The Liebster Award!

Well. Right after I made my “50 Followers! Thank you!” post, I got nominated for The Liebster Award! And I felt rather embarrassed at the thought of following one “yay me!” post directly with another. Ha! So I worked on other things and took my time putting this together because it has a number of fun, detailed steps. Many thanks to From Toddler to Traveler for the nomination!

Apparently the Liebster Award is something conducted by The Global Aussie each year in an effort to promote new blogs and, in the case of one lucky blogger, receive a prize! If nominated, you earn the right to display a pretty badge on your website, and you get to play along–answering questions, nominating other bloggers, and writing interesting questions for them to answer. So, without further ado… here we go!

Liebster Award 2018

General Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog. Thank you so much, From Toddler to Traveler!
  2. Include a link back to The Global Aussie’s original Liebster Award post in your Liebster Award post.
  3. Display the award on your blog. The Global Aussie has several badges to choose from!
  4. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging. (This may not be a part of the original official rules but I’m happy to oblige anyway. 🙂 )
  5. Provide 10 Random Facts about Yourself. (Again, not sure if this is original, but fun!)
  6. Answer 11 questions from the blog that nominated you.
  7. Nominate 5-11 blogs.
  8. Give the new nominees 11 questions to answer.
  9. Inform the people who have been nominated regarding their nomination.


10 Random Facts About Myself

  1. I was homeschooled K-12.
  2. I have six younger siblings (seven, if you consider the one miscarriage my mom had <3).
  3. I have lived all over the U.S. in 8 different states: Idaho, Washington, Montana, Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. I’ve visited or driven through a number of others as well!
  4. I’ve taught a few different subjects in a few different capacities: Latin, English writing/grammar/poetry, and Medieval history.
  5. I have a B.A. in three different majors: English, Music, and Classical Studies. The nerdery runs deep!!
  6. My alma mater is Hanover College… which is also the alma mater of V.P. Mike Pence and Woody Harrelson.
  7. I have strong OCD tendencies (better now than they were 15 years ago) and probably some leanings toward BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder–although this also seems to have decreased with time and love).
  8. I volunteer for an incredible organization called She’s Somebody’s Daughter. They work to raise awareness of issues related to sex trafficking and abuse and reach out to women trapped in the adult entertainment industry to share a message of love and hope–that a woman’s worth is so much more than whatever she can do with her body–or has been made to do.
  9. I’m an indentured cat-lover for life.
  10. I LOVE video games. This often creates just a slight awkwardness in mixed company when the men bring up their latest gaming adventures–and I jump right in with mine.


