Saturday, February 5, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Nancy at Boomers and Scribblers nominated me for the Stylish Blogger Award! Nancy has been a faithful follower of Arise 2 Write for a long time. She is a blessing and has become a friend and devoted sister in the Lord. Please visit Nancy and you will be touched by her sincere and genuine faith, just as I have been.

A part of receiving this award is sharing seven things about myself, so here goes:

1)Like some of you, I am challenged by circumstances from my childhood. My Heavenly Father has been the constant in my life, giving me the desire to write from a very early age. He continues to use writing to heal and restore my heart. Whatever is going on in your life right now, I challenge you to "write your way through it!"

2)I am the daughter of two parents who did not plan or want me. They were very young and married as a result of my conception. I was primarily raised by my maternal grandparents. They are fully responsible for giving me a foundation of faith and love!

3)I am the oldest of three daughters. My middle sister, Courtney lives many miles away, but we are best of friends! My youngest sister, Dayna was tragically killed in 1989. She is never more than a thought away.

4)I am the mother of three sons and two daughters. We have a blended family, but in both mine and my husbands hearts each of our children is "ours!" God brought us together and has beautifully blessed both us and our children. The blending process was challenging and sometimes painful, but I  am thankful HE knew what was best for each of us.

5)Recently, I accepted GOD's call to write a memoir or memoirs about my childhood. I have passionately embraced this call, yet there are days I am passionately running in the opposite direction.

6)I am the mom to three therapy dogs. I trained them and have been blessed to be the human at the end of the leash as GOD uses them in the lives of many.

7)My dream would be to have my own mountain with a small cabin. My dream cabin would have indoor plumbing and heat and a/c. I am a bit spoiled. My mountain would have a fence around the base so my dogs could roam free. So now you know the real me!

I am passing this award to the following bloggers:

1)Rich Gifts: I would not have a beautiful blog without Edie at Rich Gifts. She is a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart who is very tech savvy. She is responsible for the blog design of Arise 2 Write.

2)Divinely Designed: I would not be a blogger if it were not for the persistence of Mary. She pushed, shoved, and drug me by the hair of the head into the blog world. She has been a faithful friend and prayer warrior, despite the physical injuries, ha ha! Mary is also a published author and professional speaker. She has an expensive bio, too long to list here!

3)To each of my followers: Each of you have a stylish and unique blog, all beautiful in their own way. Please accept this award and post it on your blogs. Each of you deserve it. 

By HIS mercy and in the grip of HIS grace,


~Please continue to pray for my friends. Several friends are in the midst of medical crisis. Please pray for me as I try to be the best friend I can be for each of them.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

Congratulations on you award. Enjoyed learning more about you with you 7 things about you. Hope your having a wonderful weekend.

Terri Tiffany said...

I love your dream! Can I build a cabin nearby??

Sonja said...


I have a hunch the memoirs you're writing are going to be a real blessing in your life, maybe even bring some new breakthroughs. Those earlier years have shaped you in so many ways, and God knows every one of them.


quietspirit said...

Your memoir may help you deal with the harsh memories. I began writing as a form of personal therapy. I gained perspective on several issues because of journaling.
Congratulations on your award.

Tracy said...

Congrats on your award!! I enjoyed learning more about you and can't wait to read your memoirs! Hang in there and work your way through it one step at a time!

Denise said...

Congrats on your award, well deserved. My prayers continue for your friends. I enjoyed learning more about you, love you.

Beth E. said...

Your dream cabin sounds wonderful...that's my idea of roughing it! ;-)

Thanks for the award. Love you!

Marydon said...

Sweetie, you are such a beautiful blessing in our lives, or at least mine. I only wish we were closer to 'tear the town up' with our friendship & love. Love you to pieces.

A cabin ... your dream may one day be fulfilled ... never know.

Hugs & lots of love ~

Giveaway ends Feb.11th

Cathy said...

Congrats on your award. You definitely deserve it. It was so nice getting to know you a little better.

Have a great weekend!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Congrats on the award, Andrea! xx

Anonymous said...


Congratulations on your Award. Thanks to Mary who is mentioned in this wonderful blog, I have a new friend as well. Continue to bless others with your work. May His words continue to live through your pen.


Edie said...

I love your idea of a dream cabin! Indoor plumbing is a must! :)

Congratulations on the award and thank you so much for thinking of me. What a sweet heart you have.

Much love to you my friend!

Wanda said...

Andrea, congratulations on your reward. You truly have unique style and I appreciate your willingness to share with others. Wishing you a blessed week.

Nancy said...

You are such a good writer. Your list was uplifting and encouraging. I'm sure your book will help many if you choose to send it out.


Congratulations! Your words are always honest, and a blessing.

Rebecca said...

