The Mama Diaries has been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

liebsterawardI’m so excited to announce that The Mama Diaries has been Nominated for the Liebster Award! What is the Liebster Award? It is an award that new bloggers give each other to commend a great start and help bring better exposure to new blogs. {You can read the full definition at wordingwell.com}

I was nominated by Sherri over at Makingitpaytostay.com. Thanks so much Sherri, for passing this along! I really appreciate it. 😉

From Sherri, here are my 11 questions to answer:

  1. Do you know what will happen to you when you die and why? I believe there is a real heaven and hell that are the two places one can go when they die. Heaven, if you believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior from the punishment inevitably coming from your sinful nature and submit your life to him; and hell if you do not. It’s that simple.
  2. Who is/was the most positive influence on your life and why? Without question this would be my parents. I was so blessed to be raised in a wonderful, godly home. My parents made it their first priority to mold and shape their children into men and women of God. I may never know the full extent of their labor and the fruit it has displayed in my life, but I do know that without their love, wisdom, correction and guidance throughout my life (before and after moving out to start a family of my own), I would not be the person I am today.
  3. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A famous singer. And a horse-trainer. And a flight attendant. Need I go on?
  4. What has been the most difficult experience in your life and what did you learn from it? I have endured some trials and challenges, some of which much too personal to share with the world. 🙂 But one thing that has continued to resonate through each one is that God knows. He is ever-constant, ever-present, and always faithful. He never promised we wouldn’t experience pain in our lives. Life is pain; that’s why we have the hope of an eternity in heaven. But what he did promise is the grace and the strength to make it through whatever mountains we have to climb. That has and will continue to be such a comfort to me as I face difficult experiences. God sees, he’s with me; he knows… and with his strength I’ll make it through.
  5. What’s a life long dream that you’ve had that you would do if money were no object? Travel. I loooooove to travel! I would love to take a big trip abroad every few months until my husband and I had checked off all of our bucket-list locations (let me tell you, it would take a lot of months!).
  6. What is your biggest fear? I know this sounds cliche, but failure. The way I see life, everything is divided between to categories: success and failure. I know this is not at all accurate, and I struggle daily to re-align my perspective with the Truth. But at my core, without the renewing of my mind, I see every struggle as some kind of failure, like I didn’t do good enough. Case in point, my kids have fevers today… again. And my initial reaction was to take the blame that I wasn’t more cautious where I took them and who they were exposed to. Germs travel, I know that… but in my mind it still translates as failure.
  7. Where is your favorite location in the entire world? I have been blessed to do a lot of traveling around the U.S., although never abroad… (see question 5 ^^), but there is only one place that resonates in my soul, that calls my name (I guess that must mean it’s my favorite place in the whole world): a little cove near the Blue Hill Bay in Blue Hill, Maine. ❤
  8. What are you most insecure about? At this point in my life God has taught me so much on who I am and that my identity is not found in myself but in him, so insecurities are not something I struggle with very often. But when I do it is most likely due to my previous struggle with low self-esteem and poor self-image. Like just about every other woman on the planet, I at times struggle to find my body good enough. 🙂
  9. What are you really great at? Being bossy! No, but really…. See my post on Raising My Little Control Freak {By a Control Freak, For a Control Freak}
  10. What do people come to you for advice on? Hmm… this is a hard one! I don’t know that I can think of anything specific, but I am a self-acclaimed expert on making my Grandma’s famous homemade butter rolls, and if asking for advice is like asking for the recipe, then this is it. 🙂
  11. In your opinion, what is the world’s most pressing issue that needs to be addressed? I feel one of the most pressing issues is the adoption system and the care that these children are experiencing prior to an adoption or coming of age. World-wide, it is a problem, and as Christians we are told to take care of these children. It’s very easy for people to feel like they’re doing something by sponsoring children in a different country, paying for their food and schooling during the week, and it does make a difference. But it’s not making one fast enough. Too many are falling through the cracks, both at home and abroad, and these children, if they survive the system or lack there of, are the leaders of tomorrow. But they are without leadership, love, or care. It is a desperate need with a huge opportunity to make the biggest difference in tomorrow’s world: caring for, teaching, feeding and loving the leaders of tomorrow. In James we’re told, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27 NIV) This can be done a variety of ways, no the least of which would be to improve and expedite the adoption process so that it was more conducive to families wanting to adopt, and provide safe, caring facilities where orphans could be raised to know and love God – to thrive, not just survive their childhood. Ultimately my goal would be that orphans would no longer feel like orphans. ❤

Thank you again, Sherri, for the nomination! I’ve enjoyed answering your questions!

I’ve also enjoyed looking through some great new blogs to find 11 nominees of my own!

I Nominate:

Melissa from Our Growing Roots

Michelle from Daily Blessings

Amanda from A Beautifully Blessed Mess

Kyla from The Married Life Adventures

Robbie from About A Chik

Dorothy from Faithfully Fit With Dorothy

Victoria from Chronically Hopeful

‘Bakie’ from Bakie Me Sweet

Jill from GodSip

Sarah from SarahAnnBundy.com

Laura from La-La-Land

Please Answer The Following Questions:

  1. How would you describe your faith?
  2. What is one moment you look back on in your life as a ‘game-changer’, or always wondered if it would have been had you made a different decision?
  3. What color are your roots?
  4. High heels or flip-flops and why?
  5. Would you rather…. survive a month on a secluded farm unavailable by phone or internet, feeding your own animals and killing/harvesting your own food OR hotel hopping, eating out, and living out of a suitcase on the road?
  6. What’s for dinner tonight?
  7. If you could do anything and money was no object, what would it be?
  8. What are you AWESOME at?
  9. What are you NOT awesome at? 🙂
  10. If you could start a GoFundMe campaign and raise a billion dollars, what charity/cause would it be for?
  11. Why did you start blogging?

The Liebster Award Rules:

1. Acknowledge and link back your nominator {Me!}
2. Answer 11 questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
4. Think of 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
5. Let your nominees know that you have nominated them.

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