The 11 Questions I Was Given

  1. What’s one thing you didn’t know about blogging that surprised you? That bloggers LIKE conversing with random strangers! I can wander into any blog I’ve never encountered before and start leaving comments right and left, and they’re appreciated and responded to. I don’t have to be accepted as a “friend” or any such thing first–big change in dynamic for someone steeped in Facebook protocol!
  2. What is your least favorite thing about blogging? The anxiety of working on a post I’m very excited about and being constantly interrupted as I write by *coughCertainPeoplecough* so that my train of thought breaks and I can’t just knock it out and finish it. ;D
  3. If you had a superpower, what would it be and why? I thought about this A LOT in high school and college. Back then, it was a tie between being a ninja-type with knives who could melt into the shadows and dodge anything, and a “glass cannon” of some sort. Probably now it’s just the latter: I can wind myself up to make quite an impact on whatever I set my mind to, but afterwards I’m completely spent and liable to fall apart.
  4. What is your “last meal” meal, i.e. what would you eat if you knew it would be your last meal? Gosh, I have WAY too many favorite foods to settle on just one. In reality, if I knew it would actually be my last meal, I would probably completely lose my appetite and not be able to eat anything. What’s the point, after all? Just get it over with! But, if I had to pick a current favorite meal, it’s probably a tie between Pad Thai and my own recipe for fettuccine alfredo with brussels sprouts, pistachios, and roasted grapes!
  5. Plane, train, or automobile? Automobile.
  6. What’s your favorite “cocktail party” story? Heh heh. I’m a mom of preschoolers married to a computer programmer. Cocktail parties are not my native habitat. But, if I were in the highly unlikely situation of being at a cocktail party AND pressed for a story, I might describe the incident in which my mother-in-law spilled a child’s sippy cup full of milk all over herself, the couch, and my son ten minutes before I had to run out the door… because she sucked the lid right off while trying to drink her breakfast. 8D
  7. Tell me a joke (PG, please, there are little ears around). Gosh, I never tell jokes! Most of my humor these days resorts to tickling and making fart noises… or, if I’m lucky, one-liners in adult company where someone else provides the set-up (and does most of my work for me). Here’s my (stupidly nerdy) best attempt off the cuff: what does “Semper ubi sub ubi” mean in Latin? “Always where under where!” 😉
  8. What was your worst vacation and why? Ha! Well, growing up, we **never** vacationed… and I haven’t really had a bad one since moving out or getting married. But I guess you could say the vacation we took right after my favorite childhood pet died was pretty hard, and not at all as fun as it could have been for me… that loss weighed on me terribly for weeks and weeks and made it very hard to appreciate anything else.
  9. Let’s say you could travel with your favorite Disney character. Who would you travel with and why? Emperor Kuzco. For so many nerdy and ridiculous reasons… but let’s keep it simple and just say that llama knows how to navigate a jungle. And waterfalls.
  10. If you could invent one tool to make your life easier, what would it be? A diaper-changing, butt-wiping robot.
  11. What is your favorite kind of candy? Hmmmm, it’s usually a toss-up between Butterfinger and Peanutbutter M&Ms. The use of the word “butt” in these candy names has nothing to do with the answer to the preceding question.


Nominated Blogs: Here are 9!

  • Natalie Greenfield: this is the blog of my childhood best friend–a woman who, as I found out decades after we had moved apart, suffered three years of sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a border in her own home. Since those dark days, Natalie has grown into an incredibly strong, talented, and loving woman who advocates for abuse awareness while raising four young children and partnering in deep vulnerability and respect with her tireless, adoring husband. Her story is well worth knowing.
  • Rachel’s blog spot: I love this girl. I love her poetry, I love her music (y’all, she just posted a BEAUTIFUL original song–and I’m an intense critic!), and I love her message. It’s the sweetness of Jesus melting on my tongue every time I check her blog. Thank you, Rachel.
  • Look for Little Helpers: A cheery, sweet platform for encouraging compassionate, thoughtful community involvement *that includes our children* and teaches them not only to “look for the helpers” (thank you Mr. Rogers <3) but to be helpers. Wonderfully positive message!
  • BlendedDad: I REALLY appreciate this realistic, level-headed, humble, and grace-rooted approach to the hardship of divorce, blended families, and toxic family members. Recommended.
  • Silently Screaming: Valdelo writes with gripping sincerity and vulnerability about her experience of miscarriage after IVF. She conveys a depth and complexity of emotion in startlingly few words. The effect is an immersive, resonant, beautifully crafted narrative.
  • The Things of Every Day: A wonderfully sweet, genuine, minimalistic look at what really matters in life and parenting and how to cultivate it with tender, mindful care. Nikki’s appreciation for the beauty in every moment and her refusal to water down the experience of misfortune at the same time are so refreshing.
  • White Privilege Syllabus: SO GOOD. I’ve had little time to read much here because the posts are *chock full* of important, complicated, difficult concepts that deserve careful attention and consideration. Be warned, it will probably feel like a punch to the gut at first if you’re white. But if you lean into it, I think there is *so much* to be gained by listening to this voice.
  • Sall Good in the End: I love how detailed, thorough, and confident Sarah’s posts are! She writes about mental health–both her personal, cross-cultural experience of it as a second-generation Indian living in Canada, and about what she is learning through therapy/counseling and self-study. She is a strong voice advocating for our global need to treat this as a real problem: with respect, compassion, and understanding.
  • Sheikah Plate: Gotta end with my favorite “just for ludicrous fun!” blogger! Teri Mae is seriously a-*dork*-able (in my family that is a TOTAL affectionate compliment so please take it as such!) with her take on recipes from Breath of the Wild, the latest Legend of Zelda video game, and SO knowledgable about cooking and all-things-nerdery. She has fabulous pictures, spot-on game-referencing graphics, an endearingly cheeky writing style–oh, and did I mention that her recipe for Salmon Meuniere was de-licious?! Yeah, you gotta try Sheikah Plate–even if you know nothing about video games. 🙂


