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

Another Lovely Versatile Blogger Award

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

I have been nominated for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD, by festivalking.wordpress.com.  Thank you so much, FestivalKing,  for this humbling award and for your patience, since I’ve been sick and am now following through!  For those of you who haven’t already visited her site, please take the time.  Her blog is honest, inspiring and moving and I’m honored to be on her list of nominees~

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading
  4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award

Seven things about myself;

  1. I’m tired of chicken soup!  🙂
  2. I confess; I’m hooked on smiley faces! 🙂
  3. Sometimes, I walk into a room, then forget why I went there in the first place! (can anyone relate?)  🙂
  4. I would love to learn to play piano someday, before I’m too old!
  5. I’m proud of my Christian faith~
  6. I would love to spread smiles throughout the world~
  7. I’m still amazed my poetry is enjoyed by so many lovely bloggers~

Now, enough of me, and on to my 15 nominations.  These are bloggers I’ve known for awhile and some, I’m still getting to know, but their talents have touched, moved and inspired me.  I hope you’ll take the time to pay them a visit, if you’re not already familiar with their amazing work~

  1. http://memorybearsbybonnie.wordpress.com
  2. http://nissiknows.wordpress.com
  3. http://poeticinvocation.wordpress.com
  4. http://juliecatherinevigna.wordpress.com
  5. http://sauciespeaks.wordpress.com
  6. http://elexxa.wordpress.com
  7. http://poetwhispers.wordpress.com
  8. http://morethanadalliance.wordpress.com
  9. http://sarah-cosgrove.com
  10. http://achingforpng.wordpress.com
  11. http://chicpress.wordpress.com
  12. http://theressomethingabout.wordpress.com
  13. http://thoughtsoflaraleigh.wordpress.com
  14. http://joe2poetry.wordpress.com/about
  15. http://catforsley.me

Thank You, again, FestivalKing! 🙂

Versatile Blogger Award – A Humble Curtsy :)

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

I have been nominated for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD, again, by myemilyrose.wordpress.com & alizaswindow.wordpress.com.

As I’m always stunned and humbled, I graciously accept this nomination by these two wonderful bloggers!  Please take the time to visit them, if you haven’t already! Thank you so much to both of you!

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading
  4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award

Seven things about myself;

1.  I am truly a romantic (this may not come as a surprise to you all)

2.  I enjoy reading romance, suspense, mystery and poetry, but I need to work on time management!

3.  In my late teens, when I thought I’d become a professional singer, Barbra Streisand was and will always be my vocal idol and favorite   female vocalist.

4.  I strive to do kind things for people, even if it’s so small, like giving a hug or smile.

5.  Organizational skills are a strength of mine.

6.  I love winter and the coziness it brings; fireplaces aglow, candlelight and Scentsy warmers permeating the room. (Scentsy warmers are fragrant candle wax warmers)

7.  I believe in forever love.  (another surprise?)

Now, it’s time for my nominations and this is the hard part, simply because it’s so difficult to choose.  However, these bloggers all have wonderful stories to tell through their writing and photography.  Some of them, I’ve known for awhile and some, I’m still getting to know!  Either way, their talents have touched me and made my life richer!  I encourage you to visit them and be enlightened!  Also, if this nomination is a repeat, please do forgive me!

Nominations are, in no specific order:

1. http://darkarsean.wordpress.com

2.  http://thepoeticgoblin.wordpress.com/

3.  http://thebeautifuls.wordpress.com/about/

4.  http://stronghearted1.wordpress.com/

5.  http://365days2bpublished.com/

6.  http://celestealluvial.wordpress.com/

7.  http://slavenphotography.wordpress.com/

8.  http://regularteenageworld.wordpress.com/

9.  http://azphoenix.wordpress.com/

10.  http://timcoffeyart.wordpress.com/

11.  http://jenchay.wordpress.com/

12.  http://keltrustsnoone.wordpress.com/about-me/

13.  http://heyartist.wordpress.com/

14.  http://dehypnotize.wordpress.com/

15.  http://catsnco.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to all of the nominees and may they continue to bless us with their amazing talents!

Lauren 🙂

Versatile Blogger Award (2011 End of Year)


Versatile Blogger Award
I have been nominated for this award by two wonderful bloggers:
http://artepiphany.wordpress.com and http://happinessnest.wordpress.com.  I can’t thank them enough for their generosity and thoughtfulness.  I’m truly honored and again, very humbled.

Versatile Blogger Award

In less than two months, this is truly amazing to even be considered for this award, and now, I’ve been nominated three times.  I am truly grateful, honored and humbled ( still stunned) that my writing has touched so many others.
My BIG thanks goes to Catsnco,  jhasmoments, and autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel,
who presented this nomination to me!
Thank you so much to both of you! 🙂

And the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award is :                                                                                    

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.                                                                                                                 
2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
3. Share 7 random things about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award pic on your blog post.

Let’s start with the 7 random things about myself.

And now, here are 7 random things about me:

  1. I love non-fat vanilla lattes
    (pumpkin spice during the holidays)
  2. I love dogs and miss our Lucky Girl.
  3. I love jewelery, especially sterling silver.
  4. I love all music, but especially country.
  5. I’m an Elvis and Streisand fan.
  6. I love chocolate.
  7. I have arachnophobia,
    but I’ve mellowed out a bit. 🙂

Time to nominate 15 fellow bloggers.

  1. http://fromscott.wordpress.com
  2. http://neelthemuse.wordpress.com
  3. http://heartofbella.wordpress.com
  4. http://galenleeds.com
  5. http://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com
  6. http://thespiderfarmmanager.wordpress.com
  7. http://terri0729.wordpress.com
  8. http://zendictive.wordpress.com
  9. http://russellmazonde.wordpress.com
  10. http://suehealy.org
  11. http://imonthebandwagon.com
  12. http://kjpgarcia.wordpress.com
  13. http://hollyannegetspoetic.wordpress.com
  14. http://swansongsandprose.wordpress.com
  15. http://thecreativejuicer.com

I follow these blogs because they inspire me!  I enjoy reading their stories, poetry and thoughts and I’ve seen some awesome photographs!