God.  http://kimturnage.blogspot.com/
  • Joy at simply bloom has been given the perfect name...She is a joy and I've been so blessed by the words of this beautiful woman.  I'm grateful for the way our paths have intersected.  Beauty; pure beauty is how I describe: http://www.simplybloomblog.com/
  • Sierra, and "ocean dreamer" is enthralled with the ocean and its mysteries; passionate; a Christ follower; a hopeless romantic; a creative blog filled with dreams, hopes, beauty and depth. I'm so glad I met you, Sierra! http://oceandreams4sierra.blogspot.com/
  • Another beauty that I'm grateful to have met is Toyin at "He Lives".  Toyin, you are one of the most talented writers and passionate believers I've met and I'm always inspired by your words. I'm drawn in to each post and intrigued by your daily encounters and adventures! Vistit Toyin at her lovely blog...  http://youcanfacetodaybecausehelives.blogspot.com/
  • Don't  you just love this title: "Splashin'Glory"! Not only do I love the title, but the content is a beautiful testimony to God's love and constant presence...Sarah describes her blog as "desiring to bring God's kingdom to earth and learning to hear the heartbeat of heaven." Be sure to splash around at http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/
  • Stacy was diagnosed with Stage IIB Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer and is currently sharing her journey through treatment with the utmost of bravery and faith. But this does not define her. She is a beautiful woman, inside and out, mother of 6 (5 are boys); wife; sister; daughter; and friend with a passion for what really matters...God!  She inspires!  http://hiswaynotmine.blogspot.com/
  • Janette ~  always brings a smile to my face.  I love her sense of humor as well as her sensitive heart! I delight in her writing style and gain inspiration from her words of encouragement and I'm so glad to have met this beautiful Texas girl! http://janettessage.blogspot.com/
  • Meridith is sharing her chronicles of a touch and go situation with the birth and fight for survival by her newborn.  Little Immy has shown us God's miracles at work. Immy is a beauty and her mom and dad and are towers of strength and a witness of faith in action http://mdancause.blogspot.com/
  • You know I love food...and Monet is a wonderful cook and a beautiful writer. She exudes grace and genuine tenderness. Her blog is inspirational and happy http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/
  • More food from  http://www.morethanamountfull.com/ ...if anyone can inspire you to cook, chef Dennis can!  His recipes are mouth-watering. He shares not only recipes, but  holds nothing back in reaching out to others, sharing insight into the blogging world with his generous spirit of giving.
  • and my friend, ally, and warrior princess, Jaime:  http://mangia-bella.blogspot.com/  shares her recipes for food and life with her eloquent words and delightful style. Her love for God is her foundation and her joy is ever present. Bella, you constantly bring goodness and light into my life!
  • The title of this blog says it all... http://poweruplove.blogspot.com/  Still wondering what it is about? ...Joe Rodriguez says: ("This blog isn’t about me…it's about our awesome God!")  Check it out!
  • Another title I love is "a glass of sweet tea"...ahhh, how refreshing....the title as well as the blog.  I just met Karen and I have already seen that her spirit and kindness is also refreshing... Karen shares just how God IS in the miracle business...you'll find her here ...  http://glassofsweettea.blogspot.com/
  • Anne, at  http://lessonsthrulife.com/ is another faithful beauty!  She shares what she "has learned and is learning" on the road God has her on.  Her story is inspirational and has a testimony that "through God all things are possible".
  • Marie, recently diagnosed with CLL, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia shares so openly and honestly. Marie is strength and dignity and humor! She shares her faith beautifully during this challenging time. Please stop by to encourage and be encouraged. Marie, you are a beautiful soul!  http://prayerfaithandhope.blogspot.com/

I realize that some of you have already received this award and maybe multiple times, so you might not need to grab the button. However, I didn't want that to stop me from sharing you with the world.  I've grown deeply fond of each of you and just wanted you to know it!

I wish I could have given it to even more lovely bloggers, as I'm continuing to meet the most fascinating people on this journey.  I'm encouraged as well as entertained by each of you ~ and  to my foodie friends...every time I visit you, I get inspired... and hungry!  Thank you so much for sharing your talents and gifts with your readers and for making my life a brighter place ~

"I would thank you from the bottom of my heart,
but for you my heart has no bottom"!


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thank you very much...you are too sweet and your words too kind.
Your picture is wonderful...we are in the 50's with sunshine...our snow is all melted and only lasted for a couple of days.
Enjoy staying warm...thanks again, too sweet!!

Kim said...

Oh my gosh, Lorraine! I feel truly blessed, honored and encouraged to be included in this list. I can't wait to meet everyone else. And it will be so much fun to pass this on! Thank you!