Questions for New Nominees!

  1. What is your go-to technique for calming nerves–your own or others–in stressful situations?
  2. What is your favorite food?
  3. Do you prefer academia or practical skills?
  4. Current favorite TV show?
  5. If you could change one thing about the world you live in, what would it be?
  6. Pet peeve?
  7. How do you cultivate empathy in your relationships?
  8. Dream job?
  9. Go-to catch phrase when you’re pleased with something:
  10. What do you want to be remembered for?
  11. Who do you most want to read your blog?


I enjoyed putting this together so much! And I hope you enjoyed the little peek into my world–but I especially hope you check out the blogs I nominated and enjoy getting to know these fabulous, fabulous people! They have enriched my life in so. many. ways!

Gritty grins ’til next time,



19 thoughts on “The Liebster Award!

  1. Congratulations! Loved reading all your facts!! I am a cat lover for life too, in fact, I’m snuggling into my purring cat as I type this. I know! Strangers love talking to you! I knew they would chat and all, but I’ve made friendships with people who I now communicate with over email or different apps! Crazy! WordPress is my favourite social media!

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    1. Thank you! Awww, I remember when my first calico would do the same thing with me at my laptop. 🙂 That’s really cool that you’ve made so many good friends through WordPress! I used Xanga back in the dark ages and met a lot of wonderful people that way, too… then they completely shut down. 😦 I still know some folk from Xanga on Facebook but lost touch with a number of others. Took me awhile to get back into blogging after that… and I’d really forgotten how great it can be!


  2. Wow! Thank you so much! And congratulations on a great award and a great post. I’m insanely flattered that you nominated me for this thing and I’m excited that, through it, I get to make a new blogging friend! Yay!

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    1. Haha, I’m so glad you found this without me needing to track you down! 😀 I feel maybe I owe you a little backstory: I found Sheikah Plate this past fall, maybe, when on a whim I thought to myself, “Surely someone in Internet-Land has created a BotW recipe site by now? I mean, it’d be fun to make one myself if I were up for it, but I don’t think I am… and I really want to know how to make these foods!!” And voila, there you were in the Google search, one of the first things to pop up. I was insanely impressed and raved about you to my family. Then, months later when I finally took the plunge to start my own blog, I was excited to think I finally had a venue to connect with you for real. And here we are!

      You totally deserve the nomination, and thank you so much for your own kind commendations. 🙂 Looking forward to hangin’ with ya more!

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  3. Many congrats to you! To be honest, I’m not surprised you received this nomination. You’ve developed a supportive community in a short amount of time because of your caring and responsiveness. It all comes through in your writing and interactions with your followers. While I’m not surprised by your nomination I was very surprised to see you nominated me(!). I can’t tell you how humbled I am by your kind and generous description of my blog. Thank you doesn’t seem like quite enough to express my appreciation.

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    1. Oh, friend! I had to nominate you for two reasons. I’ll start with the superficial one: I’m an English comp. teacher by trade (until I had kids, that is), and I’ve always been hard-pressed to find truly beautiful writing in the wilds of the Internet. Yours jumped the bar effortlessly and earned my sincerest respect.

      Secondly, your content speaks for itself. You ought to be well known, loved, and supported. I hope the nomination facilitates that.

      Thank you for your terribly kind words. I am touched and heartened by them. Much love.

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  4. White Privilege Syllabus

    First of all, this is an incredibly well deserved nomination! Congratulations!

