Reflections: Speak To Us Of Children…


Today I’m “pressing” a post of one of my favorite bloggers…Elizabeth of Mirth and Motivation.   It’s all about children…one of my most favorite topics in the world!

But first I’d like to pass along a couple of awards that came my way this past week.

Uplifting children and helping them develop a positive self-image is one of my missions in life.  I try to provide parents and teachers with resources and activities and encouragement, because the task of raising and educating young children is a difficult one and it is crucial that adults feel good about themselves as well.

But bloggers also need encouragement to continue to carve out those precious moments to write…from a day that may be filled with other responsiblities and obligations.

And so various blogging awards are “born” and one blogger confers them on another to recognize and celebrate a job well done.

This past week, Clar at clarbojahn gave me two lovely ones: The Kreativ Blogger Award and The Sunshine Award.

Clar is a dedicated writer (of children’s picture books and other genres) and human being extraordinaire and I am honored to know her.  I hope you will take the time to go and meet her.

The rules of these awards: List some things of interest about yourself and then pass the awards along to other deserving bloggers.

1. If I love a book, I can reread it dozens of times.  Favorite book: Little Women.  When I was 10, I went shopping with my mom and sister for her junior high school graduation dress.  We lived in NYC at the time and went to a store (Abraham and Strauss) that has eight floors of merchandise.  Instead of dragging me around while she and my sister shopped, my mom brought me to the book department, which encompassed the entire 8th floor of the building.  Leaving me there to enjoy browsing through the books (yes, I know, this is something we would NEVER do these days…but times were different over a half a century ago) she and my sister went shopping for the dress.  I picked a stack of Louisa May Alcott books and sat down on the floor and happily spent the next several hours, reading about the adventures of the March family.

2. If I love a movie, I never get tired of watching it.  Favorite movie: Gone With the Wind.  How many times have I seen it?  Probably 10.

3. My favorite color is yellow…as a child, I shared a room with my older sister.  I was 19 when she got married…the day after the wedding, I painted MY room a bright sunshiny yellow!

I hope you will have the time to visit with the following people whose hard work and wonderful writing motivate me to keep on blogging.  Of course there are dozens and dozens more…but I only get to list 10. 🙂

1. Elizabeth of Mirth and Motivation

2. Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way

3. AngelaMarie at One In Creation

4. Pat at Children’s Books Heal

5. Erik at This Kid Reviews Books

6. Judy at Jay Jays Favorites

7. Kirsten at Creating Curious Kids

8. Marcy at Orples

9. Margaret at Pen to Print

10. SP at Spanish Pinay

And now, here is Elizabeth’s post that touched a chord in my heart and soul.  I share this with all of my readers in hopes it will speak to you as well.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for holding children so dear!

Reflections: Speak To Us Of Children….

Positive Parental Participation Wins Versatile Blogger Award


There are so many awesome blogs out there.

It doesn’t matter if you are interested in gardening, cooking, technology, parenting, architecture, electronics, philosophy…or any other topic…there are blog communities waiting to connect with you.

When it comes to parenting, it is especially valuable to have so many helpful online resources…parenting is a really difficult task…and families these days are not close-knit the way they used to be in the “good old days”.  Young parents and new parents often have no family members near-by to rely on to help and give advice.

So I’m especially honored to have received this Versatile Blogger Award for my parenting blog…for the second time.  This time I have SmartyPantsFun to thank, a great website that provides creative crafty printables for kids.

According to the award instructions, I’m supposed to write seven things about myself and then pass the award on to 15 other deserving bloggers.

Seven Things About Me

1.    I weigh myself every morning, even though experts say not to do that.

2.    I eat a bowl of air-popped popcorn (with a TB of canola oil and a pinch of Celtic Salt) every night while I relax and watch TV or a movie with my husband.

3.    If I liked what I saw on the scale, I also eat a small bowl of ice-cream with a squirt of real whipped cream.

4.    I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and have read and reread all of the books several times, even though each book is over 800 pages long.

5.    I also love Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear series and anxiously await another sequel.

6.    My writing goals for 2012 are: to work on the second book in the Show Me How series (Celebrating the Holidays Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking…this is the one I need crafts and recipes for and hope bloggers will come forward and contribute) and to take a picture book I wrote many years ago and rework it into an interactive board book series to help toddlers learn their colors, numbers and ABC’s.

7.    I am currently de-cluttering my home…one drawer, closet and shelf at a time.

The bloggers I give the Versatile Bloggers Award to are:

Mirth and Motivation

Spirit Lights the Way

My Life is my Rainbow

Piglet in Portugal

Tales from the Motherland

Sippy Cup Chronicles


Because I’m the Mommy

Plate Spinning 101

The Mom Writes

Stacy S. Jensen

Like a Bump on a Blog

These are only a few wonderful writers out there…people who take the time to share their thoughts and expertise…and make us smile and cry and think and move forward.  I’m honored to have connected with these bloggers in 2011…and I’m excited to see who I will meet in 2012.