I would like to thank MingoMomma for nominating me for a Liebster Blog Award. She is an energetic and positive homeschool mom, raising a daughter and a son. She has many interests, first being her family. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and photography. I enjoy reading her blog, which is genuine, caring, full ideas and love for her family. I am honored that she enjoys reading my blog enough to nominate me for this award. The Liebster Blog Award acceptance means that I must answer the questions presented to me by this inspiring homeschool mom.
Who inspires you? My husband inspires me. He is dedicated to our family, in addition to his career as a professor and researcher. He is forward thinking, loving, kind heart, and a wonderful father. My parents inspire me with their compassion for others and their decision to always take the high road, even when others are not so kind. And, good-hearted people in general inspire me. When I see the love and dedication others provide for their families, friends, and strangers I feel a restoration of humanity in my heart. People who advocate, provide care, and love children and adults with special needs uplift my spirits.
What is the hardest part about blogging, if any? The hardest part about blogging is finding time to write. Currently, I write in between everything happening in our household of six. Often, I write in the midst of chaos, which is not any different than many bloggers. I am not sure if it is a sign I am aging or the busyness happening all around me, but words seem to escape my lexicon on occasion. And, I do not have time for that minor problem.
What is your favorite quote? “A person’s a person no matter how small.” ~Dr. Seuss
What is your favorite dessert? Oh, I love dessert! Do I have to pick just one? I would have to say anything with chocolate is high on my list. Our family eats a plant based diet. We began this adventure two years ago. And, I thought desserts would be out of my life, but I was so wrong. There are many fantastic vegan chocolate desserts!
What skill do you wish you had taken the time to learn when you were growing up? I wish I would have learned to sew. I can do simple things such as sewing a button or hem, and making pillow case dresses. However, I should have learned the craft from my mom when I was younger. She can sew anything! Now, I attempt projects and call my mom for help. She lives 11 hours away. Thus, we discuss the projects by telephone. Although, little does she know, I plan on having her Skype with me regarding a few sewing projects. :) I would like to incorporate sewing into a few math lessons. Seriously, think of all the math that comes with it.
What is the one activity you wish you had the time to pursue? There are many activities I would like to pursue. But, one thing I really would like to finish is decorating our house. I jumped into homeschooling and a move to a new state all at the same time. The house was unpacked and ready to go within our first month of arrival, however, the little decorating details have not been completed. I have a grand plan in my mind, but I lack the time to finish it at the moment. Someday, it will all come together.
If money were no issue, where would you like to travel? I would like to see every state in the U.S. Currently, I have traveled to 39 states. Also, I want visit Australia and Europe. I have my iPhone set to respond to me with an Australian accent.
What is your favorite holiday? This is a hard question. I love Halloween and Christmas! We make our own Halloween costumes. It is a fun family activity. Everyone shares ideas and pitches in with manpower. And, at Christmas I enjoy trying to pick just the right gift for each of the kids and my husband. I do not like to purchase items for the sake of buying them. I enjoy the process of thinking about each person and what item would be the most unusual, yet loved. And, it is not about expensive items. It can be simple. But, I like it to be something that surprises them. Also, I love family activities at Christmas, which includes traveling back home to West Virginia where many of our relatives and friends reside.
What is your favorite pastime? I enjoy running, yoga, biking, reading, photography, cooking, baking, movies, crafting, and just hanging out with my family. Typically, all of my pastime activities include the family. We exercise, cook, craft, and watch movies together.
What book are you currently reading? Currently, I am reading: What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland; Wonder by R.J. Palacio with my two youngest daughters; and, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. I highly recommend these books.
Do you play a musical instrument? I used to play musical instruments, but now I do not have the time to practice. I can pick out songs on the piano. And, I am relearning the recorder with my daughters.
Now, it is my turn to nominate other bloggers for this award. These blogs are full of good ideas, life experiences, recipes, and much more! If you get a chance to check out these blogs, I think you will enjoy them.
To the winners, if you would like to pass this award on, you can post about this award on your own blog with your own nominations. One of the rules for the Liebster Blog Award is to post your answers to the questions above that I answered. This will allow me to know you a little better!
Congratulations to the following bloggers:
1. Quarks and Quirks
2. From the Mom Cave (She contributed entries in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book I am reading.)
3. Fitting into Vegan
4. Roxane’s Natural Kitchen
5. Homereferee’s Blog