    I also loved getting to learn more about you. I found out that we have homeschooling in common 😌.

    Your questions are so thoughtful. I appreciate how they range from light and fun to very deep and meaningful.

    Finally, thank you so much for the nomination. It means a lot and I’m very honored that you thought of me.

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    1. Wow, thank you! Coming from you, that means something extra special. Thanks. ❤

      And wow, no kidding, a fellow homeschooler?! Crazy cool!! I was fascinated with you/your blog before but now I'm, like, utterly intrigued. Would *love* to pick your brain about your homeschooling experience someday and how that has informed your current perspective on life. 🙂

      And thank you, haha–that was in fact the goal, so I'm chuffed to know it resonated!

      And you are just so welcome–you totally deserve it. More people should definitely read your blog, so I'm happy to do whatever I can to point folks in that direction. Blessings!


  5. Nikki

    This definitely is a much-deserved award! I love how genuine you are, and how evident it is that you truly care for others! I had already been nominated for this award, and wasn’t sure if I should participate again, but I love the questions you asked and wanted to answer them! 🙂

    1. What is your go-to technique for calming nerves–your own or others–in stressful situations?

    For myself, I often need to stop what I am doing, close my eyes, and pray. There is something so important about taking a moment to remove any distractions and FOCUS on communing with God. When I am alone with Him, I can realize how small my problem is compared to such a big, loving God. And for others, I try to help them do the same – have some quiet time with God. And depending on the situation and good back run is usually in order as well. 🙂

    2. What is your favorite food?

    Besides chocolate of course, I am a big fan of fresh fruits.

    3. Do you prefer academia or practical skills?

    Practical! Not that I think academic skills are unimportant, but I feel like we have shifted towards focusing only on academic skills. Growing up everyone was so focused on my grades and what subjects I was studying. I graduated high school at 14, but struggled because I lacked a good set of practical skills. I wished I had spent less time studying, and more time interacting with people and learning some good practical skills.

    4. Current favorite TV show?

    We actually don’t have a tv in our home, for many different reasons… So we don’t see a lot of shows, and I can’t say that I have a favorite. My husband and I occasionally watch something on Amazon Prime though, and lately, we’ve been watching Monk. 🙂

    5. If you could change one thing about the world you live in, what would it be?

    I would change the amount of technology and online interaction children have access too. There is SO much garbage on the internet, and I feel that it is robbing children of their childhood and innocence. My heart absolutely breaks every time I read another story of how a child has been manipulated and harmed by an online predator. It breaks every time I see a little girl trying to be sexy. These are children… they are not supposed to be going through breakups and depression… they’re not supposed to worry about who they are interacting with. I know limiting technology won’t completely solve the problem, but I feel that it would really help.

    6. Pet peeve?

    “How was your day?” “Fine.” “How are you feeling?” “Fine.” “What are you up to today?” “Nothing.” … Short answers like that really frustrate me!

    7. How do you cultivate empathy in your relationships?

    I try to understand what the other person is feeling and where they are coming from. It really helps me to put myself in their shoes, and not only in just one situation. I try to imagine how I would feel if I had experienced all the life events they have and how that might affect how they are feeling in the moment.

    8. Dream job?

    I’d say I’m living it! Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a stay at home mother, and I always loved nannying. Now I am a SAHM, and a full time nanny. I also do some social media managing on the side, which is a great fit for me. I can set my own hours, and work from home whenever is convenient – naptimes!

    9. Go-to catch phrase when you’re pleased with something:

    This makes me so happy!

    10. What do you want to be remembered for?

    I want to be remembered as one who loved Jesus first and foremost. For loving my family more than myself. And for serving, encouraging, and always lending a helping hand.

    11. Who do you most want to read your blog?

    I want other outdoorsy moms who are looking for someone to relate to, and who are looking for some simple, down to earth advice and encouragement. I hope that I can encourage them to just be the wonderful Mamas the are, and to not worry about all the fluff in life.

    Thank you so much Friend for the nomination! ❤


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