Monday, April 23, 2012

Liebster Award and Favorite Blogs

A lovely friend of mine, Blondee from Blondee's Diary, just passed a blog award on to me.  It's the Liebster Award, for blogs with under 200 followers.  What an honor to receive an award from someone whose blog I really enjoy!

The Liebster Blog Awards is said to have its origins in Germany.  
Liebster means favorite or dearest, 
to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. 
Upon accepting the award the recipient 
must then pass it on to five more blogs of note.

I am giving the Liebster Award to the following 5 blogs:

This Sacramental Life (formerly Living Palm) is a blog by my friend Tamara, whose heart for ministering to Christian artists is amazing.  She's the wife of a pastor and mother of four teens, and an inspiring and creative woman all around.  She's been an encouragement to me in my own artistic journey for a number of years now.  She also has the coolest family, and I wish we didn't live half a continent apart now.  I want to be like her when I grow up!

A Sugar & Spice Life by Christine Zorn, which gives a tender and unvarnished look at life with her amazing family, including her daughter Sam.  Sam just turned 4 and has autism and a seizure disorder, and is a delightful little girl who faces many challenges.  Her mother's love and courage shine through in every post.

Confessions of an Aspergers Mom by Karen is a blog close to my heart, because we are facing very similar struggles raising teen boys with Aspergers Syndrome.  Karen is amazing, facing trials and finding joy every day with her guys.  Her posts are brutally honest and don't candy-coat the challenges our sons face, but she rebounds with hope and determination after each struggle, and shares her joys as well as her struggles.  I wish I could meet her for coffee, but we'd need DAYS to talk - an afternoon just would not be enough.

Willow Tree Pottery is written by Julie Cavender, a fellow Etsy artist.  She makes truly beautiful ceramics, and is also a gardener.  I always enjoy seeing what she's been working on in her studio and her yard.

Oswego County Guinea Pig Rescue is the blog of the guinea pig rescue founded by Jennifer Johnson.  She's a sweet lady who really cares for the guinea pigs she rescues and rehomes.  She also has a shop on Etsy (where I originally met her, and purchased two of her snuggle pouches for our guinea pigs, although her shop is currently on hiatus).  I'm a big fan of animal rescue organizations, and hers is great.

Please take a moment and visit some of these blogs - they're wildly different, but each are special in their own way.