Monday, January 26, 2009

Lemons and lemonade Awards

First I would like to thank Fireman John, Tyra and Cliff over at gone bananas for giving me this wonderful Gratitude award. I have spent countless hours going over directions on how to create a link in my actual blog, and this morning trying to put the lemonade stand in my blog. I have Surrendered! Hence a little creation of my own the picture above. I do want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, this blogging experience has been so rewarding and I feel a great sense of responsibility and gratitude to everyone who comments and reads my thoughts.
I really tried to figure out the whole link thing, I think it will require the assistance of my "uber geek" boyfriend to figure it all out. I couldn't even put the picture on my page, I tried to download it to my computer and that worked just fine but when I tried to upload it on to my page there was an error. So I made my own little gratitude award, or "Surrender Award". I haven't been able to read up and see how everyone is doing all weekend but the first person I did read up on was Lou at "Subdural Flow" and I believe that this is definitely a very fitting award for her. I am so amazed at the level of honesty and love that she puts into her blog and I wish her all the best. My second pick will be Laura from "Enabling Love" for her powerful words of honesty. It takes a great deal of courage to sit down and be honest to be able to let go and live life. I feel that is what I read when I am at her blog. The next award will go to Syd from "I'm just F.I.N.E....". Syd is an inspiration to anyone who is trying to learn to live with an addict/alcoholic. His level of surrender that he writes about through the program he works gives insight to anyone who reads his blog. If you don't believe me, just look at his list of followers. The next "Surrender Award" goes to J-online, she has one of my favorite blogs. It is so simple and honest it is like I get to be a part of her world for a few minutes a day and share in her triumphs and tribulations as she takes her journey into recovery. It is a blessing to see the surrender that she is giving by reaching out of the isolation of her disease to the connection of a recovery based fellowship that teaches us how to deal with all of life's curve balls and shows us how to love the little things in life again, thank you J for your work. Next is Woody Jr. over at "Sobriety". Woody has just recently celebrated 30 days and the level of honesty he shares in his blog is so captivating. It is truly a gift to be able to see him surrender a little more everyday in his writing and I am glad I found his blog. Tyra from "Finding Happiness" just the name of her blog suggests surrender. I feel truly blessed that she allows us to follow her in her journey towards happiness and I love watching her surrender each time I read her writing. I would also like to give one to Prince Naki of "Thoughts and Opinions" his incredible way of capturing life through his words and pictures is such a treat. Thank you Prince Naki for sharing your thoughts with the rest of us. I also think cw2smom from "Wearing my heart on my Sleeve" for letting us share the love in her life and allowing us a glimpse of what it is like to let go of a son, seeing him off to Afghanistan, and her surrender each day with teenagers and life on life's terms, I really enjoy reading her blogs. Of course my list wouldn't be complete without Fireman John from "Stop, Drop and Recover". What would my day be like without the privilege of reading how he uses his subtle humor and blog site itself to capture the insanity of Alcoholism/Addiction. It is truly a joy to read and I highly recommend you check him out. Last but not least I give this "Surrender Award" to Darra over at "Life as I Know it". She is one of my dearest friends and I love watching her spirituality grow in recovery. Her lessons in life teach her the meaning of surrender and give her a sense of serenity each and every day.
Sense I haven't figured out how to link directly in my blog please feel free to click on the link to the right of my blog to visit any of the sites I mentioned above. And for those of you who have been awarded you don't have to pass it along, but if you want to feel free to do so. I chose ten of my favorite blogs but you can pick as many as you wish. Thanks for reading. Todays thought: "You cannot tailor make the situations in life, but you can tailor make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise."--Zig Ziglar


J-Online said...

Ahh. Thank you so much for the kind words. You're awesome. Happy Monday.

Fireman John said...

thank you so much for the award & kind words!
very creative and so inspirational.
also i'm impressed that in your bio
you are a mother of 3 FIRST; and also an addict.

Lou said...

I like your logo way better than the cheezy lemonade cart! (oops)

I am grateful, as Fireman John said, that you are being the mom you were meant to be. That you put your kids ahead of drugs. That is not easy, and I salute you!
You are a natural writer too. God Bless!

cw2smom said...

Wow! I am blessed and honored to get this award! It means so much especially the meaning associated with it! Can't wait to find pass it on to my special blog friends who are so deserving! Thanks for thinking of me! I really appreciate your kindness Sweetie! Blessings, Lisa

Shadow said...

now this was wonderful to read. your words, your thoughts, the links, the people... very uplifting! well done on the award, you deserve it!

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my gosh....the header for this blog entry...the absolutely wonderful.

With blogger, and making a link, I think I can help you.

First step. Open the blog that you'd like to link. When you have that open, highlight and copy it. Next, open your Blogger blog edit page. With your blog entry open and you have your text in a small 'window'...find the text you want linked. For instance, Fireman John. Take you mouse and scroll over those words, highlighting them. When they are highlighted, then, look just above the window and you'll see several icons...look for the ball and chain icon image. It's kinda green with chain links. Click on that. It will then open a tiny window that says "Enter a URL" and you'll see the http://---take your mouse and RIGHT CLICK that area ---it will turn 'blue' [the http:// part] Then, just paste what url address you have copied from your browser address bar ---the link of someone's blog url. Click "Okay". And your text then that you highlighted should be linked!!! Publish your post.

Thanks for such a wonderful comment you left me today! Always love having you visit with me! Happy Tuesday.

Syd said...

Thanks so much for your mention of my blog. I appreciate it a lot. Surrender is what I needed to do. And I do it every day because otherwise I think that I have the answers when clearly I don't.

I appreciate all that you write. Thanks for your honest sharing.