I’d Like To Thank My Husband, My Children, My Producer, Al Gore, Bill Gates, all of My English Professors, oh, and . . .

Before I get into today’s actual post:

Do you ever hit publish and then, maybe a few hours later, maybe a few days later, wish you’d waited just a bit longer?  Because then, later, you’d had time to think things over more?  And then, later, you’d realized you could have come up with a much, much better title than “Upchuck on the iTouch”?

For instance, “iChuck” would have been better.  Though it wouldn’t have been nearly as good as “Room With a Spew.”

Ahh, regrets, regrets.

At any rate, on to today’s topic:  awards. 

I have been nominated for a couple of blog awards lately and I really need to say thank you and pass them along.  Actually I was nominated for one of the awards by three separate people.

                                                                    The Lemonade Award

Here are the rules…

  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show attitude and/or gratitude.
  3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Let them know they have received this award by commenting on a post.
  5. Nominate your favorites and link to this blog.

So, 10 blogs to nominate for this award.

Then there is this lovely award bestowed upon me by Ben’s Mom, aka Kelly:


Per the rules: these blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

All I can say is, Thank You!  And?  I’m glad I read so many blogs, because now I have some nominatin’ to do!  (sorry, the Cootervillian twang slips back in sometimes when I’m tired).  (Just kidding!  My family doesn’t speak with a Cootervillian twang.  You know, in the Cooterville but not of the Cooterville, and all that).  

First, the

Lemonade Awards

Andrea at Wishing On Stars.  The rules said blogs that show attitude or gratitude, and I have to say Andrea has demonstrated a lovely, admirable attitude all through the ups and down, and recent ultimate heartbreak, of her Vietnam adoption process.  Even if you have never read her blog before, please go over there and give her a virtual hug.

Kweenmama at Kwenmama’s Kastle.  I don’t even know what her real name is, but I really, really enjoy her blog, and have probably nominated her for every award I’ve gotten lately.  She blogs about parenting a blended family of mostly teenagers.  I love to read the teenage stuff, because it’s heading our way all too soon.  I’m sure I’ll refer back to her blog as some kind of “Parenting Your Teenage Daughter Without Resorting to Murder” handbook.

Kelly at The Ben Show .   I’ve been trying to put what I like about Kelly’s blog into words, and I’m having a hard time coming up with them.  I just LIKE it.  Kelly is fun.  Kelly is real.  Kelly shares the stresses in her life, but she doesn’t wallow.  Kelly serenades her neighbors and has been known to bathe without removing certain foundational garments.  Yes, Kelly can laugh at herself.

Kristen at 3 Kids = Chaos.  Kristen just moved.  She moved from a town she loved to a town where she knows no one.  I can so relate.  Through all of the house hunting, house selling, moving mess, Kristen has acknowledged the pain but counted her blessings; and she is still counting her blessings, even though she’d rather not have moved.  I can relate.  A lot.

Jenna at Cute . . . Covered.  This blog is relatively new, but the author is not (to me, anyway, and to several of the rest of you, as well).  I love that Jena has taken an issue (modesty) that is important to lots of us (whether due to moral values, religious beliefs, or just poochy, saggy old age) and become proactive about it.  She has lots of good ideas, and a give away going on.   I know linking to it again doesn’t get me a third entry, and it decreases my chances of winning, but still . . . go enter!

Melinda at Crafty Mommy.  I know it’s supposed to be about gratitude and attitude, but I’m making this one about making lemonade out of lemons (which I suppose is an attitude thing anyway).  She hasn’t been blogging much lately, and I’m just guessing it’s because she’s really, really working hard on trying to make that lemonade. 

Angela at Bringing Home Little T.  My word, they have been waiting forever.  Angela and Big T are still waiting for travel approval to go to Vietnam and get their little boy.  Yes, this many months after the shutdown, there are still families with legitimate referrals who have not been able to travel.  Angela doesn’t blog a lot, but her posts always show her faith.

