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

Kreativ Blogger Award – Another Grateful Nomination

The Kreativ Blogger Award

Hello Fellow Blogging Friends,
I have been nominated again for this lovely award, for which I am truly grateful for and I have the wonderful blogger, Tim, http://thecreativejuicer.com, to thank!  If you haven’t already visited his blog, please do so!  You’ll find movie reviews, songs, poems, short stories and more!  He is truly a talented young man and well deserving of this Kreativ Blogger Award! 

The Kreativ Blogger Award!!!

After receiving multiple nominations, it’s truly humbling to know that people hold my writing in such high regard. I simply write my thoughts, express my feelings, with not a pinch of expert training in my bio and the support and encouragement I have received has been such a tremendous blessing that words cannot even begin to describe my gratitude.

So thank you, again, Tim, for this amazing gift, and congratulations for earning it yourself. 🙂

Now, on to the rules for this award…

Apparently I have to share 10 things about myself, and then pass this award on to 6 other bloggers, so here it goes!

First, I would like to nominate these 6 bloggers:

1. Pam: http://swansongsandprose.wordpress.com/

2. Lesley: http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com

3. Orel – http://backcountrytranquility.wordpress.com

4. Charlie & Tom: http://photobotos.com

5. Aliker:http://happinessnest.wordpress.com

6. Corey: http://clownponders.wordpress.com

These six people are some of the finest bloggers I have “met”; they each have their own unique writing styles and talents to share.  In addition to writing poetry, you’ll find amazing photography and much needed inspiration for our everyday lives.  I’ve enjoyed visiting their blogs and I look forward to visiting them more in this new year!  So, if you haven’t already stopped by their sites, please do so; you won’t be disappointed!

The difficult task of these awards is limiting the number of bloggers to nominate.  There are so many more that should be on this list, so please don’t feel bad if you’re not included!  You’re all my favorites! xx

And now news about me:

1.  I love adding smiley faces to my emails, messages, notes, etc.!  🙂

2.  I love fresh flowers and usually, have a bouquet in our house all the time.

3.  I’m not crazy about driving at night anymore, but I do it out of necessity.

4.  If I ever had the nerve, I’d try skydiving.  🙂

5.  I dream of living on a ranch, somewhere in the beautiful country, with many animals, especially, happy-go-lucky dogs, roaming the property.

6.  I’m not afraid of acting goofy! 🙂

7.  I’m the youngest of 3 daughters; they’re 19 mos. apart and I’m 10 years younger!

8.  I’m a Disney fanatic and used to live right around the corner from Disneyland, when I was younger.  I miss it and of course, because it’s the Happiest Place On Earth! 🙂

9.  I prefer the mountains/lakes to beaches/ocean, although, I love them both.

10. Singing was my passion in my teen years and I toured in Hawaii with a college vocal ensemble!  Great memories!

Okay, this is it!  I can’t think of anything else that would interest or entertain you all (not that these little facts will do that either)! 

So, thanks again, Tim, for nominating me; you know I greatly appreciate it!  🙂

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hugs and Blessings!


Kreativ Blogger Award (2011 End of Year)

I have been nominated yet again for another award and I am thankful for this and all awards that have been given to me.

I would like to take a moment to thank the 2 wonderful bloggers who nominated me:
J, http://jhasmoments.wordpress.com, and Epiphany, http://artepiphany.wordpress.com.
Thank you so much to both of you; I’m honored and humbled that you both thought enough of my poetry for this award. 

If you haven’t visited their blogs already, please do so.  You will find wonderful talent and inspiration and you won’t be disappointed…

This award requires that I share 10 things you do not know about me. Then, I will have to pass this award on to at least 6 ( or more ) other bloggers.

So here are 10 things you don’t know about me:

1. I am a romantic.

2. I never went to prom, but my wedding replaced that void.

3. I love vanilla, pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes (non-fat).

4. I sang a Gospel solo in a choir when I was 18 and we toured the east coast.

5. I won Best Vocalist in high school choir in my senior year and Second Place in my talent show for singing.

6. I am ready to find a new canine friend, after losing our dog in November.

7. I didn’t finish college.

8. I prefer things to be organized.

9. I haven’t sung in many, many years.

10.  I would love to lose 15 lbs this year! 🙂

Here are the wonderful bloggers I’ve chosen:

1.) http://aslankanshaw.wordpress.com

2.) http://festivalking.wordpress.com

3.) http://cenicitas.wordpress.com


5.) http://thoughtsoflaraleigh.wordpress.com

6.) http://wordsfromthemoon.wordpress.com


All of you deserve this and I know anyone else who visits them will love them, too!
I’m sending Happy New Year hugs to Everyone!



To begin with, I would like to thank
http://caddoveil.wordpress.com/, http://autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com/ and
for nominating me!

Being nominated once is humbling enough,
but three times is beyond comprehension!

All I can say is I am truly thankful and grateful for this recognition and
for these three wonderful blogs I’ve had the privilege of reading
and the awesome bloggers I’ve had the privilege of getting to know!

Thank you, again!

The award requires me to a) tell you ten things you may not know about me and
to b) nominate six or more other bloggers.

Here we go…

1) I am finally able to pet other dogs without breaking down (our dog died last month).

2) I drive a gold Honda CRV and I love it!

3) I love the mountains and hope to live there someday.

4) Although, I’m also a country girl, so living on a ranch with many, many, many dogs and animals, is a dream.

5) I used to love watching Home Improvement with Tim Allen and was sorry it ended.

6) I never colored my hair until this year, after turning 50, but it’s highlighted and looks natural, which is what I wanted.

7) I am very emotional (tears of joy, sadness, anger, etc)…I have more water than the water company! 🙂

8)  I didn’t finish college.  😦

9)  I share the same dream with many of you, to publish a book of poetry.

10)  When I was younger, singing was my passion.

         And now here are my nominees, in no specific order:







This list is truly infinite, however, I do encourage you to visit these blogs…you’ll find lovely words, beautiful images, inspiration and a melody of emotions. 

Congratulations to all the nominees and Merry Christmas!