I've been regrettably absent from your blog lately. I'm happy to hear you've accepted your "call" to write your memoirs. Interestingly enough, after reading Pat Conroy's "My Reading Life", I was inspired to begin a similar exercise. I actually wrote 6 pages this morning. I'm writing in 3rd person...don't know just where this may lead.

Maybe we'll end up neighbors in that cabin! I'll definitely need similar amenities to yours.

Praying for you as you extend your friendship to those in need, Andrea. May God bless and guide you (and your pen).

Becky K. said...

Just this morning I was thinking how great it would be if we just had a section of our yard fenced for our two dogs.

A that sounds even better. I'll have to grow my dreams. lol

Have a wonderful day!

NanaNor's said...

Sweet Andrea, What a wonderful post today-congrat's on the award and I loved learning more about you. You are such a dear and I count it a blessing to know you. Thank you for sharing your award.
Still praying for your friends. WE should all be blessed with friends like you!
Hugs today,

Deborah said...

Thanks Andrea! I'm on vacation for a few weeks, so I will post it when I get back!!

Terry said...

Oh Sweetie this was such an amazing post ! Blessings to you dear one as you contiune your journey through words . Thank you for sharing your sweet award with all of us today :)
It is so like you to share your blessings with others .That is one of the things I love about you Andrea your desire to help others have a better day today and a richer tomorrow .May The Lord touch your life with healing and joy for this moment and all the rest of the week ahead .
Big hugs coming to you from Texas
Until next time
Happy Trails

Team Beaglebratz said...

Mom Beaglebratz here(Kim) As the B-bratz would say - WOWZERS! Thank you for honoring me this way. I am at work right now so when I get home I will be back.

Teresa said...

Congratulations on your award!!! You are a blessing to so many and we are blessed by your friend, Mary from Divinely Designed who 'drug' you by the hair into the blog world!!! We love you Mary for your persistence...Andrea, God bless you friend!!!

Beth in NC said...

Congrats on the award Andrea!

Jane's In The Jungle said...

Congrats!!! And our number 7's would be the same...including the fence, LOL!

KathyB. said...

What an uplifting post, and revealing, God blessed you with the perfect family for Him!

Your dream home sounds divine, maybe your mansion in Heaven will be just like that....except no need for air conditioning with PERFECT weather!

Thank-you for the award, that is one that can be easily passed around.

BTW, can you tell us more about therapy dogs? Please? I have toyed with the idea of getting involved with that for years, and I have the perfect dog for it too.

Crown of Beauty said...

Thank you for your recent visit to my blog place, Andrea. Your thoughts are special... and thank you very much for the blog award!

I loved reading the seven things about yourself!


Anonymous said...

Thank you, sweet Andrea. Interesting knowing a bit more about you too. I will be praying for your writing time with the Lord, that you would lean on Him as He writes your story.
loving you, ~ linda

Together We Save said...

Congrats on the award!! It is wonderful to know more about you!!

Christy LaShea said...

Thanks for the award, Andrea!
By looking at your blog, you are an awesome prayer warrior!

Ozjane said...

I am so glad that the Holy Spirit lifts our prayer requests to the throne of grace and interprets what is in our heart to match the needs of our friends...those needs which He best lifting them to the throne with you, in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Katia said...

Dear Andrea,
Thank you for your very kind comments, you are a dear encourager.
Nice to know a little more about you. Yes, I would love that cabin too. I LOVE the mountains, I feel like it's heaven on earth.

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Congrats! It is nice getting to know you better!! :)

Brooke said...

Congratulations on your award and thanks for passing it along!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Congratulations, dear sister. Thank you for sharing from your heart. I love you all the more because of your transparency!

Lynn said...

Congratulations on your award Andrea and Thanks so much for passing it on to me too! ♥


blueviolet said...

Thank you for sharing the award with all of us! This is so interesting to hear a little bit more about you. I'm glad you shared that with us, and I LOVE that you're writing your memoir!

Sharon Kirby said...

Andrea - Thank you for visiting my blog the other day, and for giving me this award. At this time, I have opted to be an award free blog - but I SO appreciate your kind recognition, and your thoughtfulness in thinking of me.

Loved finding out that you have therapy dogs! How very cool. I love dogs, and I really appreciated your comment - we really are SO blessed to be the humans at the end of their leash.

Also, your dream of a mountain cabin is also a dream of my husband and I. We would love to own some acres, and have a horse or two, and some free-range dogs!! Maybe we'll be neighbors some day on a friendly mountain!

Again, thanks for the award. It was very encouraging.


Saleslady371 said...

Congratulations, Andrea, on your stylish award. I like your style as so many do and I admire your tenacity to go deeper with the Lord! Thank you for passing this award on to your followers.

He & Me + 3 said...

Beautiful that your grandparents taught you the ways of the Lord. I am kindof jealous that you have a sister. I always wanted one. So glad my girls have each other.
Thanks for passing the award onto me.

Joyce said...

I enjoyed reading this and learning more about you. My 'cabin' would be a beach house : )