Loving Mom Seeks Vietnamese Prince’s Kelli.  Like so many other bloggers I follow, Kelli has adopted from Vietnam.  Her blog chronicled her adoption process, and now it chronicles her adventures with her Vietnamese Prince (who, by the way, has some pretty amazing . . . umm . . . elimination talents).  I think adopting internationally, or adopting at all really, should automatically qualify anyone for the Lemonade Award.  You have to makes lemonade out of lots of lemons along the way:  endless paperwork, unpredictable policy changes, the involvement of at least two governments, ever changing timelines, utter lack of control, etc.

Dianna at Mamma in Pajamas.  This is one busy mamma, and I don’t know when she has time to just hang out in her pajamas.  Maybe she just wants to?  Take if from me, the Principal of the Pajama Academy, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be (though it is comfy).  Anyway, all you have to do is read this post and you’ll understand why Dianna deserves the Lemonade Award.

Melissa at Journey to a Promise.  Her adoption journey has been a long and twisty road, with a few forks in it as well.  The path is finally straight and smooth, but still rather uphill.  If you’ve never read her blog, you must go over and see the heart-melting picture of Liza, the little girl they are adopting, in her sidebar.


Now for the

Friends Award

Colleen at My Blooming Rose.  Back when we were arranging travel to Vietnam and found out we needed to get transit visas for China, and the airline kept NOT sending the tickets, which we needed to actually get the visas, and we didn’t know which Chinese Consulate we should go to/had to go to to get said transit visas, Colleen emailed me and offered to do whatever she could to help us if we decided to head to NYC to hit up that Consulate.  I have never met her in real life, yet there she was, offering to help us navigate the mean streets if needed (mean streets?  am I totally just making crap up?), just like a friend would do.  So to me?  Colleen is a friend.  And the future mother-in-law of one of my sons.  Either one.  She can pick.  Or Rosemary can.  You know.

Christina at Mrs. Broccoli Guy.  When adoption from Vietnam was just starting to really pick up again, you know, before it shut down.  Again.  Christina started her Vietnam Adoption Blog Roll.  How many of us “met” each other because of that?  Not only was she finding friends and being a friend, she helped lots and lots of others do the same.  In addition to frequenting her blog to look for updates to the blog roll and keep my thumb on the pulse of Vietnam adoption, I really, really just enjoyed it, and still do.  In so many ways I feel like she is a kindred spirit and I know I will follow her blog as long as she keeps blogging.

Michelle at And Sam Makes Seven.  Michelle makes me laugh.  A lot.  It doesn’t matter if I’m reading her blog, a comment she’s left on my blog or elsewhere, or an email she’s sent me.  She makes me laugh.  Oh, how I appreciate that!  There are so many bloggers I’d love to meet in person, and she is at the top of the list.

Stacy at The Delightful Delaney . . . oh wait, I think Kelly nominated her, too.  Oh well, it can’t be helped.  I mean, it’s not my fault Delaney is such a blog star and I’ve actually gotten to meet her and Stacey in person.  It’s also not my fault that I so totally relate to Stacy’s experience of parenting a wicked smart baby who just won’t sleep.  Bonding experiences I tell you, bonding experiences.

Melissa at Groucho’s Family.  She owns a Kindle.  I covet a Kindle.  This is the stuff friendships are made of.  Ha ha.  No, I just really enjoy Melissa’s blog.  She’s a mom, an animal lover, and a book lover like I am.  I think she was one of my first Twilight “converts”.  There is no self-aggrandizement on her blog, just Lucy-aggrandizement, which is, of course, understandable, justifiable, and totally necessary.

Valerie at From the Trenches of Motherhood.  I couldn’t very well nominate Valerie for the Lemonade Award since she already got it, now could I?  Valerie is just an amazing person.  Really.  And I know her in real life, so I know it’s not just blog amazing.  We went through our international adoption processes at about the same time, and it was so nice to have someone to talk to about it all. 

