Dear Fellow Bloggers,

I have lost blogging momentum, due to family circumstances, so my acceptance to award nominations will be combined in this one post.  As I’ve mentioned before, these nominations always come as a surprise and I’m always humbled, honored and grateful that my writing has touched so many readers. 

When I first began this blog last October and started sharing my poetry, my insecurity weighed heavily on my mind.  I was thrilled to have had one reader, one like and one comment.  Then, over time,  things grew…I hope you can “feel” my sincerity when I “say” I’m very, very thankful.  And just to clarify, it’s not the recognition, but the opportunity to “touch” others, “move” others, emotionally and make others “feel” when they read~  Thank you so much for “listening.”

I’d like to begin with my nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award by Capricioussoul, amaltaas.wordpress.com & Will of Heart, http://willofheart.wordpress.com.  Thanks to both of them for their wonderful blogs and inspiration and for their lovely support to me.  They are beautiful souls and are deserving of this award.  I’m blessed to have met them and I ask you to visit them, if you haven’t, yet.

Next, I am truly happy to have been nominated for the Genuine Blogger Award.  This award is new to my blogging knowledge and I was thrilled!  My thanks goes to Autumn & Gabby, http://autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com, Soma, http://somkritya.wordpress.com, Deb, http://365daysofcourage.wordpress.com/ and Betty, http://raindancepoetry.wordpress.com for nominating me.  These are all lovely and truly genuine ladies and I encourage you to visit their blogs, if you haven’t already. What an honor this is, and I say a “genuine” Thank you!

Now, I’d like to express my deepest “Thank you” for my nominations for The Kreativ Blogger Award.  My gratitude goes to Nita, http://nitabrownsugah.wordpress.com and Linda, http://lindawillows.wordpress.com. Again, I am blessed to have met these two beautiful souls in blogland and am honored they thought of my blog for this wonderful award.  Please pay them a visit, as well!  

Now, I’d like to thank MaryAnne, http://maryannepale.com, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Again, I’m extremely honored and thankful for this nomination and I encourage you to visit her site, where you’ll find honesty, strength and inspiration.  Thank you!

And last, but not least, I am humbled by my nomination for the Candle Lighter Award by Eric, http://ericalaganfanclub.wordpress.com.  He is a perfect recipient of this award, therefore, I’m honored he passed it on to me…I’m repeating myself, but please visit his inspiring and moving blog and you won’t be disappointed.

The Candle Lighter Award is an award for a post or blog that is positive and brings light into the world.  This award belongs to those who believe, who always survive the day, who never stop dreaming, and who do not quit, but keep trying.

I believe the blogs who nominated me fit into this category and there are so many great blogs in this blogging world we participate in, that do, as well.  At this time, I’m not able to make suggestions and pass on these awards.  However, I’m going to ask and encourage you to visit and read new blogs and pass on the encouragement and support you have received.  If you’d like to check out my blog roll, it is filled with great talent, inspiration, photography and love.  I also encourage you to continue on your familiar journeys with blogs you follow and I know my encouragement isn’t necessary!

In putting this post together, I pray that I haven’t made any mistakes…so, in ending, I express my gratitude, one more time, to these wonderful bloggers and to all of you out there, whom I would gladly share my happiness with~


Blessings to you all,  Lauren

42 thoughts on “CELEBRATING AWARDS

  1. Julie Catherine

    Lauren, huge congratulations to you on all of your very well deserved awards! And thank you for being such a caring, genuine friend and fellow blogger to us all – always encouraging, always supportive … and providing us with a great place to come and visit! Well done, enjoy! ~ Julie 🙂 xox

    1. Awww…Julie, your comment touches me so deeply…thank you very much and you have been a wonderful blogging friend, too, even though it’s been a short time..take care and hugs to you~

      1. Caddo Veil

        Hi Lauren–I’m here to offer you another award: The Reader Appreciation Award! And I’m beyond thrilled to report, I’ve finally got those links beat–so yours should actually work for everyone. My apologies for the mess in the past! Come on over–there’s food too! Love to you–God bless you abundantly!

  2. Congratulations, Lauren! You deserve each and everyone of these. Your blog, all you put into it to share with us has touched my heart each time I come visit you. Each post has either brought laughter to my heart, welled up eyes. and sometime the chance to, Just think about something. You are a wonderful asset to the community and I for one am so glad you joined….Thank you, my friend.
    Hugs, xx

    1. Oh, Deb, I can’t thank you enough for your comment and your friendship, too! I feel the same way and am glad I found you from Scott’s blog! I love your paintings and they also bring smiles to me and sometimes, just an “awe” which is a lot in few syllables! So, thank you, again, my friend! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Andrea, I know, it seems like years, but has only been a few months! And, I must say that I am so glad to have met you. Your writing is awesome, emotional and true and your support has made my blogging experience even more enjoyable and has given me encouragement that is always welcomed. So, thank you, again! Hugs to you!

  3. Congrats Lauren you deserve every award and more
    your blog is such a pleasure to visit and read..its full of love,warmth, inspiration and hope ..it such a blessing to have a friend like you in my life..
    love ya hugs 🙂

  4. I have learned that there is always happiness tempered with sadness in life. Congratulations on your well deserved awards amidst the weight of your family circumstances. If you were writing this as a story, think of all the irony you could convey. I sense some great poems coming…

    1. I agree with you and thanks for your kind words and encouragement, Sandra..currently, I’m not in the mood to write, but hopefully, it’ll come back..for now, I’m reading, which is nice, too~

  5. A bushel of recognitions for one who is truly deserving of them. Enjoy the warmth that we all feel for you, dear Lauren, because you have, as a Candlelighter *and* as the person you are, spread warmth through an ever-growing community of blogging friends!

    1. You have such an incredible way with words, Kathryn! Thank you! I am enjoying the warmth, but sometimes, I still don’t understand it…(insecurity talking), but I am very grateful and also to have you as a dear, blogging friend!~ 🙂 xx

  6. Lauren, congratulations many times over on every single award! You are SO deserving–such a light to us all in blogland. May you and all of yours be well and Shine, shine, shine!

    1. Awww…thank you, Deb, for your positive thoughts and prayers…they really mean a lot! The day was good, but emotional, off and on, which is par for the course…I posted your image and I love it; a wonderful reminder of the importance of friends and prayer~thank you, again! Hugs xx

      1. We all need a little reminder sometimes that people are praying for us…I will be praying for you and your family daily…Now you have a good day, and put life in God’s hands..
        Hugs, xx

    1. Thank you soooo much, Nisha! Even though I’ve received this, I am sincerely honored you chose me! I posted on your blog just now and I will follow through in a few days…thanks again and sending hugs your way! xx

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