I hear an orchestra playing…I hear applause…someone is handing me a beautiful bouquet of flowers….wait, is that confetti falling from the ceiling? 🙂 No, it’s just me in my fantasy dream world!
I really am excited to be nominated for my very first award! I did some research on the LIEBSTER Award and found out some interesting facts. Liebester is German for: sweetest, nicest, kindest, pleasant, you get the drift. I can’t find where it originated but it’s for bloggers to nominate to other bloggers who have blogs that they really like and think are nice. I’m so thrilled that Johanna from booklovers1.wordpress.com thought so highly of our blog that she nominated us.
Now for the hard part…and it looks like the rules change with every blogger, but this blogger had to answer 10 questions from the blogger who nominated her, and then she had to pick 10 other bloggers to offer this award to along with 10 new questions for them to answer. So here are my answers to Johanna’s questions for me.
If you could pick a favorite author who would it be and why? What specific book or series of theirs do you highly recommend? Oh this is a hard question! I love so many Christian authors and their books, I would feel like a traitor to single out one. But, with many apologizies to all my favorite authors, for the sake of this question I’ll have to say Lynn Austin. She hasn’t written a bad book yet, and one of her latest books I did what I’ve never done before, when I finished the last word of the book, I flipped back to the first chapter and started reading it again. The name of that book is, Wonderland Creek. I think why I loved it so much was it was about an amateur librarian who takes donated books to a little town in the Appalachian mountains and is stuck with being the librarian and riding horseback through the mountains to deliver books. I could so identify with her when she had the books all piled in the floor and the other “horseback” librarians started going through them and taking them and she was like…no, you can’t take them…they haven’t been cataloged yet…I haven’t put the pockets in the back…how will I know who has the books…I could so identify (I’m paraphrasing all this).
If you could pick any fictional world to live in, which would it be? What is so appealing about it? If I could move Smitten, Vermont down south so I wouldn’t have to deal with the really cold, snowy winters, then that would be it. I fell in love with that town while reading Smitten and Secretly Smitten (by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, & Denise Hunter). I wanted to open a Christian bookstore with comfy chairs/couches and have tea and scones/muffins and book clubs…you can see I’ve dreamed about this quite a bit!
Out of all the fictional characters you have been introduced to, who do you really want to meet? What is it about them that appeals to you? I would love to meet Samantha “Ivy” Towers (from the Ivy Towers Mystery series by Nancy Mehl). Ivy is a hoot! She gets into all kinds of trouble (some hilarious), gets to run a totally wonderful old bookstore, and gets to be an amateur sleuth too! Great series and great character, but here again, this was hard to pin down, I have so many favorites.
What is your favorite Bible verse and why (if it is not too personal)? My favorite Bible verse is usually the one that is speaking to me personally at the moment. I have so many favorites, I’d just about have to quote the whole Bible. Here’s one: “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.” Psalm 86:5.
What has been your lifelong dream or aspiration? I’ve never really had one, is that sad or what? I’m not all that smart, so that took care of “being a doctor, lawyer, or teacher”, so I just wanted to marry and have kids and be the best mother and wife ever! You know, like June Cleaver “Beaver’s mom” or even Aunt Bee “Opie’s aunt” but I found out that life wasn’t exactly like TV! I’m not the perfect wife and mom, but my husband, son, daughter and two grandson’s turned out great anyway! (Thanks to the Lord for that!) Three years ago I bought an iMac computer and a whole new world opened up for me. I love doing Keynote presentations and iMovie slideshows and have done some for friends vacations, some for church and one for my husbands uncle who passed away (that was truly a wonderful experience to go through his life and present it in a slideshow and it’s something their family will always treasure) and a local FFA banquet for the past 3 years. I made one for my mom for Christmas with pictures with my mom and dad (he passed away in 1985) as babies and their lives and ours all the way to present. It was a wonderful experience. I also made one from my husbands family after both his parents passed away and gave each one of them one for Christmas, so many good memories! So, I guess if I could go back in time, I would start out with an iMac computer and learn all I could about making slideshows and presentations and do that for a living. It’s so much fun!
If you were able to learn any language, which would it be? I guess Spanish (I took two years in high school (but refer back to question 5 and see that I’m not that smart). There are so many Hispanics in the US now, it would be great to be able to talk to them.
You find a time traveling machine in your backyard. What period of your life would you revisit? I wouldn’t go back. I would say to some of the times when I messed up so bad and keep from doing it, but what if I just repeated history? I think I would rather just stay here and keep learning all the lessons the Lord has for me now. He has been very merciful to me.
You are generously given 1 million dollars. How would you spend it? I would give to our church for needed repairs and to build a new and better Christian Life Center. Give money to my kids for their dream house, money for my grandson education, give money to my mom, sister, and aunt and some to a couple of other aunts who are not well physically to help them out. I would take my family on a great vacation someplace nice (maybe Hawaii, if I can get enough drugs to knock me out while I’m on the plane). I would remodel our house. I would also visit the young man we sponsor through Compassion International and give him and his family a new place to live and enough money so they wouldn’t have to worry anymore…wait, I think I’ve exceeded the million (especially if “Uncle Sam” took their share!)
If you were able to pick an actor/actress for one of your favorite fictional characters, who would it be? In Joel Rosenberg’s latest series, The Twelfth Imam Series, I think Matt Damon would be a perfect “David Shirazi”.
Are there any recent movies you highly recommend? I just saw, The Odd Life of Timothy Green and it was so good. Also, Unconditional, was a good Christian movie.I like action/adventure movies also, and want to see Iron Man 3, and The Wolverine. If they could just leave out all the bad language they would be perfect!!! I enjoyed The Hobbit, but not as much as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. (I’ll admit I’m a Twilight fan, so you can see by my movie choices that the Lord still has some work to do on me!)
– Link back the blogger that tagged you
– Nominate ten others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
– Ask ten questions for the bloggers you nominate
– Let your nominees know of their award
Here are my nominees:
And here are your questions to answer for me!
How many books do you read in a month?
If you could go back in time and live in a different era, what would it be? Or do you like it now?
When you have a “free” day, what is your favorite thing to do?
If you could be any character in any book, who would it be and why?
If you won a contest to spend a weekend with your favorite author, who would it be (has to be the same sex!)?
Do you have a “bucket list” and if you do, tell me three things that are on it?
What book are you reading right now? And is it any good?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
What book genre do you like best and why?
Where is one place you have never been that you want to visit? Do you think you’ll ever make it there?
Again, I would like to say a special “Thank you” to booklovers1.wordpress.com for nominating our blog for this award. It has been fun reading your answers and getting to know you better and I hope that those I nominate will have a much fun with this as I did. I’m looking forward to getting to know each one of you better also. If you don’t want to accept this award, because of the time it takes, that’s ok. I still love you and your blog!!! Just leave me a comment below saying you’ve accepted it or not. For those who will accept it, I look forward to reading your blog post and getting to know you better by seeing your answers to my questions.
This is a really neat way to find other bloggers and to help promote them as well as getting promoted yourself. After all, that is why we are blogging, we want others to read our writings and ramblings and meet people all over the world!