Deanne at Trying Traditional.  Deanne is someone else I’ve had the privilege to meet in real life.  And more than once!  She is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom like me, but a much, much better homemaker.  I might be able to rival her cooking skills (if my family would actually eat such healthy fare rather than make faces at it) but no way can I sew like she does.  And while she is not into self-aggrandizement, she has started an Etsy store that you can access through her blog here.  Check out her adorable stuff.  She picks the best fabrics, really.

Tami at Sunflower Seeds.  Our lives have been oddly intertwined, what with completing an international adoption at roughly the same time and then moving shortly thereafter.  We’ve both been going through the adjustment processes at the same time, we both have lots of kids . . . Tami is someone with whom I can relate on so many levels, and someone I would really love to meet in real life.  So the next time I’m passing through Grab You Lasso . . .

Char at Metaphase.  She brought Binh home about the same time we brought Quinn home.  Just last night I was talking to a friend, who is pregnant, and she was saying she doesn’t know how I made it through two adoptions without going crazy, because with pregnancy at least you have an end date.  It will all be done by . . . With adoption that just isn’t the case.  I told her the only thing that kept me sane was getting online and meeting other people experiencing the same things . . . people like Char.  I don’t know how adoptive parents made it through international adoption before the internet. 

So Char was #9.  I threw in an extra since Stacy had already been nominated.  I also want to nominate Law Mommy, but I feel like I’m cheating by nominating a 10th person.  Plus?  I know there are some of you on my list that would like to nominate her.  But really?  I do consider her a friend.  And?  I enjoy her blog.  Also?  I appreciate the way she feels things so deeply.  I don’t know that she always appreciates feeling things so deeply since it can be stressful and all at times.  She has also played a big part in the whole “keep Elaine sane during adoption stress” thing.

Now, go forth and nominate!

And George, if you’re out there, start a blog and I’ll nominate you, too.

11 thoughts on “I’d Like To Thank My Husband, My Children, My Producer, Al Gore, Bill Gates, all of My English Professors, oh, and . . .

  1. Carissa

    What great awards for such a great blogger…

    and ok I am really that far behind but can I get the new password…THANKS! (it is ok if it is no as well!)


  2. *Blush* Thanks for the award! The problem is that you always beat me…when do I get to bestow an award on YOU??!? BTW, you totally deserve these two awards.


  3. Thank you so much. I count myself blessed for the friends I have made through adoption. Hopefully I get to the award soon, things are crazy here in the spring. I often feel lucky if I actually put a blog post up once a week in the months of April and May.


  4. Christina

    Oh Gawsh, Thanks. I definitely put you in my “friend” category. (and not the Facebook definition of “friend” – no, you are someone I actually want to talk to!!). You deserve every award – your blog is reliably great, no matter what life throws at you. 🙂


  5. Aw shucks, I’m honored. Who would have guessed my son’s brillant skills would help me win an award. When life gives you poop, make easter eggs. Oh wait, that’s lemons/lemonade…sorry. Thanks again!


  6. Thanks Elaine, and right back atcha! Mother’s Day is coming up…McH, if you read these, your lady needs a Kindle! iPromise it will be worth it.

    (And Elaine, you’re right. “iChuck” is great, and that’s the beauty of the written word…you still get credit for it even though the physical moment’s passed.)


  7. Thank you so much for the award, and of course right back at ya. I am so grateful we’ve had a chance to meet and share so much, you have made such a positive impact on my grip of what little sanity I have left – and I’m not even kidding!

    (I know I’ve mentioned before, and I’m trying to reform, but I think you know I always read your posts right away, then have the blog open to comment on later, then the laptop crashes and I lose track of what I had open, thus it looks like I’m a stinky, lazy blog friend but I mean well, right?)


  8. metaphase

    Oh Boy! Thank you. I’m just catching up around here, and was so excited to find I made the list: Now, all I have to do is find 10 friends…
    Oh, and about iChuck. My husband laughed out loud at that one. It was pretty good!


  9. Holy Cow! i never responded to this!!!
    I am just getting around to passing it on!
    Thank you so much, and for all your support of the new blog….


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