Stuart at Something to Stu Over nominated me for The Liebster Award! Stuart is such a sweet and honest man, he has truly become a kind friend and brother in Christ! Please check out his post here. He has so many inspiring posts and testimonies to share about marriage, life, love, and intimacy. Thank you for nominating me Stuart! 🙂 I am so sorry for the delay, I have been dealing with some personal issues this new year.
Here are the rules:
Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award
Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you
Give 11 random thoughts about yourself
Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination
Ask your nominees 11 questions.
“This award is meant to encourage new bloggers. From The Global Aussie: “The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”
Here are the questions Stuart asked…
1. What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear (besides spiders :O) is probably being alone, but not in the usual way people fear. I fear being alone, yes, but especially if it meant I disappointed or pushed away anyone who loves me. I fear that I let my past intervene too much with the present, and sometimes getting caught up with bad memories (even good ones) can lead me to forget how much I love people or how much they love me. I think my fear is also being left, so maybe really my version of fearing to be alone is that everyone will leave me BECAUSE of me.
2. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
My mom, Purple Rose (who shares much wisdom and parts of her life that could easily be a bestselling book or movie on her awesome blog – which you should check out), has ALWAYS given me the best advice, so it’s really hard to narrow it down to one piece of her awesome wisdom.
One thing she did say that has left a lasting impact on me was something she actually wrote on the back of the cover of a photo album she gave me when I was a little girl. Her note was very sweet and it explained the importance of the album being that it contained everyone who loved me. What stuck with me was how she ended it,
“Keep Loving Jesus, baby.”
That note has always stuck with me and no matter what I feel in a certain moment, no matter what has happened, no matter what I have done, I will always be loved and so long as I keep loving Him everything will be okay. Thanks, Mom ❤
3. Do you prefer wild game, such as deer, rabbit and squirrel or do you prefer “domesticated” like cow and chicken?
I definitely prefer “domesticated” meat, even though I love my adorable animals on my farming games I can’t ever see myself eating “wild game” unless it’s apocalypse or I simply have no choice (lol).
4. What was your favorite toy as a child?
Easy, my dollhouse (which has now translated to playing The Sims!). I could spend hours and hours playing with that dollhouse “Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus” spent probably half the night building for me one Christmas. Each doll and piece of furniture was part of an imaginary world I loved to visit often and even escape to when I was having a bad day.
5. What is your favorite past time activity?
Besides spending time with family? VIDEO GAMES. I hope to go into more detail of that hobby this year, because video games have truly helped me come out of my shell in life (or crawl into it…haha).
6. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I bet Mom could remember way more than I could (and she did!). She reminded me of one Halloween when I smashed my ring finger during P.E. class in my freshman year of high school. We were in the weight room and I was picking up a dumbbell. It fell off the rack, for some reason I went to catch it, and it smacked the heck out of my left hand. In moments my ring finger became swollen and I couldn’t even bend it. I thought my crush would care, but he made fun of me along with everyone else. I even had to wear a sling for “circulation” for my badly bruised finger, which no one thought made sense. Yeah, embarrassing.
7. What is your most memorable moment?
This is hard. My memory isn’t great, even though I’m only twenty-one. I don’t know how my life has gone by so fast, but it feels like it has flown by. Even my wedding seems like a blur now.
I have plenty of amazing memories, but the most memorable would have to be my high school graduation. My parents had encouraged me my whole life to work hard and do my best, and I couldn’t have been the student I was without them. Graduating felt like the biggest accomplishment of my life. I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to have my parents, my sister, and my future husband there.
We lived in a state prone to dangerous storms, and our principal even commented about the forecast at the beginning of the ceremony (which was not good for the evening whatsoever) and told us proper safety procedures. When we walked out the doors after the ceremony, all of us graduates going to meet our parents outside, there was the most beautiful rainbow right over the auditorium. Though it was cloudy and raining a bit, it was like God was saying, “Congrats, guys!” ❤ Definitely my most memorable moment.
Mom, always being her awesome self, took a picture of the beautiful rainbow.
8. Do you agree that dating after marriage is vital to the nurturing of your relationship?
Yes! Your relationship is pretty much set to fail if you don’t nurture it. Don’t learn that the hard way. Keep making time for each other, have hobbies you do together, and make it a goal to never get bored with each other.
9. What is your favorite board game?
Oh goodness…that’s hard! I would say Monopoly because my husband and I have been collecting different boards since we got married, but we haven’t played in a while 😂 I actually like card games a lot more.
10. What is your New Year’s resolution?
To have more courage to do and say what I need to in order to improve my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
11. What are your expectations for 2019?
A lot of change, hopefully. I’m glad 2018 is over.
11 random thoughts about myself:
- I love video games and play them instead of doing my homework when I should.
- I stress too much over things I can’t change.
- I am Queen of Procrastination.
- I love to write stories but haven’t written one in YEARS.
- My favorite food has and always will be pizza.
- My favorite flavor of ice cream used to be chocolate, but now I suddenly favor strawberry?
- If I could never eat pizza again, my favorite food would be Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
- I think I’m hungry (Lol)
- I would be nothing without God and my family.
- I’ve changed a lot deep down since I got married, I’m hoping to find my old self again. I miss her.
- I’ve learned in the last few years that life is what we make it, because “crap” happens and we never get a break.
For my nominations and questions, I did this post so late that I would rather just say: whoever reads this and would like to participate is more then welcome to answer the questions Stuart gave me and his other nominees 🙂 Have fun! Cherish this new year.
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