I was mesmerized by your photo. Looking at it, I *heard* the hush of all that snow! So immersed in all that wintry peacefulness, I would have missed the miracle of that deer if you hadn't pointed it out. And now you have me thinking ... how sometimes I settle for surface beauty and miss out on pure awe. Thanks for that too!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Lorraine! You have made me sooooo happy, I'm honored, humbled and blessed to have you as a friend, and I'm doubly honored that you would pass this award to me. I told my daughter the first month I started my blog, that it would be so wonderful to win "The One Lovely Blog" award and I am over the moon with happiness. The photo on your blog is so beautiful and really captures the quiet beauty of winter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I wish you continued success with your lovely, beautiful blog.

Chef Dennis said...

Hi Lorraine
First congratulations on recieving One Lovely blog award from Christianne, that is indeed high praise from her! What an inspired image you have shared with us!
Now I have to thank you for passing on the award to me, to be included in the same group as those inspired bloggers is an honor. But mostly I would like to thank you for your friendship, it has been blessing in my life.
Have a wonderful week my friend

The Mom Chef said...

Lorraine, I feel as though I really do know you even though we've never yet. While we have the blogging bond, what's even strong is the bond we have through Christ. Knowing that we're going to spend forever together makes me smile.

Thank you you for your kind words regarding me and my little piece of the blogosphere.

Also thank you for sharing that beautiful photo. Not only does it give me a moment of pause for the beauty of the surroundings and the lovely deer, but it makes me once again so very, very grateful that I moved away from the Chicago area and down to North Carolina. :)

Stacy said...

You are way to sweet! Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful words. Looking forward to stopping by the blogs of the other recipients. :) You brightened my day today. And what serene beauty to behold in the picture you posted. Much love to you!!

Amy said...

Thank you so much for the blog award, Lotrraine. That is so sweet of you. I truly apprecite your friendsip and supports. You're one talented blogger, cook and poet yourself. By the way, congratulations on your poem recognitions! You are truly talented! :)

Karen said...

Oh my new and sweet friend... you are so sweet to give me this award... i will be back this evening to follow the rules of the award..thank you again.. and for athe kind words.. love ya..

Toyin O. said...

Hi Lorraine,

You almost made me cry just reading the sweet things you have to say. Thank you so much, I am so honored and humbled by your words. Thanks for including me in your amazing list. You are the sweetest, nicest, and most awesome blogger friend I have. Plus, you are a talented and incredible poet. Xoxo.

Sarah said...

Thank you sweet one! It is a delight to splash around with you for God's glory.

Be blessed bunches,

OceanDreams said...

awww, thanks so much and i too am glad we met via our blogs! you have such a kind heart and i love the depth in your blog as well! thanks for the lovely award, hope you are having an amazing week! xoxo!

Monet said...

Oh sweet friend...you deserve all the awards and more. You have become such an encouraging presence in my life, and I'm so glad that we found each other in this crazy blogging world. Thank you so much for honoring me with this award. I'm truly touched and honored because I think so highly of you. Thank you for sharing with me. Many blessings in the days to come!

Joy McMillan said...

Oh, you sweet thing, it is pretty clear what a delight you are to many. Thank you for this incredible honor {and your for precious words...you bless me...yet again!}. You are so kind & selfless in your lavish expressions of love!
Blessings to you!

Lisa said...

Hi Lorraine. Is it really snowing at your house? Where I live in Australia, it is hot and humid at the moment. So nice to meet another Christian on the other side of the world! Thanks for joining my blog. Lisa

Power Up Love said...

Hi Lorraine,

Thank you...

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Lorriane...yes I love Eldredge...I posted on his book "Love and War" this summer. I read "Waking the Dead" years ago...about the time as the
"Fresh Brewed Life" and need to read it again...also all his other books. Great, great...what the books meant at age 40 and now 50 after so many pit visits is totally different...but you know what God is still God!!

... from Marie Z said...

You have such a way with words! Contratulations on your poetic as well as photography talents. I have never been given an award before, yahoo and thank you! There is one rule I may break for a while... as I am still catching on to the blog world, I won't have too many to forward this award too. I do appreciate all of the contact blogs you have that I can look into. It continues to amaze me the amount of support and inspiration received from reading other blogs. Again, thank you!

A multi-dimensional life said...

Dear Marie,
I also wanted to put a P.S. on your note because I didn't want you to feel like you had to do anything with this award other than accept it!

But, since I was honored to receive it, I couldn't resist passing it on to some other lovely people like you! You deserve more than an award...and the best award is the one we find in Christ!

Your faith is a testimony and I am honored to know you and to pray for you! Blessings sweet friend! xo

mangiabella said...

bella! you have touched me in ways I find difficult to describe with human words, I know it was complete and utter Divine Intervention that brought us to one another's doorstep....how can we not smile when we think that a recipe contest is the platform that God used to bring our two worlds together, and I have not been the same since. I will never stop marveling over that. I thank you truly for this award, but even more so for shining your light so brightly in my world. I am honored to call you not just friend, but sister.....

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